World's fastest fire engine

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  • August 6, 2009
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Apart from being one of the fastest cars around the Nurburgring, the Nissan GT-R also racks up one more accolade of being the fastest fire engine in the world. Say 'hello' to the Nurburgring Rapid Response Nissan GT-R...

Growing up, as kids, most of us loved fire engines didn't we? There is a certain charm about those red trucks with sirens and bells, driven by real men - heroes going out to save others from a calamity. But what if you needed a fire engine for a place like the Nurburgring - one of the most brutal race tracks (if you can call it that) in the world where car makers take their latest creations to put them through their paces - a place which is notorious for its difficult corners and tricky surfaces, a place ominously known as 'the Green Hell' where accidents are rampant and at times, even death looms around the corner.

But what if you needed a fire engine for a place like the Nurburgring - one of the most brutal race tracks (if you can call it that) in the world where car makers take their latest creations to put them through their paces - a place which is notorious for its difficult corners and tricky surfaces, a place ominously known as 'the Green Hell' where accidents are rampant and at times, even death looms around the corner. Well, given its 20.8km length, a typical fire truck will be woefully inadequate to get to the scene of an accident in time. Enter the Nurburgring Rapid Response Nissan GT-R.

Now we've been hearing about the Nissan GT-R thrashing lap times of its German rivals around the 'Ring for quite some time now. And while the automakers spend their time debunking each other's lap times, no one would deny the fact that the GT-R is one of the fastest production vehicles to go around this demanding circuit. So it makes perfect sense, at least to us petrolheads, that Godzilla (that's the GT-R) is the platform of choice to fight fires on the Nurgburgring. But of course, one can't fight fires by just going fast and looking good. So for this specific task, the Nurburgring Rapid Response Nissan GT-R comes with large tank full of fire-retardant foam in place of the back seats. This tank connects to a fire hose in the boot that also houses other fire-fighting equipment. And don't think for one minute that the GT-R has been watered down thanks to all this additional equipment. A full roll cage and Recaro racing seats mean that this car can still hustle its way around the 'Ring in a mighty hurry. Now if only it came painted in red and with a Dalmatian wearing a fire helmet as a mascot...

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