British Police Get Focus ST Patrol Car

The Bobbies get a one-off Ford Focus ST wagon to help them chase down the baddies.

Ford Special Vehicle Preparations is taking a cue from the recent film "The Sweeney" in producing a cop car based on the Ford Focus ST. The film depicts a pair of undercover cops chasing bad guys in an unmarked Focus ST, but this example has been kitted out in full UK police livery. The Focus ST, with its 250hp EcoBoost engine, accelerates from 0-62 mph in 6.5 seconds and can top out at 154mph, numbers good enough to meet the National Policing Improvement Agency's latest standards for fast response.

While the Focus ST typically comes in hatchback form, though, this police vehicle has the bigger capacity of the wagon. It's also equipped with an LED light bar on the roof and a mobile data terminal on the dashboard. Ford hopes the finished product will raise the model's public profile and help boost sales. "With the Ford Focus ST being seen so publicly on cinema screens nationwide, the timing for this 'official' version couldn't be better," said Terry Adams, Ford's Direct Sales Manager for Police, Fire and Ambulance. "At the NAPFM show we displayed the car's crime-fighting talents to police transport managers and took bookings for demonstrations."

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