The ultimate fire-fighting vehicle is ready for the Nurburgring. Nissan has presented a specially redesigned Nissan GT-R to Nurburgring GmbH, providing the fastest possible response to emergency calls at Nurburgring'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 Nissan GT-R is designed to get to the scene of a blaze in the quickest possible time. In standard road-car form, the Nissan GT-R is capable of lapping the famous Nordschleife in only 7 minutes 26 seconds, making it the perfect tool for the Nurburgring's emergency services. Even with the extra 200kg of fire fighting equipment on board, the Nissan 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 Nissan GT-R will provide fire fighters with an invaluable new safety tool.
The redesigned Nissan GT-R is a gift from Nissan to the Nurburgring 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 Nissan 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 Nissan 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 Nissan GT-R Nurburgring rapid response service vehicle was presented by Michael Bierdumpfl, Director of Communication at Nissan Center Europe GmbH, to Dr. Walter Kafitz, Managing Director of Nurburgring GmbH, on Friday 14th August 2009. The fire fighter's favourite can now be seen at the race track entrance.Published 17 August 2009