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Inventor makes waves with vehicle that goes really off road

Amphibious car travels at top speeds 00:32

NEWPORT BEACH, Calif. -- An Orange County inventor is making a big splash with a new vehicle that's conquering both land and sea, CBS Los Angeles reports.

What started as a weekend project for David March and his son has turned into one for the record books.

"We've been working for years and years to be able to get these to perform like a boat on the water and like a car on the street," March said. "As soon as we had one that worked, we put a video on the Internet, and it went worldwide, just viral immediately."

The entrepreneur named the vehicle the Panther. It's now rated the fastest amphibious car in the world.

"They'll go 45 miles an hour on the water and about 80 on land," March said.

Last Saturday, March made waves, driving on his first trip to Catalina Island.

"Going on the road for 15 miles and then being able to hit the water and go 30 miles across with nothing breaking and just cruising across … made it in an hour and 10 minutes on 10 gallons of gas," he said.

The WaterCar sells for about $100,000 to $200,000.

March says he has pre-sold dozens to Silicon Valley workers and to princes in Dubai.

"People are willing to wait a year," he said, "which is pretty phenomenal."

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