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This car has a lithium-ion plug-in hybrid powertrain, along with a host of technologies that make the car your ideal personal assistant. The car takes advantage of data from the cloud, like the driver’s work schedule and local traffic and weather conditions, to anticipate driver demands. It can even monitor air quality data to suggest a healthier route to the destination.
The Gibbs Aquada is neither a modified land car nor a boat with wheels. Instead, it’s a specially designed vehicle that’s equally at home in the water as it is on dry terrain. Developed in New Zealand by Gibbs Sports Amphibians, the Aquada made history in March 2004 when Richard Branson piloted one across the English Channel in one hour, 40 minutes and six seconds, a new record.
This car, which Mercedes says is intended to give the public a look at a car of 2025, uses fuel cell technology and runs on hydrogen, which has a far greater range than electric vehicles. Mercedes says it can go as far as 621 miles on a tank of hydrogen, and has a fuel economy of 105 miles per gallon. It will be able to rely on a driver’s hand gestures to understand and execute commands.
Featured in the movie, “Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol,” this sleek four-seater sports car is a plug-in hybrid that uses a three cylinder engine, optimizing performance while ensuring high fuel efficiency. The car accelerates from 0 to 62 miles per hour in under five seconds, while achieving 104 miles per gallon in fuel efficiency.
This amazing hydro car is powered by natural gas, and it’s the first amphibious vehicle to be fueled by this environmentally-friendly resource. It has a 750cc, two-cylinder, turbo-charged engine, and its integrated hydrofoil design can be deployed at water depths over four feet (1.3 meters). The body is constructed of the same multi-layered carbon composite used in racing cars, which means its futuristic good looks are combined with aerodynamic performance.
This electric car uses a wireless charging pad instead of being connected to an outlet, making the need for plugs or cables for charging obsolete.
SeaRoader Amphibious Lamborghini Countach
You may think Lamborghini Countachs are pretty awesome exactly as they are, but just imagine one that can run on both land and water. SeaRoader’s Mike Ryan converted this Lamborghini Countach into an amphibious car worthy of James Bond himself. “If it’s got wheels, I’ll make it float!” boasts Ryan, who has also converted jeeps, motorcycles, a London taxi cab and even an ice-cream van into water-going vehicles.
This uber-all-terrain vehicle has a retro look, with plenty of features to satisfy the ultimate outdoorsman. A sophisticated navigation system displays 3D imagery using topographical maps. Sonar sensors in bumpers and side mirrors measure water depth.
Nissan Pivo 3
A vehicle that departs the most radically from today’s cars, this three-seater’s exterior is a blank slate that can be changed, based on the owner’s preferences, with a simple download of a phone app or by uploading an image to Facebook. A 3D female “navigation concierge” pops out of the dashboard to assist the driver. It’s so versatile it can operate as its own gaming machine.
The Dobbertin HydroCar is like a Transformer, changing from a sports car to a watercraft with the touch of a switch. The fenders that run the length of the car are lowered to form pontoons when the car is in “water mode.” The only downside is that the car isn’t quite finished yet. When maker Rick Dobbertin sold it on eBay earlier this year, the product description read, “Still needs some additional water testing and ‘dialing-in’ to achieve its full potential.” Clearly, someone was happy to continue working on the car, though, as it sold for $130,000 on February 24, 2013.
When inventor Marc Witt decided to build himself an amphibious car, he started with a 174-horsepower Mazda rotary engine. Witt then designed an aluminum and stainless steel body around it that was both road- and sea-worthy. Today, it’s one of the fastest amphibious cars around – at least on land, where it travels at up to 125 mph (201 km/h). In the water, meanwhile, it can reach respectable speeds of as much as 60 mph (96 km/h).