Panda completes channel crossing

Contributed by editor on Jul 24, 2006 - 12:35 AM


morning (21 July), saw  a special breed of nautical Panda slip into the sea at
Folkestone in a bid to reach the French coast and continue its journey by
road  back to Italy.

After just six hours, the well greased vehicle shocked French holiday makers who saw the Panda Terramare 4
drive out of the water and up the beach at Cap Griz Nez in France.

The Panda Terramare 4 is  no stranger to water,  having already sailed
in the great Italian lakes, the River Po, the sea off Sardinia, and from Naples to Capri and back before
it attemped the English Channel. 

Training for the Channel crossing took place on Thursday evening, (20 July), in Battersea Park Lake, where surprised lakeside party-goers found themselves sharing Terramare’s snug cockpit with the owner as he checked out all the machine’s systems prior to its cross-Channel ‘dash’.

Panda Terramare’s creator is Milan born engineer Maurizio Zanisi. His self-built amphibian is based on a Panda 4x4 chassis, but with an inflatable flotation belt, and
water jet propulsion driven off the rear axle.