Fuel efficiency probably isn’t the first thing you think about when the term “police cruiser” comes to mind.
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The Ford Police Interceptor has long made its name chasing after speeding cars. However, at the Ford Championship Weekend NASCAR races at Homestead Miami Speedway this November 18-20, the roles are reversed as the 2013 Ford Police Interceptor Utility and Sedan are honored to serve as pace cars to lead the pack for the weekend.
Pacing the grid for the Ford 200, Ford 300 and Ford 400 NASCAR finale events is the Police Interceptor Utility. The first ever pursuit rated utility by Ford, the Interceptor Utility will be serving as the lead pace car, serving pace duty for all three races. The Interceptor Sedan will serve as the split pace car for the weekend. Both vehicles should be capable of performing without a cinch. The police vehicle market leader for the past 15 years, Ford’s latest generation of Police Interceptors are specifically designed and engineered with safety and technology innovations just for the rigors of police duty. How hard could pacing NASCAR be?
Lisa Teed, the brand manager for Ford Police Interceptors is pleased to share, “Having the opportunity to bring our new Police Interceptors to pace what is shaping up to be one of the most exciting weekends in NASCAR history is a great honor. Both of the Police Interceptor vehicles provide the highest level of safety, performance, durability, driver convenience, and comfort, and we’re excited to be able to show off these new vehicles to the millions of fans on site and watching on national television.”
Jamie Allison, the director of Ford Racing, continues, “Using our new range of Ford products to pace signature events like Ford Championship Weekend is an important part of our marketing strategy. We’re thrilled that we’re able to help launch the new Police Interceptors at Ford Championship Weekend, and know that the fans will be excited to see these unique vehicles performing out on track.”
Both the Ford Interceptor Sedan and Utility vehicles are available with a selection of three different V6 engines that deliver both better fuel economy and more horsepower than the discontinued Panther chassis V8 Crown Victoria. The base 3.5 liter TiVCT V6 delivering 280-hp and a top-tier Ford EcoBoost twin turbo V6 producing at least 365 horsepower are available for the all wheel drive Interceptor Sedan.
The all wheel drive Interceptor Utility will also get a 3.7 liter V6, promised to provide at least 300 horsepower.
Both Ford Police Interceptors will be produced in Ford’s Chicago Assembly Plant.
GALLERY: Ford Police Interceptors
Some of you might not have even heard of Jensen’s Interceptor, a hand-built car from the UK that was produced between 1966-1976. The Interceptor was powered by a Chrysler V8 that ranged from a 6.3L to a massive 7.2L. So when we caught wind that Brook Anderson was restoring a Jensen Interceptor with a Dodge Viper 8.3L V10 powerplant, we were all sorts of giddy.
There aren’t many details on the build, but the video reveals that it’s coming along nicely with a completion date sometime in July. The powerful V10 will be mated to a four-speed automatic transmission and the restoration will also include suspension and brake upgrades.
Check out a video of this awesome restomod after the break.
The movie is full of high speed chases and destruction in typical 1980′s fashion. You’d either love this movie or think it is one of the biggest time wasters ever invented.
Some of its supporters seem to be Ford of Australia and the team behind Top Gear Australia and they have pooled their talents together bring a modern version of the Mad Max car.
Out of the many designs penned, two designs have been picked as the finalists, one penned by Nima Nourian and the other by Simon Brook.
Ford Australia’s Melbourne based Design Director Chris Svensson said, “Our entire team was very excited to be involved in this after-hours project and they approached it with a great deal of enthusiasm – even those that were too young to remember the first Mad Max movie. We had a special screening of the original movie so they could understand it.”
These two final designs will be voted on by readers of Top Gear Australia, and the winning design will be turned into a full-scale model. Since a Mad Max 4 is being planned, the winning car could end up in the new movie.