AN Iveco machine that can travel on land and water is making waves in Europe.
The Italian brand best known for its trucks and vans has come up with an amphibious vehicle that is being touted as the perfect machine for people who own yachts that can’t make it into a marina.
According to Iveco, the SeaLand amphibious vehicle can be used by crews to get on to shore.
Even better, it can then be driven up the beach and on to wherever the crew would like to go.
It is not yet clear whether the SeaLand will go into production and Iveco refers to it as an experimental vehicle — which means it could be some way away from showrooms.
The SeaLand is based on a modified version of the Iveco Daily 4x4. This version features a previousgeneration body design, although it’s not clear why the company didn’t use the current shape.
The amphibious vehicle features a full suite of design changes to makes sure it floats safely. These in- clude a hull bottom, new thicker glass for windscreen and windows, some extensive mechanical changes and very good seals.
The SeaLand runs a relatively standard 3.0-litre sixcylinder turbo diesel but it is coupled to a hydrojet.
This means the engine pumps water through a tube and out the back of the boat, like a jetski, which propels the vehicle.
Once it’s on the road, the engine drives the wheels.
It has been fitted with large-capacity fuel tanks that can hold a total of 300L.
Iveco says the SeaLand has already conducted its maiden voyage, a 14-hour crossing of the Corsica channel that covered around 140km.
The SeaLand is not the only amphibious vehicle Iveco has built.
Back in 2008, it also produced a larger 6x6 fire rescue machine that it called Duffy (and no, we don’t know why).
Can’t get your yacht into a marina? The Iveco SeaLand will get you onshore and driving to your destination