Am­phibi­ous so­lu­tion

NT News - Motoring - - CARS GUIDE - By JAMES STAN­FORD

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

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