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Dutch company unveils $5.8 million electric 'Super Sub' -- 3x faster than competition

[Oct 26, 2021: The Brighter Side of News]

The sub is two knots faster than the top cruising speed of a bottlenose dolphin, and five knots faster than the average submersible. (Credit: U-Boat Worx)

Dutch submersible manufacturer, U-Boat Worx, reveals the fastest addition yet to its already impressive fleet of models - the Super Sub.

Distinguished by a long tail and advanced wing design, the Super Sub is the most hydrodynamic sub on the market. A best-in class propulsion system with four powerful thrusters delivers a total of 60 kW allowing for steep 30-degree climbs and dives. The result is the smoothest and most exhilarating underwater experience, capable of diving to depths of 300 meters, all while maintaining an almost 360-degree view.


The droplet-shaped design is the first submersible to emerge from U-Boat Worx's custom submarine programme, which gives owners the opportunity to be part of the bespoke design process. Conceived by an owner whose brief was to create a submarine capable of keeping up with large marine life, the Super Sub delivers an unprecedented eight knots underwater. That's two knots faster than the top cruising speed of a bottlenose dolphin, and five knots faster than the average submersible.

The Super Sub can reach the Mesopelagic zone, the last layer of the ocean where the sun’s rays penetrate. Inhabitants include squid, swordfish, and bioluminescent fish, as well as jellyfish, sharks, rays and dolphins who rise to shallower waters at night to feed. (CREDIT: U-Boat Worx)

Glide behind a bale of sea turtles. Cruise alongside a shiver of sharks. Dive and turn with a school of dolphins or swoop through the undercurrent of a powerful barracuda. The Super Sub is more than a ticket to an underwater theatre, it's a backstage VIP pass that immerses guests in the heart of the action.


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Comfortably accommodating two passengers and one pilot, the three-seater submersible is equipped with a luxury supercar interior. A five-point belt buckle system guarantees guests are securely strapped in for the thrilling ride, and U-Boat Worx's signature ultra-clear acrylic hull provides unobstructed views in every direction.

U-boat Worx claims the Super Sub is able to reach speeds of eight knots, or 9.2 miles, per hour. That's nearly three times as fast as the average luxury submersible and two miles an hour quicker than a bottlenose dolphin's average cruising speed (CREDIT: U-boat Worx)

Weighing 9,000 kg, the Super Sub has Lithium-ion batteries that are specially engineered for low weight and endurance, with high-capacity cells giving the thrusters the power they need for performance and speed.


With the first Super Sub model already sold and set to deliver in 2023, U-Boat Worx is furthering its position as market leader in the world of personal submersibles. Set to form a core part of the company's general range of submersibles, the Super Sub will eventually become a fully developed range of models.

Following the successful introduction of last year's NEMO, and with the launch of Super Sub, U-Boat Worx is setting a new bar for the high-end luxury, adventurer underwater exploration market.

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