New Sasol GTC cars set for thrills

The iconic Grand Prix Circuit will present a new challenge to the GTC drivers as they tackle the country’s fastest racetrack on June 16.

Suzuki’s new Swift hatch and sedan in SA

Suzuki kicks off its new model assault with an all new Swift hatchback and standalone sedan called the Dzire.

World's fastest fire tender?

2009-08-04 08:00
Let’s not be coy about it, despite all the Playstation bravery and test driver real world heroics, the Nurburgring is a forbiddingly dangerous place to drive quickly – which is why F1 cars have not raced the full circuit for decades.

Even when you’re on your exploratory lap of glory, the 20.8km circuit is practically begging for an opportunity to punish even the slightest throttle lift of misjudged steering put.

Multiply the gravity of consequence factor with bikes, supercars and hot hatches all playing lap-for-lap at the same time and you need emergency vehicles which can motor to an accident at huge speed, considering the sheer immensity of the circuit.

Enter Nissan’s GT-R fire tender, the coolest fire truck in history.

Although the paintjob and graphics are a little garish (not to mention those obligatory roof mounted emergency lights) yet this supercar is well up to the job intended.

The rear seats have been binned to make room for a fully fire retardant fuel tank, as the standard tank was removed to, in turn, make way for a functional hose reel and fire fighting equipment in the boot.

Further modifications include carbon-fibre Recaro racing seats for driving dexterity and a comprehensive roll-cage.

It’s just the thing to get to the scene of an error of judgement made by Porsche 911 Turbo factory test drivers chasing those elusive GT-R lap times.

Oops, we probably should not have said that…


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