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New Wheels For The Bravest

by Paul Eisenstein

"The Future of Firetrucks"

The Colet K/15 Jaguar crash truck, in service for the past 10 years at Atlanta's Hartsfield International Airport, was a quantum leap in crash truck technology. Powered by a 600-hp supercharged, turbocharged and intercooled V8 Detroit Diesel, the truck can reach speeds of over 100 mph and accelerate from 0 to 50 mph in under 14 seconds. Speed is key, as saving lives means reaching the crash scene as quickly as possible. Conventional crash trucks typically have a top speed of about 50 mph.

Built on a stainless steel frame, the K/15 features an active, all-hydraulic suspension that automatically compensates damping and roll rates for all road conditions. Night vision capability and GPS navigation show the driver exactly where he is regardless of visibility conditions. Prices start at $400,000.--Cliff Gromer


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