I’ll Take a Life Jacket with that ATV

Posted by – Steve Cohen, Director of Community Development

Now this is pretty cool …

After 15 years of research and development, Gibbs Sports Amphibians, Inc. recently announced plans to build the first high-speed amphibian vehicle available for consumer purchase right here in the City of Auburn Hills.

This new high-speed amphibian vehicle will be built in the City of Auburn Hills

Coming to dealerships in November, this amazing vehicle called “The Quadski” can travel at speeds up to 45 MPH on both land and water.  Say what?  Yes, it can drive on both land and water.  That’s amazing!

We have been working with the Gibbs team since March to obtain their permits as they renovated an existing building at 50 Corporate Drive into their state-of-the-art production facility.

Gibbs plans to employ approximately 150 production, engineering, and management employees at the site.  The facility is expected to produce around 20 Quadskis per day with full production beginning next month.

Like something out of a James Bond movie, The Quadski will be able to switch from land to water use (and vice versa) in less than five seconds.  It’s essentially an ATV that converts into a jet ski.  At the press of a button, the vehicle’s wheels retract when entering the water and deploy when approaching land.

It took 15 years of research and development to create “The Quadski”

We are especially proud that Gibbs, which is headquartered at 2046 Brown Road, chose to expand their partnership with the City of Auburn Hills and open this production facility.

The future has arrived.   Who knows, maybe pigs will fly next?