Nissan designs emergency car for race track
Dubai, August 23, 2009
Nissan has presented a specially redesigned GT-R to Nürburgring, providing the fastest possible response to emergency situations at Nürburgring's Nordschleife circuit in Germany.
Equipped with a fire extinguishing system with water and foam on board attached to a hose pipe accessed via the sizeable trunk, this GT-R is designed to get to the scene of a fire in the quickest possible time.
In standard road-car form, the GT-R is capable of lapping the famous Nordschleife in only 7 minutes and 26 seconds, making it the perfect car for the Nürburgring’s emergency services. Even with the extra 200kg of fire fighting equipment on board, the GT-R can still lap the challenging circuit in less than 8 minutes – the benchmark time for very fast road cars.
When hundreds of amateur drivers take on the rollercoaster circuit in Germany’s Eifel region during public test drives, accidents are all too common. With over 12 miles of tarmac to cover, getting to the scene of a blaze in a bulky fire truck takes valuable time, so the GT-R will provide fire fighters with an invaluable new safety tool.
“It’s partly thanks to the gracious co-operation of the staff at the Nordschleife circuit that the GT-R is such a thoroughly capable and well developed car,” said Hirotaka Mima, passenger vehicles brand manager at Nissan Middle East.
“Through its development and testing the GT-R has become synonymous with the Nordschleife circuit and so the donation of this special fast response fire-fighting version is an appropriate gesture in return from Nissan.”
The redesigned GT-R is a gift from Nissan to the Nürburgring operator in thanks for the company’s collaboration in developing the 485 bhp supercar. The fire-fighting conversion was carried out by M&M Automotive, a Bonn-based specialist for car development and motor sports. The GT-R’s two standard backseats were taken out and replaced with a 50-litre water tank, which was secured with a roll cage.
There is a medium-pressure extinguisher system (20 bars) as well as a winding device for the hose. The only other differences between this GT-R and one straight from the factory is the additional radio communication system, the new Recaro sports seats and the roll bar.
With a foam reach of around 18 metres and a 20-metre hose, the unit will be able to fight fire for around two minutes on one tank. – TradeArabia News Service