Multi surface vehicle rolling off assembly line in Auburn Hills
Gibbs Quadski Photo: bornrich.com
David Moore November 13, 2012 | AP
Auto industry sales have been on the rise, with trucks and ATV’s holding their own. But as WGVU’s David Moore reports, a new vehicle in production this week in Southeastern Michigan will take to water just as easily at it does to land.
Some baby boomers might recall the kitschy 1960 puppet super-marionation show SuperCar, which flew and submarined.
Now, while the Gibbs QuadSki won’t do that, it is an unusual vehicle, converting from land vehicle to personal watercraft with the push of a couple of buttons according to Gibbs Sports Amphibians Chairman and President Neil Jenkins.
You just drive right into a lake, and in a few seconds, you’re on the way to zipping along at 45 mph.
Although it’s designed and marketed as a high end recreational vehicle, Gibbs says the QuadSki, or one of its bigger counterparts would adapt well to other applications.
“With the recent disaster of hurricane Sandy, there were a lot of situations where those first responders would have been able to do their job far more efficiently and more timely if they’d had something like the QuadSki to use.”
The Gibbs QuadSski is in its initial assembly line run this week at a plant in Auburn Hills, also of course, home to the Detroit Pistons.
Jenkins says the R&D took 15 years, and they plan to build about 1,000 of the high end recreational vehicles over the next year, to be sold through major power sports dealerships, with a focus on the Great Lakes region and along the Gulf Coast.
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