February 1, 2008
Rinspeed Splash, High-speed Sports Car Transforms into a Boat at the touch of a button
All you need to do is flick a button and this plush sports car will convert itself into a high-speed boat. No, it’s not a fantasy out of some Sci-fi movie but a reality. The car can swim and hover above the water. At the push of a button a hydraulic mechanism transforms the sports car into a propeller-powered boat. An integrated ‘hydrofoil’ system lifts the car to ‘fly’ two foot above the water’s surface. Created by Swiss genius Frank M. Rinderknecht, the Rinspeed Splash is truly amazing. Frank says: “It’s much more than an agile and lively sports car. It’s a really cool and fun sports toy. Apparently the car can reach 125mph on the road and accelerates to 60mph in 5.9 seconds. On water the Splash reaches an impressive 45 knots. The car employs hydrofoil technology, a nautical technology used to lift the hull of boats from the water to increase speed.
The body of the “Splash” is watertight and special buoyancy chambers provide extra lift.
The car was a hit at the Geneva Motor Show as well. Rinspeed Splash is powered entirely by natural gas.