Ford has revealed the F-150 Police Responder, a pickup truck based on the FX4 off-road truck especially designed for police use. With the 375 hp turbocharged V6, "police-calibrated" brakes and upgraded front stabiliser bar, the Police Responder will be able to chase down thugs not just on highways with a top speed of 160 kph, but on deserts or riverbeds too.
The top-speed is 'pursuit-rated', which essentially means the truck can maintain the high speeds for a long period of time. On the inside, Ford has made extra room for computers and other police equipment by mounting the gear selector on the steering column rather than between the seats.
The back of the front seats have been fitted with metal plates to protect officers from being stabbed by a miscreant in the rear seat.
Should there be any nasty mess, it can be easily cleaned since the back seats and the floor have been lined with heavy-duty vinyl. The underbody of the Responder has been fitted with skidplates to protect the mechanical components from being damaged in off road pursuits.
Ford also recently unveiled the Police Responder Hybrid Sedan, which is based on the Fusion Hybrid, but of course with a number of changes that make it capable of serious police work. While the US police has been using other hybrid cars like Toyota Prius or Chevrolet Volt, the Fusion Hybrid will be the first that can engage in pursuits.
The Police Interceptor is one tough machine with bulletproof doors, roll stability control, police calibrated powertrain and heavy-duty parts like suspension, cooling system, braking etc.
Prisoner Transport Vehicle is based on Ford Transit. It comes with airconditioning, well only for the front cabin and perhaps large unpenetrable hinges for the back door.
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