At the North American International Auto Show last month, one of the entries for the Michelin Challenge Design that was selected to be shown off was this amphibious concept vehicle called The Manta. Fitting only one passenger (unless of course, the driver is willing to let a passenger sit on his/her lap), this three-wheeled vehicle is one of the most innovative water and land vehicles around. On land, it moves around like a regular three-wheeler, but on water this is where the vehicle shines. Its two rear wheels rotate 90 degrees to turn into propeller blades that allow the car to move in water. With no rudder in sight, this means that each rear wheel is independently-powered to help the car/boat to turn. In addition to being a versatile vehicle, The Manta is bound to turn heads with its looks. Here’s to hoping that The Manta transitions from being just a concept design into something real.
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