Vehicles that can go on land as well as on water may seem something from the distant future. But did you know that these vehicles really exist?
Yes there are many such vehicles that exist. It may just look like a normal road-going four wheeler but when water is in the vicinity, they magically transform into a water-going aquatic vehicle.
This list below is the top 10 such amphibious vehicles that exist around the world:
10. Gibbs Quadski:
The Gibbs Quadski is a four-stroke amphiquad that converts to a personal watercraft. It can be used on water for up to two hours and has a top speed of 72 km/h, which it will do on land as well as water. The driver can retract the wheels into the wheel wells within the vehicle's body and detach them from the drivetrain by just pushing a button.
The Amphicar was the first mass produced amphibious vehicle which was made in 1961. It was designed by Hanns Trippel and the car had modest performance compared to boats or cars. 4000 units of the Amphicar were produced until 1965. This vehicle had 43 horsepower and is a collectible automobile for many enthusiasts. The Amphicar was designed and made to be sold in the US.
8. Gibbs Aquada:
The Gibbs Aquada, a concept car that was built in 2003 and 2004, is powered by a 2.5-litre V6 engine, to perform well on land and water. It has a top speed of 160 km/h on land and 50 km/h on water. It was developed in Auckland, New Zealand. In order to get good performance, the Aquada was built completely from scratch.
7. Rinspeed Splash:
The Rinspeed Splash was made in Switzerland by the famous automobile designer and tuner, Rinspeed. The Splash amphibious car was a concept that could do 200 km/h on land and 45 knots on water, thanks to its 750 cc, two cylinder, turbocharged engine.
6. SeaRoader Lamborghini Countach:
Being the world's first amphibious Lamborghini, it was not cheap. It was made amphibious by Mike Ryan. The Countach's front nose is lifted in the water by a a hydrofoil at the front and the suspension is compressed by hydraulic activators.
5. Gibbs Humdinga:
This all-time four-wheel drive concept is powered by a V8 engine that produces 350 bhp. It uses the same technology as the Gibbs Aquada, and can do 160 km/h on land and 65 km/h on water.
4. Hydra Spyder:
This open-top amphibious car, capable of a top speed of 201 km/h on land and 85 km/h on water was built by Cool Amphibious Manufacturers International (CAMI). The Hydra Spyder is powered by a 6.0-litre, V8 engine that produces 400 hp.
3. Dobbertin HydroCar:
At number three comes the Dobbertin HydroCar. With a flip of a switch, it transforms from ‘Land Mode' to ‘Water Mode'. It is powered by an engine that produces 762 horsepower.
2. Sea Lion:
A car that could go fast on land as well on water. That was exactly what the Sea Lion is. It has a top speed of 201 km/h on land and 96 km/h on water. It was designed to set world records on land and on water by Marc Witt. The Sea Lion was made by using TIG-welded 5052 aluminum and CNC-milled.
1. WaterCar Panther:
Okay, so enough of cars that can go on water. How abou as SUV? The WaterCar Panther is exactly that. Dave March, the founder of Panther designed the Panther, which is based on a Jeep CJ8 Scrambler, that can do an impressive 45 mph on water and 80 mph on land.