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A Sheriff in a Ford Explorer Races a Nissan GT-R and a Shelby GT500

One of these three cars gets destroyed. Any guesses?

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Watch a Ford Explorer Police Interceptor take on the Nissan GT-R and a tuned Mustang Shelby GT500 in a quarter-mile showdown - this is crazieness!

The Ford Explorer Interceptor Utility

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It’s not everyday that you see the Sheriff show up in his squad car at the Drag Strip do you? Well a Ford Explorer from Jefferson County showed up at the Bandimere Speedway in Morrison, Colorado

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.

Nissan GTR

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But this sheriff wasn’t here for a hot pursuit. Instead, it went up against the mighty Nissan GT-R, aka Godzilla

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

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Next, it was Ford vs Ford Battle, with the cop car now going up against a 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.

Race 1

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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.

Race 2

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The lights turn green and once again, the Explorer didn’t stand a chance

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.

To Conclude

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The Cop Car set off after the GT-R, which managed a quarter mile time of 11.13 seconds at 127.02 mph while the Explorer managed 16.06 seconds at 88.15 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

Khris Bharath
Khris Bharath
Khris is a classic car aficionado and adores his Jags and Alfas, although he keeps tabs on everything from super exotics like an old EB 110 to the latest from Lucid. Formula One is very close to his heart, and he diligently makes time to tune in for the Grand Prix on Sundays. Khris also loves his road trips and he prefers stick shift over an Auto any day.  Read full bio
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