A minifig scale model of the Quadski, Gibbs’ first High Speed Amphibian vehicle on the market.
MOCtober was busy, but I had to wait until NnoVVember until I got all the parts for some of the models I was building. With all my Vic Vipers posted I’ll continue with the famous words by Monty Python:
“And now for something completely different…”
The High Speed Amphibian (HSA) Technology from Gibbs Technology is definitely one of my favourite automotive developments of the last years. They have been struggling for years to get a product ready for the market.
Now they are close to start production of their first HSA vehicle, the Quadski. Three prototipes of the production version have been presented in October and the first units are expected to hit the road early next year. As an Automotive Engineer I’m really excited to see this happening :-))
The mechanism is the same I used for the hover function on my De Lorean Time Machine.
Time for some data of the real model:
The engine is a 1.3l 16 valve DOHC engine from BMW, the same that is used in the BMW K1300 motor bike. With this engine, the Quadski is capable to reach 45 mph (72 kph) both on land and water. The Quadski only needs 4 seconds to change between both modes.
Unfortunately it won’t be cheap to buy a Quadski. About $40,000 are announced for the first model. The estimated production for 2013 is 1,000 units. It’s rumoured that some people are already modifying their yates to make space for a Quadski ;-))