After he got pulled over, the fellon had a fight with the police officer and managed to lock himself in the police car.
He drove away while chased by other police cars and crashed moments later while driving on the wrong lane.
Opel Ampera Police Car
I personally like the looks of the Opel Ampera, I think it is cooler than the Chevrolet Volt. The German automaker made it even cooler, dressing the car in police blue. They say that their electric car is good for police patrols as it is silent, great for undercover jobs.
Once it will hit the market, the Ampera will have a range between 25 to 50 miles (40 to 80 km) running only on electric power, which is quite enough for patrolling the neighborhoods. Of course, it isn’t enough for a chase or other problems that might occur – this is when the 1.4-liter gas engine kicks in, extending the car’s range to about 310 miles (500 km). It has a pretty decent 370 Nm of torque and can do the 0-60 mph sprint in 9 seconds, onto a top speed of 99 mph (160 km/h).
Opel Ampera Police Car
The Opel Ampera packs a 16 kWh lithium-ion battery feeding current to an electric motor that outputs 150 hp (111 kW / 152 PS) and 273 lb.-ft (370 Nm). The car’s battery can be charged using a 230 V outlet. A full charge will take about 4 hours.
The car is already available for order now at a base price of 42,900 Euros in Germany. Deliveries will start at the end of this year.
2011 Lotus Evora Police Car
If you live in West Midlands, UK, don’t try to outrun the police on the highway as they are driving this 2011 Lotus Evora, a car presented at the Autosport International Show and donated by the British automaker to the United Kingdom police force.
For those of you with criminal intentions you should know that this Lotus Evora packs 280 hp under its beautiful bonnet and the car will stuck to your rear view mirror like the ones in the Need For Speed Hot Pursuit video game. This Lotus Evora police car will be given a 2-week trial run on a long stretch along the highway that covers approximately 450 miles, along with a couple of important routes, like the M2, M5 and M6 motorways.
From the outside, this 2011 Lotus Evora looks just about the same as the standard production model, except of course for a few obvious additions. The car now features a very cool looking police livery and packs the standard and obligatory police lights on the roof, grille and a modified interior cockpit.
Regarding the cabin, there aren’t any information about what changes this car has but most likely it will have a heavy dose of law-enforcement paraphernalia, like an on-board computer, a radar gun and a couple of gun holsters.
2011 Lotus Evora Police Car
This beautiful Lotus Evora police car is probably the fastest law enforcement car in the entire United Kingdom. Packing a powerful 3.5-liter V6 unit that churns 280 hp, it has a top speed of 168 mph. The Evora needs less than five seconds to reach 60 mph. The engine under the hood is the exact same one that you will find in the standard version of the car.
Although it is not one of the most intimidating cars in the world, it definitely makes up for in terms of raw power and speed, something very rare for a UK police car.
The three large US carmakers know that offering a police car means not only good money but also guarantees increased popularity with the regular public.
That’s why we’ve already seen the 2011 Ford Taurus-based Police Interceptor, as well as GM’s own Chevrolet Caprice PPV. Now, Chrysler is also stepping up its police game, and has revealed the new 2011 Dodge Charger Pursuit police car.
Based on the yet unrevealed 2011 Dodge Charger, the Pursuit model promises to offer an upgraded experience to the fine men and women serving in US police departments. In order to do that, it’s equipped with better brakes, increased stability and improved software to handle police duty.
Also, Chrysler has equipped the cars with a new police interface module, which makes integrating existing police equipment into the car that much easier. The 2011 Dodge Charger Pursuit will be offered with two engines, the 3.7-liter Pentastar V6, or the 5.7-liter HEMI V8.
The new police car is set to be available for order in September, after the regular 2011 Dodge Charger will be revealed.
General Motors has finally decided to put a date on the launch of its new 2011 Chevrolet Caprice Police Patrol Vehicle (PPV).
According to the US carmaker, the Caprice police car will be launched with the detective package in April, 2011. This means that the Caprice will be available in several ‘regular’ paint schemes, but with a complete police-spec interior. The actual police package Caprice will be available beginning with June, 2011.
Orders will be taken starting this October, for the detective package, and in January, for the police-ready Caprice. Police departments interested in purchasing them will need to contact GM at that time.
For those that forgot, the Chevrolet Caprice PPV boasts a 355 HP 6.0-liter V8 engine, capable of sending power through a six-speed automatic to the rear wheels. It is equipped with all the latest police technology, and has a full prisoner divide between the front and the rear seats.
While we cover most of the times some really awkward or unique police cars, it’s worth announcing from time to time the new cars that you will be seeing on the street and, hopefully, not in your rear view mirror anytime soon.
Seeing as how the Vauxhall Astra is the most popular police car in the UK, the company’s Special Vehicle Operations unit decided to overhaul the most recent generation of the Astra in order to serve police departments all over the country.
Vauxhall’s manager of vehicle conversions, Dick Ellam, said, “With the new Astra, Vauxhall is offering the UK’s police constabularies a vehicle which is not only superior dynamically to its predecessor but which also has the scope for much improved integration with the systems law enforcement demands. We are particularly proud that this integration allows the devices needed by the police service to be mounted within the standard architecture of the car’s interior.”
The result is the new Astra police car, pictured above. Among the modifications implemented in the new vehicle are things like a restyled center console with room for police radio, video capture systems plus a remote data terminal, complete with a big touchscreen system.
While not as fancy as the Audi Q7 the Scottish police is rolling in, the Astra will certainly get the job done.
We’ve been talking a lot about police cars in recent times, so it was just a matter of time before the elusive Carbon Motors E7 concept would join the discussion. As you may remember, the concept has been revealed quite some time ago, but nothing was heard after that.
Now, Carbon Motors has just announced that its new purpose-built police car will be getting an engine from BMW, specifically the 3.0-liter inline-six cylinder diesel unit, which can be admired on the X5 xDrive35d or the 335d. 240,000 engines have been ordered, so you can clearly see that the company is quite confident in its product.
The new diesel engine, at least in the models from BMW, produces 265 HP and 425 lb-ft of torque, with a combined mileage in the upper 20 mpg echelon and highway average of over 30 mpg. While not so imposing as other police car offers, like the recent Ford Taurus Police Interceptor or the Dodge Charger, the new E7 might prove to be a popular choice, given its frugality.
To be honest, I’m surprised nobody thought about this before though, given the current economy, I don’t know if the project will be successful. What we’re talking about is the Carbon ‘E7′, the world’s first purpose-built law enforcement vehicle, developed by Carbon Motors. The E7 (which is only a temporary name), was created with the help of over 1,700 law enforcement professionals, representing all 50 US States, who gave their input to the Carbon Motors team, so that the vehicle could be fully equipped with a suite of purpose-built performance and safety features.
“The military has long used purpose-built vehicles to accomplish their unique missions. Fire engines were specifically designed to provide firefighters with water, aerial ladders or other equipment to assist them in rescue work. And even postal workers have purpose-built trucks for delivering mail. Law enforcement, by comparison, has had to settle for retail cars designed for ordinary passenger use with haphazardly and dangerously installed law enforcement equipment. The women and men who protect our communities deserve better. Carbon’s ‘E7’ will rectify this injustice” said William Santana Li, chairman and chief executive officer, Carbon Motors Corporation.
The vehicle will have features like an ergonomic cockpit inspired by jet fighters and helicopters, a high powered clean-diesel engine capable of running on biodiesel (40 percent improvement in fuel efficiency), integrated external and internal surveillance capabilities, radar, LoJack, an automatic license plate recognition system, radiation and biological threat detectors and 360 degree, high conspicuity built-in LED emergency lighting. In addition, the ‘E7’ will get Carbon’s On-board Rapid Command Architecture (ORCA) with a large touch-screen main display and a separate touch screen keyboard providing world-class data communication and human-machine interface.
You have to admit, this is a very interesting project and it really got our attention, so stay tuned, as we’ll let you know once we have more info. Meanwhile, check out more photos and a video after the jump. (more…)