Daimler launches amphibious Smart vehicle conceptby John Bambridge on Apr 20, 2017
Daimler’s Smart Automobile has announced that is developing the company's first amphibious vehicle, the Smart ‘forsea’ concept car, and plans to launch the vehicle this summer in Italy.
The Smart forsea concept car is an open boat with two seats and a wide transom, rear-deck, lined with teak and inspired by the classic lobster boat. It features a small refrigerator and an ice bucket.
The vehicle’s interior is being produced by Focaccia Group, a partner of Smart based in Cervia, Italy.
In its amphibious mode, the wheels are angled at 35°, thus lining up with the hull and the underbody and allowing the Smart forsea to cruise at speeds of up to 15 knots, with enough stored energy for three hours of navigational autonomy.
Smart stated: “The steering wheel provides complete control over the boat, guiding the jet of water with extreme precision, in keeping with the marked agility of the fortwo.”
“The 90 HP rear engine was easily paired with a custom-made water-jet propeller and connected to a joint shaft on the rear differential. Transferring traction from the rear wheels to the water jet is managed by an engine control units that handles the differential lock and transfers torque from the axles to the universal joint shaft.”