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Police use a McLaren MP4-12C to reach out to the public

High performance vehicles – so many people dream of owning one, and now it seems that if you join the West Midlands Police Force, you may get to drive one! The Autosport International show opened at the Birmingham NEC and the West Midlands police arrived with not one, but two flash cars decked out in full police regalia.

The more startling of the two vehicles was the £176,000 McLaren MP4-12C with the capability to hit 60mph from a standstill in just 3.1 seconds and accelerating to a top speed of 205mph. This shared the stand with a brand new BMWi3, the all electric city car from the German manufacturer that is capable of producing around 165bph from powerful electric motors, and yet return a range of 80-100 miles on electricity alone.

However, the McLaren was not the force’s latest purchase, but a mock-up designed to break down barriers between motorists and the force and spread the message of safe driving to the public. West Midlands Police stressed that the car will not be used operationally but instead used as a PR tool to connect with young drivers and to educate them about the dangers of using mobiles phones, drink-driving, driving without safety belts and to understand that high performance vehicles are dangerous weapons when in the wrong hands.

It is believed that both cars at the show were sponsored by a national chain of car dealerships.

This isn’t the first time that police forces have turned to exotic vehicles as part of their PR – police officers in Dubai are able to patrol the streets in a Lamborghini Aventador, Ferrari FF and a Bentley Continental GT, allowing them to patrol in dream machines!

Italian police also have exclusive use of the fabulous Lamborghini Gallardo which is equipped with automatic number-plate (ANP) recognition equipment, a live video feed – and most astonishingly, enough space in the front to transport organs in emergency medical situations. Definitely delivering public services in style!

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Posted By Ryan Jennings on 18th January, 2014