Cars which can swim along with running on road seem to be the concept of a James Bond franchise. Thanks to WW II which gave birth to such amphibious cars. Largest numbers of amphibious cars were built way back in 1960s. The concept of the car which can navigate the channel like a boat keeps on attracting inventors.
Here is the list of incredible and amazing amphibious cars that have ruled the world –
It is a German amphibious automobile which produced first for public in the year 1961. The vehicle was manufactured by Quandt Group at Berlin-Borsigwalde and at Lübeck and designed by Hanns Trippel. The Amphicar was designed to be sold and marketed in the US. As compared to most cars and boats, it had modest performance and just 4000 cars were manufactured by 1965. Nevertheless, it is still one of the most successful amphibious automobiles of all time and still preserved and prized as novelty automobiles.
9. Gibbs Quadski
Gibbs Quadski is an amphibian which operates both as a private watercraft and an ATV. Launched by Gibbs Sports Amphibians in October 2012, the Quadski is amphiquad 4-stroke vehicle which can be converted into a private watercraft. With top speed of 45 miles per hour (72 km/hr) on both water and land, it features wheel retraction and proprietary marine jet propulsion system. Within just 5 seconds, Quadski can transition between water and land. It uses High Speed Amphibian (HSA) mechanism from Gibbs which consists of around 300 patents.
8. Gibbs Aquada
It is another high speed amphibious car which is developed in New Zealand by Gibbs Sports Amphibians. It is neither a boat with wheels nor a modified land car. Actually it is a specially modified vehicle which is equally in the water as on dry terrain. It can speed up at 26 knots (50kmph or 30mph) on water and around 160 km/h (100mph) on land. In March 2004, Richard Branson created history by piloting Aquada across English Channel within 1:40:60 seconds and set a new world record.
7. SeaRoader Lamborghini Countach
First Amphibious Lamborghini in the world, Lamborghini Countach is a mid-engined amphibious car which was modded to be amphibious by SeaRoader aquatect, Mike Ryan. He says, “If it has wheels, I will make it float!” He has records in converting motorcycles, jeeps, a London cab and even ice-cream van into watercrafts. As you can see, transforming a lavish sports car into amphibious one is not an easy understanding. Its glass alone costs $3007, according to Ryan. A hydrofoil in the water at the front of car which ups the nose of Countach and its hydraulic activators squeeze its F1 suspension system.
6. Rinspeed Splash
The most popular Swiss sportscar tuning company Rinspeed manufactured an amphibious car in the year 2004. With complex hydrofoil design, the car can go up to 31mph (50kmph) on water that is still quite fast. Under 30 knots, it can cruise in water as a conventional boat. On land, it is faster with top speed of 200kmph (124 mph). It is a great hydro car which is powered by natural gas and it is the first amphibian car that is powered by eco-friendly fuel. It features twin-cylinder, 750cc, turbo-charged engine and the integrated hydrofoil design of the vehicle can be deployed at water depths up to 4 feet.
5. Gibbs Humdinga
It is the 5-seater concept car which is powered by 350 BHP V8 engine. The all-time 4WD can run up to 65 kmph on water and 160 kmph on land. Designed by Gibbs Technologies and was launched in February 2012 for public and created to access hostile and remote terrain. Like Gibbs Aquada, it also uses High Speed Amphibian technology.
4. Hydra Spyder
It is a high speed, open-top, high performance amphibious sports car, manufactured by Cool Amphibious Manufacturers International (CAMI). It is a stylish, ultra-modern retro half speedboat, half sports car. The top speed of the amphibious is around 53 mph (85 km/h) on water and 125 mph (201 km/h) on land. The standard model weighs around 3300 lbs powered by Corvette LS 2, V-8, 6 liter engine at 6000 rpm, 400 HP and 400 ft. lbs of torque @ 4000 rpm. It also features high performance, 5-speed manual close ratio transmission as well as 3.73-1 axle ratio and front wheel drive.
3. Sea Lion
It is yet another car which runs really fast, looks different and takes only few seconds to transition into speed boat. Sea Lion is yet a car for you and it is the fastest amphibious land speed car in the world. Technically, it is not a war. The designer, Witt apparently calls it “Amphibious World Speed Record Competitive Vehicle”. It was basically designed to set new records on water and on land. On the road, the top speed is 201 kmph (125 mph). Not impressive though, but it shines off the road. Meanwhile, it can cross whopping 96 kmph (60 mph). The body of the car was made with CNC milled and TIG-welded 5052 aluminum.
2. Dobbertin HydroCar
It is the well crafted, aluminum bodied amphibian which is unique and it can easily transition from land to water mode with one touch. It is full-length articulating sponsons raised and become the fenders of the car. While entering the water, sponsons are shortened to 8 inches to transition into tunnel-hulled watercraft within seconds. The main body is manufactured with type 304 rust-proof S.S. steel. Under the hood, it comes with dyno-tuned Chevrolet engine which generates 762 HP at 5800 rpm. The car uses 6-bladed propeller originally. It didn’t have proper bite force in the water. So, it is replaced with 4-bladed Rolla S.S. propeller which was supposed to be tested before he sold HydroCar. Despite tweaks, it is still a great amphibious car.
1. WaterCar Panther
No, it’s not a speedboat or a jeep! It’s a WaterCar Panther! WaterCar is a Californian car giant which has designed the fastest amphibious car in the world, named it, the Panther. The founder, Dave March has dreamed of manufacturing a car which can perform literally well on water as on land. He has dream for his cars to access the ‘freeway’ type speed in water. Hence, he made WaterCar Python which was the world’s fastest amphibious car, reaching speed of around 60 mph (96 km/h) on water and 125 mph (201 km/h) on land.
Panther is the latest addition of WaterCar which is named as the “Ultimate Vehicle”. It can reach speed of around 45 miles per hour, virtually as fast as speedboat and one can drive it around 80mph on land.