Jefferson County police cars are apparently pretty darn slow.
Police cars in films always seem incredibly fast, able to keep up with muscle cars and supercars no matter how extreme the car chase. In real life, however, these cruisers couldn't hold a candle to most of the latest performance offerings out there, but as the saying goes, no car is faster than the radio. Cops use radio communications and other strategies including the use of helicopters to apprehend criminals, so a real-life chase is rarely a straight-up race between the boys in blue and the bad guys. But what if it was? The below video shows a Ford Explorer Interceptor taking on a Tesla Model Y, but we're pretty sure you can guess the result already.
As expected, the Model Y leaves the Explorer for dead, although it must be said that the officer's reaction time leaves a little to be desired. Still, the good-natured cop adds some theater to the race by activating the lights and sirens to simulate a chase. Unfortunately, his pride takes another beating when a Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 lines up for a similar race. The Interceptor crosses the line at an even slower pace than when racing the Tesla, so it doesn't really matter if you're in an EV or a V8-powered track weapon, the cops can't keep up. But that sort of thing is changing.
Law enforcement agencies the world over are constantly evaluating new vehicles for use on the force, and in the UK, these new vehicles actually include a Tesla. The same is true of New York, which has recently further broadened its EV experiment with the addition of the Ford Mustang Mach-E. In Germany, even a Porsche can become a cop car, while Australia's Victoria Police force enlisted the services of the BMW M3 Competition. There's no doubt that radio communication, aerial surveillance, and peacekeeping know-how are all critical in the fight against crime, but with a new generation of cop cars becoming ever faster and more capable, the men and women patrolling our streets are evening the odds even further.