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The Gibbs Aquada is a high speed amphibious vehicle developed by Gibbs Sports Amphibians. It is capable of speeds over 160 km/h (~100 mph) on land and 50 km/h (~30 mph / 26 knots) on water. Rather than adding wheels to a boat design, or creating a car that floats, the Aquada was designed from the ground up to perform very well in both fields, with over 60 patents covering technical innovations.
The Gibbs Aquada will be put into production in the United States by late November and will go on sale with a starting price of $60,000
The Gibbs Aquada is Powered By 4.0L BMW N55 engine, which is much faster than the Quadski.
In 2004 Richard Branson, owner of the Virgin Group, used a Gibbs Aquada to set a new record for crossing the English Channel in an amphibious vehicle. Branson cut 4 hours 20 minutes off the previous record of 6 hours, which had stood since the late 1960s. The officially recorded time was 1 hour 40 minutes, 6 seconds.
For the August 2004 edition of Top Gear magazine, journalist Paul Walton drove an Aquada into and around the Monaco harbour during the Grand Prix of Monaco to watch the event for free. He found the Aquada fast and responsive both in and out of the water but was too low to see any of the race.
- Gibbs Technologies official website
- website of Paul Walton who drove the Aquada for Top Gear magazine
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