Floating Motors can turn your favourite classic car design into a boat
The company calls it "Resto-Floating"
The world of personal watercraft can be one that's somewhat quirky at times. There have been numerous attempts over the years to combine cars with small, personal boats. A lot of them are either unsuccessful or just oddities that appeal to a very small crowd. Perhaps this venture by new company Floating Motors will be a bit different? The company wants to create a whole new world of "Resto-Floating", where it takes classic car designs and converts them into boat form.
Image: Floating Motors
Floating Motors is a joint venture between Italian designer Pierpaolo Lazzarini and watercraft builder Jet Capsule. It already has a gallery and specifications online for several different classic car designs, all re-imagined into catamaran or hydrofoil forms. There two different versions of the classic Fiat 500 (a catamaran version and a hydrofoil version), a version of the original Mini, a version of the Jaguar E-Type and last (but certainly not least!) a version of Porsche's classic 550 Spyder. As the image at the top suggests though, several more models based on more classic car designs will be coming!
La dolce vita sull'acqua? (Image: Floating Motors)
A very interesting thing about Floating Motors' offerings is that all of them are able to be specified with electric powertrains. In fact, the hydrofoil version of the Fiat 500 design and the Jaguar E-Type design are exclusively electric! The hydrofoil Fiat is powered by an electric propellor sitting underneath the water, whilst the Jaguar E-Type is powered by an electric jet drive system. The Jag's electric jet drive system looks to be especially impressive, boasting a claimed power output of 135 hp and a claimed limited(!) top speed of 55 knots. Those are some really good numbers for a two-person speedboat! Whilst the company isn't claiming any sort of eco-credentials behind why every single model has an electric option, it's probably a very wise move considering how there will very likely be a demand for electric boats in the future.
"What kind of boat do you have?" "A Jaaaaaaaaag" (Image: Floating Motors)
Have you been completely sold on the idea of "Resto-Floating" after viewing these classic car-inspired boat designs? Well, you can actually directly invest in the company through its official website! The amounts you can pay as an investor range from $1,000 for the "supporter" tier (which entitles you to a lifetime $5,000 discount on your first purchase of any of Floating Motors' models and 10,000 'floating tokens', the company's own cryptocurrency which will be launching at the end of 2022) to $50,000 for a 1% share in the company and 1 "La Dolce" (the catamaran version of the Fiat 500 design) founders edition model. The middle tier of the investment options is perhaps the most interesting for the entrepreneurially-minded, as for $35,000 you can purchase a first-edition "La Dolce" model and become an official Floating Motors dealer.
Image: Floating Motors
Will Floating Motors become the next big thing in personal watercraft? Obviously, it's hard to say right now. The designs definitely look great though and it does look like there's been genuine thought into how they'll work as boats. I guess we'll all have to wait and see once the first of these gloriously quirky classic car-inspired boats take to the water for the first time.