cars come in all shapes and sizes. In the US, it’s basically the massive Fords
and GM Chevys that make up the tough line up of police patrol cars. Oil rich
nations like Dubai and others have not only bull SUVs as part of their patrol
but even some super rich ones like
Lamborghinis, Ferraris, Chevrolet Camaros, Mercedes-Benz AMGs, Bugattis,
Nissan GT-Rs and McLarens doing duty.
India, it’s the likes of Toyota Innovas for the local police, while the several
top notch security agencies have cars from the stables of Mahinrdas (Scorpio)
and Tata Motors (the Tata Safari does duty for the Prime Minister’s security).
police has for long been having Italy-made police cars from the stables of Fiat
and Alfa Romeos. In 2004, Lamborghini donated two Lamborghini Gallardo police
cars to the police force,
the latest to join the Italian police force is the Huracán LP 610-4 Polizia.
Stephan Winkelmann, President and CEO of Automobili Lamborghini, handed over
the car to the head of the Italian State Police, Prefect Alessandro Pansa, in a
ceremony in Rome at the ‘‘Museo delle Auto Storiche della Polizia di Stato’’.
new Huracán LP 610-4, which replaces the Gallardos used by the Italian police
force since 2004 and 2008, features a 5.2 l V10 engine with 610 hp, and reaches
a top speed over 202 mph (325kmph). The new Lamborghini Huracán police car will
begin service within the end of this year in order to sustain security on
Italian roads by continuing accident and crime prevention.
have a strong and fitting relationship with the Italian State Police. The new
Lamborghini Huracán stands for Italian super sports car excellence and we are
proud to provide it to the Italian State Police to carry out the specialist
tasks these police cars undertake.’’ said Stephan Winkelmann in a press note
issued by the company.
is an important day, since two Italian excellences meet and strengthen their
relationship which started in 2004 with the handing over of the Lamborghini Gallardo
to the Italian State Police. In the last ten years, the Italian State Police
used the car for prevention purposes and in order to enhance street security,’’
said the Head of the Italian State Police, Prefect Alessandro Pansa while
taking delivery of the new Lamborghini car.
Proof of outstanding reliability
2004, Rome’s police force has operated the first-generation Gallardo in regular
police service, with a further Gallardo run by Bologna’s police since 2005.
Both were replaced in 2008 by second generation Gallardo models. In the hands
of the Rome police the sports car clocked more than 140.000 km up until 2008,
and more than 110.000 km between 2009 and 2014 during patrol duty on central
and southern Italian motorways, as well as on emergency medical transport
detail. Aside from regular servicing, neither of the super sports cars has
required major repairs.
addition to the clearly effective deterrent offered by the presence and
visibility of a Lamborghini on the highway, the equipment on board these
vehicles makes them highly effective in the control of hazardous driving
behaviour (high speeds, driving in the emergency lane, dangerous overtaking);
technologies include automatic number plate recognition and tracking, and real-time
transmission of images to the control rooms.
Huracán LP 610-4 comes with permanent all-wheel drive and refined new hybrid
chassis made from aluminium and carbon fibre, which maintains stability even at
the highest speeds.
cabin of the super sports car is fitted with the latest advancements in police
technology to immediately document evidence of any transgression. The video
system is positioned in the centre of the cabin with a camera fitted next to
the rear view mirror, and a computer and recording equipment behind the seats.
As soon as police officers are alerted to a suspicious driver, they activate
the ‘‘Proof Video Data System’’. With the help of GPS data, the device can
calculate the location, direction of movement and speed of the Lamborghini.
This, combined with the distance and time before intercept, accurately
determines the speed of the vehicle being pursued.
radio data transmission, the video system in the Huracán Polizia transfers its
images in real time to the relevant police station. There, the videos are
stored and used for automatic number plate retrieval. This information can be
used for immediate identification of stolen vehicles.
addition to its high tech equipment, the Huracán is also fitted with the
‘‘classic’’ array of police equipment, such as a gun holster, police radio
equipment and the ‘‘Paletta’’: the traditional hand-held stop sign used to
advise motorists and traffic offenders to pull over. Officers can then use a
removable screen to show offenders their misdeeds immediately, complete with an
overlay of all the associated data.
Lamborghini is used regularly for urgent medical transportation, too. The
luggage compartment in the front of the vehicle is equipped with a specialised
refrigeration system for safe transportation of donor organs. For extreme
emergencies, there is also a life-saving defibrillator.
police beacon on the roof of the Huracán had to be aerodynamically optimised as
the new police car reaches a considerably higher top speed than regular service
vehicles. With the extremely flat construction of the signal lighting, blue
LEDs are fitted around the base to ensure the visual signal cannot be missed.
The roof-mounted lighting is supported by further white LED signals on the
front, sides and rear of the light’s aluminium shell. A total of four sirens
integrated into the front and rear of the Huracán generate unmistakable audible
Source: Lamborghini / Inputs: Motown India
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