Revolutionary Gibbs Quadski Something Epic

“As its name suggests,” the Gibbs Quadski “was an exciting mix” of a jet ski and a quad bike, Vlad Radu writes for car and automakers database, Autoevolution. It was “the first of its kind to make it into series production, proving that [a New Zealander’s] seemingly crazy idea can lead to something epic.”

Gibbs Sports Amphibians, later known as Gibbs Amphibians, was founded by Christchurch-born businessman Alan Gibbs, who had “an unrivalled passion for amphibious vehicles”, Radu writes.

“[His] company would go on to develop the innovative Aquada. An amphibious two-seat roadster introduced in 2003, it was the fastest vehicle of its kind on both the road and the sea, but a steep price, as well as certification issues, prevented it from becoming a mass-produced hit.

“Drawbacks aside, the Quadski was an innovative vehicle that pushed amphibious technologies to new heights. Ten years after its introduction, it remains the first and most successful mass-produced vehicle of its kind.”

Original article by Vlad Radu, Autoevolution, August 29, 2022.

Tags: Alan Gibbs  Aquada  Autoevolution  Gibbs Quadski  

Microbiologist Tanu Gupta Wins Basil Jarvis Prize

Microbiologist Tanu Gupta Wins Basil Jarvis Prize

Palmerston North AgResearch senior scientist Tanushree Gupta has received the Basil Jarvis Prize at the Applied Microbiology Awards, which was presented to her in London, AgResearch communications specialist Gred Ford writes…