New amphibious vehicle to debut in US claims record speed
The $40,000 Quadski, a combination ATV and personal watercraft, goes 45 mph on land and at sea.
World War II saw the development of military vehicles such as the Volkswagen Schwimmwagen, which used a drop-down propeller in the rear of the car (pictured below). Perhaps the most famous are the U.S. Army's six-wheeled DUKW amphibious trucks -- nicknamed "Duck" -- that stormed Normandy on D-Day and now ferry tourists around Boston, Chicago, London and other cities.
Before the Quadski, Gibbs built the Aquada, which Richard Branson famously drove across the English Channel in 2004. The Aquada could hit 100 mph on land and 30 mph by sea, but was never deemed street-legal in the U.S.
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