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Nuneaton firm's delight over its Top Gear debut

By Nuneaton News  |  Posted: February 12, 2014

By Alex Wainwright

TOP GEAR DEBUT... bosses at Gibbs Technologies Ltd, based in Avenue Road, have spoken of their delight to have Jeremy Clarkson take to the water on the Quadski as it made its debut on BBC's Top Gear.   NNNA BBC

TOP GEAR DEBUT... bosses at Gibbs Technologies Ltd, based in Avenue Road, have spoken of their delight to have Jeremy Clarkson take to the water on the Quadski as it made its debut on BBC's Top Gear. NNNA BBC

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A NUNEATON company has spoken of its delight after one of its products - dubbed 'the world's first personal sports amphibian' - was featured on a popular BBC show.

Gibbs Technologies Ltd, based in Avenue Road, had one of its high-speed creations featured on the latest episode of Top Gear.

Jeremy Clarkson embarked on an adrenaline-fuelled challenge across Italy's Lake Como on Sunday's Top Gear, with a little help from the Gibbs Quadski.

Clarkson went head to head with co-presenter Richard Hammond in a race with a difference, they were pitted against each other in very different vehicles.

Hammond took on the challenge in a brand new Alpha Romeo 4C coupe, while Clarkson saw out the race on a Quadski, the world's first personal sports amphibian.

Clarkson took advantage of the Quadski's unique design, a jet-ski meets all-terrain vehicle, to speed across Lake Como while Hammond was left to negotiate the course on land.

Despite Clarkson acknowledging that he could easily win the race and the Quadski arriving at the finish point first, the presenter chose to concede the win due to his love for the Alfa Romeo.

Clarkson praised the Quadski for its reliability, adding that it 'performed faultlessly for the whole day'.

Commenting on the Top Gear appearance, Neil Jenkins, chairman of Gibbs Technologies Ltd., said it was excellent to have the Quadski feature on the show.

He said: "We're delighted that the Quadski was given the chance to demonstrate its capabilities on the show. The race was the perfect stage to showcase what personal sports amphibian is all about and I wouldn't be at all surprised if the experience turns Clarkson into a Quadski owner!"

The appearance marks the Quadski's debut on Top Gear and follows the vehicle's launch in October 2012.

Quadski marks the dawn of a new age in the power sports market, moving on from all-terrain vehicles and personal watercrafts to a model that allows owners to move seamlessly between the two.

The Quadski can reach speeds of up to 45 mph on land and water - no commercially available amphibian had previously been able to exceed ten mph on water.

The rapid transition from land to water takes less than five seconds. On entering water the wheels are retracted at the flick of a switch.

The Quadski is powered by a140 BHP BMW petrol driven engine, which provides drive to the wheels on land and a marine jet pump on water.

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