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Sea Lion amphibious race car on sale for $259,500
Where it's going you don't need roads.

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It looks like a prototype race car, and that's exactly what it is. Just don't expect to see it on the track. The Sea Lion was designed to set a world speed record for amphibious vehicles. That's right, it can swim.

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Powered by a Mazda rotary engine, the Sea Lion's four-speed transmission has been geared to give it a top speed of 179 mph on land, though its creator, Mark Witt, says that it will need a more powerful version of the current 174 hp motor to hit that mark.

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Out on the water the Sea Lion is propelled by a Berkeley jet drive pump powered by the rotary motor.

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Access to the Spartan cockpit is via a circular hatch on the roof, and the Sea Lion is controlled by a conventional steering wheel and fighter plane joystick style gear lever.

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A extended front spoiler folds upward to create a bow for operation on water.

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The work in progress was designed to beat the unofficial amphibious speed record of 124 mph on land and 60 mph in the water. It is being sold through Fantasy Junction of Emeryville, California.

Check out a video of the Sea Lion in action

Sea Lion amphibious race car on sale for $259,500

Where it's going you don't need roads.

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