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The Kempegowda International Airport at Bengaluru is the third-busiest airport by passenger traffic in the country, behind the ones at Delhi and Mumbai. In calendar year 2017, it handled over 25.04 million passengers, with over 600 aircraft movements a day. It currently has one runway that measures 4,000 metres in length and 45 metres in width, and is CAT-I ILS equipped. And just like any other airport in a major city, this airport also has multiple emergency vehicles, out of which the Airport Crash Fire Tender (ACFT) or in simple terms, the airport fire engine, are one of the most important ones.
Aircraft fires or any other type of fire that takes place at an active airport poses various, unique challenges for first responders. To douse of a fire caused by jet fuel requires thousands of gallons of water and, at times, foam. More importantly, the temperature of the burning fuel is so high that the emergency team has only a few minutes (two minutes only at Bengaluru) to reach the incident spot. To tackle such situations, the Bengaluru International Airport has the swanky made-in-Austria Rosenbauer Panther 6X6 ACFT.
The main machine
One of the very few similarities that you may find between the Panther and your local fire engine is the red shade. This similarity ends when it comes to power and what powers this massive, close-to-11-metres-in-length fire truck is a 715hp, 18,000cc engine! Yes, you read that right. It translates to a gigantic 18-litre diesel powerplant supplied by Caterpillar, a company well known for high displacement diesel engines. The engine propels this 40-tonne monster to 80kph in no more than 25 sec, reaching a top speed of 120kph. This is no small feat, as this beast achieves this speed while carrying 12,500 litres of water, 1,500 litres of foam and a long list of fire fighting and emergency equipment with it.
The turret fixed at the top of the fire truck is the main equipment used for discharging water, which it does at an earth-shattering 6,000 litres per minute! There’s another set of turrets at the vehicle’s front and rear bumpers that discharge water at a slightly slower 1,500 litres per minute. While these are its ‘basic’ fitments for attending an airport emergency, the Panther 6X6 ACFT also has some gizmos up its sleeve. It is equipped with a high-tech, low-visibility enhanced vision system that – coupled with a roof-mounted forward-looking infrared camera – helps the crew look through dense smoke or heavy rain. The driver’s cabin is no less than a throne and offers a panoramic view out, especially of the aircraft in distress.
All buttons, driving or other functions related, are backlit and well within reach of the driver. It also comes with the Driver Enhanced Visibility System (DEVS), which, with the help of GPS, guides the driver by helping him choose the easiest way to reach the incident site without slowing down.
Additionally, it also features Roll stability control (RSC), which helps this massive vehicle mitigate sharp turns at high speeds. Shod with rugged Michelin 16.00 R20 XZL tyres, the vehicle also features an on-board tyre pressure monitoring, inflation and deflation system that helps the vehicle navigate off-road terrain with ease.
Keeping all number crunching aside, it was time for us to experience this beast hands-on – well, almost. The Bengaluru Airport has four such fire trucks, out of which three are on standby 24X7 and one is kept as an active backup. The vehicles never leave the airport premises and are not officially registered with the local RTO. A special team of technicians visit the airport fire station periodically to carry out maintenance on these machines.
The tarmac area of the Bengaluru airport is kept shut for about two hours every Tuesdays to carry out scheduled routine maintenance work. And it is during this time that we participated in a ‘mock drill’ that was held just to give us an experience of how the ACFTs work during an actual emergency. A few of us were strapped in the compact cabin of the Panther and, once the emergency siren went off, the vehicles started from the fire station towards the ‘dummy’ incident location at the threshold of Runway 9/27. They reached speeds of around 110kph within no time and began slowing down upon approaching the dirt road, beyond which was the ‘incident’ location. Around 200 litres of fuel was lit at the incident site in order to demonstrate the vehicle’s fire-fighting capability. The fire was doused in around 10sec flat by the two ACFTs in our convoy, using only around 20 percent of their 12,500 litre water capacities.
We also got to check out the other vehicles used at the airport to ensure its smooth functioning.
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To celebrate 50 years of the GT-R and Italdesign, Nissan has revealed a GT-R prototype which was created in collaboration with the design house.
Named the GT-R50, the one-off collaboration is based on the GT-R Nismo. The development, engineering and building of the car was all Italdesign’s work, while the design itself was a project undertaken by Nissan’s London and San Diego design centres.
No element of the car’s outward appearance remains untouched – even its roof line has been lowered by 54mm. The prototype is longer, wider and lower to the ground than the Nismo on which it’s based. Gold highlights have been used throughout the exterior, which seems to have undergone a dramatic restyle. Meanwhile, the car’s original features have been exaggerated and improved on an aerodynamic level, including its huge adjustable rear wing.
With respect to performance, the car’s 3.8-litre V6 engine now produces 720hp and 780Nm of torque – up from the 600hp and 652Nm of the ‘regular’ GT-R Nismo. Its performance has been boosted, given the car’s special prototype status. It has also been fitted with race-spec turbochargers, a larger intercooler system, adjustable dampers, and heavy-duty crankshaft, pistons, bearings and connecting rods. Its intake and exhaust systems have been tweaked to achieve the 120hp boost from the Nismo’s figures.
“How often do you get to ask, ‘What if we created a GT-R without limits,’ and then actually get to build it?” said Nissan design boss Alfonso Albaisa. “This is a rare window in time when two big moments intersect: 50 years of Italdesign shaping the automotive world and 50 years of Nissan generating excitement through our iconic GT-R. So to celebrate this convergence, Nissan and Italdesign created this custom GT-R to mark 50 years of engineering leadership.”
The Japanese carmaker quickly clarified that the car is not related to the next-generation GT-R (due around 2020) but wouldn’t comment when asked whether Italdesign would be involved in the next GT-R’s development. The next-gen GT-R is expected to have a high-output hybrid powertrain and retain its four-wheel-drive drivetrain.
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Hyundai has taken the wraps off a new sedan at the Beijing motor show, the Lafesta. The model, only to be sold in China for now, is based on the Hyundai Elantra, though it features a different suspension set-up.
The car’s styling takes more than a few design cues from the radical-looking Le Fil Rouge concept that was displayed just a month ago at the Geneva motor show. The Lafesta is a four-door sedan but sports a coupe-like swoopy roofline, and looks decidedly sporty. Expected to launch in China’s market by the end of this year, Hyundai plans to target younger affluent buyers with this model.
While the Le Fil Rouge concept was a larger-looking high-end model, the Lafesta, with its 4,660mm length and 2,700mm long wheelbase, is larger than the Elantra but smaller than the Sonata, and is expected to slot between the two in Hyundai’s China range.
It will be powered by two engine options – a 1.4-litre turbo-petrol and a 1.6-litre turbo-petrol – in varying states of tune from 130hp to 240hp. Both are paired to a seven-speed automatic transmission powering the front wheels.
While there is no word on Hyundai bringing the Lafesta to India, as the model is based on the Elantra sold here, it has potential for our market.
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