Amphibious cars are vehicles that enable their users to travel on land as well as on (or under) water. They are also known as amphibian. The Second World War significantly stimulated their development.
Here is a brief overview of 10 really cool amphibious cars.
This cool Jeep-like vehicle is powered by a 3.7 liter V6 engine built by Honda. It can reach speeds of 80 miles per hour on land and 44 miles per hour on water. It can achieve the transition from land to water in just 15 seconds. Its adventurous appearance incorporates a durable lightweight fiberglass hull. You can customize your Panther. There are many products in the market to help you in this.
This Corvette powered amphibious car can reach 60 mph in just 4.5 seconds. The vehicle is offered with a choice of Corvette V8 engine ranging from a base LS1 all the way up to GM’s latest 6.2 liter supercharged LS9. The watercar set the Guinness World Record in 2010.
This amazing amphibious car is developed by Swiss company Rinspeed. It is capable of driving into the water, and then going up to 10 meters (approximately equal to 33 feet) beneath the waves. The vehicle started with a Lotus Elise. Then Rinspeed removed the entire drivetrain, replacing it with an all-electric system. This makes the vehicle environment-friendly. sQuba is an original idea by Rinspeed founder and CEO Frank M. Rinderknecht.
Kiwi entrepreneur Alan Gibbs is the man behind this 4WD amphibious vehicle concept. This 5-seater vehicle is powered by a 350 BHP V8 engine and is designed to access remote and hostile terrain. It can do 160 kmph on land and 65 kmph on water.
This high-speed amphibious car is powered by 2.5 liter Rover V6 engine, and can travel at more than 160 kmph on land and 50 kmph on water. This limited production concept car was manufactured in 2003 and 2004.
Rinspeed Splash Hydrofoil Sportscar was unveiled to the world at the 2004 Geneva Motor Show. It is capable of 200 kmph on land and 80 kmph on water. The transformation from a street vehicle to a water vehicle is made possible by an electronically controlled high pressure hydraulic system with an array of sophisticated sensors.
This half sports car, half boat defines versatility. It is offered by CAMI (Cool Amphibious Manufacturers International). It is powered by 6.0 liter LS2 V8 engine that drives 400 HP through the front wheels. This convertible can seat four people comfortably. It is made of elaborately formed aluminum hull and a fiberglass top section to reduce weight.
This seafaring super car can travel at an impressive speed of 125 mph on land. It was designed to become the fastest amphibious vehicle on land.
This $60,000 diesel-electric hybrid amphibian vehicle is another offering from CAMI. It can take four people comfortably.
This American-built water vehicle has a top speed of 125mph on roads, when its wheels are furled inside the body on water, it reaches 45mph.
These awesome vehicles are sure to attract the rich adventure lovers of this world.