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WORLD EXCLUSIVE: After Years of Teasing, Gibbs is Finally Ready to Produce a Fast Amphibian

Quadski can travel 45 mph on land or water, transitioning between two in five seconds.

by on Oct.13, 2012

The Gibbs Quadski is the world's first production fast amphibian. Capable of 45 mph on land or water, the Quadski can transition between the two in as little as five seconds.

We fire up the Gibbs Quadski – the world’s first production, planing fast amphibian – and head straight for the water. Just as the tires start to get wet, we instinctively grab the brake lever because, well, wheeled vehicles aren’t supposed to go in the water.

But then we remember that this wheeled vehicle is different. In fact, that the Quadski can roll into the water is precisely what makes it special.

We're Even Amphibious!

As a Gibbs marketing representative said, “that’s when the magic happens.”

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How an ATV Could Help Bring Water Car to Market

Regulatory issues continue to stop Gibbs from producing Aquada, even as it begins production of amphibious ATV.

by on Sep.25, 2012

Gibbs Chairman Neil Jenkins, driving this Gibbs Aquada in New Zealand, says the company could begin producing the Aquada in as little as six months after it gains regulatory approval.

Automotive dreamers have coveted the notion of an amphibious car almost since the first autos started showing up on the world’s dusty streets.

Several have tried, most notably Hanns Trippel, who designed several amphibious vehicle, including the most well-known, the 1960s Amphicar.

Floating New Ideas in the Auto Industry!

But no one has developed what anyone could call a commercially successful production amphibious car.

So how does the planned production of an amphibious ATV bring that car one step closer to reality? Let’s take a look.

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The Yachtsman in the Flesh

Mini's Yachtsman spoof more than just clever press release.

by on Apr.11, 2012

Anchors Away! The Mini Yachtsmen.

So just how serious is Mini about the Yachtsman amphibian?

As is it’s tradition, the automaker sent out an April Fools Day press release, this time featuring a supposedly amphibious Mini. Sporting a massive bow extension and an air intake that makes the car look like it’s ready for submarine duty, the Cooper Yachtsman even had some long-timers in the auto biz fooled.

Float this Mini!

But this was no mere press release and elaborate Photoshop work. No Mini actually built the Yachtsman – and brought it to the New York auto show.  (more…)

Gibbs Introduces 30-foot Amphitruck

Phibian High Speed Amphibian targeted at first responders.

by on Feb.15, 2012

The Gibbs Phibian skims across the water on the Potomac River with the Washington Monument rising in the background.

ARLINGTON, Va. – After more than a decade of false starts, Gibbs Technologies launched a High Speed Amphibian that it says will change the way rescue crews respond in disaster situations.

With the dramatic backdrop of the Pentagon on one side and the Washington just across the Potomac River, Gibbs gave a demonstration of Phibian, a 30-foot amphitruck, which will be road legal and capable of more than 80 mph on the highway and 30 mph in water. Like Gibbs’ other amphibians, the Phibian can transition between land and water in as little as 5 seconds.

“Natural disasters in recent memory, such as the earthquake and tsunamis in Japan, Thailand, Sri Lanka and elsewhere in Asia;  as well as the devastation of Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans, illustrate the need for amphibians as capable, versatile and efficient as Phibian,” Gibbs Chairman Neil Jenkins said.

Gibbs is now taking orders for the Phibian, although no price was announced. It plans to begin delivering vehicles in 9 to 15 months.

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Vehicle developer: Building an Amphibious Car Could Be Done for Just 15% Premium

Gibbs chairman says no one really knows potential market for new class of vehicles. Regulations remain real impediment.

by on Sep.10, 2010

The Gibbs Aquada can convert from water to land mode and vice versa in 5 seconds.

Making a vehicle amphibious would cost a premium of just 15% if it were designed for water use from the start, the chairman of the company that is working on several amphibious vehicles said.

In an exclusive interview with TheDetroitBureau, Neil Jenkins, chairman of Gibbs Technologies, said the additional hardware needed to turn a garden-variety car into an High-Speed Amphibian is not excessive. Added equipment would include a water jet with a power takeoff from the engine, the hardware to raise the wheels out of the water, sensors to allow the vehicle to determine it is floating and marine lights. That would turn a $32,000 Ford Mustang convertible into a fast amphibian priced at less than $37,000.

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Even cars that go in water!

So far, the company’s biggest challenge has been winning U.S. regulatory approval for the car, called the Aquada, that Gibbs wants to build. In fact, Jenkins admitted that he figured getting the Aquada into production would take about three years, not the 11 years since he signed on with the company.
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