This is the V8 Hovercraft Hauler You Always Wanted
It’s the question that has plagued nearly every average family, “Just how will I transport my hovercraft from place to place?” If you’re currently tackling that issue, fear not, because in 1999, someone found a solution, and this is it. It’s called the X-Trem (formerly X-Dream) and it was imagined, designed, and built by renowned Swiss concept car builder Rinspeed. Despite the seemingly odd solution to a problem few may actually have, its purpose and inspiration was remarkably sound. RELATED: See More Photos of the Rinspeed X-Treme Concept Car
Rinspeed founder Frank Rinderknecht noted that many pickup trucks are tasked with hauling trailers for small boats, motorcycles, etc., however the bed space is often underutilized. His solution? Add a universal lifting device on the bed to allow heavy objects to be loaded in with ease–a task his X-Trem concept car was built to perform.
And perform it did. The X-Trem features Rinspeed’s X-Tra-Lift crane and roll-bar combination, which can hoist cargo by lifting up and back from the truck chassis. The hovercraft is then deposited behind the X-Trem, and ready for use. Rinspeed also equipped this concept car to hold jet skis and scooters as well. Outrageous yellow helmet? Very necessary.
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Befitting of the Rinspeed name, it also packed sportscar-level performance. Underneath the hood is a 5.5-liter Mercedes-Benz V8, which punched out a heady 347 horsepower and accelerated the Mercedes M-class based boat hauler from zero to 60mph in 6.9 seconds. An automatic transmission and four-wheel drive system insure that all that power doesn't go to waste when unloading precious cargo on the sand.
Impressively, it met all of the contemporary European Union standards when it debuted at the 1999 Geneva Motor Show. That means the X-Trem is completely road legal. Perhaps you’ll catch a glimpse of it on your next trip to Switzerland.
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