Riding a Polaris-like body on two jet skis seems like the answer to a question no one asked, but it turns out it actually sounds like a lot of fun. That’s why Shadow Six Racing created the Typhoon and it’s said to be the world’s first “aquatic utility vehicle”.
While it looks like a Polaris RZR bolted to a pair of jet skis, it’s actually more complex than that. The body of the vehicle consists of a tubular titanium frame on which a Polaris body kit is mounted. So you’re not wrong to think it looks like a Polaris RZR, but it’s entirely different under the skin. And rather than having the typical all-terrain suspension, wheels, and tires of an ATV, Shadow Six instead outfitted it with long-travel suspension and a pair of custom jet skis. Inside each custom ski is a supercharged 300 horsepower 1.8-liter Yamaha engine, providing the Typhoon with a combined 600 horsepower. It looks very heavy, but about 2,000 pounds of its 2,365-pound curb weight is actually below the waterline. This is due to the heavy skis, with their motors, weighing around 1,000 pounds each, and the lightweight titanium and carbon fiber body weighing only around 300 pounds.
Inflatable collars are fitted to these skis and are supposed to help it handle choppy waters. In addition to the clamps, the suspension is designed to absorb as much impact as possible, so when the Typhoon catches air and lands hard on the water, its passengers don’t get beaten too hard. If you watch the videos on the Shadow Six YouTube channel, you can still see the passengers jostling around a bit, but it’s surprisingly smooth compared to a traditional boat or jet ski on choppy water.
Inside the cabin, if you can call it that, the two Typhoon passengers will be pretty comfortable, for the most part. It features a real steering wheel for the driver, with throttle and brake triggers on the right and left sides of the steering wheel respectively. There’s also a touchscreen infotainment system with a Bluetooth audio system, headlights and GPS. It even has a rear-view camera and mirrors, mainly so the driver can watch who’s behind them and make sure they don’t leave them in the Typhoon’s choppy wake. If you’re racing, the Typhoon even has a wireless communication system that allows the driver and passenger to talk to each other at high speed.
If you want a Typhoon, it’ll cost you $250,399, more than a Porsche 911 GT3 and C8 Corvette Z51 combined. However, Shadow Six has apparently received surprising interest from potential customers and will be building and selling seven Typhoons to customers this year. Shadow Six will also bring the Typhoon to SEMA in November, where it’s likely to gain even more buzz than it already has.
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