Someone stuck an ATV on a pair of jet skis and it’s as ridiculous/cool as it sounds. The result is the Typhoon, an “aquatic utility vehicle” that can reach speeds of up to 80 mph, and it’s made by a company called Shadow Six. If all goes according to plan, watersports fans looking for something a little more unexpected – or motorsports fans who think their activities benefit from being a little wetter – can grab one of these. next year. Shadow six – part of a group of companies operating in the defence, technology and motorsport sectors – aims to build around 30 of them by early 2023, making the Typhoon the first AUV to be launched. available to enthusiasts.
The ATV that forms the basis of this intriguing hybrid is a Polaris RZR Side By Side. Engineers replaced the wheels with two wave skates – complete with suspension – and added power via two Yamaha GP1800 SCHO R marine engines. Add three racing seats and you have a fun weekend activity for the whole family. .
One look at the Shadow Six YouTube channel and we’re both in awe of the maneuvers this beast can pull off and surprised that it can stay afloat. Although, despite its decidedly chunky appearance, the Typhoon is lighter than it looks. It’s just over 3.3m long, but the carbon fiber and titanium body keeps the weight down to 2,365lbs, with the bulk (73%) below the waterline.
How much money are you going to have to spend to get your hands on one of these bad boys? Pricing rings in at US$250,399. Shadow Six claims it’s “more badass per cubic inch than anything else on water”, and we’d be inclined to agree. Head toward Shadow Six for more (opens in a new tab).