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Police Interceptor

 

 

 

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.  

Police Camaro Information

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.  

 

NOTICE: In 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

 

* See Michigan State Police Precision Driving Team Article at foot of page.

 

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:

  1. Chevy Camaro (5.7L SFI) in stick or automatic.
  2. Ford Police Inceptor (4.6L DOHC SFI) which is a Crown Vic.
  3. Chevy Impala (200 HP 3.8L V6) replaces the Caprice.
  4. Volvo S70 T5 (2.3L PFI Turbo) sedan or Wagon.
  5. Ford Expedition – (5.4L) 4WD
  6. Ford Explorer – (4.0L) - 2WD
  7. Jeep Cherokee (4.0L) – 2WD or 4WD

Times are in seconds.

SPEED

(in mph)

CAMARO (auto) 5.7L SFI CAMARO(manual) 5.7L SFI Ford Police Interceptor 4.6L SFI Chevy Impala 3.8L SFI Volvo S70 T5 Sedan 2.3L PFI Turbo Volvo S70 T5 Wagon 2.3L PFI Turbo Ford Expedition 4WD 5.4L SFI Jeep Cherokee 2WD 4.0L PFI

20

1.49

1.62

1.81

2.05

2.34

2.43

2.06

1.97

30

2.38

2.48

3.04

3.28

3.33

3.43

3.76

3.31

40

3.29

3.39

4.69

4.65

4.39

4.55

5.56

4.79

50

4.38

4.56

6.50

6.59

5.75

5.98

7.73

7.07

60

5.80

5.77

8.75

8.99

7.48

7.75

10.93

9.52

70

7.29

7.40

11.68

11.63

9.33

9.64

14.35

12.61

80

8.97

9.06

15.33

14.85

11.54

12.06

18.81

17.41

90

11.30

11.07

19.89

19.40

14.63

15.23

27.17

23.26

100

13.92

13.57

26.09

24.92

17.86

18.56

37.36

31.08

Top Speed

160

159

129

124

153

152

106

111

60-0 (feet)

135.7

 

143.3

142.7

132.3

129.5

167.8

151.4

Curb Wt.

3480

3480

4039

3590

3320

3448

5569

3460

Track Time

1:20.49

1:20.56

1:25.71

1:25.49

1:23.42

1:23.80

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1:25.82

 

2001 Tests for Police Pursuit Vehicles

 

Speed (mph)

Camaro (automatic) 5.7L

Camaro (6-sp manual) 5.7L

Ford Police Interceptor 4.6L

Chevy Impala 3.8L

0-20

1.61

1.72

1.88

2.02

0-30

2.47

2.56

3.2

3.28

0-40

3.36

3.36

4.64

4.7

0-50

4.45

4.58

6.39

6.67

0-60

5.87

5.77

8.7

9.2

0-70

7.31

7.23

11.22

11.91

0-80

9.06

9.03

14.35

15.23

0-90

11.33

10.9

18.97

19.9

0-100

13.93

13.35

24.61

25.4

Top Speed

159

159

129

124

60-0 (feet)

134.4

 

145.4

140.8

Curb Wt. lbs

3485

3466

4020

3587

Track Time

01:20.5

01:20.6

01:25.7

01:25.5

 

 

Oklahoma 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.)

 

 

Up and 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 Sedan

Base price $27,800 (est)
Transmission 4-speed automatic
Curb weight 3790 lb (est)

Performance

0-60 mph 6.0 sec (est)
1/4 mile 14.3 sec @ 98.1 mph (est)

Engine

Vehicle layout Front engine, FWD, 4-door
Engine 5.3L (325ci)/303 hp 16 V-8

2006 Chevrolet Impala Police Car

1998 Chevrolet Camaro Z-28

Base Price: $25,105
Transmission: 6-Speed Manual or Auto
Curb Weight: 3360 lbs

Performance

0-60 mph: 5.5 sec
0-100 mph: 13.2 sec
1/4 Mile: 13.9 sec @ 106 mph
Top Speed: 160 mph

Engine

Type: V8
Displacement: 5670 cc
Horsepower: 320 bhp @ 5200 rpm
Torque: 345 lb-ft @ 4400 rpm
Redline: 6000 rpm

 


 

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

Police Interceptor Camaro Versus BMW M3 at 125 plus

Camaro 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 community.

New Page Set Up for This Proposed Idea - view here:  Car Race-Car Chase-Closed Case


 

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 there now.

 

 Police Chase - Wreck - Ejection - Death (R)

 

Code 3 Camaro Video

To keep this page loading as fast as possible, I have placed

the full Code 3 Camaro video on a separate page. 

 

Drunk versus Taser

Need I say more?   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 ejected.

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:

Most Tragic 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

Same 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:

Click for Car Wreck Photos, Video and Police Dashcam Video Wrecks

Jacqui's photo before the crash Jacqui's photo after the crash
A drunk destroyed her physically.  Bring Jacqui into your community, into your schools and where ever else her solemn story can be told.  It can and will change peoples lives. 

Shift-click the following link:

http://www.helpjacqui.com/home.htm

 

Michigan State Police Precision Driving Team

 

Dodge Charger in police livery

Best cars for cops

The Michigan State Police Precision Driving Team puts police cars to the test.

January 20, 2006

By Peter Valdes-Dapena, CNNMoney.com staff writer

They need 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 SUVs.

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 American roads.

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 ergonomics.
 


FUTURE UPDATES: New information will be posted here in the relatively near future.  Exploration of police concept vehicles and other cutting edge police technologies will be featured.


 

 

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