What do you get when you strap a serious off-road vehicle like the Polaris RZR to two supercharged jet skis? You get the Shadow Six Typhoon, or more accurately, you’re having some serious fun! With a capital ‘F’.
This 100 mph water-bound beast tears up waterways. This is a custom-built machine that combines serious off-road vehicle mechanics with jet ski technology, and in total you get 600 horsepower to play with on the water.
At first glance, the black-and-carbon machine looks like something out of a Batman movie. You can just imagine the Caped Crusader chasing an evil enemy down a street in the Bat car, running out of road and having to jump into the water. With the push of a button, the Batmobile gets rid of a few panels and our hero is ready to hit the water, in this great kit.
The video below shows the Typhoon in action. You can’t help but feel a little envious when you watch the guys at This Racing Channel (TRC) experience what it can do. This thing is a Red Letter Day gift, and they’re not just passengers in the craft, they can drive it.
The story of the “typhoon”
The Typhoon is the brainchild of Ryan Goldberg, CEO of shadow race six. He had a moment of enlightenment while vacationing with his three-year-old son in Las Vegas seven years ago. He took his son dune buggy (like you do) in a Polaris RZR off-roader. Fascinated by the suspension of the gritty 4×4 and a huge fan of jet skis, he decides to try to combine the two to create a fun experience for him and his family.
But as the project matured, so did Ryan’s plans: “We wanted a vehicle that could go into extreme surf conditions, with 20ft waves, something that could be used as a rescue vehicle for swimmers or surfers, which can enter an area that is difficult to access.
It has a bespoke titanium frame that won’t corrode over time or break under stress. And it has two hulls, custom Yamaha jet ski rigs that take about 100 hours to create. All power is provided by a pair of GP1800R SVHO engines, each housing 300 horsepower. The Typhoon’s complex suspension is a dual-rate system from Fox, and it has a bespoke buoyancy skirt that maintains stability in the water. The whole thing weighs 2800 lbs. Ryan hopes to reduce that to 2400 for the production model.
“It’s very nimble, you can launch a 180′ at full speed, and there’s no risk of it tipping over or rolling. It’s much more capable in choppy waters than a wave runner or a traditional jet ski,” says Ryan.
Ryan enlisted the help of Wamilton, a former jet ski racing champion and the guy who designed the first stand-up jet ski. He helped optimize its performance and create the custom hull. “It’s capable of going 100mph, but the issue is reliability, to run it daily we’ve limited it to 85mph,” says Wamilton.
Inside the cockpit, next to a steering wheel that looks straight out of the Batmobile, there’s some interesting tech. There is an on-board computer which provides GPS navigation, it has full wireless communications and controls for the jet nozzles. You can play with the suspension settings, listen to music, and even watch live weather on a dash-mounted computer screen.
Ryan posted a few photos of the prototype model on social media, and within 24 hours it received millions of views, as well as many interested buyers. So, he then made the decision to make it a full-fledged production vehicle, which you can buy for around $250,000. This year, it plans to deliver the first 7 production units, each with a 12-month lead time.
On the water in the typhoon
Watching the Typhoon in action is just insane, it provides sensory overload. When Ryan fires it up, we hear the gritty rumble of its 600 horsepower. And as he maneuvers it to the edge of the water, the excitement starts to build, in anticipation of what this cool-looking surfer can do.
The moment it hits the water and Ryan steps on the gas, it springs to life. The black cage rises above the water like a speedboat wheeling up, pushing a stream of white water behind it.
The TRC reporter struggles to hold his camera as the Typhoon crosses the lake, but the smiles on both of their faces say it all. Ryan is keen to show what he is capable of, so he opens it on a long straight. “This thing is 1000% the coolest thing I’ve ever done on the water, we almost hit 70 miles an hour right there, it’s crazy! This thing is an awesome dude!” is the feedback.
But not only is he fast, he’s also nimble. Ryan does a few tight turns then does some donuts in the middle of the lake. “Wow! It has great cornering stability, this thing is a drift machine!” said his passenger.
As they circle the lake, the Typhoon looks like a ballerina dancing on the waves. And when they change seats, we see how easy it is for a novice to get used to it. It’s pure adrenaline-filled entertainment, and the happy TRC reporter sums it up very well: “It’s crazy! The next level is the most accurate way to describe the experience. It’s an absolute game changer for watersports!”
You have to wonder what you would do if you were looking for a new Lamborghini and you lived near the water. Would you ditch the Lambo and buy a Typhoon instead? After seeing the Typhoon in action, we definitely would!
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