Is it a boat or a car? How about a walk in the pond with a Jaguar E-Type, 1961? One Porsche 550 Spyder, like the one that was owned by James Dean in the 1950s (and in which it met its tragic end)? Too garish? Why not a homemade Kombi?

The name of the game is resto-floating – something like “restoration-floating”, derived from resto-modding, the recreation of classic cars with modern parts. The idea is not, as it makes it sound, to turn classic cars into speedboats, but only to create speedboats that look like classic cars. Speedboats, not amphibious vehicles.

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And while it's certainly not the first time someone has built a speedboat with a car body, it's the first time a company has been founded just to create speedboats. And the Floating Motors, which also announced, in addition to those already mentioned, the Mini and the Fiat 500.

For now, there are only the dubious quality renderings, which look like toys:

Fiat 500, Mini and E-Type (Image: Floating Motors/Disclosure)
Dear Kombosa catamaran version (Image: Floating Motors/Publishing)
Kombi seen from behind showing in full (Image: Floating Motors/Publishing)

But the promise is to create boats for adult people, between 3 and 6 meters. With hull offered in three versions: in the traditional format, catamaran or hydrofoil. The engines will be electric, between 40 to 240 hp.

There is still no deadline for when the vehicles will actually be created, but there are reasons to believe that it is more than a viral. Floating Motors is a joint venture of two Italian companies: Jet Capsule and Lazzarini Design Studio.

The first was a startup that launched, in 2016, a very curious bubble-shaped vessel, isolated from the environment – ​​a waterjet-powered capsule (like a jet ski), as the name implies. The creation was then called the “smallest yacht in the world”. The second is the automotive design studio that invented such a capsule.

You'd think they're serious. Or, pardon the pun, testing the waters for demand.

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