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If you ever find yourself on the other side of the law with the SWAT hot on your tail, you best hope that this monster of a truck isn’t hot on your tail.

Built by Galpin Auto Sports, this massive F-450 is appropriately called the B.E.A.S.T., or the 5.11 Tactical B.E.A.S.T.

It’s an enormous ride and for our money, one that would make us a little nervous is it were in our rearview mirrors. The truck was built in coordination with the Los Angeles Police Department together with military gear manufacturer 5.11 and Sweden Entry Tools (S.E.T.) for the use of law enforcement, fire departments and Special Forces.

To accommodate the uniqueness of this truck, Galpin set out to completely build it from the ground up. The aftermarket company reinforced the chassis to accommodate the increased weight brought about by an easily deployable steel security door, which weighs more than 600 pounds, from the bed of the truck that demonstrates how the tools function.

On top of that, Galpin also added a bevy of new features and components on the exterior, including a matching satin black painted front and rear with Road Armor bumpers. The truck also has integrated high intensity discharge (H.I.D.) front PIAA fog lamps and a 10,000-pound front mounted Warn winch to go with custom water-jet-cut diamond-plate covers and exterior trim accents, front and rear strobe lighting, and a custom fabricated, backlit, side steps with 5.11 and “B.E.A.S.T.” branding.

Inside, the modifications continue with: new dash panels; headliner and console areas wrapped in 5.11’s Flextac and 1050D clothing materials; custom seat inserts reupholstered in 5.11 clothing material; custom painted satin color matched interior trim pieces; integrated DVD headrests in both drivers and passengers seats; custom diamond plate floor mats hand-formed to fit in the foot wells; and a custom flashlight, knife, and accessory pockets all throughout the seating area

The B.E.A.S.T. is then finished with a set of 22-inch custom powder-coated satin-black American Force Classic wheels wrapped in Nitto TerraGrappler tires.

Tune it! Safe! , the campaign for safe and legal automobile tuning, has revealed its 8th specialty model at the 2012 Essen Motor Show . This year, it decided to use a Brabus-tuned Mercedes A250 BlueEFFICIENCY for the occasion.

In collaboration with Hankook, the campaign’s main sponsor, the special police-livery A-Class was given a Brabus body kit comprising of a new front spoiler, and a roof spoiler. Foliatec then dressed the A250 BlueEFFICIENCY in full police livery and Hella supplied a special signal system — "RTK 7" — with the latest LED technology, blue lights and sirens. Finally, a quad-tailpipe exhaust system and a set of 19" Brabus "Liquid Titanium" alloy wheels wrapped in Hankook Ventus S1 Evo 2 tires round out the exterior modifications on the car.

Inside, the Tune It! Safe! A-Class’ interior modifications were highlighted by alloy pedals, special floor mats, and controls for the aforementioned roof-mounted light bar.

As far as performance goes, the car’s 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine was treated to a sharp power improvement and it now pumps out a stout 245 horsepower and 280 pound-feet of torque. All told, that allows the Tune It! Safe! A-Class to hit a top speed of 155 mph while also averaging 38.6 mpg with CO2 emissions of just 143 g/km.

2012 LA Auto Show Design Challenge Competitors Announced

Let’s get this out of the way now: all of the participants at the 2012 Los Angeles Design Challenge deserve a ton credit for the concept vehicles they designed. Mercedes deserves a huge chuck of credit for actually building a real-scale Ener-G-Force and bringing it to the LA Auto Show .

Unfortunately, there was only room for one winner, and that winner is Subaru’s Highway Automated Response Concept.

As a futuristic concept for what Subaru deems as “24-hour highway monitoring for Hawaii’s highway patrol,” the SHARC Concept captured the essence of this year’s theme best. It’s the smallest of all the concept vehicles, but still retains great functionality, an awesome design, and uses renewable energy. For achieving this delicate balance, the SHARC Concept was deemed as the best of them all.

"The SHARC captured the vision of the Design Challenge theme by combining functionality and problem-solving technology around a dynamic and plausible story," Design LA’s Chuck Pelly said.

Subaru designed the SHARC highway patrol vehicle to provide the kind of innovative, affordable and environmentally conscious solution for 24-hour highway monitoring, protection, and rapid emergency response in Hawaii, all while adhering to the state’s strict UltraGreen carbon-neutral environmental regulations.

It’s unlikely that we’ll see the SHARC as an actual production vehicle in the near future — maybe the distant future — but that’s getting ahead of ourselves. It does, however, give us a vision of what the future could look like in law enforcement.

Undisciplined drivers on the Australian roads now have a new reason to think twice before putting the pedal to the metal, as the highway patrol has just added a new Ford Falcon GT to its fleet. With 536 horsepower under the hood (up from the car’s standard 449 ponies), this is the most powerful police car to ever patrol Australian roads. These extra ponies are thanks, in part, to a bigger exhaust system and high-flow fuel injectors.

The car has been specially developed to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the NSW Police. It comes equipped with the latest radar unit, number-plate-reading technology and a suite of on-board computers that will make catching the bad guys really easy. In all, the Falcon GT police cruiser cost in excess of $100,000 and there is no mention of whether it will see actual police use, or just be a show car. We assume it will be relegated to the latter.

’’It’s a conversation starter,’’ says Inspector John Lipman, the commander of the traffic technology section. ’’It’s about interacting with car enthusiasts and having a similar vehicle to what they would have or what they might aspire to.’’

Source: News.com.au

The Ferrari FF has been making its rounds as a special edition model recently, including a one-off appearance as Ian Poulter’s custom vehicle.

Recently, Black and White Car Rental Beverly Hills took another FF and gave it a nice freshening up for a special occasion: the Beverly Hills Police Officers Association Ball.

Apparently, it’s not enough that Black and White is the first company to offer the FF as a rental vehicle, but it also went out of its way to give the FF a unique look for the aforementioned occasion. The car was repainted in a black and white paint finish — coincidentally the same two-tone colors of law enforcement agency — with the car doors and roof painted white while the rest, including the trunk, hood, front fenders and rear quarter panels, were painted black.

Just to remind everyone of what the car is trying to honor, the Beverly Hills Police logo was emblazoned on the doors.

There doesn’t appear to be any performance modifications tacked into this special edition FF, but that’s not a big deal, as the FF comes with a 6.3-liter V-12 engine that produces 660 horsepower and 503 pound-feet of torque. That’s plenty of muscle.

When it comes to police cars, the Italians are among the luckiest ones, as their fleet includes a Lamborghini LP560-4 . These cars should be used to catch the bad guys or patrol the streets, but Marchettino has caught it in action on the track, frolicking with various other supercars.

This police car is based on a Gallardo LP560-4 and is powered by a 5.2-liter V-10 engine, which pumps out 560 horsepower at 8,000 rpm. It uses its power wisely, as it can sprint from 0 to 60 mph in just 3.6 seconds. That’s plenty to reel in just about any bad guy’s getaway car.

The LP560-4 Police Car is used by the Italian police to patrol the highway and for the high speed transport of human organs. Delivering human organs? Fed-Ex and UPS might want to get in on this deal…

The Ford Focus ST has quickly become one of our favorite hot hatchbacks on the market today, as the U.S.-spec model pumps out a monstrous 252 horsepower and 270 pound-feet of torque, and gets this hatchback to 60 mph in just 6.2 seconds. The UK-spec Focus ST is slightly detuned – wow, we actually got the upper hand in performance for once – as it has 250 PS (246 horsepower) and 360 Nm (265 pound-feet) of torque, which gets it to 62 mph in 6.5 seconds and gives it a 154 mph top speed.

Apparently, the UK thinks so highly of Ford’s newest version of the Focus that it has been approved by the National Policing Improvement Agency (NPIA) for use by UK police officers. While Ford does not go into many specifics about what’s under the hood, we assume by the lack of information that this Police Patrol Vehicle pumps out the same 250 PS and 360 Nm of torque, which will give it a huge upper hand on most of the cars roaming the streets of the UK.

Inside, the Ford Focus ST PPV is a mobile data terminal, which allows the police to activate the various functions of the car and likely acts as the in-car computer system for checking up on bad guys. Atop the Focus’s compact body sits the obligatory blue-and-white light bar boasting long-lasting LED technology. The body of the demonstrator car that Ford is dragging around the UK is draped in white with your typical police livery.

Local police forces can pick up the Focus ST PPV for £21,995 ($35,156 at the current exchange rates) in hatchback form or for £23,095 ($36,915) for the estate (wagon) model.

Click past the jump to read Ford’s press release.

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Want to soak up the sunshine while catching baddies on the run? Well, that’s a privilege that the Dutch Police might soon enjoy.

What we have got here is a 4.2L Ferrari V8 powered Maserati GranCabrio wrapped in a local Dutch Police livery that is bound to be one of the few show-stoppers at the annual 112 open day. This is an event organized by the local Police Force, Fire Department, and the Municipal Health near The Hague, Netherlands.

The idea was brought to the table by Maserati dealers, Louwman Exclusive in collaboration with the local Netherlands Police Force. It’s basically a white 2012 Maserati GranCabrio with the Police livery and black rims that give the whole car a bad-cop stance. But what’s a police car without the eye-piercing emergency lights on the roof? Maybe they thought the livery and the V8 noise alone could intimidate the law breakers on the streets.

Unfortunately, this is just a one-off for now. Don’t think that the Dutch Police have exchanged their trusty fleet of VW Golfs for high-maintenance and fuel- chugging Maseratis!

Modifying sports cars for police isn’t something new in the automobile industry. In Dubai, a small fleet of Nissan Nissan GT-Rs wrapped in local Police livery are currently on active duty and dispatched in the event of an high-speed pursuit. Then, there’s the famous 2009 Lamborghini Gallardo LP-560-4 Polizia , that is enough to intimidate even Al Capone, when sighted in the rear view mirror.

From the 1,000-lb car to the future of Hollywood vehicles , the Los Angeles Auto Show Design Challenge has seen its fair share of out-of-this-world concepts. This year, the highly anticipated competition will turn to the world of law enforcement, or more specifically, law enforcement cars in the year 2025.

Considering that 2025 is only 13 years away, you would think that nobody’s going to go Jetsons with their presentation, but the LAASDC doesn’t roll like that. Expect some snazzy concepts from some of the world’s best auto design studios coming from the likes of Mercedes-Benz, Bentley, BMW, General Motors, Honda, Hyundai, and Subaru, among others.

"One of the most difficult yet important tasks in design is looking into the future to envision and create the trends and tools that haven’t been imagined," said Chuck Pelly, director of Design Los Angeles and partner in The Design Academy, Inc.

"Adding the element of law enforcement to this year’s competition creates another layer of importance that makes a challenge equal to the level of our participants."

With the focus on highway patrol cars, the concepts must adhere to a number of criteria, including what the press release says as "advanced powertrains, alternative fuels, telemetrics, and new sizes to effectively navigate dynamic urban environments."

Evaluation of the cars, which will have their press days on November 28th and 29th, will be based on speed and agility, creativity, technology, and eco-friendliness.

Source: Los Angeles Auto Show Design Challenge

Ford has announced today the addition of a third engine to its Interceptor line-up. The company’s famous Taurus -based interceptor can now be ordered with a new 3.7 liter V6 engine, next to the standard 3.5-liter V6 and the 3.5-liter V6 EcoBoost.

The new 3.7 liter V6 engine delivers a total of 305 HP and 279 lb.-ft. of torque, but also delivers increased fuel economy: 25 mpg on the highway, 18 mpg in the city and 21 mpg combined.

Next to the new engine the Police Interceptor also received new brakes increased in both size and performance. Plus, the standard 18-inch steel wheels are vented, designed to work in concert with the enhanced brake system.

On the interior, the front seats have been specially designed, with a lower bolster removed to better accommodate officers’ utility belts

"This combination of great performance and top-notch fuel economy means law enforcement agencies won’t have to compromise power or fuel efficiency while getting the job done," said Bill Gubing, chief engineer for Police Interceptor.


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