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Derby students make transformer Toyota for firefighters

  • 6-6-2011

A "transformer" car which has been designed and built by students will be used to train firefighters in how to rescue people trapped in vehicles.

Derbyshire Fire and Rescue are using the modified saloon to train officers to deal with road traffic collisions.

The car, designed by University of Derby students, is believed to be the first of its type for use by emergency services.

Hydraulic motors rotate the front while one whole side can be removed.

The roof of the car - a redesigned Toyota Avensis - can also be folded back or lifted off.

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