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New amphibious car unveiled on River Thames

Canadian Press
Wednesday, September 03, 2003
CREDIT: (AP/Stefan Rousseau, PA)

The Aquada drives on the River Thames Wednesday . (AP/Stefan Rousseau, PA)

(CP) - A New Zealand company is behind what it calls the world's first high speed sports amphibian vehicle. Gibbs Technologies launched the so-called Aquada Wednesday on the River Thames in central London.

Apart from having three seats side-by-side, at first glance the Aquada looks like many other cars, until you see it skim over the water. The company says the Aquada can reach speeds of 160 km/h an hour on land, and with the press of a button, 48 km/h on water.

The Aquada was developed in New Zealand, Detroit, and Nuneaton in Britain.

The problem that plagued previous vehicles was the drag created by the wheels as they moved through the water.

In 1995, Gibbs discovered the concept of raising the wheels while they remained connected to the drive shafts.

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