It's the world's first High Speed Amphibian car. A sports car that takes to the water. Aquada, as it is known, can take off from a boat ramp, a slipway or the beach, and glide effortlessly as a speed boat across rivers or out to sea.
All you have to do, apparently, is press a button and accelerate. The wheels rise automatically, and thrust pushes the Aquada over the water. The whole process takes less than 12 seconds, then you're off at speeds of around 30mph.
Richard Branson has already taken one for a ride, across the English Channel. A few years ago, he made it from Dover to Calais in one hour and forty minutes. 'It is a great beast,' he said. 'It drives fantastically well on land and then it turns into the most remarkable boat on water.'
Next year, the Aquada is expected to go on sale to the US public at $85,000 or so. RM
Images: Gibbs Technologies
See also: sQuba