The lives of the criminals within the United Kingdom are about to get a lot harder (as it should), with the new upgrades coming to the UK Police force vehicle fleet.
Ford has announced that the UK Police force is currently evaluating the Ford Ranger Raptor and the Focus ST Estate across the country, where South Wales Police are among the firsts to receive the Ranger Raptor performance pick-up.
Both of the new blue-light vehicles used here are unchanged mechanically underneath the bright Police livery. For the Ford Ranger Raptor, a 2.0-litre EcoBlue Bi-Turbo mill generates 213 hp and 500 Nm of torque, paired to a 10-speed automatic transmission. Power is sent to all four wheels.
But perhaps the reason the Ranger Raptor was chosen for the task is due to the standard-equipment FOX shock absorbers, as well as the Baja desert race mode, which should come in handy during off-road high-speed pursuits.
The Ford Focus ST Estate on the other hand is powered by a 2.3-litre EcoBoost petrol engine, capable of producing 276 hp and 420 Nm of torque.
The output figure translates to a century sprint time of 5.8 seconds, onward to a top speed of 220 km/h – enough to outrun most cars on the road, by a professionally trained driver of course.
Both of the new Ford cop cars under trial are produced by Ford’s Special Vehicle Preparation team in Essex, which has added the all-round emergency lights and sirens, aside from the livery.