The Ford Explorer Interceptor Utility
The Jefferson County Sheriff’s Explorer is based on the sixth-generation model and comes with RWD. The exact specs of this particular police cruiser are unknown, but the Utility Explorer comes with a range of 3.0 L engines that produce anywhere between 285 horsepower to 400 horsepower. The SUV was obviously fitted out with all the gear that you can expect to find on a Police Car, like a siren, bull bar, and the obligatory overhead lights.
The Silver Godzilla seen here, depending on the model year, produces anywhere between 480 horsepower to 710 horsepower from its 3.8 Liter twin-turbocharged VR38DETT V-6 engine, in stock guise. As you already know, the Nissan GT-R is a four-wheel-drive champion.
Ford Mustang Shelby GT500
The Shelby Mustang seen here is a fifth-generation model which at its peak was rocking a 5.4 Liter V-8 engine that produces well north of 500 horsepower.
This Muscle car with its rear-wheel-drive setup was pretty much purpose-built to do quarter-mile passes all day long. With the number’s out of the way, let’s get racing.
On the first pass, the GT-R set off pretty hard, with the Explorer in hot pursuit, with its siren and lights on. The Nissan stayed in the lead all the way to the line and managed a quarter-mile time of 11.13 seconds at 127.02 mph while the Explorer clocked in a time of 16.06 seconds at 88.15 mph.
Next, it was a Ford vs Ford battle. The Explorer lined up against the growly V-8 Mustang. The GT500 even burned some rubber before lining up for the launch. The lights turn green and the Mustang, like the GTR before, starts to pull away all the way to the finish. The Mustang clocked in a time of 12.87 seconds at 115 mph, while the Explorer managed 16.51 seconds at 87.61 mph.
The Officer’s of Jefferson County obviously sent out their Ford Explorer squad car to the Bandimere Speedwayin Morrison Colorado in a bid to discourage illegal street racing. Regardless, it was fun to watch a Police Car barrel down the drag strip for a change. Racing a cop car is pretty much on any gear head’s bucket list but in a safe and controlled setting, of course.
Watch the entire video below, courtesy of the Wheels YouTube Channel