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Ford Unveils Police Interceptor Stealth Concept At SEMA

Inspired by SR-71 Blackbird.

by on Nov.01, 2010

Influenced by the SR-71 Blackbird, the Ford Stealth Police Interceptor concept.

Any resemblance to the legendary SR-71 Blackbird spy plane is purely intentional, says Ford designer Melvin Betancourt, of the new Ford Police Interceptor Stealth Concept, which will make its debut at the SEMA show, later this week.

The police car business was thrown up in the air by Ford’s long-overdue decision to finally pull the plug on its aging Crown Victoria, the rear-drive sedan of choice for most law enforcement duties.  All three of the Detroit makers have been struggling to fill the cop car vacuum, along with industry newcomer Carbon Motors, which is developing a ground up police car to be powered by a BMW diesel engine.

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Ford, in particular, has shown off two optional alternatives to the old Crown Vic cruiser, including both a converted Taurus and a specially-updated version of the all-new 2011 Explorer SUV.  But the Ford Police Interceptor Stealth Concept is designed for more limited, if more demanding duties.

This Taurus-based model is designed to lie in wait, concealed by its black paint, tinted windows, darkened mesh grille, black trim and even blacked-out tailpipes, ready to swoop down on miscreants.  (Which is likely to give nervous shivers to most of the folks touring the 2010 SEMA show, an annual Las Vegas event that has traditionally specialized in performance parts and components.)


BMW Forms New Channel for Diesel Engine Sales

Press conference today will outline police car plans.

by on Mar.22, 2010

The agreement calls for delivery of inline six-cylinder BMW diesel engines.

BMW AG is expected to announce this morning that it will supply more than 240,000 six-cylinder diesel engines to a fledgling maker of police vehicles, Carbon Motors Corporation, which has never produced a police car.

Ian Robertson, member of the Board of Management of BMW AG, responsible for Sales and Marketing, and William Santana Li, Chairman and CEO of Carbon Motors Corporation  will sign a contract at a ceremony in Washington, D.C. late this morning.

The number of engines to be supplied appears to be wildly optimistic, given the small size of the police market – roughly 75,000 vehicles annually pre-Great Recession, and the  lack of experience at Carbon Motors in this specialized area, which is  currently dominated by Ford Crown Victoria models.

Why the U.S. government, which has large taxpayer-financed holdings as the result of bailing out bankrupt General Motors and Chrysler, and has  granted  billions of dollars in subsidized loans to Ford Motor so it can retool its plants, would want to set up a new company to compete against them using BMW supplied engines is beyond my comprehension.

The agreement calls for delivery of  245 horsepower,  inline six-cylinder BMW diesel engines, complete with cooling and exhaust gas systems and and an automatic transmission.

“Today’s agreement is an important milestone on this way and more will follow,” BMW executive board member Ian Robertson said in a statement.

Carbon Motors was founded in 2003 to produce the E7, a car said to be specifically designed for law enforcement.  It’s now, vaguely, promised in 2013 or so,  contingent on taxpayer subsidies pending at the U.S. Department of Energy.

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BMW’s turbo diesel engine technology reduces fuel consumption by up to 40% and CO2  emissions by up to 30%  when compared to comparable gasoline engines.

“This means that the Carbon Motors fleet will require only half the fuel of the current law enforcement fleet, yet with over 40% more torque,” Robertson said.   (more…)