After several years in the making, you may soon be able to finally get your hands on the world’s first Powerboat-Submarine Hybrid. The James Bond-worthy Hyper-Sub from Marion HSPD (Hyper-Submersible Powerboat Design) is finally gearing up for production in time to capture the growing market for luxury submersibles that can be launched from one’s superyacht.
As the name implies, it’s a powerboat-submarine hybrid that aims to be the best of both worlds. In a nutshell, it’s the first small craft built with the horsepower, sea-keeping, and range to allow operation on the high seas, which also functions as a self-charging, autonomous, one-atmosphere submarine.
Powered by twin 440 hp inboard diesels for a total output of 880 hp, the Hyper-Sub has a maximum surface speed of 40 knots and a maximum surface range of 500 miles. If you prefer the dive mode instead, the Hyper-Sub can go deep down up to 250 feet using a self-charging electric over hydraulic system, and offers umbilical SCUBA support. With seating for up to four passengers plus a pilot, the craft’s 180-degree acrylic canopy provides panoramic undersea views. With an elegant woodgrain interior, leather seating, onboard GPS, auto-pilot and a satellite phone, it’s also a pretty luxurious ride.
Available in three configurations for sport, rugged or deep diving, each model is completely customizable and both surface and submerged performance can easily be significantly enhanced. No word on an exact delivery date yet. Of course $3.5 million may be a tough price tag to cope with, but you’re getting a rather powerful little toy in exchange.