Top Gear runs Heathrow Airport for a day
Another classic from 20 years of TG mag: the time we took an Aventador to our biggest airport...
Posted: 24 Oct 2013
Like the Lambo, the Panther has 700bhp. Unlike the Lambo, it has two tanks: one for water (11,200 litres), one for foam (1,400 litres). At maximum pressure, it can empty both of these in two minutes, through a network of hoses and cannons with a 90-metre range. This is the equivalent of filling your bathtub in one second, from the other end of your street. There are three Panthers here, along with some other pumps, and a ladder unit with a 49-metre-high platform. These are regularly exercised on the Green Goddess, a replica plane used to recreate raging engine or undercarriage fires (sometimes the watch commander ignites it as a little surprise for his crew, to see how fast they react). We're shown it close-up. It could make toast from a mile off.