Custom Dragsters: Carbon Fiber and More
Private individuals in Thailand have ownership and oversight of medical transport vehicles, and it appears that when not aiding the populace, adapted variants can be spotted on the drag track for a bit of competitive driving.
No doubt about it – extensively reconstructed, emergency vehicles like fire engines and ambulances actually do battle it out at an event for drag racing in Thailand. Previously, we’ve noticed some weird match-ups in this particular sport, however the one there is entirely different.
Not far from Bangkok is the quarter-mile drag strip, and CB Media found that the racers were well-equipped with amazing components. Ambulances stationed nearby were mostly Toyota Hiaces, also recognized as Commuters in Thailand. It is a perfect selection for healthcare transportation given its plentiful cargo area at the rear.
One of the owners decided to take it a step further and install a comprehensive sound speaker system, complete with subwoofers. While it may not seem like it would be particularly useful for patients, it is still a legitimate medical car. However, the event only allows units that are registered as “working ambulances.”
While the United States made an initial effort to assemble its initial completely electric-powered ambulance, many the other contestants at the Thai dragway applied turbodiesel engines. There were some trucks involved, including the Mitsubishi Strada, Isuzu D-Max, and diamond-like Toyota Hilux – a U.S. equivalent of the Tacoma.
It is clear that the people of Thailand are passionate about their drag racing. The cars were sporting carbon fiber panels and purpose-built drag wheels. A van fortunate enough to be modified for such events drove down the quarter mile track in 16.2 seconds, whereas a red Isuzu D-Max provided an impressive finish time of 14.1 seconds. Possibly not the same quality as professional dragster races, it is obvious that these events still offer a thrilling experience.
Despite how amazing these vehicles are, they are unfortunately not found on US roads. This is primarily due to the Chicken Tax, a hefty 25% tariff imposed on all imported light trucks.
Whilst the drag race for emergency responders appeared to be a lot of fun, we sincerely hope that those who desperately require aid were taken care of during the revelry.