The trouble with fire engines is that, essentially, they're just lorries. Which makes them supremely slow. If only they had a bit more horsepower...
Like this Nissan GT-R Streckensicherung, or ‘rapid response vehicle' if you're after something more pronounceable. Yup that's right, the Nurburgring's new fire tender is a foam-filled Godzilla and it's been spied by the blokes over at the NissanSportz.com forum. The whole bootspace is crammed with pumps and hoses, while the front gets a set of Recaros and a full roll cage.
Which means it should get to the scene of a 'Ring smash - if logic is to be believed - in a quicker time than its 7m27.56s record lap.
And while we're talking about the Ring, be warned that the German police (or ‘RheinlandPfalz') are cracking down on dodgy rustbuckets. So if you're thinking of taking that knackered old Nova for a few laps or, worse still, taking it on its original tyres, then think again.
Check with the guys at NurburgMotorsport before you go - they can advise you and even provide insurance to make sure you go home with a thick and healthy wallet.
Now watch the GT-R give Jeremy a near-fatal injury at the Fuji Speedway: