Most AMAZING Amphibious Vehicles That Currently Exist!

You may think that submarines and battleships
are the coolest thing in the water, but did you know you could get your own amphibious
vehicle? Here are 9 of the most outrageous amphibious
vehicles you have to see! #9 Amphicar 770
If you can believe it, the Amphicar Model 770 was an amphibious automobile that debuted
in 1961! Designed in West Germany and funded by the
American Quandt Group, there were less than 4,000 manufactured in total. The car is a descendant of the Volkswagen
Schwimmwagen, but it didn’t have great power or any special amenities. All it really had were the navigation lights
and a flag that were required by the Coast Guard, but past that, it was pretty basic. Luckily the doors locked shut for water travel! The Amphicar’s engine was at the rear of the
car, and it had a 4-speed manual transmission. It was also paired with reversible propellers
and floated around in neutral. It had a power output of 43hp at 4750 rpm
and could reach 7 knots in the water and 70 mph max on land. Some owners changed the engines to improve
their performance. A lot of people complained that it wasn’t
a good car, and it wasn’t a good boat. One owner said it promised to “revolutionize
drowning” and that it was the fastest boat on the road and the fastest car in the water. President Lyndon B. Johnson himself owned
an Amphicar. He was known as a practical joker and liked
freaking out his visitors. He would say he was going to take everyone
out for a drive and then head straight into the lake, pretending the brakes had quit. Regardless of its weak reputation, people
still have a soft spot for this car and now you can get one for about $45,000. #8 Gibbs Aquada
The Gibbs Aquada is a high speed amphibious vehicle that was developed by Gibbs Sports
Amphibians. It was only produced for a limited time between
2003 and 2004. Only about 30 of these were made but in 2016,
they decided to sell around 20 of them as collector vehicles. The aquada is a 3 seater with no doors and
no top. It can go about 100 mph on land and drive
into the water, retract its wheels in 4 seconds and become a boat at 35 mph! There are over 60 patents covering the design
of the boat. It isn’t just a boat with wheels or a car
that can float, but an entirely unique creation. Gibbs has spent over 18 years and 200 million
dollars developing this vehicle! A lot of people mistakenly compare it to the
Amphicar 770, and we all know what kind of a reputation that had! This vehicle though, is what you really want
in an amphibious car! To feel like James Bond of course! It has a V-6 Land Rover Freelander engine
with a water jet, and all you have to do is drive into the water where the sensors will
do the rest. Like an airplane landing, the Aquada retracts
its wheels. It knows when it’s in the water, at what
depth it is, and when to retract its wheels. The road lights can even switch to marine
lights automatically! Rover stopped producing the engine and now
the vehicle has to be re-engineered but no worries, because the founder of the company,
Alan Gibbs is a billionaire from New Zealand. The vehicle has set records for crossing specific
bodies of water in record time. Top Gear magazine covered the Aquada when
Alan drove it into and around the Monaco harbor during the Grand Prix of Monaco. Since the vehicle is approached and loaded
like a boat but feels like a car, it is hard to categorize it. Most who have driven it feel it performs very
well. Before being sold, each car goes through rigorous
testing to ensure it can withstand the water and any treacherous paths it may encounter. These 20 vehicles that were available sold
for around $250,000, on a first come first serve basis. #7 Sea Lion
The Sea Lion is the world’s fastest amphibious car. Invented by Marc Whitt, it was designed to
set world records on land, and on water! It is technically called an Amphibious World
Speed Record Competition Vehicle, so don’t get confused! It can do 125 mph on the roads and then drive
right into the water where it can go about 60 mph. Marc built the car himself and designed the
body so it could function as a road vehicle and then also be waterproof. It is a unique car as there is only one of
them in the world and in 2012, the inventor sold it for $259,500. The engine is a 174hp Mazda rotary engine,
and is just aching to take the title of the fastest amphibious car in the world. Though no one has proven it can do so. Considering it can easily reach 125mph without
any further enhancements, this is quite impressive. With some changes to the engine, it can go
180 mph. There are 25 contenders currently vying for
the title of “world’s fastest amphibious land speed vehicle,”to hold the Guinness World
Record. However Guinness has not yet announced a winner
so in the meantime, the Sea Lion holds the informal title. #6 WaterCar Panther
WaterCar is an American company that specializes in the creation of not just efficient, but
luxury amphibious vehicles. Now we’re talking! Now this car also claims to be the fastest
amphibious vehicle so we’ll just go with it… The founder was inspired by the Amphicar of
the 1960s that I told you about. Originally, the creator of WaterCar just wanted
to build the car for fun, not market it. But in 2013, 14 years after the he built it
the WaterCar Panther was revealed to the public. It has been called the “most fun vehicle
on the planet” and can turn from a car to a boat in under 15 seconds. Now you can get the 2017 model for about $180,000. Sometimes a car is enough but when there’s
lots of traffic like in Miami, sometimes you need to use alternative methods! It has a speed of 80 mph on land and 45 mph
on water. You may think it looks like a floating Jeep,
and with good reason. The Panther was based off of a Jeep compact
SUV. So it is a great choice for you Jeep fans
with some extra cash! ! Once in the water, the driver puts the vehicle
in neutral, pulls a handle, pushes a lever and the wheels lift out of the water while
transitioning to “water mode”. The company now offers a Fire Rescue version
that is US Coast Guard approved and it can transition from land to sea in less than 3
seconds. #5 Terra Wind Motorhome
What? RVs can swim? Well, apparently this one can. The Terra Wind is known as the world’s first
and currently only amphibious motorhome. So, what’s the catch? Just that it will cost you $850,000! And if you want the works, it can go up to
$1.2 Million! The Terra Wind was created and released by
CAMI, which stands for Cool Amphibious Manufacturers International. Of course it does. But what may surprise you is that this baby
is packed with 330-horsepower. To transition into the water, twin 19-inch
bronze propellers are activated to push this 32,000 pound monster through the water. The Terra Wind is not only efficient, but
comes with a nice deck on the back and an outdoor shower. You know, for when you’re in the middle
of the ocean or river and you need a shower out on the deck. On the inside, you have leather furniture,
marble accents, and plush carpet. And of course a big screen TV! Rather than sliding cargo racks, the Terra
Wind has inflatable stabilizing pontoons that keep it from rocking back and forth. Although this guy is like a new age yacht,
not many can afford one or you’d see them crowding public waters all over the world! #4 LARC-V
The LARC-V (lark-five) stands for Lighter, Amphibious Resupply, Cargo, 5 ton. It is an aluminum-hulled amphibious cargo
vehicle that can, you guessed it, carry 5 tons. Invented in the 1950s, it is probably more
widely used today than ever! Military forces in Australia, Argentina, Portugal,
the Philippines Singapore, Iceland and the United States still use them. The thing is, less than a thousand of them
were made and over half of them have been destroyed (on purpose as part of disposal
when the US left Vietnam in the 70s’). Still, about 200 are being used in the military
and 100 are privately owned. Random fact, many of them are used for tours
in Iceland. Unfortunately, they are not known for their
speed, as their land speed is 30mph and their water speed doesn’t reach 10mph. But, during the Vietnam War, they were a great
asset for their durability and cargo capacity. Over the last ten years, some of these have
been remodeled, tested and enhanced to create even more powerful, useful military tools. During the US Navy Service Life Extension
Program, they changed the mechanical transmission to hydraulic, and updated the electrical system. These reworked LARCS were used for underwater
construction teams and the maritime pre-positioned force ships. Towing capacity can now reach nearly 30,000lbs
and bollard pull in water about 7600 lbs. #3 SeaRoader Lamborghini Countach
Amphibious Lambo? Yes, please! In a couple of seconds, all your childhood
dreams will come true as you get a load of this car! Most Lamborghini’s are not so great on the
water. They are also ridiculously expensive. But the world’s only amphibious Lamborghini
Countach was sold for under $27,000! Well, it was actually a replica, with the
body used as the cover, and you could get it on ebay. But considering it is a Countach replica,
it’s still pretty sweet. Every detail is painstakingly accurate. Even the body panels were molded from a Countach
5000QV. The original countach was shown in 1971 as
the Lamborghini LP500 Concept Car. It had the famous Italian Wedge shape made
famous by Bertone. This SeaRoader, is often called the Amphiborghini
and was built by Mike Ryan of England’s SeaRoader Amphibious Vehicles along with people from
BBC’s Top Gear. And no it doesn’t have a V12. Not only can it travel on land and water thanks
to a Rover 8, but it even has a smoke screen button! How cool can this car get? While it’s not James Bond’s Lotus Esprit
submarine in the The Spy Who Loved Me, it might be the next best thing! #2 Gibbs Humdinga
Alan Gibbs, from Gibbs Technologies (remember him, the Kiwi who also created the Aquada),
created this 5-seater Humdinga 4WD vehicle. The Humdinga wasn’t announced until 2012. Like the Hummer, it was created to access
the most hostile of terrains. But the Humdinga takes off-road to a whole
new level as it can access both difficult roads and of course the water! The Humdinga can transition from land to water
and vice versa with the push of a button. When the transition is complete, the wheels
retract and the power train disconnects from powering the wheels to powering the jet propulsion
system. Due to its size and power, Gibbs often calls
the Humdinga an Amphitruck. It is always in four wheel drive and can travel
at about 100 mph (160kmh). On water, however it can still reach 30 miles
per hour (65kmh). Another unique thing about the Humdinga is
that unlike most amphibious vehicles, it can seat 5 people complete with luggage and supplies
comfortably. Why isn’t it on the market yet? Well, it took 15 years and over a million
man hours to develop so…they’re working on it!! They now have the Humdinga II and the Phibian
out, but still, they are designed with the military, rescue and humanitarian operations
in mind. Price is available upon request! #1 Rinspeed sQuba
The Rinspeed sQuba is the world’s first car that can be driven both on land and underwater. What? Weren’t we just talking about cars that
went on water? Yes, ON the water, but this takes vehicles
to a whole new level!! The sQuba is an underwater car. This is a multipurpose vehicle. The idea for the Rinspeed was inspired by
the 1977 James Bond film The Spy Who Loved Me and this car can literally drive under
the water. The sQuba is a zero-emission, all electric
vehicle. It has three motors. One for land, and two for the water and it’s
batteries are rechargeable. But it can do more than dive, the Squba can
also float on the surface until the operator is ready to submerge it down to 33 ft (10
meters). On land, it can drive up to 75 mph, but in
and under the water, it can hardly reach 4mph. But is that really the point? No! Considering it comes with cruise control,
and lasers, and it can even go in salt water! It was introduced in 2008, but has yet to
hit the market. The price is still unknown, but since it cost
one and a half million dollars to build, chances are it will be rather costly. The seller promises that it will probably
be cheaper than a Rolls Royce. So what do you prefer, a Rolls or The Rinspeed
Squba? Thanks for watching!! Which one of these is your favorite? Let us know in the comments below! Make sure to subscribe and see you next time!!

Author Since: Mar 11, 2019

  1. I would prefer a Rinspeed sQuba because why not? except I don't have any money to buy such a car😂 (yet? haha joke)

  2. Lol – the engines on #1 Rinspeed sQuba are: One if by land – two if by sea. They should have named it the Paul Revere…

  3. Gibbs aquada spend 200 million dollars on Research basically make a Kia boat WTF just when I thought it couldn't get any worse

  4. You said #7 had a Mazda rotary engine but showed a conventional reciprocating piston engine. What kind of slack jawed cretins do you have for editors?

  5. I want a WWII Schwimmwagon. Those German engineers really came up with some cool things. Too bad it was all for a war they didn't have a moral high ground with.
    Of course I want the Machine Guns with mine.

  6. On the "Sea Lion" @ 4:20–4:25 that is NOT a Rotary engine. The graphic animation is a piston reciprocating engine.

  7. 2:43 "Like and air plane landing (the whatever it is) retracts its wheels." Are you retarded? Belly landing bad. Wheels down good!!!

  8. The Amphicar is NOT a descendant of the Schwimmwagen!! Hans Trippel designed the Type 2SG/6 which was VW's competitor when it came to getting the contract to build an amphibious vehicle for the German military during WW2. Tripple did not win the contract in part because of his car's overheating problems and other factors. After the war, Trippel designed the Amphicar for the civilian market and it was produced with no ties to Volkswagen.

  9. A lot of us go to the internet for info this is bad info on the rotary engine please get it rite before you publish .

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