A fully-geared firefighter climbing out of brand-new 2016 Corvette to knock back a raging fire sounds just plain absurd, but containing an inferno is exactly what the One Seven C7 Stingray Corvette is designed to do. It’s no surprise that this Chevrolet-powered fire engine is actually part of the Dubai, UAE fire and rescue fleet, with the police department rolling around in Lamborghini’s, Bugatti’s, and McLaren’s, it’s only natural to fight fires behind the wheel of a Corvette, right?
Joining in the ranks of service, this 2016 C7 is decked out in a canary yellow hue used by the Dubai Civil Defense and marked-up with red identifying marks, along with the city of Dubai’s emergency phone number. Powered by a 6.2-liter V8 engine pumping out 455 hp and 460 lb-ft of torque, it is capable of 195 mph, meaning it can arrive on the scene with blazing speed before the fire can get out of control.
This ‘Vette newest addition to the Dubai Civil Defense’s growing fleet of fire and safety vehicles — a fleet that already includes two existing, fire safety Corvettes. This latest addition to the family was transformed for fire-fighting duty by specialists in Dubai, where the car was also outfitted with additional fire extinguishers and first-aid equipment.
Compared to a traditional fire truck, the C7 navigates the metropolitan landscape of Dubai with phenomenal ease. If you don’t hear the exhaust tone of the LT1, the sirens and emergency lighting will notify you of its arrival.
But this American supercar doesn’t just fight fire with speed, it employs the use of a 21 gallon fire suppression system. We’re not talking about a 21 gallon water cell complete with buckets, so you can start a bucket brigade, to extinguish the flames. The system tucked into the rear boot of this Stingray is a state-of-the-art foam suppression system.
The One Seven extinguishing of this Corvette consists of several main components, as there is an extinguishing system control, the foaming module the blends all the elements of this system together, a water and gas supply, the hose and reel. The compressed gas foam, that is generated in the foaming module, is comprised of a foam concentrate that expands when it comes in contact with a water supply. This revolutionary type of fire suppression, which is also found in aircraft hangers around the world, allows the Corvettes’ fire system to be a compact and light-weight, yet potent, system.
So if you’re a masked fire-fighting vigilante that fights back against the underground pyro movement, look no further. A matter a fact, It wouldn’t be a bad idea for Formula 1 to invest in a few of these combos.
The Dubai Civil Defense plans on submitting this wild 2016 ‘Vette to the Guinness Book of World Records as the world’s fastest fire-fighting vehicle, and should have no problem making it into the next rendition of the renowned record book.