Amphibious vehicles, those wreckers of Paul Revere’s “one if by land, two if by sea” binary, isn’t exactly new to the scene.
In 1999, a Southern California company called WaterCar began working on a project that, yes, involved putting cars on water. Its goal was to “build the world's fastest amphibious vehicle.”
By 2010 the company had achieved its goal, with a model called Python, and was ready to take on the commercial sphere.
The H1-Panther is built from a Humvee base, and it shows: it looks like a cross between a Hummer and a Wrangler. The key difference is in the weight—and buoyancy.
But the H1-Panther doesn’t just bob around in the shallow end. WaterCar made the H1-Panther a bit of a monster.
It’s powered by the one-two punch of a Chevrolet LS3 Gas Engine and a Mercury Marine Bravo 2 Outdrive, says Auto Evolution, and can generate 395 hp. Translation: 70 miles per hour on land, 35 knots on water.
And in case you were yawning at any of this, the H1-Panther will also happily take on your knottiest trails, thanks to its mud tires and four-wheel drive.
The water vehicle can go from a fearsome land crawler to a formidable seafarer in 20 seconds, which in practice means driving the car directly into the tide without stopping. It’s the stuff of science fiction. Plus, it’s approved by the Coast Guard!
Not quite ready for amphibious antics
The H1-Panther is, at this time, still in production, but you can get on the waitlist. And WaterCar doesn’t do financing, so be prepared to fork over a big pile of cash when your car-boat is ready. Then we’ll challenge you to two-thirds of a triathlon.
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