Let's just say it wasn't delivered straight from the manufacturer.
We’re starting to get used to seeing sports cars and exotics being enrolled for police duty, from the Isle of Man’s BAC Mono and Italy’s Lamborghini Huracan, to California's Saleen S7 squad car. And now the New Braunfels Police Department in Texas can be added to that growing list with its menacing Chevrolet Corvette cop car. While other departments have received performance police cars directly from manufacturers as PR stunts, this one has a more unusual backstory.
Aptly named ‘Coptimus Prime,’ the department’s Facebook page reveals that the Corvette was seized from a drug dealer and was fitted with some serious modifications. The car was seized back in 2011 as part of a raid before it hit the road in 2015. The original owner fitted it with racing modifications that boosted the performance to 1005-hp, which surely makes it one of the fastest police cars in the world. After acquiring the car, the department used funds from seized assets to wrap the Corvette in a black and white police livery, add lights, and perform engine maintenance. Suffice to say, the Corvette will not be used as a patrol car to catch criminals, sadly.
Instead, it will be appearing at schools and community events to encourage interaction between the public and the police. The department then intends to auction the Corvette off and use the money to fund other community outreach events.