Amphicoach, the first amphibious bus in the world
Amphicoach is a coachbuilding company located on the small island of Malta, in the Mediterranean Sea. His latest creation is the GTS-1, a 50-seater bus - standard size - able to move both the road and the water. We are facing the first truly amphibious bus ever created, as many others have built on amphibious vehicles and non-road capabilities only retain or city. Using most likely receive the GTS-1 will be tourism.
The bus is apparently based on a Irisbus body to which is coupled a similar boat hull surface - aluminum composite reinforced 6mm thick - with which at least 15 tons bus can float on water. Once in the water, a jet propulsion system acts under the command of the bus turbodiesel engine, propelling a top speed on water of up to 8 knots, about 15 km / h. You can navigate both fresh and salt water.
The main engine that drives the bus Iveco Tector is a turbodiesel six-cylinder 250 or 300 hp, depending on the customer orders it. European meets Euro5 emissions regulations in force until 2016. In road drives the rear wheels but you can also order a Amphicoach wheel drive. Buses meet all European standards on safety, both road and sea, with an innovative system that prevents the collapse of the GTS-1.
Of course, in addition to the required ESP and ABS other security system included in the bus are self-inflating life preserver vests with flares, the bus is theoretically difficult to sink, but always some incident may occur. Inside dispodrán of travelers the typical amenities of a bus, air conditioning, television, bathroom, and even Wi-Fi Internet and refrigerator. Amphicoach already has twelve firm orders and more than 50 reserves, an excellent business future for both.
One thing is certain, is the ultimate vehicle for many tourist resorts, but should give some respect get on it.
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