Gibbs Technologies has launched two new high-speed, commercial-grade amphibian vehicles dubbed the Phibian and the Humdinga. The Phibian, a 30-foot-long and almost 12-foot-tall carbon fiber amphibian craft, could travel at highways speeds on land and at over 30 mph (26 knots) on the water. The Phibian could carry up to 15 people, including three crews.
The Phibian is well-designed for first-responder and rescue operations, as it could go from the road to the water in less than 10 seconds with the push of a button.
When on the ground, the Phibian is powered by a twin-turbocharged diesel engine that sends a 500 hp output to the craft’s four wheels. When on the water, the Phibian is powered by a twin jet. The smaller Humdinga, meanwhile, is a 21-foot-long craft that could carry up to seven passengers.
Designed for light-duty patrol and rapid-response situations, the Humdinga is powered by a supercharged V8 with output of 350 hp. Both the Phibian and the Humdinga come with Gibbs’ proprietary High Speed Amphibian technology, which involves suspension, water-propulsion and wheel-retraction design to help in the crafts’ transition from land to sea. Gibbs also offers personal amphibians: the Aquada, a three-seat convertible vehicle, and the Quadski, a personal sports craft.