When you’re the official sponsor of the 25th anniversary of Shark Week on the Discovery Channel, you’ve really got to pull out all the stops to impress your viewers. No ordinary flashy commercial will do, it’s got to be groundbreaking. And that’s exactly what Volkswagen did, with the introduction of a convertible Beetle shark cage designed to be driven underwater.
This impressive vehicle features two rear propellers that allow the car to drive on the seafloor or propel it through the water column, allowing the driver to avoid damaging areas of seabed that are anything other than sand. Integrated air cylinders provide the air divers need to sustain a sunny afternoon drive in the marine world, and the tubular aluminum frame completely surrounds the diver, making it an effective shark cage as well. The finishing touches include Volkswagen’s iconic headlights and front emblem, as well as alloy wheels that make the underwater Beetle really pop.
The shark cage vehicle was built over a period of 3 weeks with the help of marine biologist Luke Tipple and a team of Volkswagen engineers. We don’t know if the underwater Beetle will be available for the public to drive anytime in the near future, but we definitely give these guys 10 out of 10 style and innovation points for the idea and execution. Check out the underwater Beetle in action:
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