What do you get when you cross a BMW K1300S, an ATV and a Jet Ski? The GIBBS Quadski. Michigan-based GIBBS Sports Amphibians Inc. has unveiled their latest amphibious vehicle and says it will be released later this year as a 2013 model. It’s powered by a BMW motorcycle K1300 series four-cylinder engine which comes as part of a five-year deal with BMW to purchase the engines and transmissions through 2016.
“We consider this engine to be the most technologically advanced, lightweight engine available today and ideally suited to power a High Speed Amphibian,” said GIBBS Chairman Neil Jenkins. “We are especially pleased to be working with BMW, a premium vehicle manufacturer known throughout the world for product quality and engineering excellence.”
Jenkins said GIBBS has spent more than 18 months and over 75,000 engineering man hours to pair BMW Motorrad’s powertrain with the Quadski’s high-tech amphibian systems. “Quadski is the world’s first high-speed, power-sports amphiquad and is designed to achieve speeds of up to 45 miles per hour on both land and water,” Jenkins noted. “With the Quadski, GIBBS will usher in an entirely new form of transportation.”
The second generation of BMW Motorrad’s inline water-cooled motorcycle engine, the K1300, is considered the lightest power plant in its segment and features electronic fuel injection, a double-overhead camshaft and dry-sump lubrication. Engines for the GIBBS Quadski will be manufactured at the BMW Motorrad plant in Berlin, Germany.
Alan Gibbs, the founder of GIBBS Technologies said, “Quadski is both exciting and practical with a multitude of uses. I know consumers will love the fun of driving a Quadski on land one minute and then head straight into the sea or river the next. But there is a very serious side to Quadski as well: emergency services and aid workers will be able to reach areas and people no two- or four-wheel drive vehicle could reach.”