Rinspeed has issued the following press release:
Her Majesty's favorite secret service agent wished hard to have this space-age "toy" under his Christmas tree, but the ingenious old man in the lab was late commissioning Swiss automobile dream factory Rinspeed Inc. to make this wish come true. So he has to wait until after the Geneva Motor Show 2004 to venture off to his new mission. But then well equipped with the first automobile in the world which can actually drive, swim and fly across the water.
For the Geneva Show 2004 Rinspeed Inc. has conceived not only a very attractive sports car, but has gone a big step beyond. The Swiss design and engineering company has built the first and only sports car in the world which not only drives in a very quick manner, but can actually swim and fly across water. A sophisticated and foldable high-tech wing system powered by on-board hydraulics and electronics allows the "Splash" to take off in the third dimension. An ultimate dream comes true.
As a tradition at Rinspeed, the environmental visions are important as well. The "Splash" is powered by a light weight 750 ccm engine producing a whopping 140 hp and running on natural gas (CNG). The turbocharged two cylinder power-pack propels this extraordinary NGV (Natural Gas Vehicle) to a top speed of approximately 200 km/h on the road and 50 km/h on the water, respectively 80 km/h over water.