Beware! An Interceptor In The Rear View Mirror


The new Ford police car performed well in LASD tests.

If you are on the road and spot an Interceptor in your rear view mirror, take note. That is the Ford Police Interceptor sedan, the new police chase car replacing the well-respected Crown Victoria Interceptor. As the successor to The Victoria Interceptor, Ford has invested more than 15 years of police car design and manufacturing experience into the new vehicle. All the work has paid off as last week the new Interceptor has posted class-leading figures in a complete series of performance tests.

The tests were conducted by the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department. "Our experience with the Crown Victoria helped us develop the next generation of Police Interceptor vehicles that serve as tools for the law enforcement community to do their jobs safely, efficiently and effectively," said Lisa Teed, Ford marketing manager for the Police Interceptor products. "The LASD testing proves the durability of Ford's latest generation of police vehicles." The Ford Police Interceptor sedan, based on the Taurus, is propelled by a 3.5-liter EcoBoost 3.5-liter V6 engine delivering 365 hp and 350 lb-ft of torque. It is a all-wheel driver car, a novelty for a chase car.

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The annual test to validate pursuit performance on police vehicles is a joint evaluation conducted by the LASD with the support of the L.A. Police Department. To match real-world patrol conditions, emphasis is placed on a semi-continuous run of 32 high-speed pursuit laps to test for brake and tire durability, powertrain robustness and high vehicle temperature driveability. The Interceptor posted the fastest acceleration times of the event. "EcoBoost power train performance is optimized for closing speed and maximizing takedowns, thus preventing high-speed pursuits from even forming," said Bill Gubing, chief engineer..

The EcoBoost-equipped Police Interceptor sedan completed the 32-lap, high-speed pursuit test posting the fastest average lap time, which was roughly two seconds faster than the V8 competitors. Ford entered the tests also with the 3.7-liter Police Interceptor utilities completed the grueling 32-lap tests.