Update: I managed to catch-up with Karsten, and he informs me he’d come across information on an early prototype of the Quadski, and in fact developed the Neuspa from that early idea. Ah, well! Would have been nice were it the other way around!
A while ago, I wrote about my love affair with the KR “Fishers’ Menace” Neuspa by Karsten Rutledge. This is sleek quad-like 4×4 which can literally go anywhere on land and on the water (and elsewhere!). It has given me enormous fun over the years, and all my friends who have tried it have ended up buying on of their own.
It really is a great little vehicle for getting around on, even on single region islands, and the amphibious option make it a dream on water. Just drive up to a suitable body of Linden water, plunge in, watch the wheels rotate up and the Neuspa turn itself into a jetski.
It’s equally as fast and manoeuvrable on water as it is on land. And when you’ve had enough, steer yourself to shallow water, watch the wheels rotate back into drive mode – and off you go!
Such a vehicle could clearly only exist in Second Life or a virtual world, right?
At around $40,000 (£35,000) The Gibbs Quadski does just what the Neuspa can do on land and water and at speeds of up to 64 KPH (45 MPH) on either, making it the fastest amphibious vehicle available today.
Don’t believe me? watch this:
It even looks somewhat like the Neuspa when on water – although that’s likely to be a matter of form following function as much as anything. Even so, one cannot help but have stray thoughts as to where the inspiration came from…
Gibbs are expecting to sell around 1,000 Quadskis in the next year, with dealerships concentrated in New York, Boston, the Great Lakes, Florida and Texas. I have my fingers crossed that “and the UK” will be appearing on their list sooner rather than later.
I wonder when they’ll get a version out which can fly as well?
With thanks to Ener Hax for pointing me to the Quadski.