If you could combine the offroad mobility of an ATV on the ground with the speed and maneuverability of a jetski in the water, you might dream up something like this, the Quadski. This incredibly fast amphibious vehicle looks like something out of a James Bond movie, but it’s for real, thanks to the mind of entrepreneur Alan Gibbs.
Gibbs, who previously pursued manufacturing an amphibious car, called the Aquada, turned his sights to a smaller, ATV-sized version of his vehicle, which would not have to adhere to the same safety regulations and requirements as a full-sized vehicle. He’s got a working prototype, and the word is that the company may begin to take pre-orders very soon.
Powered by a BMW Motorrad K1300 engine, coupled to a proprietary water jet propulsion system, the Quadski is said to be able to go as fast as 45 mph on both land and sea, with the transformation to amphibious mode taking as little as four seconds. The combination of a one-piece lightweight composite hull, a low center of gravity, and a wide track is said to give the Quadski a “robust stability” on both water and land.
The company estimates first-year production at 1,000 units from a facility in Auburn Hills, Michigan, with the first units being offered through a limited numbers of dealers sometime in the middle of November. The price tag on the Quadski is said to be approximately $40,000, but that’s not too much to pay to be able to just ride your ATV right into the water and jet off down the lake, right?
[Images: ©Gibbs Sports Amphibians]