San Francisco Cops Flaunt Epic, Amphibious ‘Quadski’ at Giants Game
A Gibbs Quadski XL – a New Zealand invention has been sighted in San Francisco.
An SFPD officer was spotted on his Quadski in McCovey Cove for the first time at Saturday’s clash between the San Francisco Giants and Oakland Athletics.
The Quadski is officially known as Gibbs Quadski XL, named after its Christchurch-born creator Alan Gibbs.
“They look like something from a Bond movie but these ‘Quadskis’ are the latest weapon in the fight against crime in the San Francisco Bay Area”, writes Kate Pickles for Daily Mail.
“Beware, robbers who plan on stealing items on dry land before running to the shores of the San Francisco Bay, plunging into the water and swimming to safety and a life on the lam”, writes Sam Laird for Mashable.
The NZ developed amphibious all-terrain vehicle morphs into a jet-ski when riding into water, is “powered by a BMW Motorrad K1300 engine” and can reach speeds of up to 45mph on land and water.
Marc Benioff, Salesforce CEO had donated the Quadskis – valued at about $US50,000 each to the San Francisco police and fire departments, because he thought they would be helpful for water rescues, as reported in Business Insider Australia.
Alan Gibbs is a New Zealand-born businessman and entrepreneur. He is the founder of Gibbs Amphibians, which pioneers high-speed amphibious vehicle technologies.
Article Source: Mashable, Sam Laird, July 28, 2015.
Image Source: Twitter – Mashable