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Landshark

michael posted more than 11 years ago | from the knock-knock-who's-there dept.

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An anonymous reader writes "This has got to be, or will be when they actually make one, the coolest amphibious vehicle around. It's a cross between a motorcycle and a jet ski, and it seats three. It can travel at 200 mph on land and 50 mph on water. Just what you need to get you from point A to point B."

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fr0st piss (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#4624615)

the p0stest with the m0stest
yeah baby!

Don't try it !! (5, Funny)

maharg (182366) | more than 11 years ago | (#4624622)

If you drive into the water at 200MPH it will get messy

Re:Don't try it !! (2, Informative)

lithium100 (624098) | more than 11 years ago | (#4624723)

I can't imagine steering a three wheeled car at 200MPH!!!

Remember the Robin reliant. About as stable as a junkie at a night club.

Re:Don't try it !! (1)

marc_gerges (561641) | more than 11 years ago | (#4624930)

The longer a vehicle gets and the wider the front track is, the less of an issue it means to be three-wheeled - especially with a low center of gravity. You come to the point where you slide instead of tilt pretty quickly. Sliding isn't good, but it's not worse on three than on four wheels.

Re:Don't try it !! (2)

Archie Steel (539670) | more than 11 years ago | (#4624938)

Actually, the inverted tricycle design (two wheels in front, one wheel at the back) is quite stable, as stable as a four-wheel design (except when going in reverse, I guess). Of course you'd probably not be able to safely turn with a regular tricycle design at any speed higher than 30 MPH...

Just what I need. Grandma's driving 200mph (3, Funny)

BoomerSooner (308737) | more than 11 years ago | (#4624810)

cutting me off at exit ramps because they couldn't see the sign.

Google Cache (1)

quizwedge (324481) | more than 11 years ago | (#4624831)

http://216.239.37.100/search?q=cache:0TUvvbx6JmEC: www.landshark.co.uk/+landshark&hl=en&ie=UT F-8

This is news for nerds?! (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#4624626)

Slashdot has obviously jumped the landshark.

Okay, stop throwing tomatos. :p

Nothing new (0, Flamebait)

plnb (579253) | more than 11 years ago | (#4624636)

This is no different than the old car/boat things they used to make in the 60s, those were stupid, and so is this. Just my $0.02

Next SUV (2)

pacc (163090) | more than 11 years ago | (#4624639)

Excellent design, cooler then the car in the parking slot next to you and of course forbidden to be used everywhere except on public roads and special water areas.

Re:Next SUV (3, Insightful)

Smidge204 (605297) | more than 11 years ago | (#4624798)

Also note that practically nobody uses an SUV for the kinds of things an SUV is capable of. I know Landrover owners you *freak* if they get mud on it... wtf did they buy a Landrover for, then?

As for betting from A to B... who would use this for a daily vehicle? Recreation, definately, but recreational vehicles aren't genarally used for 'A to B' travel.

+4 Neat, +0 Useful
=Smidge=

Re:Next SUV (1)

Drathos (1092) | more than 11 years ago | (#4624844)

maybe the ads for the maibatsu monostrosity in gta3 weren't that far off.. seats 12 (doesn't the expedition come close to this ;) ), amphibious mode, equipped to cross the artic tundra, 3 miles per gallon..

Knock knock... (2, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#4624646)

Candygram!

Wait, isn't this what Skeleton drove?

Re:Knock knock... (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#4624682)

Oops, I meant Skeletor!

Like these here [ebay.com] and here [ebay.com] .

Re:Knock knock... (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#4624726)

SNL c '76 the real deal!

Re:Knock knock... (1)

FatAlb3rt (533682) | more than 11 years ago | (#4624924)

Hey, you're that shark I've been hearing about.
...
I'm just a dolphin ma'am.
Oh, well in that case...

slashdot vapourware? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#4624651)

This has a similar feel to the Amiga story the other day - any chance of posting real world coolness sometime?

Way sexier than those tablec PCs (1)

cyborch (524661) | more than 11 years ago | (#4624652)

and there's no sign of the big and ugly coorporation...

it has to be said (5, Funny)

cr@ckwhore (165454) | more than 11 years ago | (#4624655)

(knock knock on the door)

"Who is it?"

(mumbles)

"Who?"

"Unicef"

"Oh, why didn't you say that before!"

(landshark attacks woman who opens the door)

Re:it has to be said (-1, Offtopic)

p3d0 (42270) | more than 11 years ago | (#4624697)

Dang, you beat me by three minutes [slashdot.org] , and now I'll be modded as redundant.

Re:it has to be said (0, Offtopic)

Charlton Heston (588481) | more than 11 years ago | (#4624799)

Goddamn the moderators are stupid.

NO! Don't moderate the parent post as redundant. HE WAS TALKING ABOUT THE ONE HE LINKED TO! Moderate THAT one as redundant.

Re:it has to be said (2, Insightful)

p3d0 (42270) | more than 11 years ago | (#4624872)

Actually, I thought the Redundant mod was pretty funny. I wish I could metamod it as Funny.

Oif. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#4624656)

Okay, this is cool, but it it NOT a replacement for jetpacks, personal helicopters, or hovercrafts that we were promised in all those futurist magazines.

Re:Oif. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#4624869)

I just want my own SkyCar. C'mon Moller, hurry it up!

This is good advancement, but... (2)

suman28 (558822) | more than 11 years ago | (#4624661)

The reason three wheels we not popular in my opinion is that they are unsafe at high speeds. It certainly looks cool, but I travelling at such high speeds can get you killed faster in the water than on land.

Re:This is good advancement, but... (3, Informative)

Knobby (71829) | more than 11 years ago | (#4624788)

Actually, the current land speed record holder [cnn.com] is a three-wheeled gas turbine powered vehicle. Two wheels up front and a pair of co-linear wheels in the rear.. They had some stability issues at the prototype stage, but the car that they ultimated ran worked fine..

Re:This is good advancement, but... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#4624852)

It has has one thing going for it. Lotus Engineering LTD. Personally, I dont see the thing going 200mph on the road. I only know of a few street legal, factory made cars that are members of the 200mph club (McLaren, Lamborgini, Ferrari). All of which cannot be touched for under 6 figures. Not to mention, only 1 of those seats 3 (which costs 7 figures).

Planned or measured? (4, Informative)

PhysicsGenius (565228) | more than 11 years ago | (#4624666)

I would never drive a boat 200 mph on land. It would flip right over.

A boat is designed to be a wing. You want the least amount of boat in the water that you possibly can, so you construct it to lift up and out the faster you go. But on land, you want the vehicle to press down onto the ground, the opposite direction as in the water.

Like the space shuttle, this "landshark" sounds like it was engineered for coolness and not from genuine requirements.

Re:Planned or measured? (2, Insightful)

Beatbyte (163694) | more than 11 years ago | (#4624786)

I'd imagine the suspension is adjustable in the front. Air bags or coil over or something where it would actually bring the front end down and the back end up at least to the same height if not higher than the front.

Either way, when my car hits 130mph and I'm feeling kinda scared, I don't think I could handle going much faster than that. Besides, RWD at 200mph? a little lite in the back end would be DAMN scary/dangerous!

Re:Planned or measured? (3, Funny)

TechnoLust (528463) | more than 11 years ago | (#4624867)

So throw an adjustable spoiler on it.

Also just because it CAN go 200 MPH doesn't mean you should. My car will do 175 MPH, but I don't drive it that fast because I don't want to lose my license.

Re:Planned or measured? (3, Informative)

pete-classic (75983) | more than 11 years ago | (#4624909)

RTFA. It lowers the mud guards into the water and acts as a hydrofoil.

-Peter

Here's a mirror... (-1, Troll)

dormat (155823) | more than 11 years ago | (#4624669)

Here you go guys, I was lucky enough to get to the site before it got /.ed, so I mirrored it to my site, run off my Palm Pilot and an IR connection. Enjoy!! Here's the link!! [localhost]

Re:Here's a mirror... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#4624703)

I mirrored it to my site, run off my Palm Pilot and an IR connection. Enjoy!! Here's the link!! [localhost]
But I'm not running a webserver on my computer. . .that link is for localhost. . .doesn't do me much good!!!

Re:Here's a mirror... (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#4624752)

damn it. meant to post that anonymously. i guess losing what little karma i had is what i get for being a sloppy bastard.

Is It Safe? [apologies to Dustin Hoffmann] (5, Funny)

gowen (141411) | more than 11 years ago | (#4624672)

It can travel at 200 mph on land and 50 mph on water. Just what you need to get you from point A to point B."
As long as you don't mind various parts of your body being scattered at points C, D, E and F, and your luggage being at point Z.

It's just a dolphin (5, Funny)

p3d0 (42270) | more than 11 years ago | (#4624681)

Lady: Who is it?

Landshark: Plumber.

Lady: I didn't hire a plumber. Who is it!?

Landshark: Flowers.

Lady: What... for who

Landshark: Plumber

Lady: ... you're.. that crazy shark aren't you?

Landshark: No maam, I am just a dolphin.. will you let me in please?

Lady: A dolphin! Ok!

Re:It's just a dolphin (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#4624698)

It's much funnier if you leave off the "Landshark:" on his lines. You kinda spoiled the joke with the first line.

Besides, this is the 3rd time this joke has been made on this very new article.

Re:It's just a dolphin (0)

p3d0 (42270) | more than 11 years ago | (#4624720)

Um, thanks for the critique, but I just pasted it from the SNL site.

Re:It's just a dolphin (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#4624784)

I think most people over the age of 12 knew what he was referencing anyway.

Re:It's just a dolphin (1)

mccalli (323026) | more than 11 years ago | (#4624887)

I think most people over the age of 12 knew what he was referencing anyway.

I'm 30, and have absolutely no idea what's being referenced. Could someone please let me know?

Cheers,
Ian

Re:It's just a dolphin (2)

Beautyon (214567) | more than 11 years ago | (#4624905)

Saturday Night Live, Chevy Chase in the famous "Landshark" Skit.

How interesting! (2, Funny)

ekrout (139379) | more than 11 years ago | (#4624684)

This has got to be, or will be when they actually make one, the coolest amphibious vehicle around.

GNU/HURD developers say the same thing about their operating system!

Re:How interesting! (1)

NewTrollOrder (624089) | more than 11 years ago | (#4624716)

I'm currently working on an amphibious GNU/HURD-based vehicle. Who's cool now?

Michael's rhetoric (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#4624689)

I'm sick of michael's inane at the end of his posts. Please Malda, get rid of him and hire and editor that it makes sense to have in YRO! I do not want to be spoken to in a condescending manner!


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Sheesh... (4, Funny)

Malfeas (621544) | more than 11 years ago | (#4624694)

...apparently this motorcycle/jetski thingie can't outrun the slashdot effect.

Should be pretty neat! (5, Informative)

llamalicious (448215) | more than 11 years ago | (#4624696)

Reading that last line on Landshark's homepage, I can only think of the next round of Darwin awards and wonder if should inform Mr. Baker of his nomination. ;)

Here's [216.239.51.100] the google cache if you need it

Ludacris - Move B*tch (1)

_PimpDaddy7_ (415866) | more than 11 years ago | (#4624699)

Now I can drive right THROUGH the SUV moms to the tune of Ludacris "Move b*tch! Get out the way! Get out the way, bitch!" Get out the way!"

Shall we nominate the test driver? (1)

dan dan the dna man (461768) | more than 11 years ago | (#4624700)

I think this could be a future Darwin Award in the making here :)

Give it up for google cache! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#4624704)

Damn /. effect: Google Cache [216.239.53.100]

But WHY? (2)

kafka93 (243640) | more than 11 years ago | (#4624707)

Who is going to use a motorcycle for the water?
Why do geeks always feel the need to shoehorn technology into purposes for which it wasn't intended? A motorcycle should be for use on ROADS. If you have the need to travel on water, people, _buy a boat_. Once again, our obsession for technology prevails in the face of reason. What will be next? Internet access for telephones? Where will this madness end?

Re:But WHY? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#4624747)

Why do geeks always feel the need to shoehorn technology into purposes for which it wasn't intended?

Yeah! Like turning sand into microchips! And turning trees into houses! And pumping out crude oil out of the ground! And killing animals to wear their skins! And cooking over a fire!

Re:But WHY? (3, Interesting)

Gopher971 (219910) | more than 11 years ago | (#4624757)

Simple answer - Traffic. i live in Dublin near the coast. To travel to work every morning takes an hour and a half. With something like this I could be in work in 25 minutes by crossing Dublin Bay and travelling up the canal.

Although, somehow I doubt you'd ever get up to 200mph on any road in Dublin!

Gopher

Re:But WHY? (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#4624915)

Just you're average nitpicker

I wonder how much irony is intended here, seeing as how I'm nitpicking the nitpicker on his atrocious misuse of apostrophes ... the possessive form of you is your NOT you're!!

-1 Troll, -1 Anal retentive grammar whore, -1 Who cares? It's the digital age, no one actually spells anything correctly anymore!

Re:But WHY? (5, Funny)

CaffeineAddict2001 (518485) | more than 11 years ago | (#4624778)

Poor guy. I bet you never used to draw outside the lines as a child and your apples were always colored red and the sky blue.

"TEEACHER! Johnny colored his apple purple!!!"

I could really use one of these things... (1)

Max Romantschuk (132276) | more than 11 years ago | (#4624710)

I live close to the sea, not right by it but close to it... and work is close to the sea aswell.

The possibility of being able to avoid trafic by simply going through water when appropriate would be really cool.

I doubt it would deal with ice very well though, so it'd only work during the summer.

Durability? (5, Interesting)

TamMan2000 (578899) | more than 11 years ago | (#4624712)

The combined drive system is really clever, but I wonder how it will hold up... The impeller is mounted on the drive wheel, the wheel moves over the uneven surface of the road, and adsorbs shocks from all the bumps, so what I want to know is: how the heck are you going to build impeller seals that will hold up to that and still hold a tight tolerance?

Paint it black... (3, Funny)

outofpaper (189404) | more than 11 years ago | (#4624717)

If you just paint the thing black you will have a nifty Batman like toy. It looks like a veicle that only a supper hero would drive, not that that's wrong or eny thing. I think that the design would make an amazing remot controled veicle.

New thinkgeek blurb:
Do you want to scare your co-workers, destroy litle boats in park ponds, or just send mesages ashore from your house boat? Then this is the best thing that you'll ever want NEW MINI SHARK

Re:Paint it black... (1)

cyborch (524661) | more than 11 years ago | (#4624795)

...that only a supper hero would drive...

hmmm... I'm not a perfect speller either (especially when it comes to /.) but this makes me think of Knights of the dinner [hoodyhoo.com] table more than Batman... I don't recall any of them having lots of gadgets...

Re:Paint it black... (1)

BanSiesta (41108) | more than 11 years ago | (#4624801)

> It looks like a veicle that only a supper hero would drive

I'm sure all the lunch heroes would enjoy this vehicle just as much!

I prefer... (1)

adlai (469308) | more than 11 years ago | (#4624731)

...a duck [voyager.net] . Maybe slower but also ALOT more stable...

I can't remember... (2)

jhines0042 (184217) | more than 11 years ago | (#4624732)

... the last time that I needed to cross water and I didn't have a bridge.

Re:I can't remember... (2)

mark_lybarger (199098) | more than 11 years ago | (#4624823)

i imagine they have a different audience in mind with this one. the folks that live in/on bainbridge and have to take the ferry over everyday to work in downtown seattle could save a lot of time with something like this.

it could eventually be marketed like the current SUV market. people will buy them just because they're percieved to be kewl.

some more info (1)

Numeric (22250) | more than 11 years ago | (#4624742)

"The Shark uses the single rear wheel as a turbine pump in water and then hydroplanes on the lowered front mudguards."

"One side of the rear wheel draws the water into the centrifugal turbine where it is pushed through to the pressure collector on the other side to be pushed out of a rear facing nozzle."

"This website has been receiving around 50,000 visits a month with many people interested in buying a Shark."

Okay the site is down now...

Had the same idea myslef (1)

RevDobbs (313888) | more than 11 years ago | (#4624750)

Had a similar idea myself while I was in college... contemplated a single vehichle that I could use to travel the world, figured my best bet would be a motorcycle/sidecar combo that could turn into a personal watercraft. Glad to see I'm not as insane as all my friends thought I was.

Just what you need... (2, Funny)

dan_linder (84060) | more than 11 years ago | (#4624762)

Just what you need to get you from point A to point B.... via point "sea"!

Ok, bad pun...

Dan

For our non-english speaking readers, the letter "C" in English sounds like "Sea" (the large bodies of water).

Re:Just what you need... (1)

cheezus_es_lard (557559) | more than 11 years ago | (#4624878)

One if by land, One++ if by C.....

Re:Just what you need... (2, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#4624894)

How exactly is a non-English speaking person reading slashdot?

At last...the perfect London commuting tool (2)

mccalli (323026) | more than 11 years ago | (#4624765)

...and I'm only semi-joking. I live next to the Thames in Marlow (~20 miles to the west of London), and if I could use this to get into central London before nipping out and finishing the rest of the journey by road, I'd be delighted.

Cheers,
Ian

Re:At last...the perfect London commuting tool (1)

Hadlock (143607) | more than 11 years ago | (#4624881)

is "cheers" used in informal letters for the most part? or is it for both formal and informal letters? i'm guessing it's not very often used in speech, at least when i spent three days in london, i never heard anyone say it.

Mirror (1)

NETHED (258016) | more than 11 years ago | (#4624770)

This is a mirror [dyndns.org] , please be gentle.

Pointless (2, Interesting)

_Spirit (23983) | more than 11 years ago | (#4624774)

I really can't see the point of this. It's not interesting or cool from a technical point of view, it's not cool in anything but a mine is bigger/faster than yours and my dick is really big enough, really ! kind of way. Just seems to me like another way to get yourself killed, in a way that might not be efficient but still very fast indeed.

Re:Pointless (2)

gl4ss (559668) | more than 11 years ago | (#4624802)

and the 200mph claim is pretty outrageous..
makes wonder about the 50mph water speed too.. or how fast you would be able to turn..

This will have the same problem as the 1960's (3, Interesting)

thilmony (248711) | more than 11 years ago | (#4624790)

not passing us safety requirements. here's an article about that problem:

http://www.motorway.com/home/articles/amphibicar .a sp

and a picture:

http://www.hemmings.com/images/amphicar.jpg

Cross the channel? (1)

DrainBead (619840) | more than 11 years ago | (#4624803)

Really cool for all those Brits who wanna go buys cigges and wine in France... no ferry costs!

And no need to swim [http://www.channelswimming.com/] ;-)

Perfect for (0)

slacky99 (566942) | more than 11 years ago | (#4624804)

Miami !

My new patent (2)

the_Bionic_lemming (446569) | more than 11 years ago | (#4624806)

I just patented "The use of a vehicle to avoid road congestion by resorting to amphibious methods".

My lawyers will be contacting you soon.

rubber boots (1)

jdkane (588293) | more than 11 years ago | (#4624808)

You can travel across the water of most metropolitan areas as long as you don't touch it (just for safety). Does this thing come with splash guards?

Perfect getaway vehicle? (4, Funny)

jonr (1130) | more than 11 years ago | (#4624809)

That is about the most useful purpose of this thing is. :)

Vapor hardware (1)

Carbon Unit 549 (325547) | more than 11 years ago | (#4624813)

Great, first we had vapor software, then vapor computer hardware, now vapor autos. Of course, when these come out next week, they will be obsolite since we will all be in our flying cars (you know the ones Popular science said were around the corner in 1960)

Aggressive schedule? (1)

jmcwork (564008) | more than 11 years ago | (#4624819)

The news page said that in October of 2001 the clay model was being turned into a 1/3 scale proof of concept vehicle. That was the last mention of progress, but they are accepting orders for a production run in 2003. That seems a little optimistic to me. Also, I saw where the designer had built a full size 'glass-fibre' bull elephant but did not see any mention of his experience with mechanical engineering, aerodynamics, etc. (My suggestion for company spokesperson: Chevy Chase)

Hope they make it (1)

Dylan2000 (592069) | more than 11 years ago | (#4624821)

...a cross between a motorcycle and a jet ski
wtf? A jet ski is a motorcycle, only you ride it on water. That's like saying a cross between a TV and a computer monitor.

Anyway, to the topic, this thing seems to have been made by a (small?) team of geeks and is obviously being paid for with private money (they mention that they are trying to raise £250,000 for the project, which for Yamaha or Honda is peanuts, but for a couple of engineers and designers is not so easy to find.) That makes it interesting and I certainly hope it gets to market and it gets the same kind of distribution that jet skis get.

I have my doubts though, because we've seen tons of unique and amazing fun/recreational vehicles over the years, especially amphibious ones, which we never heard of again. They'll be on some TV technology show and then that's the last time you'll see them. Shame, really, I guess a niche market and an expensive product is an extremely tough sell unless you can really afford serious marketing behind you. But I hope they can do it.
Oh, the vehicle itself? I don't like it. Amphibious is cool and all, but being in an enclosed cell while jumping waves at 50mph? I just hope it's watertight for when I flip it. I would rather have a jet ski and a beach buggy- different toys for different games, but that's just me.

50 MPH on water? (0)

the_2nd_coming (444906) | more than 11 years ago | (#4624826)

You mean 50 nots. there are diffrences between the notical mile and the land mile. I can not think what they are though.

Re:50 MPH on water? (2, Informative)

Chainsaw76 (261937) | more than 11 years ago | (#4624916)

Mile: 5280 Feet
Nautical Mile: 6000 feet

Landshark? What a stupid name. (3, Funny)

Havokmon (89874) | more than 11 years ago | (#4624832)

I'm from Wisconsin, EVERYONE knows the 4 wheeled versions are called Ducks [wisconsinducktours.com] .

Logically then, this should be called a Duckling. That's a far cry from a land shark.

Besides, what would you use to fence them in?
You can easily keep ducks in with chicken wire. :P

Drives backward? (0)

Phili (243217) | more than 11 years ago | (#4624837)

Watching that nice movie, I can not help me, but find, that the wheels are turning into the _wrong_ direction on the land.

Second thing: Those front wheels flap. I guess it will be really hard to realize that. You see it in almost any comic strip, but this wants to be more than vaporware. And for _stability_ reasons, this will really cause problems.

How can you be sure, that the whells do not flip on land, causeing the thing to be not manouverable.

But other than that, I think it is better than the BATmobil

Fantasy Propulsion (5, Interesting)

jvl001 (229079) | more than 11 years ago | (#4624839)

I don't see how a centrifugal compressor will drive this thing the way it's been illustrated. Normally a centrifugal compressor takes axial flow and turns it into radial flow. According to the website they are using it to take in water upstream of the hub and blast it out a slot at the rear. They way this thing appears to be designed they are wasting an incredible amount of energy just spinning the flow around inside the rear wheel. I hate to think what cavitation will do to this thing.

Note to landshark guys: It aint a turbine unless you're extracting power from the flow. In your case it's just a centrigual pump. Mount a forward pointing scoop that directs flow down the axis of the pump, then collect _all_ the radial flow and direct it out the exit.

PS. You are driving this thing with the equivalent of the guts of an air-raid siren. How appropriate.

You are all too poor to ever own one. (-1, Troll)

Real World Stuff (561780) | more than 11 years ago | (#4624851)

Get back to your second hand computers, 1986 automobils, and your free software. 90% of the socially inept, dole-collecting, unwashed fucks commenting will never own something like this new. Perhaps third or fourth hand, but never fresh "out of the box" new. So shut the hell up, go steal some music, ask mommy for another pop tart, and mod me down you impecunious fucks.

Logged in for the Friday Burn.

Vaporware again (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#4624856)

I don't suppose they've actually built one yet... no of course not, because it's probably impossible to do safely.

I might as well just strap a jet to my back, wear rollerskates on my hands and feet and away I go... straight into oblivion.

Did anyone else find it odd...... (1, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#4624866)

that the speeds were given in the imperial measurements usually used in the United States (MPH - Miles Per Hour), but the the TLD of the web site is .UK? I would have thought that they would have been given in KPH.

Re:Did anyone else find it odd...... (2, Informative)

anonymous coword (615639) | more than 11 years ago | (#4624900)

In the UK we still use miles for road distances. But we are mainly metric now.

Old man rant (1)

mary_will_grow (466638) | more than 11 years ago | (#4624874)

Perfect thing to ruin a peaceful day of sailing.

Do they mention that it filters the exhaust through the water, like all other outboards? Let the fish have the pollution, so we dont have to smell what we are doing!!

Side note: these things have no rudders, and therefore are only propulsion-based steering. when you are about to hit an obstacle, like a fellow schmuck, what do you think your reflex will be? Probably let off of the gas, ENSURING that you will not be able to steer out of the way.

Why this story is posted on /. (2)

twoslice (457793) | more than 11 years ago | (#4624875)

Ladies and geeks, we have a new bandwidth record...(I was only kidding about the ladies part, cross dressing does not count)

"Never underestimate the bandwidth of a station wagon full of tapes
> > hurtling down the highway." -- Andrew S. Tanenbaum - Computer Networks


Now becomes...

"Never underestimate the bandwidth of a Landshark full of DVD-R's hurtling down the highway at 200 Mph" -- twoslice Certifiable Geek (or just certifiable on most days)

Been done before!! (1)

1000101 (584896) | more than 11 years ago | (#4624890)

This technology has been around for decades!!. Don't you remember the Fat Boy [harleydavidson.com] or the Wave Runner [sea-doo.com] ? Geez... this is old technology people!!

Re:Been done before!! (1)

nmg196 (184961) | more than 11 years ago | (#4624942)

But neither of these could also run on land could they? They're just slight variations on normal jet-skis.

I couldn't find anything similar in the links you posted.

World's fastest clay model (5, Funny)

ahaile (147873) | more than 11 years ago | (#4624898)

Notice how there are no real pictures of this thing on the site? That's because the fine print says that it currently exists only as a "1/3rd scale clay model." The history page goes right up to the point (over a year ago) when they were trying to turn that model into a working ... 1/3rd model. Huh, I'll bet I know why the history stops there.

Most revealing line from the history: "Oct 2000, work put on hold as promised investment fails to materialise." That's because the investors realized this guy is smoking crack for all kinds of reasons.

Hey, I gotta clay model that'll do 60 mph on water and 240 on land. Really, honestly. It'll be roling off the lot just as soon as I get the funding. Can I get linked by Slashdot too?

Yes but... (3, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#4624906)

is the trunk big enough to fit my Segway ?

Great.. if you are an animated person. (2)

mcdade (89483) | more than 11 years ago | (#4624907)

Anyone actually look at the website, there are no real pictures of this thing. It's all vapourware, with some nice animations and things (i'm guessing the guy who started it was some sort of automotive designer (possibly laid off?). The rest of the site was so slow I couldn't check it out.

Lots of people are commenting on how this will actually work, since there are problems with lift/downward force, making the impellor stable enough to work both on land (with lots of shock) and in the water (keeping it sealed). Then there are things like Hydroplaning the thing with two big front wheels ( hydroplanes mounted in the mudguards??).

All a pipedream.. after all they have built amphibious cars in the 50's onward, and they are interesting to see but not a seller. You want either a boat or a car, each item does a specific job well.. not some mediocure item that does both.

200 mph? In their dreams! (2, Informative)

jeff_bond (135948) | more than 11 years ago | (#4624908)

Jesus, the fastest and biggest motorbikes cant reach 200mph, yet this thing can carry three people, and could have as small as a 400cc engine (according to the article). Don't think so somehow!

Also, all those people saying 3 wheels are unstable at speed should have a look at Thrust SSC [thrustssc.com] . OK, it had four wheels but the rear two were very close together like a trike, and also steered.

Won't work. (3, Funny)

WhiteChocolate42 (618371) | more than 11 years ago | (#4624929)

This project will fail. Period. And I don't mean because of engineering problems (ie actually getting the damn thing to work). It will fail because of one simple rule that applies to almost all inventions of this type: Any device that attempts to do two completely different things will do neither of them well. Prime example: The "spork"- how many do you own?

ATONs (0)

pcp_ip (612017) | more than 11 years ago | (#4624937)

It seems the inital designs are missing ATONs (aid to naviation).

Without running lights (starboard, port, steaming/mooring) I think the coast guard is going to have a problem with this thing, as surely it's going to be classified as a boat and not a personal watercraft.

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