AUBURN HILLS (WWJ) — Gibbs Sports Amphibians announced that it has received approval from the California Air Resources Board to sell its Gibbs Quadski in the state.
The announcement came at the International Jet Sport Boating Association’s 2013 Hot Products World Finals, being held through Oct. 13 at Lake Havasu, Arizona.
The Gibbs Quadski is being sold as the world’s first personal high-speed amphibian, capable of 45 mph on both land and water with a five-second transformation between off-road vehicle and personal watercraft. The technology that went into its creation took 15 years and over $200 million to develop.
CARB approval allows the Quadski to be sold in California, which is anticipated to be one of the larger markets in the United States. Select dealers from California and the west coast have been invited to see the Quadski at the IJSBA event next week.
“Achieving CARB approval is another step towards achieving our goal of having quality dealerships covering the USA by the end of 2014,” said Gibbs Sports Amphibians chairman Neil Jenkins. “California is potentially one of the biggest markets for Quadski within the USA.”
“California is a great place for the Quadski,” said Alan Gibbs, founder of Gibbs Sports Amphibians. “With the right business partners, who are enthusiastic about High Speed Amphibians and are able to meet the levels of customer, and technical, service expected, we can make a big impression on the market there.”
Gibbs will be displaying its Quadski in Performance Alley with its first dealer RIVA Motorsports. RIVA has had a very successful year with Quadski and will have its dedicated sales team on hand to answer questions and take retail orders.
The privately held business, founded by Alan Gibbs with Neil Jenkins, consists of two companies — Gibbs Sports Amphibians Inc., which designs and manufactures consumer sports amphibians such as the Quadski, and Gibbs Amphitrucks Inc., which designed the Humdinga and Phibian commercial amphibians for first responder and military applications.
Based in Auburn Hills, Gibbs currently has more than 150 employees.
For more information about Gibbs and its High Speed Amphibian technology can be found at http://www.gibbssports.com.