So, how did they turn a rust bucket into a boat?The floating bits were bolted onto a solid metal frame that was welded to the chassis. MDB and polystyrene panes were then used to build a light and very cheap hull.
"The idea for the Dacia amphibious car was born during our 3rd year. We each left for our cadet cruises and then in the fourth year of college, that is March 2014, we started practical work. We managed to finish a few days before the license. Dacia 1310 Double Cab was purchased by us, removed from circulation, then donated Constanta Maritime University, "Andrei Stroe, who is one of the members of the team who built the car, told local media.
The engine bay had to be made watertight, a snorkel was installed for the exhaust and a propeller fitted around the back takes care of generating forward thrust.
It's not going to win any speedboat races and would probably sink after the first big wave, but the first amphibious Dacia model in history is amusing enough to share with friends. And while you're at it, the Volvo 240 wagon-turned-boat from New York is also a good conversation piece.