Usually if you prefer to go by boat, you get in your car, rent a boat and get on a boat. Wealthy people use trucks or SUVs to take their own boats to the port. But what if we tell you that you can do both in the same car?
Here we have it, featured by YouTuber AdamC3046 In the video embedded above. It is a seventh-generation Ford Fiesta that has been converted to an amphibious vehicle and is still road-legal in the UK. According to the presenter, this is a father-son lockdown project.
What’s great about this amphibious Ford is that it’s still recognized as a Fiesta at first glance. The upper half comes from a subcompact car, though the lower half shows the fiberglass body of the Dutton Reef. Wheel stock from Fiesta alloys.
In order to make the conversion work, some changes have been made in this Fiesta. The engine has been moved behind the rear seats and the exhaust has been moved higher for obvious reasons. The wheelbase was also stretched in the middle for engine configuration, while the roof was cut for the pleasure of boating in the open air.
For the propeller to work, there is a transfer case that allows energy to be transmitted to the propeller while in water. Acceleration is still controlled by the pedals, while the rudder rotates left or right based on the steering wheel input.
It’s a fun machine, no doubt, but it’s not without flaws. With a maximum speed of 7 knots or about 8 miles (13 kilometers per hour) on the water, it is by no means a speed boat. But then again, how many Ford Fiestas can drive at will, both on land and in water?
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