Watch: This Ford Fiesta is both a car and a boat
A team of father and son converted a Ford Fiesta into a model capable of driving on the roads and on the water.
A video of a seventh generation Ford Fiesta has been posted on YouTube where it can be noted that the car has been converted into an amphibious model. The Ford model after the conversion has the properties of a boat as well as the characteristics of the car. According to a Motor1 report, this converted Ford Fiesta is still road legal in the UK.
This reconversion project was carried out by a father-son duo as their confinement project. The team kept the look of the top half of the subcompact car intact and transformed the lower half into a boat-like structure using the fiberglass body of a Dutton Reef. The tires are stock Fiesta alloys.
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The duo also incorporated some technical changes. The car’s engine was relocated behind the rear seats and the exhaust was moved higher. The wheelbase was lengthened to accommodate the mid-engine and the roof of the car was given away to make it an open-air amphibious car.
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The makers put in a transfer case that allows the transmission to power the propeller while the model is in the water. Acceleration is controlled by pedals and the rudders turn left and right depending on input from the steering wheel. The maximum speed of the model when moving through water is 13 km/h.
The explainer video received a lot of positive comments and views. Many encouraged the manufacturers to continue their good work while some asked the creators to help them convert their old vehicles into amphibious models.
Date of first publication: 05 April 2022, 15:01 IST