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Amphibians: The Most Unusual Amphibious Cars

Amphibians: The Most Unusual Amphibious Cars
Amphibians: The Most Unusual Amphibious Cars
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On December 21, the premiere of the film "Battleship Potemkin" took place and one of the largest shipyards in Russia was opened. It seems that these events have nothing to do with the auto industry, but in fact, not quite so: ships and cars have an intersection zone - in the form of amphibious vehicles. They can both swim and drive and are sometimes created on the basis of completely unexpected cars. We recalled five of the most striking examples.

TerrWind Motorhome

"Floating house on wheels". Just think about this phrase: there are three nouns in it, and they all contradict each other. However, she describes a very real vehicle! In 2004, the company with the self-explanatory name Cool Amphibious Manufacturers International decided to make an amphibious car out of … a full-fledged large mobile home. This is how TerrWind was born. A huge body (almost 13 meters), hiding a comfortable furnished interior (there is even a double bed and a plasma TV), was hoisted on the aluminum hull of the boat, and all this is powered by a 330-horsepower Caterpillar diesel engine: on land it turns the wheels, and on water - two 19-inch propellers. On land, this colossus (15.5 tons) accelerates to almost 140 kilometers per hour, and on water it develops 7 knots (about 13 km / h). True, it can only swim in calm lake waters, and it is better not to meddle in the ocean on it. For stability, two large pontoons are inflated on the sides of the bus in floating mode.

Dobbertin Surface Orbiter

Rick Dobbertin's story is an example of how an obsessive and, let's be honest, strange idea leads to unexpected achievements. With due persistence, of course.

In the early nineties, Rick set out to build a versatile transport capable of moving on water and land and suitable for traveling around the world. To implement this idea, Rick got hold of a large milk tanker from 1959 (!), A 6.5-liter diesel V8 from General Motors with a capacity of 250 horsepower and a four-speed automatic, and with all this stuff he locked himself in his garage for four and a half years. And then I rolled out something that is very difficult to describe in words - you'd better watch the video.

But most importantly, it is not just a tin rocket on wheels. She really rode and swam! And she did it so well that in 1995 the Dobbertin Surface Orbiter became the first amphibious vehicle in history to cross the Panama Canal. As they say, first they laugh at you. And then…

Rinspeed Splash

Amphibians: the most unusual amphibious cars
Amphibians: the most unusual amphibious cars
Amphibians: the most unusual amphibious cars
Amphibians: the most unusual amphibious cars

The Swiss company Rinspeed became famous for strange, futuristic and simply absurd prototypes, which, it seems, have only one task: to mock the canons of the automotive industry. These guys even managed to change the concept of an amphibious vehicle - although it would seem that there is something that you can think of? But no, they came up with it.

The Rinspeed Splash sports car does not exactly float on water: it has retractable hydrofoils, on which the car literally takes off over the water surface to a height of up to 60 centimeters - the wheels do not even touch the water! In this mode, the lightweight carbon Splash is capable of accelerating to 80 kilometers per hour. It's good on land, too, with a 140 hp twin-cylinder engine from a Polaris snowmobile. runs on natural gas and allows Splash to accelerate to a hundred in just 5.9 seconds, and the maximum speed reaches 200 kilometers per hour.

Watercar panther

Amphibians: the most unusual amphibious cars
Amphibians: the most unusual amphibious cars
Amphibians: the most unusual amphibious cars
Amphibians: the most unusual amphibious cars

Rinspeed Splash is a prototype that exists in a single copy. But the Watercar Panther is quite a production car that you can buy right now. It's also slightly slower than the Splash, a cross between a jetski and a Jeep Wrangler that can zip through water at speeds of up to 72 kilometers per hour, making it the fastest production amphibious vehicle in the world. The Panther is powered by a 3.7-liter V6 from the AcurMDX crossover with over 300 horsepower.Panther can be ordered in a mass of different configuration options: the client is free to choose among a variety of body colors, applications and interior trim materials. There is even a special version for fire services!

Chevrolet corphibian

Amphibians: the most unusual amphibious cars
Amphibians: the most unusual amphibious cars
Amphibians: the most unusual amphibious cars
Amphibians: the most unusual amphibious cars

Almost all amphibious vehicles have one depressing feature: they are hardly cute. Due to the "struggle for buoyancy", they turn out to be heavy and sometimes disproportionate. But there are lucky exceptions, such as the 1961 Chevrolet Corphibian truck. Just look how handsome! Built by Chevrolet engineers Richard Halten and Roger Holt, this custom project is based on the Chevrolet Rampside pickup truck and features an air-cooled 85-horsepower flat-six boxer. A fiberglass boat body was attached to the bottom of the pickup, and two propellers were attached at the stern. The creators hoped that the project would become serial, but the General Motors management did not dare to launch it into production, fearing high costs with low demand for such machines. So this handsome man remained in a single copy.

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