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article imageVideo: WaterCar Panther, 'fastest amphibious car in the world'

By JohnThomas Didymus     Jul 3, 2013 in Driving
The Panther, the latest amphibious vehicle from WaterCar, claims the advantage of multi-terrain capability as the world's fastest amphibious car capable of doing over 80mph (127km/h) on land and 44 mph (70km/h) on water.
Panther's engine is the latest generation Acura 3.7 liter VTEC V-6, equipped with single overhead camshaft cylinder and 24 valves. The vehicle can move from land to water at speeds of up to 15 mph (24 km/h). During the transition, the driver shifts the four-speed to neutral, and once the vehicle slides into water, she switches to jet drive and lifts the wheels out of the water, hydraulically, all within 15 seconds.
The vehicle is equipped with a chassis made out of lightweight chromoly steel that fits into a fiberglass haul. Lightweight chromoly steel enhances floatability. According to Brian Dodson, writing in Gizmag, chromoly steel has superior properties of "weldability, formability, strength, ductility and toughness" compared to regular carbon steel.
The Panther in impressively stable in water for a vehicle its length (15 feet) and can maintain an even keel on water when stationery.
WaterCar Panther;  Fastest amphibious vehicle in the world
WaterCar Panther; 'Fastest amphibious vehicle in the world
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Being able to do up to 44 mph on water, it can be used for various water sports, including water-skiing.
WaterCar Panther:  Fastest amphibious car in the world
WaterCar Panther: 'Fastest amphibious car in the world'
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The video also shows the rear wheel drive car speeding on and off-road on land, and over desert sand dunes.
The major drawback is that Panther is a pricey vehicle, starting at $76,000 for incomplete versions of the vehicles, to $135, 000 for the complete model.
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