Driving down the M1 you’ll likely see the odd police car represented by a Ford Focus, a Vauxhall Astra or even maybe a sturdy Land Rover, but nothing particularly fearsome.
However, the tide is turning in not only the UK, but also the rest of the world where police forces are strengthening their fleet with some of the most exotic and fastest cars on offer.
This week, the Avon and Somerset police force took delivery of a car that can launch itself from 0-62mph in just 2.5 seconds – the Ariel Atom.
Costing £38,000, the Atom is on loan to the Avon and Somerset police during the summer while it promotes a new road safety campaign. Meanwhile, some of the world’s other forces already have a formidable selection of cars to tackle criminals on the road.
Not content with its outdated Lamborghini Gallardo, the Italian police division has recently taken the keys for their brand new 602bhp Lamborghini Huracan. The £200,000 supercar can reach a top speed of an intense 202mph thanks to its reworked V10 engine; with its four-wheel-drive, the Huracan is also not to be reckoned with in tough weather conditions.
The Dubai police force has famously amassed a rather extensive collection of the world’s best supercars for enforcement purposes. One such machine is the rather stunning Ferrari FF – the manufacturer’s first all-wheel-drive car – which is the only car in this list that a criminal might find themselves in the back of, as it is the only one with rear seats. With 651bhp on tap from it monstrous V12, this ‘shooting-brake’ supercar is not to be trifled with.
Another car added to the British police force’s fleet this year was a McLaren MP4-12C. Admittedly, the Woking-built sports car is being used in a similar vain to the Ariel Atom as it is implemented to promote road safety messages with younger drivers and won’t be used to physically patrol the motorways.
Spyker C8 Spyder
In a country where things of an eclectic nature are expected, when the Dutch province of Flevoland welcomed a Spyker C8 Spyder into its police fleet, there weren’t too many gasps in surprise. Armed with an Audi-derived 4.2-litre V8, the C8 Spyder serves up a decent 400bhp and is certainly one of the less orthodox choices for a police car, if any of the rest can be considered as ‘normal’.
Now for the daddy of all police vehicles; once the fastest car in the world, the Bugatti Veyron is one of the latest recruits the Dubai fleet, joining the aforementioned Ferrari FF, plus an Aston Martin One-77, Lamborghini Aventador and Nissan GTR. The £1.5 million hypercar was purchased in an effort to “modernise the force’s patrols and intensify their presence in important tourist areas.” When 0-62mph is achieved in a mere 2.5 seconds and a top speed of over 250mph can be reached, it’s doubtful that many would stand up to such brute force on the roads.