Ford has announced details on their 2013 Police Interceptor models - both sedan and utility vehicles. The two police cars will make their debut at the Ford Championship Weekend NASCAR races at Homestead Miami Speedway Nov. 18-20, 2011 where they will serve as pace cars.
For the 2013 model year, the Interceptor can be ordered with a choice of three powerful V6 engines, with power ranging from 280 HP in the base 3.5-liter TiVCT V6 engine and going up to 365 HP 3.5L V6 EcoBoost version. Both models will be equipped with an AWD system and will be offered with brakes, tires, and wheels specially designed for police duty and the next level of performance.
"Police nationwide asked for a new kind of weapon in the battle for public safety, and Ford is answering the call with purpose-built vehicles – engineered and built in America – that are as dynamic as they are durable," said Mark Fields, Ford president of The Americas.
After being announced back in March, two Ford Mad Max Interceptor concepts made their world debut at the Australian International Motor Show in Melbourne. The two concepts were designed by Ford Australia in cooperation with Top Gear Australia in order to celebrate the revival of the Mad Max action movie genre.
"We’re delighted that both our readers and the social web community have warmed to the car," TopGear Australia Editor, Stephen Corby, said. "The level of interest has really taken us by surprise, particularly with on-line media."
The company presented two 40% size clay models weighing in at around 130 kg (286 lbs) and dressed to the nines with all of the detailing and trim highlights. The two concepts were designed by Nima Nourian and Simon Brook and use industrial-strength weaponry like "tasers" mounted in the front of the cars to zap bad guys on bikes straight off the road. Other futuristic movie features include a titanium-lined body shell to interrupt police scanners and wheels with extendable spikes to shred enemy vehicles.
"It has given our team a lot of scope to really extend their imaginations The team has been able to get quite creative because the Mad Max car is not constrained by the normal design parameters imposed by a real-world vehicle."
Just in case you have any doubts about the capabilities of Ford’s new line-up of Police Interceptors, the Blue Oval has gone ahead and released a series of six videos that should turn even the most hardened of skeptics into believers.
In the videos, both the Taurus and Explorer-based Interceptors were subjected underwent various test demonstrations on performance, handling, and durability while being test-driven by real police officers and compared against rival manufacturers and their own police interceptors. According to Ford, these officers were not paid for their participation and whose comments and opinions were their own and not necessarily representing the opinions of their respective police agencies.
It’s a fascinating look at how these cars fit into the standards set about by a lot of law-enforcement agencies, all of which hold these cars as critical in assisting their cause of maintaining law and order in their respective areas.
As a refresher on the two distinct Ford Interceptor models, the Explorer Interceptor has a 3.7-liter V6 engine mated to a six-speed automatic gearbox and delivers 300 horsepower and E85 compatibility, while the Taurus is offered with a choice of two engine choices - a 280-horsepower 3.5-liter V6 that’s also E85 compatible or a 3.5-liter EcoBoost V6 twin-turbocharged engine with direct-injection that produces 365 horsepower and 350 lb-ft of torque.
When Jay Leno finally decides to hang up his talk show gig, maybe he might have a future as a law-enforcement official.
In the latest episode of Jay Leno’s Garage, Leno invited Gerry Koss, the marketing manager for Ford’s Fleet Operations in North America, and Lisa Teed, the marketing manager for the Ford Police Interceptor, for a little discussion about the company’s two new Police Interceptors.
The two vehicles – a sedan and a utility version – will soon be taking the reins from the venerable Crown Victoria as Ford’s official police vehicles. Ever the car enthusiast that he is, Leno didn’t waste time trying to get to know more about the future of Ford’s police fleet and with the help of both Koss and Teed, he was given a quick tour around the two vehicles and the myriad of unique features that they have that, unfortunately, will be exclusive only for police use. Yeah, no AK-47 holsters for any of us.
Later on, Leno got to spend some time at the LAPD’s official test track to give the Police Interceptor some burn while chasing down an old Crown Victoria Police Car. The comedian even admitted that it was totally fun to be on the other side of a car chase for once and we’ll probably agree with his sentiments if we ever get a chance to sit behind the wheel of these two bad boys.
Security coverage at SEMA? Check! Ford has taken its Interceptor to a whole new, wickedly awesome level with their new Stealth Police Interceptor, a concept car based on the Police Interceptor sedan. The Interceptor may be where this car originated, but the SR-71- the original stealth airplane - is what inspired this car to become so much more.
The exterior of the vehicle says it all with its solid black paint job, mesh grille from the original Interceptor, and its aggressive spoiler with matching black bead lights. Even the area around the lights get blacked out to add to the flow of the vehicle, only becoming apparent when illuminated.
Under the hood, Ford kept the same 3.5-liter V6 engine as found in the original Interceptor, so no boost in power for this airplane inspired ride. The Stealth Interceptor will produce the same 280 hp and will still have E85 compatibility.
"The headliner is black, we wrapped the B-pillars in black, and then we started looking at, ‘Where can I hide this? How can I conceal this?’ We repackaged the console – it looks like a production console with the waterfall of the instrument panel. But when you start opening doors and panels, that’s when you see everything."
We hate to be the ones to burst anyone’s bubble, but this vehicle will be just about anything but stealth. With all of the tricked out rides out there, and the fact that a lot of tuned up super machines also feature a matte black paint job, this vehicle will be the first thing people notice. Good luck featuring this vehicle in a stakeout.
After unveiling the Police Interceptor Concept, Ford has unveiled today the official details on the Police Interceptor production version, both sedan and utility versions.
The new Interceptor is powered by a highly efficient 3.5-liter V6 engine that delivers a total of 280 HP and E85 compatibility, is mated to a unique six-speed automatic transmission that combines lowered initial gears for improved off-the-line acceleration and higher gearing for improved efficiency at lower engine rpm when cruising.
The new police car will be equipped with a water-cooled power transfer unit that guarantees capability in all conditions, Ford SYNC, BLIS® (Blind Spot Information System), cross-traffic alert, rear view camera, Reverse Sensing System, remappable steering wheel controls and Standard AdvanceTrac® with RSC® (Roll Stability Control™).
"The combination of both the sedan and utility versions of the Police Interceptor allows Ford to deliver a complete, diverse and efficient solution to all of law enforcements’ pursuit needs," said Ken Czubay, vice president of Marketing, Sales and Service. "These vehicles were developed step-by-step with our valuable Police Advisory Board, so we have had customer feedback throughout the development process and provided an efficient solution for fleet managers."
Ford unveiled the official details on their new Interceptor Police car that will be used starting late 2011 when production of the Ford Crown Victoria ends. The company also announced that the sedan will be followed by a utility vehicle later this year.
The new Interceptor Police will be offered with a choice of two engines: a 3.5-liter V-6 engine delivering 263 hp and E85 compatibility and an all-new 3.5-liter EcoBoost™ V-6 twin-turbocharged, direct-injection engine that will deliver at least 365 hp and 350 ft.-lb. of torque.
The Police Interceptor has been built to pass 75-mph rear-end crash testing: it comes with Safety Canopy® side-curtain air bag rollover protection system, the brakes have been increased in size and performance, the cooling package is purpose-built as well, featuring a heavy-duty alternator and larger radiator, the honeycomb grille is designed to work in harmony with the interior components, offering more air flow throughout the vehicle and the standard 18-inch steel wheels are vented.
Building on its legacy of bold muscle cars, Ford is introducing a modern, all-American sedan concept that combines “Built Ford Tough” attitude with the sporty elegance of its iconic 1960s sedans. The Ford Interceptor concept comes equipped with a manual six-speed gearbox mated to a Ford Racing 5.0-liter V-8 Cammer engine that delivers 400 horsepower and runs on E-85 ethanol.