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New World Record Speed For An Amphibious Vehicle

Published: Fri 7 Dec 2007 05:12 PM
Sealegs Sets New World Record Speed For An Amphibious Vehicle In Sydney Harbour


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Auckland, 07 December 2007: Hitting record breaking speeds of over 100kph, a Sealegs 6.1m rigid inflatable boat today sped to new World Record fastest on water speed for an amphibious vehicle in Sydney harbour, this morning. 500m of water was covered in the World Record time of just under 18seconds.
Sealegs already hold the Guinness World Record for smashing Sir Richard Branson’s crossing of the English Channel in an amphibious vehicle in 2005, so Sealegs is thrilled to have set a new World Record in Australian water-space.
Australian Director Will Burrell, who took the wheel during the exhilarating 500m run in Rose Bay said “we are thrilled to be the new World Record holders for the fastest on water amphibious vehicle – and especially to have had the opportunity to do the run with such a beautiful backdrop – we had near perfect conditions today and hit a top speed of 105kph”
“This World Record proves that Sealegs boats are not just a practical concept and innovative idea, but a serious piece of equipment, with significant boating abilities – both on the water and off.”
The revolutionary amphibious boats which are designed and manufactured in New Zealand, have the capability to seamlessly enter and exit the water at the push of a button and have already proved popular with waterfront property owners, emergency services and people with restricted mobility.
Sealegs paired up with Evinrude outboard motors for the attempt and used an Evinrude E-Tec 225HP high output motor to hit the world record breaking speeds. Already operating at full capacity, Sealegs have proven popular all around the world, taking orders from Italian Fire Brigade, remote holiday resorts and even retirees who find regular boats difficult to launch.
CAPTION: With Australian director Will Burrell at the wheel, the Sealegs RIB speeds to a World Fastest record on Sydney Harbour today.
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