World’s First Amphibious Car Revealed

Jun 21, 2012 11:57 AM EDT | Brice Smith

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Sea Lion Car

Designer Mark Witt designed a amphibious sports car called the Sea Lion in hopes of breaking the world speed limit. (Photo : Fantasy Junction press release)

The world's first amphibious sports car is all set to hit the roads soon.

The amphibious sports car can hit speeds of up to 180 mph (290 kmh) on land and 41 mph (72 kmh) in the water. The appropriately-named, Sea Lion, comes with a price tag of $295,000 which will be exclusively sold in U.S.

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The Sea Lion and has extraordinary stainless steel exteriors made of brushed aluminium. It was designed by Mark Witt, who came up with the concept from the scratch, with an objective of breaking the amphibious world speed record.

The previous record on land for an amphibious car was 125 mph. Technical specifications reveal that the model comes with 174 horsepower 13B rotary engine and it has been inspired by the 1974 Mazda RX3.

"The Sea Lion has been customized for high speed on land," Witt told reporters. "The speed on water has been restricted to Sea Lion's power and improvements may be done late perhaps. The water speed will upgrade by the use of a Renesis RX8 engine unit."

The latest roadster will be up for sale at a California-based Fantasy Junction where the event will witness an exhibition of automobiles and vintage racing cars.


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