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A Waterlogged Car Not Associated With Ted Kennedy December 30, 2008

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Some dude in China named Wang Hongjun claims to have developed an amphibious car. And, being the enterprising emerging market entrepeneur he is, is going on a road show to drum up investments for his creation.

Somebody Needs To Upgrade Their Garmin

Somebody Needs To Upgrade Their Garmin

After driving it to Beijing to find investors, he told the Beijing Times: “I’m looking for auto producers who are interested in my creation, since I don’t want to keep it to myself.”

Wang says he often drives his creation to the lake in his hometown to fish, and claims he has even taken his son for a 10-mile drive out to sea.

The yellow sportscar can be sealed to make it waterproof by remote control. A column-shaped thruster and two propellers are installed in the car’s boot.

Wang said his car can float and drive in the water, but he refused to divulge exactly how it works.

Aha! Therein lies the problem. The irony of a Chinese guy looking to protect a prototype’s secrets and fight off pirating is delicious.

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1. harrison - December 30, 2008

Are those machine guns on the front ends of the blue and red boats in the background?

2. Muslihoon - December 30, 2008

The irony of a Chinese guy looking to protect a prototype’s secrets and fight off pirating is delicious.

Quite delicious indeed.

Speaking of lawyerly stuff, I miss Sobek.

3. Retired Geezer - December 30, 2008

There used to be a Amphibious Car in Vegas. It was always parked near the intersection of West Charleston and Rancho. it had propellers sticking out the back. It looked like a VW Thing but it wasn’t. I bet it was built in the 60’s.

The Charleston Underpass is a source of great merriment when there are flash floods in Vegas. Floating cars abound.

Unless they finally fixed it after 50 years.

I doubt it.

4. Las Vegas Construction Guys - December 30, 2008

“Unless they finally fixed it after 50 years.”

We’ll get around to it.

Of course, more government money might speed up the process a little, if you know what I’m sayin’.

5. xbradtc - December 30, 2008

Amphibious cars are nothing new. The Army had GM produce amphibious versions of Jeeps and 2-1/2ton trucks in WWII. Hell, ask Brewfan, they still use DUKWs up in Wisconson.

6. BrewFan - December 30, 2008

Hell, ask Brewfan, they still use DUKWs up in Wisconson.

Yep, right here

Michael - December 30, 2008

I remember doing one of those Duck tours in the Dells. It was fun. Seems to be a purely Wisconsin tourist thing.

7. mesablue - December 30, 2008

Hell, ask Brewfan, they still use DUKWs up in Wisconson.

They used to, until the lake went bye bye.

8. Anonymous - December 30, 2008

They run “duck” tours in Washington DC as well. We’ve always wanted to go on one, but whenever we’re in town, we just can’t make it work into our schedule, or it’s frozen and they’re not running them.

9. Russ from Winterset - December 30, 2008

They run DUKW tours in Washington DC as well. We’ve always wanted to go on one, but we’ve never made it fit into our schedule when we’re in town.

10. Russ from Winterset - December 30, 2008

freakin’ double post

11. Cathy - December 30, 2008

Needed an amphibious car several time while living in San Antonio…

…just sayin’

12. Michael - December 30, 2008

When we lived in D.C., I had a friend at work with a boat on the Potomac. It’s amazing what a pretty cruise that is. In most areas, you’re not aware of the city.

I still think Jimmy Carter was a dick for getting rid of the Sequoia. We should have a presidential yacht, and there was so much history made on that boat. It was a cheap publicity stunt by Carter, about as dumb as it would be to sell off Camp David or the U.S.S. Constitution. I’m still pissed about it.

13. Michael - December 30, 2008

#12

Heh. She’s just sayin’ she sank a car in San Antonio. Fortunately, the kids got out the windows and the saxophones were rescued from the trunk. The car was totaled.

14. BrewFan - December 30, 2008

They used to, until the lake went bye bye.

The ducks still run. They navigate the Wisconsin River. Part of the ‘new’ tour was showing people where Lake Delton breached its banks. BTW, Lake Delton has been repaired and is refilling as we speak.

15. mesablue - December 30, 2008

Filling with cheese and bratwurst grease.

Yum.

16. BrewFan - December 30, 2008

Filling with cheese and bratwurst grease.

Don’t be ridiculous!

It’s filling with beer.

17. Lipstick - December 30, 2008

We should totally have a presidential yacht for impressing and entertaining foreign leaders.

Yes Michael, Carter was a dick for getting rid of it. Carter was and is a dick.

18. Mrs. Peel - December 30, 2008

A link for the ladies. Ohhhhh yeah.

19. Mare - December 30, 2008

Just wanted to say, Eddie, I loved the headline.

20. Lipstick - December 30, 2008

Burn Notice is a great show.

But he looks a bit scrawny, i.e., not enough shoulder to lay your head on.

Picky Picky. But LOVE the show.

21. Mrs. Peel - December 30, 2008

Maybe not your gorgeous Amazonian head, Lipstick, but my little elf head would fit perfectly.

(she said while wiping the drool away)

Besides, I like my men wiry, which he is.

22. doc - December 31, 2008

As far as acting goes, I see has the retard face nailed.

23. doc - December 31, 2008

he has…

24. Wickedpinto - December 31, 2008

there was an amphibious modification to the hummer (it’s not in use, wast of effort, we can build a bridge better than we can make an amphibious rapid action vehicle, though the amtracks are good for securing opposing shores) and it took hours to modifie, and it moved with the motion of the tires, and with a limited exhaust drive.

Piece of crap, that was a conceptual idea for all of a week or so (I’m guessing on the duration, but it was a stupid idea) in practical testing.

One of the reason the hummers are so expensive for the military is because of stupid idea’s like this.

Also, isn’t there a guy in england who has a true amphib car, that he actually produces? Little sport car looking car, that automaticaly moves power to a small prop when portions of the car are submerged?

I might research it.

But not likely I’m more focused on steadying my hand so I can write legibly.

25. Bruce - December 31, 2008

Very much nothing new – there was a commercially built true amphib built way back in the 60’s called the “Amphicar” that could be driven on-road and then right into a lake or whatever. Still a few around as collectors items at 10x what they originally cost. Link right HERE

26. Enas Yorl - December 31, 2008

Actually, RG I think they did finally fix that problem. A bunch of new flood control stuff started up after the last big flood event a few years back. One project I know was specifically designed to handle the underpass. Of course, since then we havn’t had any significant storm activity to test those systems so who knows.


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