A cargo ship carrying thousands of cars including Porsches and Lamborghinis recently sank in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean. This incident took place after the ship caught fire nearly two weeks ago. The sinking has caused losses not only to the companies but can also have a devastating impact on the Atlantic Ocean.
The cargo ship, Felicity Ace, sank off the coast of Portugal’s Azores island on March 1. According to MOL Ship Management in Singapore, the ship sank while it was being towed. The trouble started on February 16, when a fire broke out inside the ship. All 22 crew members were evacuated via helicopter following the fire. Salvage crew and the Portuguese Navy have commented the fire’s intensity was probably due to the large number of electric vehicles present on board. Due to this incident, a debate has sprung among insurers and regulators as Felicity Ace was one of the first ships to transport EVs.
The Car Loss
The 650-foot-long ship had Porsches, Lamborghinis, Bentleys, and other luxury cars on board. It had about 4,000 vehicles owned by the Volkswagen Group, including a $400,000 Lamborghini Aventador and approximately 1,100 Porsches. The cost of the damaged vehicles has been estimated to be around $400 million dollars. Volkswagen Group, which is also the parent company of Porsche and Lamborghini, has commented the loss would be covered by insurance.
The Environmental Impact
The sinking of the ship has caused damage all around. Along with the financial trouble, the sinking will also have a devastating impact on the ocean. Felicity Ace, owned by Japan’s Mitsui O.S.K Lines, was carrying an estimated 2,200 tons of fuel and 2,200 tons of oil, along with the 18,700 tons of cargo which are now underwater. Oily residue and wreckage are visible at the surface of the 3,000 m deep water patch where the sinking took place. The Portuguese Navy is continuing to monitor the situation and the site.
Most of us are familiar with an ambulance, although we’d hope we never have to be inside one. Although they are built mainly for functionality, sometimes ambulances can be cool, too.
Looking to the Past
As is often the case when it comes to vehicles, looking into the past leads us to something cooler than its modern counterpart. In this case, the 1990s G-Wagens made for some of the coolest ambulances in the world. During the ‘90s, the G-Wagen was not purely a Mercedes-Benz creation, and people living in Switzerland, Austria, or Eastern Europe knew it as the alternatively-branded Puch. This ambulance was a Puch because it comes from Switzerland. It belonged to the Swiss Federal Department of Defence, Civil Protection, and Sport.
Under the Hood
This old-school ambulance doesn’t just look the part though, it could perform too. It is an off-road ambulance that uses a five-cylinder diesel engine with locking diffs on either axle. Its rugged nature means it’s the perfect ambulance for a mountain rescue team. Along with the 142lb of torque, there is a spare wheel and air conditioning in both compartments. There’s plenty of room for two stretchers, and a roof rack for real emergencies.
Available to Buy
Miraculously this old ambulance hasn’t done very many miles since its creation in the mid-1990s. It has 2,800 miles on the clock, although many of those miles would have traversed the rocky Swiss Alps. The German car auctioneer Lorinser Classic had this ambulance available for the list price of €79,900 ($90,000).
It’s hard to imagine there has ever been a cooler fleet of ambulances than these G-Wagens found all over Switzerland during the 1990s. The G-Wagen might no longer bring aid to those who need it, but it still remains an important vehicle. Even though you might have been in serious danger, at least you looked awesome on your way to the hospital.