This is Death Wish, where we examine horrendously dangerous and ill-conceived vehicles and revel in their insanity. Fancy a swim in the briny deep in an aluminum wedge with no windows? Shiver me timbers! Carrying on the theme from two weeks ago, this week’s harbinger of doom is triangular, slow, and extremely dangerous. Join us as we examine the morbid appeal of an amphibious coffin designed by a conceptual artist.
Today’s Implement of Destruction: the John Young ‘Phibian
Was a tiny land-based triangular “car” not scary enough for you? Do you want to be able to drive down to the shore and hijack extremely slow moving boats? Do you have fantasies about drowning in a glorified shopping cart? John Young has you covered.
This might be the most perfect Death Wish vehicle yet found. It is profoundly impractical (it was designed as an art piece!). Despite being designed as an amphibian, it looks incredibly unseaworthy, so bonus points for that particular irony. It runs on bicycle tires and is powered by two golf cart motors. Oh, and did we mention it is entirely without windows?
We agree with Young that seeing where you’re going is WAY overrated. Especially in the ocean – what is there to hit? A kelp pothole? Bring some water wings and you’ll be fine, guy. Plus you have a nifty radar dish so you can navigate without any visual input, kind of like a submarine!
Except submarines travel UNDER the water, whereas the Phibian travels at an agonizingly slow pace (more of a weak wallow) that virtually guarantees that any current you encounter will suck you out to open ocean faster than you can say “burial at sea.” But don’t be a landlubbing art hater. What’s the worst that could happen … that you martyr yourself for your art? Such a noble way to go …
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[Source: Ebay Motors]