Aquada - the car that is also a boat

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the Aquada - a boat that is also a car

by Adrian Biffen
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The Aquada amphibious car was recently launched and exhibitedAquada amphibious car at London's Royal Victoria Docks. Gibbs Technologies, the manufacturer, demonstrated its High-Speed Amphibian (HSA) technology in the form of a compact convertible sports car.

The aluminum frame and composite body is powered by a 175hp V6 gasoline engine that propels it up to 100 mph on the road. Unlike the Amphicar from the sixties, it is also relatively fast on the water. If you are bored with your current car, think of the fun you'll have driving straight into the water and powering up on a plane to 30 mph

The initial production quantity for the Aquada (aka the 'Bond' series) will number 100 vehicles that will retail at around $240,000 US, so get your order in soon if you want to drive something out of the ordinary.

Gibbs managing director, Neil Jenkins, stated that other HSA applications are being pursued by the company, including a concept more suited to military applications.
Aquada uses standard OBD diagnostic technology
 Equipped with an automatic transmission, the Aquada can simply drive down a launch ramp and engage its water propulsion system at the touch of a button. There are no doors, you have to jump into it from the side, just as you would do with a boat.

On the other side of the world from the London launch of the Aquada, the New Zealand inventor, Terry Roycroft, is delighting at the realization of his 15-year-old dream. In the 1990s Mr Roycroft sold the critical intellectual property that is key to Aquada's success to Mr. Gibbs of Gibbs Technologies. Now he's busy working on other inventions at his workshop on Manukau Heads.

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