TALLINN, Estonia (CBS) -- Estonian entrepreneur and engineer Mait Nilson, kicked off on Saturday a unique trip around the world on a self-made amphibious car he rebuilt from a Toyota Land Cruiser.
The mechanical marvel, Nilson spent seven years working on, will lead the engineer on a 37,000 mile long journey on land and water, which he estimates will take approximately nine months to complete.
Departing from Tallinn, surrounded by family and friends, 44 year-old Nilson said that with his "Amphibear", he wanted to share with the world the beauty and potential of mechanical engineering.
"I want to show that mechanical engineering is still a wonderful thing and what people can do with simple engineering something nice and something unique and have fun with it," Nilson said.
In order to travel on water, Nilson modified the Toyota Land Cruiser by adding two industrially manufactured pontoons attached to the rear of the car.
The speed of the amphibious car can be up to 8 knots on water, and it can travel at 68 miles per hour on land.
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