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PostPosted: Thu Jan 13, 2011 17:51 
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http://uk.cars.yahoo.com/13012011/36/br ... car-0.html

Jack Carfrae - Yahoo cars wrote:
Lotus has donated one of its Evora sports cars to the traffic cops operating in the West Midlands.

Dressed in full panda car livery, the Evora will be a worrying sight for speeders.

Of more concern for law-breakers is the car's 276bhp 3.5-litre V6 engine, which propels it to 60mph in 4.9 seconds and on to a top speed of 162mph, rendering it Britain's fastest police car.

The Evora starts at £48,550 and it's the first car of its type to be used by a police force in the UK.

However, it's not a permanent fixture, as Lotus has loaned the car to the force, so it will only be on the beat for two weeks as part of a trial.

Drivers can expect to see the Evora patrolling the M5, M6 and M42 motorways as well as the M6 toll road.

Speaking to the 'Daily Mail', PC Angus Nairn said: "It's a very quick car and we hope it will prove an effective deterrent to anyone thinking of speeding or trying to outrun us.

"It has incredible performance yet still does around 30 miles to the gallon. It will attract a lot of attention on the motorways but that is the whole idea - it will remind drivers of the need to keep to the speed limits at all times."

This isn't the first time that the West Midlands Police has employed the services of specialist vehicles. Last year it borrowed an HGV to see into the cabs of lorries and catch careless drivers using their mobile phones at the wheel.

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PostPosted: Fri Jan 14, 2011 06:12 
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I am sure there are many volunteers to drive the police car for this two weeks!! :) They'd probably even work for free or not ask for overtime ! ;)

Seriously though I am sure that they will try to ensure that the most experienced traffic officers will be assigned to this car. I see they only have it for a short time, and I guess they hope to chase the fastest of speeders ?
So why do they need this car? Is it s a test for alternatives to a helicopter ?
Might we assume from this that they can therefore safely handle a car going at high speed safely on the motorway? In chase scenarios, they don't usually approve of very high speed chases as those they are chasing may react unexpectedly or make a small error that may result in a catastrophic result.
So what will they actually achieve from this ? A PR exercise ?
Looking for respect from those that own powerful cars and hope it acts as a deterrent ?
Do they loose to those that 'run' from the police, on the M6 Toll road ?
How many high performance cars do the police fail to catch - does this exercise imply that there maybe some or perhaps even many ?

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PostPosted: Fri Jan 14, 2011 09:19 
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This is a smart publicity stunt by Lotus. Nothing more.

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PostPosted: Fri Jan 14, 2011 10:33 
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Who is going to be the first to fill it with diesel ?
With emissions of 205gm/km it is a good job they don't have to pay tax on it.
Insurance group 20 (out of 20).....so I'm glad I do not have to insure it (given the truly appalling accident rate of police vehicles I'm sure they have no no-claims bonus)
"sacrificial" ally front chassis and steel rear attached to an extruded ally "tub means it will be easy, but costly, to repair after those "shove the scrotes off the road" chases end !
But then the stressed composite panels won't last long after it is parked in a town centre and gets a good keying.

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PostPosted: Fri Jan 14, 2011 12:43 
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Yeah, I'd like to see them forming a "box" round a stolen car with four of those and bringing it to a halt! :lol:

As Malcolm says, a good PR stunt by Lotus but I really can't see it being of any practical use. I sure as hell wouldn't want to start playing "bumper cars" with a stolen 5-Series or Range Rover Sport in it!

Anyway, as speed kills (and going faster doesn't get you there any quicker) I'm surprised they even need it! :wink:

And here, of course, is the problem. THEY know it's not a problem and so does the vast majority of other motorists. They can "talk the talk", but, human nature being what it is, "walking the walk" seems a bit more tricky for them!


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PostPosted: Fri Jan 14, 2011 13:27 
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If it wasn't for the blues and chevrons they could go dogging in it, with more success than their mates do !

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PostPosted: Fri Jan 14, 2011 13:30 
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On the plus side - only one wiper blade - a 50% saving in maintenance there! :)

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PostPosted: Fri Jan 14, 2011 16:50 
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But at 10 times the cost of a fiesta wiper blade !

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56 years after it was decided it was needed, the Bedford Bypass is nearing completion. The last single carriageway length of it.We have the most photogenic mayor though, always being photographed doing nothing


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Speaking to the 'Daily Mail', PC Angus Nairn said: "It's a very quick car and we hope it will prove an effective deterrent to anyone thinking of speeding or trying to outrun us.

"It has incredible performance yet still does around 30 miles to the gallon. It will attract a lot of attention on the motorways but that is the whole idea - it will remind drivers of the need to keep to the speed limits at all times."


O goody .... thanks PC Nairn, so it'll still be just fine if I continue to bumble along in the middle lane with a humungus tailback behind me making a 3 lane motorway into a dual carriageway ..... and drive 3 feet behind the car in front waving my fist in frustration at the twot in front that will not get out of my way right now .... with impunity then..... seeing as you are (as usual) concentrating on speeding cos as everybody knows that's the one and only cause of all colisions ever and is absolutely the most dangerous thing anybody can ever do ever ever cos its the one and only cause of everything bad that ever happens ..... (this browser does not have javascript so I can't put a smiley in here but I would if I could .... sarcastic? moi? surely not!!)

Anyway why does PC Nairn think that a "very quick car" will will be a better at detering anyone from "thinking of speeding"??? he will have some evidence to back this up one would presume??

Oh and I hope PC Nairn that you never ever ever give your fancy new toy a bit of stick for no good reason just for a laugh, you wouldn't do that now would you PC Nairn??

Edited to fix the quote

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