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This $5.1 million submarine moves faster than a dolphin

Able to travel through the ocean at 10 knots, they say it is "3-4 knots faster than the top cruising speed of a bottlenose dolphin, and 7 knots faster than the average submersible."

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Wind tunnel tests to illustrate the claim the Super Sub is "the most flow-dynamic submersible the world has ever seen." (U-Boat Worx via SWNS)

By Dean Murray via SWNS

Watch out Flipper! A company has unveiled a £4.3m ($5.1m) submarine that can cruise faster than a dolphin.

Dutch firm U-Boat Worx claims their bullet-shaped Super Sub is "the most flow-dynamic submersible the world has ever seen."

Able to travel through the ocean at 10 knots, they say it is "3-4 knots faster than the top cruising speed of a bottlenose dolphin, and 7 knots faster than the average submersible."

The ultra-luxury three-person submersible has a depth rating of 300 meters, and is said to have the same efficient flow dynamics as an electric car.

"We are very excited about this development," said U-Boat Worx CEO Bert Houtman.

"It’s something we have been working hard on, and now to have the most flow-dynamic submersible possible, we couldn’t be more pleased."

A company has unveiled a submarine that can cruise faster than a dolphin. (U-Boat Worx via SWNS)
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The Super Sub has features a propulsion system with four powerful thrusters delivering 60 kW of thrust.

When combined with the rudders, it allows for steep 30-degree climbs and dives. The result is the "smoothest and most exhilarating underwater experience", all while maintaining a 360-degree view.

The submersible, which has a base price of £4.3m, has been sold to its first owner and U-Boat Worx is executing sea trials in Spring 2023.

SUPER SUB SPECIFICATIONS

DEPTH
300 m · 1,000 ft

OCCUPANCY
2 passengers · 1 pilot

WEIGHT
9,000 kg

ENDURANCE
8 hours

LENGTH
650 cm

WIDTH
327 cm

HEIGHT
214 cm

BATTERY
62 kWh

PROPULSION
4 X 15 kW
2 X 15 kW

SPEED
10 knots

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