This is the Gibbs Quadski, the world’s first amphibian quad-bike.

Developed by the people behind the Gibbs Aquada – the amphibian car used by Richard Branson in his record-breaking Channel crossing – the Quadski will reach 45mph both on land and water, taking around five seconds to adapt to each environment.

The result of 15 years' development, it will be built in a brand new factory in Detroit. Gibbs is expecting to employ around 200 people when full production capacity is achieved next year.

Around 1000 Quadskis will be built in the coming year, with a retail price of $40,000 (£25,169).

Gibbs plans to expand its product line with similar products, and has built its factory to cater for the unusual production processes involved.

“Today we have more than four new sports-amphibian products under development that can be assembled on two lines,” said Tina Shaheen, Gibbs’s chief operating officer.

Daljinder Nagra