The ultimate high performance badge for cars, the legendary
Police Interceptor package is the definitive
addition to any vehicle, and stands for high performance, durability and
strength. This legendary police-only package includes high performance
pursuit engine, heavy duty suspension, tires and electronics.
The Camaro was
introduced as a retail car in 1967 and as a special service package police car
in 1991. The Camaro set performance records during Michigan State Police
testing for acceleration, top speed, braking and road course lap times.
The Camaro has been the highest performing police or special service vehicle in
the history of police cars. While you may be driving a Corvette with
a top speed of 160+ mph the Camaro Police Package has been tested at 162 mph.
upcoming weeks and months I will be releasing some new safety ideas viable for
law enforcement and EMS personnel. A brief synopsis of each with a link to
a full page version will be included.
Michigan State Police
Vehicle Speed Tests Year 2000
Michigan State Police Precision Driving Team Article at foot of
I've had a few
suggestions for the speed tests that I will incorporate in upcoming weeks. A few
people have stated they have been up to 140 in their Crown Vic's and I
believe it is due to an enhanced chip in the car but would like to know for
sure. I will find out. How many visitors
have been up to 140 in a Crown Vic? Comments/Requests page link at the
base of all pages.
From quickest to slowest, for the year 2000 they are:
Chevy Camaro (5.7L SFI) in stick or automatic.
Ford Police Inceptor (4.6L DOHC SFI) which is a Crown Vic.
Chevy Impala (200 HP 3.8L V6) replaces the Caprice.
Volvo S70 T5 (2.3L PFI Turbo) sedan or Wagon.
Ford Expedition (5.4L) 4WD
Ford Explorer (4.0L) - 2WD
Jeep Cherokee (4.0L) 2WD or 4WD
Times are in seconds.
CAMARO (auto) 5.7L SFI
CAMARO(manual) 5.7L SFI
Ford Police Interceptor 4.6L
Chevy Impala 3.8L SFI
Volvo S70 T5 Sedan 2.3L PFI
Volvo S70 T5 Wagon 2.3L PFI
Ford Expedition 4WD 5.4L SFI
2WD 4.0L PFI
2001 Tests for Police
Camaro (automatic) 5.7L
Camaro (6-sp manual) 5.7L
Ford Police Interceptor 4.6L
Chevy Impala 3.8L
Curb Wt. lbs
Highway Patrol '98 Camaro Despite this hit, no fire resulted.
(Note: The car is an OKLAHOMA Highway Patrol vehicle in
which a trooper was killed while responding to an accident call. He lost control
and went broadside into a bridge column. He left behind a wife and I think one
child. This happened, I think, up by Perry, Oklahoma.)
coming is the Chevrolet Police Interceptor Impala
Although the Police
Model of the 2006 Impala is currently only a 6 cylinder, Chevrolet is producing
the new Chevrolet Impala SS for 2006 that has close to the same engine as my
1998-02 Camaro with some nice added features and great mileage. Too bad it
is front wheel drive but it is a top performer keeping pace with the Camaro up
to 130 mph, at which point the chip configuration will come into play. I
would be pressing for the SS Model myself, hopefully Chevrolet will make that
happen. It is 430 pounds heavier than the Camaro and has 303
hp versus the Camaro's 320 and is a real powerhouse. The width of the
Impala doors makes me a little nervous in recent years with side impacts.
Careful attention to side impact safety crash tests should clarify.
2006 Chevrolet Impala SS
3790 lb (est)
6.0 sec (est)
sec @ 98.1 mph (est)
Front engine, FWD, 4-door
5.3L (325ci)/303 hp 16 V-8
2006 Chevrolet Impala Police Car
1998 Chevrolet Camaro Z-28
13.9 sec @ 106 mph
320 bhp @ 5200
345 lb-ft @
Rock Hill P.D. - Bank Robber with Bush Master
A bank robber in South Carolina is brought down after multiple
attempts to kill officers.
Police Interceptor Camaro Versus BMW M3
at 125 plus
Interceptor Pursuit Tip: When traveling in a Camaro and traveling
between 90 and 160, my personal suggestion is that you adjust your seat so both
legs can rest on the floor and gas pedal and put the lowest part of your thigh
bone against the steering wheel, with steering wheel tilted down to lowest or
second lowest position, depending on your height. Doing so allows you to apply
pressure and it acts as a damper, just like steering with your knees for a
second while your hands are busy. (For some this is common knowledge but for
others it is not and unless you set the steering wheel tilt to a lower position
it might not occur to you that you can do this.) The faster the speed the
tighter the steering - then if you have to react to something, you won't be able
to jerk the wheel right or left as much such as in the video above, and it
reduces any play at all in the steering, or if you run over something flying off
the suspects car your path stays steadier. Allow your leg(s) to steady your
steering at highest speeds to provide a level of stability beyond normal. In
the video the officer tried to avoid a suspect veering at him while beside him
at 125 plus, which would have been fine at 60 mph but at 125-160, you don't want
to jerk the wheel at all. Seems like second nature but for many it is not.
Your reactions at 60 and 160 are vastly different, or should be. Same as a
Corvette. The good thing is that Camaro's are very wide, and even sliding at
100 they tend to stay level, not rolling or flipping. I think we need steering
damping that is variable speed on our performance vehicles; the higher the speed
the tougher/tighter it is to steer. Of course you could still jerk the wheel
hard and make a hard turn, but it will be more stable feeling this way. I
would be interested to know if any car company has put variable mile per hour
speed steering damping in a production car if anyone knows. Comment
links at bottom of each page. Also, a week before I turned 16 I flipped a
'76 Ford Maverick over multiple times while power sliding in a field at about
70. The problem was my front right tire, leading the slide, caught a tree
stump that had been cut off at about 4 inches. The car was a year old,
never wrecked and was totaled. Amazing how difficult a 4" stump can
be to see sliding sideways at 70 mph.
The moral to this story - make sure your Highway Department removes stumps near
medians and roadways in your city state.
Texas Highway Patrol Camaro's Over The Years
Street Racing Laws need to be changed to where all participants proven to be
involved in the race lose their vehicles for 90 days for a first offense,
permanently on a second offense. And they pay reasonable storage charges
to the city. Nearly every race facility in America
now has nights for the Public to race their own vehicles. Take it to the
track - keep it off the streets. Or lose your car. Same as someone
running from the police in their own vehicles - automatic forfeiture. Hope
we see this before 2007! If you believe in it promote the concept in your
Animal MX (Special Taser)
Demonstrated on Large Bull
A page devoted to Taser weapons
and animals is also on this site- click here - to go
Police Chase - Wreck - Ejection - Death (R)
3 Camaro Video
To keep this page
loading as fast as possible, I have placed
the full Code 3 Camaro video on a
Drunk versus Taser
Need I say
The only thing I can gather is that the suspect thought he
could somehow run the officers batteries down and get away - you
tell me ...
FAST Crash! Suburban Vehicle Running From
Police Rolls and Ejects Driver
Look at the final last roll
of the vehicle. Note how it almost rolls over and ends up on top of
him but tips back at the last
second. That is him on the ground to left of vehicle after being
Mustang Rear Ended and
Burst Into Flames
After the Ford Pinto and the rear
end explosions that killed quite a few people, Ford still seems to be
having vehicle fire problems. The video below was
filmed by me in Dallas after a vehicle stalled on the freeway in the
fast lane and was rear ended moments after stalling before he could get
out. His new Mustang burst into flames, tragically, killing the
young driver. Part of the Extreme Crash DVD Series I am
working on currently. Have a look:
Wreck on Video?
Two teens who
had stolen a lawn mower ran when a police officer tried to pull them
over. Rather than stop, they ran, right into the path of an
18-wheeler. Both were killed instantly. This is the video:
Bait Car Psycho (Ok Who Forgot the Remote Kill Switch)
Mini Cooper versus Ford F-150
Speed, Same Crash, Same Year Vehicle-Make Your Choice
See more photos of this Camaro I was driving that was totaled when
an Escalade ran a red light plus a drunk driver in a van who hit me on my
drivers door, breaking my pelvic bone in 3 spots:
The Michigan State Police Precision
Driving Team puts police cars to the test.
January 20, 2006
By Peter Valdes-Dapena,
CNNMoney.com staff writer
big trunks, decent back seat space, huge amounts of front seat space (to
allow for computers and radios) and they have to be capable of driving
at high speeds for extended periods of time.
Plenty of cars could fill a couple of those needs. But police
departments need to find the ones that can do all three at once.
It's not like your local police chief can just go to his neighborhood
Chevrolet dealer and take an Impala out for a nice
high-speed-pursuit-style test drive, either. That's why the Michigan
State Police do their annual cop car round-up.
"Numerous police agencies throughout the U.S. base their criteria on
these tests," said Sgt. Keith Wilson with the Michigan State Police
Precision Driving Team, the unit that conducts these tests.
The state troopers take examples of potential police cars and test them
on race tracks. They measure handling, acceleration, top speed, braking
and something called "communications and ergonomics."
Communications and ergonomics is judged based on the comparative comfort
of the cars, the readability of gauges and how difficult it is to
install equipment like computers and radios.
For 2006, the Michigan Police tested versions of the Ford Crown Victoria
Police Interceptor, the Chevrolet Impala, the Dodge Magnum, Dodge
Charger and the Chevrolet Tahoe SUV as potential general purpose police
vehicles. A smaller-engined version of the Magnum was also tested for
suitability as a "support vehicle," a category that otherwise included
While they may be losing market share elsewhere, domestic carmakers seem
to have a virtual lock on the police car market. Volvo submitted a car
for testing a few years ago, Wilson said, and Subaru inquired about
doing so. But non-U.S. branded police cars remain a rare sight on
In the past, some smaller cars -- Ford Mustangs, for example -- had been
used by some state police departments as specialized high-speed pursuit
vehicles. But bigger, better engines in modern full-sized cars have
allowed state troopers to have their speed and trunk space, too.
Wilson refused to choose a specific "best car," saying that individual
police departments have their own needs and would have to balance the
performance number revealed by the testing against their own
requirements and vehicle costs.
Overall, based on the Michigan police's recently published final scores
for the 2006 model year, the Dodge Charger ran away with all the
performance categories. It fell short, however, in communications and
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