By Brian Goley
(Photos courtesy of Gibbs Technologies)
The world’s first high speed amphibian Quadbike/ATV.
First came the Aquada, an amphibian car that could travel on land as well as on water. Then came the Humdinga, a five-seat, four-wheel-drive vehicle that can travel up to 80 mph on land and 45 mph on water. Now Gibbs Technologies introduces the Quadski. An ATV/Jetski concept that means no more loading, unloading, or having to trailer your ATV/Jetski to the nearest riding spot, waterhole or wherever you ride.
The staff here at ATV Source really can’t see a true ATVer taking the Quadski on a real off-road excursion or wading through a mud hole with this thing. The lack of suspension and ground clearance would doom the Quadski on our rugged trails. But hey, if you’re into Jet skiing, we see this as a way to transport your jet ski without having to trailer it.
We would recommend that all Quadski riders wear the appropriate safety equipment when riding at all times. Be it either a helmet or life vest depending on what terrain is currently under the ATV/Jetski.
No official sale date has been announced. The vehicle is expected to start around the $46,000 price range.
Visit Gibbs Technology website for a video of the Quadski in action.
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Gibbs Quadski Launched
The World’s First High Speed Amphibian Quadbike/ATV
Gibbs Technologies Ltd, the world’s only High Speed Amphibian (HSA) technology specialist, today unveiled a prototype of the first commercially viable high-speed amphibian Quadbike/All Terrain Vehicle (ATV) -
Quadski, which is capable of traveling up to 50 mph (72 kph) on land and water, features a proprietary marine jet propulsion system and utilizes over 60 patented elements in its application of Gibbs’ patented HSA technology. Quadski’s fuel tank allows it to travel for up to two hours on water and has a land range of 600 kilometres.
The rapid transition from land to water takes less than five seconds and is operated by a flick of a switch: on entering water the wheels are retracted into the body of the vehicle. Quadski is powered by a 140 BHP petrol driven engine, which provides drive to the wheels on land and a marine jet pump on water.
Quadski shares the same Gibbs’ patented HSA technology with the recently launched Aquada – the amphibian car which set the water speed record for amphibian craft, as well as the world record for crossing the English Channel - and the Humdinga, a five-seater, four-wheel drive vehicle capable of traveling up to 80 mph (130 kph) on land and 45 mph (70 kph) on water.
Gibbs Technologies intends to license the design and technology.
Commenting on the launch of the Quadski prototype, Alan Gibbs, the founder of UK based Gibbs Technologies Ltd. said, “Quadski is both exciting and practical with a multitude of uses”.
“I know consumers will love the fun of driving a Quadski on land one minute and then head straight into the sea or river the next. But there is a very serious side to Quadski as well: emergency services and aid workers will be able to reach areas and people no two or four wheel drive vehicle could reach.”
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