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Nissan GT-R Nurburgring Rapid Response Vehicle

 Nissan GT-R Nurburgring Rapid Response Vehicle
Nissan GT-R Nurburgring Rapid Response Vehicle

The mysticism surrounding the current Nissan GT-R has gained another chapter after the car was chosen as an emergency vehicle at the Nurburgring's Nordschliefe. Having lapped the ‘Ring to record one of the fastest if not most controversial times, the GT-R "knows" this fabled track like the inside of its cylinder bores.

This special car is equipped with such items as a full roll cage and carbon fiber Recaro racing seats. To do its job properly it comes with a fire retardant tank which is situated at the rear passenger area, a functional hose reel and an equipment bay in the boot.

Mishaps have frequently happened at the Green Hell, even to reputable automakers (remember the R8 V10?). Therefore a vehicle like this is not just for show but is quite necessary. At a track that's over 20km long getting to the most remote spot can take up to a few minutes which can prove critical in saving someone's life.

 

NISSAN GT-R BECOMES FASTEST FIRE-FIGHTER AT THE NÜRBURGRING

  • Mighty Nissan GT-R takes up role as emergency response vehicle at the Nürburgring, Germany
  • Nissan has presented the ultra-rapid response emergency vehicle to Nürburgring GmbH
  • Unique fire-fighter redesigned by M&M Automotive
  • Even with 200kg of extra equipment on board, GT-R still laps the ‘ring in less than 8 minutes

The ultimate fire-fighting vehicle is ready for the 'ring. Nissan has today presented a specially redesigned GT-R to Nürburgring GmbH, providing the fastest possible response to emergency calls at Nürburgring's Nordschleife circuit.

Equipped with a fire extinguishing system with water and foam on board attached to a hose pipe accessed via the sizeable boot, this GT-R is designed to get to the scene of a blaze in the quickest possible time. In standard road-car form, the GT-R is capable of lapping the famous Nordschleife in only 7 mins 26 seconds 70*, making it the perfect tool 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.

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.

The redesigned GT-R is a gift from Nissan to the Nürburgring operator in thanks for the company's collaboration in developing the 485PS 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.

The GT-R Nürburgring rapid response service vehicle was presented by Michael Bierdümpfl, Director of Communication at Nissan Center Europe GmbH, to Dr. Walter Kafitz, Managing Director of Nürburgring GmbH, today, Friday August 14th. The fire fighter's favourite can now be seen at the race track entrance.

*Lap time of 7min 26 seconds 70 recorded on April 23 2009

 

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prowler97
wow...no German car...they only thing more insulting would have been an American car ;-)
Aug 6, 2009 4:15 pm
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fusion01
I printed this (scaled to 1000%), cut it out along dotted lines, and pasted it on my Golf GTI (being a hatch I had to lose the boot section) and I now am a proud owner of a GTR. Quite a saving!
Aug 5, 2009 3:08 pm
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sovietmole
why change the GTI into a Nissan?
Aug 5, 2009 4:54 pm
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lucifa
Makes sense - very easy to drive fast, big enough to carry equipment.
Aug 5, 2009 1:45 pm
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M!
nice. a brighter color will be more suitable.
Aug 5, 2009 4:41 am
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carcrazy1234
they should mod it to make it faster :P. MINES GTR?? that would be sickkk :P
Aug 4, 2009 8:44 pm
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eme7
YESSSSSSSSS I think that too Anyway ther is no other car for this job, the GTR its almost a sedan 2 door car ...the only one in its kind
Aug 4, 2009 9:16 pm
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Swifty
it really does make sense to me! fabulous
Aug 4, 2009 6:32 pm
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Bojassem
A German circuit chose a Japanese safety car? hmm, interesting..
Aug 4, 2009 6:02 pm
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tom43
This car has been sponsored by Nissan...
Aug 4, 2009 6:13 pm
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N20_Purge
Mmmm, great choice of a RR vvehicle!
Aug 4, 2009 5:46 pm
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Narco
Makes sense to me. Fishes, Narco.
Aug 4, 2009 5:42 pm
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carcrazy1234
why do u always add "Fishes, Narco" after every comment u make?? what does Fishes even mean???
Aug 4, 2009 8:43 pm
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loyo
Totally agree with you, carcrazy. He probably just pretends to be "cool" Pretty annoying, isn't it?
Aug 5, 2009 4:38 am
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Narco
LOL....sounds like you are following my posts....its funny because this is the first (and last) time I've ever checked back on one of my posts. Don't really care what comes after it. and as for lovo... even more lol. stop kissing ass. But back on topic, having this as the safety car makes a lot of sense. Looks pretty bad ass too. Fishes and wine, Narco.
Aug 5, 2009 4:49 am
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M!
if you like to talk about fishes and wine, you are in the wrong site. btw it is really annoying with your FISHES NACHO signature.
Aug 5, 2009 5:23 am
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