Lotus ambulance latest sports car in Dubai's speedy fleet

Dubai Ambulance's Lotus Evora
Dubai Ambulance's Lotus Evora

Now more than ever, Dubai is the place to be for public servants with a need for speed, it seems. Not only do Emirati cops have a Lamborghini Aventador, Aston Martin One-77 and even a Bugatti Veyron at their disposal (as well as Google Glass with apps that make easy work of reading and scanning license plates), but now paramedics are getting a few sports cars of their own, including a Lotus Evora and two Ford Mustangs, according to a report in the UAE publication The National.

The Evora, named “First Responder,” according to the report, was first shown to the public yesterday at the Gitex Technology Week gathering at the Dubai World Trade Center. While it makes no pretense of being able to transport patients anywhere, it is equipped with as much of a standard ambulance’s emergency and first-aid equipment that can be stuffed inside around the two occupants, as well as a mobile data terminal to communicate patient data and vital signs to a local hospital.

“We can handle all kinds of emergencies,” said Zaid Al Mamari, a paramedic with the Dubai Corporation for Ambulance Services, according to The National report. “It is fitted with a responder bag, suction unit, foam splints for fractures, cardiac defibrillators and oxygen bags.” Currently, the response time for a regular ambulance is eight minutes, according to the report, but officials said the target time for all ambulances is under four. Having a vehicle capable of speeds of 160+ mph could certainly help.

“We plan to do special training since driving a sports car is not the same like driving regular cars,” said Al Mamari. (Indeed, we can vouch for that ourselves.) Of course, the Emiratis wouldn’t actually start using the cars without showing off a little first. “We will initially showcase the car in tourists places like the Jumeirah Beach Residences and Burj Khalifa. The second step is to start using them.”

Yeah, good idea, that last part.