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The Fastest Cop Car In America is Not a Car but a Ford Pick-Up

The Fastest Cop Car In America is Not a Car but a Ford Pick-Up

LASDs F-150 Pick-up does the quarter-mile in just 5.9 seconds, making it faster than other police vehicles in the U.S.

Ford introduced its new F-150 Police Responder back in March, the Blue oval’s latest weapon for North American police forces. It is now the fastest patrol vehicle available, beating out both sedans and SUVs.

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This 2021 Ford Bronco Police Interceptor Is Ready to Protect and Serve You Off-Road

This 2021 Ford Bronco Police Interceptor Is Ready to Protect and Serve You Off-Road

It’s quite intriguing that the Bronco Sport fits into the police uniform so effortlessly!

The Bronco is a capable off-roader and there’s no doubt about it. Even its little sibling, the Bronco Sport, seems like an all-rounder that can take the tarmac and the beaten paths equally well. We’ve seen it as a Raptor, as a Baja 1000 racer, but this time, we’ve come across an intriguing rendering. How cool would a Bronco be in a cop uniform? Aksyonov Nikita has rendered the 2021 Ford Bronco Sport as a Police Interceptor and it looks fantastic!

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If You Don't Like Cops, You're Going to Hate this 2020 Ford Interceptor SUV

If You Don’t Like Cops, You’re Going to Hate this 2020 Ford Interceptor SUV

The Officers’ car seems to be better than its predecessor in all aspects

We knew that the next-gen police cruiser from the Blue Oval was in works. Finally, we have something to show for. A set of new spy photos of the Ford Explorer in uniform have surfaced the net. From what we see under the camouflage, we have to admit that the fear-inducing machine looks even better now.

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Ford Reveals Fastest Police Vehicle In America

Ford Reveals Fastest Police Vehicle In America

You don’t want to see this police cruiser in your rear-view mirrors

Ford has released the Police Interceptor Utility, considered by the Michigan State Police as the fastest police car available for 2019. The new Interceptor is based on the yet-to-be-unveiled Explorer SUV. It replaces the outgoing Explorer-based Police Interceptor Utility model and the Taurus-based Police Interceptor sedan. The new Police Interceptor Utility is more than just a fast law enforcement vehicle; it’s also loaded with state-of-the-art technology the likes of which the production version of the new Explorer won’t have. That comes with the territory of being a cop car.

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Ford Launches The First Ever Pursuit-Rated Hybrid SUV

Ford Launches The First Ever Pursuit-Rated Hybrid SUV

It’s the “quiet” before the storm

We all have drooled over Lamborghinis, Bugattis, and other exotic cars in uniform. The loud grunts from powerful combustion engines when throttled, and the silencers roaring their lungs out in a high-speed drama; but have you thought of a Hybrid police car doing those extreme pursuits? Well, Ford recently revealed the all-new Police Interceptor Utility, which is the first pursuit-rated Hybrid SUV ever. It aims to offer improved performance and lower fuel costs thanks to its hybrid setup.

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Lord Help US - Ford Wants to Put Ticket-Serving Autonomous Police Cars on the Road

Lord Help US - Ford Wants to Put Ticket-Serving Autonomous Police Cars on the Road

Say goodbye to sweet-talking your way out of a ticket

The race to develop autonomous driving technology is taking shape in a number of potential applications. For Ford, it’s not enough to have an autonomous car-sharing service or a self-driving car for the masses. The Blue Oval is thinking out of the box with a vision to put the technology into a police car. It may not be on the level of Skynet just yet, but Ford’s idea of a self-driving police car could be the future of law enforcement on the road.

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2018 Ford Special Service Plug-In Hybrid Sedan

2018 Ford Special Service Plug-In Hybrid Sedan

Whatcha gonna do when they come for you?

As the rest of the world looks to hybrid powertrains to help eke out extra mpg at the pump, even law enforcement agencies are getting in on the trend. Adding an extra large battery to a police responder sedan comes with several benefits, all while keeping all the important gear needed to get the job done. Ford’s been providing vehicles to law enforcement since 1950, so it makes sense that the Blue Oval is getting ahead of the game with this electrically assisted four-door. We saw it on the show floor at the 2017 Los Angeles Auto Show and got a nice selection of exclusive photos, so read on for more details on this latest workhorse for the five-o.

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Ford Delivers Hybrid Police Car To The Boys In Blue

Ford Delivers Hybrid Police Car To The Boys In Blue

Fewer tax dollars spent on gasoline!

Ford just revealed its new Special Service Plug-In Hybrid Sedan, framed as an efficient means of transport for “police and fire chiefs, detectives, and other non-pursuit law enforcement personnel.” It’s the first-ever plug-in hybrid police vehicle from the Blue Oval, and it comes with the gear to get the job done without burning too much of the dino juice.

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2018 Ford F-150 Police Responder

2018 Ford F-150 Police Responder

First-ever pursuit-rated police pickup

Ford is broadening its already-wide lineup of Special Service Vehicles with a pursuit-rated version of the F-150 pickup. It’s called the F-150 Police Responder, and this F-150 comes standard with the SuperCrew cab and 5.5-foot bed, powered by the 3.5-liter EcoBoost V-6 that’s backed by Ford’s new 10-speed automatic transmission and two-speed transfer case. The F-150 Police Responder is designed for both street- and off-road patrolling duty, making it attractive to agencies in rural environments and Federal outfits like the Border Patrol and Department of Natural Resources.

Specialized equipment exclusive to the F-150 Police Responder includes a police-calibrated speedometer, an engine hour and idle-hour meters, a 240-amp alternator for powering onboard police equipment, and “police-calibrated” brakes with upgraded calipers and pads. (Elwood Blues would be proud.) The cabin also boasts improvements, too. The front bucket seats are wrapped in heavy-duty cloth with thin bolsters designed to better accommodate bulky duty belts. Anti-stab plates are fitted within the seats, protecting against knife attacks from behind. Also, the center seat is deleted, leaving the area open for adding aftermarket police consoles. Suspects and perps are relegated to a vinyl bench seat and the entire cab floor is lined with the black vinyl common in base-model trucks – both designed for easy clean-up. Lastly, the Police Responder comes standard with the FX4 package, meaning it has underbody skid plates, upgraded shocks, and all-terrain tires mounted on 18-inch alloy wheels. As equipped, the F-150 Police Responder can tow 7,000 pounds on its Class IV receiver hitch. Expect to see Ford’s latest police vehicle in your rearview mirror by the beginning of 2018.

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Look Out Perps! Ford Launches Police-Prepped 2018 F-150 & Expedition

Look Out Perps! Ford Launches Police-Prepped 2018 F-150 & Expedition

The Special Service Vehicle package is ready for government and fleet duty

Ford is updating its lineup of Special Service Vehicles to include the updated 2018 F-150 and all-new 2018 Expedition. The pair joins the

Taurus

based Police Interceptor Sedan and Explorer-based Police Interceptor Utility. Altogether, the foursome provides the widest vehicle array designed for police and government use by any one automaker.

The F-150 and Expedition SSV are fitted with special equipment designed to accommodate aftermarket upfiting with warning lights, communication radios, and laptop stands. The XL trim level brings heavy-duty rubber flooring and vinyl seats for easy clean up. Even the front 40/20/40-split bench is replaced by a 40/blank/40-split bench to accommodate center command consoles – all to make the F-150 and Expedition ready for duty. Furthermore, the gear shifters are column-mounted for more free space down low.

Ford is limiting the drivetrain choices for the F-150, allowing only the revamped 5.0-liter V-8 and the new, second-generation 3.5-liter EcoBoost V-6. Both are connected to the new 10-speed automatic transmission. The Expedition is solely powered by the EcoBoost engine and 10-speed automatic. A 3.73 ratio and limited slip are standard in the Expedition’s rear differential. A high-output 240-amp alternator provides more power than the standard unit, making enough juice to power the bevy of equipment often found in police vehicles.

Police departments and other government agencies can order their vehicles with either RWD or 4WD. The F-150 is available in both SuperCab and SuperCrew configurations, while the Expedition only comes in its standard length.

“While our Police Interceptor Utility remains the best-selling law enforcement vehicle in the country by a large margin, some agencies need to haul five people with higher equipment-carrying capacity, or off-road capabilities are required,” said Stephen Tyler, Ford police brand marketing manager. “That’s where the F-150 SSV and Expedition SSV come in.”

The F-150 and Expedition SSVs are not pursuit-rated, so don’t expect to see one involved in a high-speed chase, though both the V-8 and EcoBoost should have no trouble hitting triple-digit speeds. The SSV packages should become available in the latter parts of 2017.

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Ford Police Interceptor Utility Gets New Rear Spoiler Traffic Warning Lights

Ford Police Interceptor Utility Gets New Rear Spoiler Traffic Warning Lights

Police Explorer goes full incognito with more hidden lights

Ford has just released its new Rear Spoiler Traffic Warning Lights for the Explorer Interceptor Utility that cleverly incorporates hidden lights inside the spoiler above the back window. When off, the lights are nearly impossible to see. Hit the switch, however, and the Interceptor Utility glows like a Roman candle on New Years.

This is the latest in upgrades Ford has brought for the Interceptor Utility. The last upgrade was Ford’s new “no-profile” Front Interior Visor Light Bar, which sits along the headliner just above the rearview mirror. Combined with the rear spoiler lights, the Interceptor Utility is very difficult to spot by nearby motorist. Other lights are available too, including grille and bumper lights, headlight flashers, side mirror lights, and taillight flashers.

Ford’s police brand marketing manager, Stephen Tyler, says the lights help increase safety for police officers. “Aftermarket light bars can impede visibility by hanging down over the glass. Our fully programmable Rear Spoiler Traffic Warning Lights are integrated into the spoiler, so agencies get their bright red, blue, and amber LEDs with no compromise to rear visibility.”

The programmable part Tyler refers to gives officers the ability to customize light colors and patterns. The lights can flash red/red, blue/blue, red/blue, and amber. The light bar can also be used as a directional signal, pointing drivers around the police vehicle. The lights’ intensity can also be adjusted from 100 percent down to 20 percent.

The Rear Spoiler Traffic Warning Light can be optioned onto the 2017 Police Interceptor Utility. Like the other police gear available on the SUV, it comes with Ford’s limited factory warranty and can be serviced at a local Ford dealer.

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Barricade Returns In Upcoming Transformers Movie Dressed as New Ford Mustang

Barricade Returns In Upcoming Transformers Movie Dressed as New Ford Mustang

This Decepticon is itching for revenge on Bumblebee

Ten years after thrilling us with one of the best car-chase-scenes-turned-droid-death-match we’ve seen in the history of cinema, Barricade will return in the fifth installment of the Transformers movie franchise. The film, titled the Last Knight, is currently in production and it appears that after seeing the franchise go stale in the third and fourth films, director Michael Bay is dipping into the success of the first movie, including reviving one of the coolest Decepticons in that movie.

Back then, Barricade was a Ford Mustang police cruiser, decked in the familiar black and white colors of law enforcement and sporting a “to punish and enslave…” livery to tout his Decepticon roots. Now that he’s returning to the franchise, Barricade will once again use a Ford Mustang, albeit the current generation model that launched in 2014. A picture of the car tweeted by actor Josh Duhamel is the first official look we get of the new and supposedly meaner Barricade, and judging by the massive body kit fitted into the Mustang, this Decepticon is going to be all business.

The familiar police equipment is there, including the roof lights, the bull bar, and the all-too familiar black and white colors. There’s also a massive body kit highlighted by the extended arches, the huge rear spoiler, and the bulging hood with the two massive scoops. Seems like Barricade is ready to do Megatron’s bidding anew, and from the looks of it, I don’t think he’s forgotten what Bumblebee did to him back in 2007.

Transformers: The Last Knight is scheduled to be released in theaters on June 23, 2017. Duhamel will return to the franchise after a one-movie sabbatical to reprise his role as Lt. Colonel William Lennox. Joining him in the case is Mark Wahlberg, who played Cade Yeager, the lead role in Transformers: Age of Extinction, and franchise newcomer Anthony Hopkins in a yet-to-be-revealed role.

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2016 Ford F-150 Special Service Vehicle Package

2016 Ford F-150 Special Service Vehicle Package

The F-150 just got sworn in

Ford Motor Company keeps on expanding its services to law enforcement and fleet customers. The automaker has just released a Special Service package for the 2016 F-150 designed for rigorous jobs like police duty and roadside assistance providers.

The truck can be specially ordered to accommodate any job, with a range of cab, bed, and drivetrain choices.

“Many officers need the extra space F-150 Special Service Vehicle offers,” said Stephen Tyler, Ford police marketing manager. “They can load the cargo box with equipment and still fit five people inside. Its utility is unmatched.”

The F-150 Special Service Vehicle comes in XL trim in either Super Crew or Super Cab configurations, with either the 5.0-liter V-8 or the 3.5-liter EcoBoost V-6, and in 2WD or 4WD set-ups Regardless of engine choice, a high-output 240-amp alternator replaces the stock unit to accommodate for long idle times.

“We offer a whole family of police vehicles,” said Arie Groeneveld, Ford chief program engineer for police vehicles. “Our lineup aims to fulfill the unique needs of law enforcement officers, and our F-150 Special Service Vehicle is an extension of that offering. This vehicle definitely lives up to its Built Ford Tough reputation.”

Under all the specific features of the Special Service Vehicle package is a standard F-150. It rides on a high-strength steel frame that’s fully boxed. The body is of course stamped from aluminum, and the cab features the truck’s modern interior with plenty of creature comforts.

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Ford Launches “No Profile” Light Bar for the Police Interceptor Utility

Ford Launches “No Profile” Light Bar for the Police Interceptor Utility

Ford makes it harder to spot the Fuzz

Next time you’re burning rubber in your Mustang GT350, just remember each unsuspecting Ford Explorer could be an undercover police cruiser. That’s thanks to Ford’s new “No Profile” light bar package the automaker is now offering as a factory option for the Police Interceptor Utility.

The new light bar mounts inside the vehicle, just above the rearview mirror on the front windshield. It’s incorporated into the headliner for a seamless look. Its thin profile keeps the windshield clear, unlike most aftermarket windshield light bars. When turned on, the light bar flashes in an alternating pattern. It can also be programmed to flash in a red/red or blue/ blue pattern.

What’s more, the light bar features a bight white mode for “take down” and “scene” operations. In other words, it basically acts like an aftermarket LED light bar to throw extra light forward. The white light can be adjusted from full intensity down to 20 percent, along with an auto-dimming function, as well.

The light bar, technically called the interior visor light, is available on the 2017 Ford Police Interceptor Utility as a factory option.

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Ford Launches “No Profile” Light Bar for the Police Interceptor Utility

Ford Launches “No Profile” Light Bar for the Police Interceptor Utility

Ford makes it harder to spot the Fuzz

Next time you’re burning rubber in your Mustang GT350, just remember each unsuspecting Ford Explorer could be an undercover police cruiser. That’s thanks to Ford’s new “No Profile” light bar package the automaker is now offering as a factory option for the Police Interceptor Utility.

The new light bar mounts inside the vehicle, just above the rearview mirror on the front windshield. It’s incorporated into the headliner for a seamless look. Its thin profile keeps the windshield clear, unlike most aftermarket windshield light bars. When turned on, the light bar flashes in an alternating pattern. It can also be programmed to flash in a red/red or blue/ blue pattern.

What’s more, the light bar features a bight white mode for “take down” and “scene” operations. In other words, it basically acts like an aftermarket LED light bar to throw extra light forward. The white light can be adjusted from full intensity down to 20 percent, along with an auto-dimming function, as well.

The light bar, technically called the interior visor light, is available on the 2017 Ford Police Interceptor Utility as a factory option.

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Ford Police Interceptor Now Offers Protection Against Armor-Piercing Ammo

Ford Police Interceptor Now Offers Protection Against Armor-Piercing Ammo

Type IV ballistic panels protect against .30 caliber AP rounds

Ford is upping its game for its Police Interceptor sedan and utility vehicle. It recently announced the additional option of ballistic panels rated against armor-piercing rifle ammunition. These panels, designated Type IV protection by the U.S. Department of Justice, are above Ford’s already available Type III ballistic panels offered in both Police Interceptor vehicles.

This new level of protection shields officers from .30 caliber armor piercing bullets with a mass of 10.8 grams and a velocity of roughly 2,880 feet per second, commonly available for the Remington 700 hunting rifle and AK-47. While these rounds aren’t common on the streets, rising threat levels have agencies requesting better protection.

“The fact that we design our Police Interceptors around officer feedback is what has made them number one. Officers globally told us they needed protection from armor piercing ammunition and we added increased ballistic protection to an already great product – that’s continuous innovation,” said Arie Groeneveld, chief engineer, Ford Police Interceptors.

While that may be a heavily biased option from a Ford engineer, it’s unquestionable that Ford is taking major steps to keep law enforcement officers safe. Ford is the only automaker offering ballistics protection as a factory option on police vehicles.

Ford’s Type III ballistics panels are rated against all handgun and non-armor piercing rounds up to .30 caliber in size – most notably, the 7.62mm x 51mm NATO M80 ball ammunition most widely used in the AK-47. The panels also protect against “special threat” rounds identified by the Los Angeles Police Department.

Ford’s marketing hype aside, options like this are likely playing a huge role in making the police versions of the Taurus and Explorer so popular with departments. However, Ford better enjoy the unrivaled success while it lasts. Chevrolet and Dodge are surely developing their own measures to compete.

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Ford's Pursuit Vehicles Ranked Highest In Police Department Testing

Ford’s Pursuit Vehicles Ranked Highest In Police Department Testing

Police vehicles have to serve a number of purposes. They need to have enough space to facilitate transporting suspects and all of the gear officers use on a daily basis. They also need to be safe to protect suspects and officers, if an unfortunate accident happens. Just as important, however, is how well they can perform when an officer has to put his foot down and engage in pursuit of a suspect. For reasons like this, Police departments routinely test and compare their different police cruisers against each other.

Recently, the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department and the Michigan State Police took the time to do just that. What sounds like a routine police department exercise, actually looks more like a fun day at the track for some of the officers. They have tested 0 to 60 mph times, 0 to 100 mph times, vehicle to speed, and even braking times. It is interesting to see how police cruisers stacked up against one another, and we have the results, but the real question is: How do they compare against other cars on the road?

Some of the police cruisers tested include the Chevy Caprice Interceptor, and the Ford EcoBoost Interceptor Sedan and Utility Interceptors. The L.A.S.D. and the M.S.P. didn’t provide results outside of how the police cruisers performed amongst one another, but here at Topspeed, we’ve taken the time to compare them to some higher-end cars from the same manufacturers. So, now that the results are in, let’s take a look.

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2016 Ford Police Interceptor Utility

2016 Ford Police Interceptor Utility

The boys in blue are getting an updated version of their Ford Explorer, the Police Interceptor Utility. The changes follow those of the revised civilian version due out for 2016, with a reworked front and rear fascia and an updated interior.

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2016 Ford Police Interceptor Utility

2016 Ford Police Interceptor Utility

The boys in blue are getting an updated version of their Ford Explorer, the Police Interceptor Utility. The changes follow those of the revised civilian version due out for 2016, with a reworked front and rear fascia and an updated interior. Beyond that, the PIU gets specific upgrades that police departments have requested such as an individual unlock button on the rear hatch, an enhanced electrical system to handle all the added equipment, and an innovative motion detection system that automatically locks the doors and rolls up the windows should anyone approach the vehicle from behind on foot.

What’s more, the ESC now includes tuning to allow for J-turns – those snappy, 180-degree rotations from reverse to drive without slowing down or changing direction of travel. Nice.

Since the death of the beloved Crown Victoria, the Taurus and Explorer have stepped in as replacements and in doing, have taken over 55 percent of the police interceptor market. That’s not hard to believe considering the limited number of vehicles fit for duty, but is an impressive number nonetheless.

So how does the PIU stack up? Keep reading to find out.

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2012 Ford F-450 5.11 Tactical B.E.A.S.T. by Galpin Auto Sports

2012 Ford F-450 5.11 Tactical B.E.A.S.T. by Galpin Auto Sports

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.

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2013 Ford Falcon GT Police Car

2013 Ford Falcon GT Police Car

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.’’

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