Criminal’s Nissan GT-R Becomes a 530-HP Organ Transport Vehicle in Portugal

In case you’re a criminal wondering what will happen to your sports car if police officers seize it, chances are it’ll end up collecting dust and fees at an impound lot. However, one Nissan GT-R in Portugal managed to escape this fate for a great cause. In fact, this seized sports car now serves as a high-speed donor transport vehicle.

According to The Drive, Republic National Guard in Portugal will utilize this new asset primarily to transport organs between the country’s two largest cities, Lisbon and Porto. While speed is typically associated with danger, it is necessary to save countless lives in this case.

How did this seized Nissan GT-R end up saving lives?

An image of a siezed Nissan GT-R utilized by police in Portugal.
Nissan GT-R | Guarda Nacional Republicana

According to The Drive, the Nissan GT-R in question reached Portugal’s Republic National Guard due to a criminal investigation. While details of the previous owner’s criminal past are quite scarce, it seems this Japanese sports car wasn’t returning home anytime soon. As a result, the Republic National Guard decided to put it to good use.

Throughout the last 10 years, the RNG has carried out more than 2,826 organ transports. While these missions are certainly possible with standard-issued government vehicles, every minute counts when we’re talking about live organs. This is where this Nissan GT-R steps in.

Before it can go into service, however, the Japanese sports car will need some serious modifications. Among these will be a brand-new refrigeration system capable of keeping the organs cool during long transport journeys.

The GT-R just might be the car for the job

An image of a red Nissan GT-R parked outside.
Nissan GT-R | Nissan

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The reason why the RNG needs a high-horsepower sports car such as the Nissan GT-R has mostly to do with its planned route. According to The Drive, this organ transporter will run primarily between Portugals two largest cities, Lisbon and Porto. A quick look on Google Maps reveals that the two cities are around 200 miles apart, a journey that typically takes around three hours to complete.

Based on the photo of the Nissan GT-R posted by the RNG, we can see that it is a face-lifted model, meaning it is at the very least newer than 2011. Under its hood lies a twin-turbocharged 3.8-liter V6 developing 530 hp. Additionally, there is no mention of whether or not this particular example currently features power modifications.

When it was new, this Japanese sports car could hit 60 mph in under three seconds, complete the quarter-mile in 11 seconds, and continue to a top speed of 194 mph. Given its automatic transmission and all-wheel-drive system, this sports car should be able to carry immense speed, even with a novice driver.

The Italians prefer to use a Lamborghini Huracan

While the RNG will make far better use of the Nissan GT-R than any criminal ever could, this isn’t the first time a government chooses a sports car as an organ transport vehicle. In fact, the Italian police department has a Lamborghini Huracan on patrol. According to The Drive, the Italian supercar managed to complete a 300-mile journey in just two hours. As a result, speed can truly save lives.