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Five of the world’s fastest police cars10th July 2014
When you’re watching the bad guys speed away from the cops in the movies, have you ever thought to yourself ‘surely it’s time the police got faster cars?’
Well, they have – which will not sit well with film writers who now have to think of other ways for their villains to escape. Across the world supercars are being introduced to the forces, some just as gimmicks to deter speedy drivers, others ready for everyday patrol. But just what are some of the fastest police cars out there? Let’s have a look.
Ariel Atom 3.5R (UK)
350bhp, 0-60mph in “less than 2.3 seconds”, top speed 155mph
Speaking of the movies, the Ariel Atom looks more like something Batman would drive than Inspector Gordon. Ariel, based in Crewkerne, Somerset, has given one of these bad boys to the Avon and Somerset Constabulary (its local police force) – an are a not exactly known for its bank robberies and high-speed chases.
Having this car on the squad is more a message in safety than it is a necessity. As part of the Safer Rider campaign for motorcyclist awareness, the Atom is expected to help reduce the number of motorcycle accidents on the roads (presumably because from a distance, if you squint, it looks a little like a motorbike). We’re not quite sure how it will do this exactly, but when you’ve got a car that looks this good, weighs just 612kg and can get to 60mph in “under 2.3 seconds” (no one really knows), we’re sure the officers will figure something out.
Bugatti Veyron EB 16.4 (Dubai)
700bhp, 0-60mph in 2.5 seconds, top speed 267mph
You’d be hard pressed to find a force around the world that isn’t a little jealous of the fleet in the possession of the Dubai police. The department’s luxury vehicles tally up to around $6.5 million and the king of the road is the $1.6 million Bugatti Veyron – the world’s fastest police car. In fact, the Veyron Super Sport is the fastest street-legal production car that’s ever existed.
You won’t see them risking this car’s safety in a high-speed chase anytime soon though. Instead, much like the Ariel Atom, it’s used more as a publicity tool to bring the police and community closer together. Officers must feel like rock stars when they ‘re cruising around and posing for photos.
Porsche 911 Carrera S (Germany/Austria)
500bhp, 0-60mph in 4.6 seconds, top speed of 188mph
It may seem a little slower than the other cars listed, but the Porsche 911 Carrera S is actually used as a genuine police car in Germany. Modified for this role, it has a 6 cylinder engine and will make any getaway driver say ‘nein’ when they see it co ming in their rear-view mirror.
Upon its release it was labelled the world’s best sports car by many, and as one of the easiest sports cars to drive by many more. All in all it’s perfect for paroling on the Autobahn.
Lamborghini Huracan LP 610-4 (Italy)
602bhp, 0-62mph in 3.2 seconds, top speed of 202mph
Expected to start fighting crime on Italy’s streets before 2015 arrives, this special police-edition Lamborghini has a few tricks up its sleeve. Criminals will be able to spot it by its ‘blu Polizia’ colour scheme, but what they may not know is that the Huracan LP 610-4 is also kitted out with automatic number plate recognition and tracking software with the ability to send real-time images back to the station to check if vehicles are stolen.
Not that any bad guys would be able to get away anyway. With fast acceleration and a 202mph max-out speed, this beast is enough to intimidate even the most hard-nosed criminals. It also has the potential to become a makeshift ambulance too, as there’s a special refrigeration system for organs and a life-saving defibrillator hidden in a luggage compartment up front.
McLaren MP4-12C (Dubai/UK)
616bhp, 0-60mph in 2.8 seconds, top speed of 207mph
The McLaren MP4-12C will be used in the same way as the Bugatti Veyron and Ariel Atom – encouraging motorists to discuss issues of road speed and safety, but also just to show off a little.
It certainly looks the business with a steering wheel lifted from McLaren’s F1 car and a bespoke six-speed gearbox, but in reality it’s slightly incompetent as a real police car. After all, it only has two seats (which might be a bit too close for comfort when it comes to catching real criminals).