Monday, 6 may 2019 | Redacción CEU
The automotive industry is futuristic and disruptive. It's brands' proposals know no bounds: flying cars, smart highways, self-driving cars, connected vehicles,... The sector seems determined not to stop surprising people. This innovative nature is fed by great doses of audacity and creativity. Without them, it would not be possible to defy logic and manage to produce that "wow" effect in audience. In addition, sometimes, these powerful driving forces lead to the most bizarre and eccentric ideas in the market. One of the last examples is Terra Wind, which is an amphibious luxury motor home that is capable of plowing through lakes and rivers.
All caravans compete to be the best in their category. To achieve this, they resort to different strategies: open spaces, luxury designs, bulletproof bodies, amazing accessories and all kinds of features. However, Terra Wind has managed to find a unique and distinguishing element, this vehicle is able to get where others can't. This motor home, which looks more like a bus than a caravan, has space for up to 40 people and is ready to sail lakes and rivers. Could this be the first sign of a new wave of amphibious vehicles?
The amphibious caravan
Cool Amphibius Manufacturers International (CAMI) is the company behind Terra Wind's design. It is a firm from South Carolina (USA) that has a whole catalog of amphibious vehicles: Hydra Terra, Hydra Spyder, Hidra Gator and Amphibious Responder. Each of them has been designed with a different purpose and an original look. The engineers John and Julie Giljam have worked for two decades in theses automobiles. They are also responsible for the design and creation of this original caravan, which, for the moment, holds the title of being the most advanced model of the brand.
Terra Wind is a motor home that could also be considered a yacht, because apart from traveling on the road, it can stay afloat and move through water at a cruising speed of seven knots. Its creators claim that the passage from land to water is practically imperceptible, and that its stability is similar to that of a luxury charter flight. They also affirm that this giant four-wheel vehicle can sail both when the water is calm and when there is swell. Nevertheless, they warn that this vehicle is not designed to sail on the open sea.
The amphibious motorhome is made of steel and fiberglass and weighs 14,515 kg. When this vehicle is driven on the road, its diesel engine reaches a maximum speed of 129 km/h. To navigate, it uses a propulsion system which is composed of nineteen-inch bronze propellers. In case drivers want to travel by water, they need to access it by means of a ramp. Then, the vehicle identifies the new context and automatically switches to nautical driving. From that moment on, drivers no longer need the steering wheel, and they pilot the houseboat with a joystick.