The News Tribune logo

Tuesday, March 3, 2009

The Next Generation Cop Car

Taking a break from all the depressing political and economic hope and change going on, I thought I'd talk about something completely different.

An Atlanta based start-up, Carbon Motors, wants to build police cars from the ground up. Currently, a city police department buys a passenger car, then has it modified by one or more after market shops in order to turn it into a police car. Carbon Motors say they can build a hi-tech "purpose-built police car" for about the same cost as a fully outfitted, modified car.

They will use a European built (my guess Mercedes-Benz) diesel capable of propelling the car to a governed top speed of 155MPH. It'll do 0-60 in 6.5 seconds and a quarter-mile in 14.5 seconds. It is specially designed to do PIT maneuvers. It also can come with license plate cams that read the plates and tell the officers in the car if the car is reported stolen or expired. You can read the spec sheet here.

They haven't yet got a factory built, but they say they've narrowed the site to five states.

I bet cops all over the country are in drool mode over this car. Can't say as I blame them.



Stephanie Frieze said...

It would be awesome if law enforcement started driving diesel cars run on biofuel! It's a nice looking cruiser.

Keep in mind who created our present economic situation for which we must pray for change and hope for the best.

M. Sugimura said...

Certainly eye-catching and obviously some time has been spent customizing it for it's intended market. This is a unique article which is definitely a special addition to this blog. Thanks for taking the time to share it.