I thought sports sedans converted into police vehicles were the coolest thing, because the only thing better than owning a fast car, is owning a fast car that can go as fast as it can. Because who would flag down a police car?
It didn't occur to me that sports cars can be converted into other forms of emergency vehicles. It's a good thing Nissan doesn't think like me. When I first saw the car I knew what it was, but I didn't know what it was for.
After reading the rest of the press release I realized I was looking at the world's fastest fire engine. This Nissan GT-R was donated by Nissan to the Nürburgring GmbH for its assistance in helping Nissan develop its popular supercar.
The GT-R was honed on this famous track. There were even some exchanges between Nissan and Porsche on the official lap times of the GT-R and the 911 Turbo. Nissan claims the GT-R is faster and Porsche thinks Nissan just inhaled too much carbon monoxide.
The fire fighting GT-R is equipped with a 50-liter water tank and is secured by a roll cage. The rear seats have been removed, and additional radio equipment was installed.
The purpose of the GT-R Nürburgring rapid response vehicle is to quickly reach cars that may have caught fire on the public road. Despite the extra 200kg of equipment on board this GT-R can still lap the 'Ring in less than eight minutes.
Now I'm curious, what if the car on fire is a Porsche 911 Turbo? Will Nissan force its owner to admit the GT-R is faster before saving the car?