ATV's Take The Plunge
by Mike Suchan, Photo courtesy of Gibbs
One if by land, two if by sea. What about one by land and sea?
That’s what’s coming out of Detroit in the Quadski, an ATV that turns into a personal watercraft.
Gibbs Sports Amphibian Inc. spent millions in man hours and dollars to develop this High Speed Amphibian (HSA). Powered by a 175-hp BMW Motorrad engine and transmission, the Quadski can hit 45 mph off road then head into the water, where a button push will retract the wheels in 5 seconds, and send the driver on an exhilarating 45-mph cruise.
“It’s been a long, uphill battle, but clearly worth the effort,” said Alan Gibbs, who has more than 300 patents and patents pending in developing this HSA. “Quadski will pave the way for a host of others HSAs for consumers, sports enthusiasts, law enforcement agencies, first responders and other commercial enterprises.”
Standing 10.5 feet long with a width just over 5 feet, 4.6 feet tall and weighing in at 1,300 pounds, the Quadski is a bit larger than most ATVs and personal watercraft, and the price is somewhat higher. With all the technology that went into developing it, Gibbs has a sticker price of $40,000 for the one-seat model.