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High Tech Police Car: Carbon Motors Tour 2008 Comes to End in Tampa, Florida in December

Sat December 13 2008 5:24 am
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Promotional video of Carbon Motors E7 from Carbon Motors.

Video showing the Carbon Motors E7 Police Car (concept car) driving.

Video of Carbon Motors E7 police car at the 51st San Francisco Auto Show, November 2008.

The Carbon Motors 2008 Pure Justice Tour comes to an end in Tampa, Florida on December 18th and 19th, 2008. The new police car, not yet in production, is described as a purpose-built vehicle dedicated to the job of a police officer and designed to overshadow the aftermarket retrofits of retail police cars offered currently.

Carbon Motors is striving to attend to the major issue that 50 percent of police officer injuries occur in the vehicles they drive due to crashes or while managing combative subjects. Aftermarket adjustments to today’s police vehicles don’t necessarily meet the crash testing standards of the National Highway Transportation and Safety Administration (NHTSA), but the Carbon Motors E7 is expected to meet or exceed all federally mandated safety and operational regulations when it leaves the Carbon Motors factory.


Upper dashboard display and controls for the E7 includes auto license plate recognition.

Displays and controls between seats and at lower dashboard includes siren and light controls and keyboard entry.

Vehicle Specifications provided by Carbon Motors — as of December 13, 2008


Engine Forced Induction 3.0 Diesel
Recommended Fuel Ultra-low sulfur (ULS) Diesel or BioDiesel
Driveline Rear-Wheel-Drive
Horsepower 300 bhp
Torque 420 lb-ft
Transmission 6-Speed Automatic
Front Brakes 14″ Vented Discs, ABS
Rear Brakes 13″ Vented Discs, ABS
Wheels 18 x 8″ Steel
Tires 245/50R18
Front Suspension Struts, coil springs, anti-roll bar
Rear Suspension Multi-link, coil springs, self-leveling shocks, anti-roll bar


Wheelbase 122.0″
Front Track 66.9″
Rear Track 66.9″
Overall Length 200.0″
Overall Width 78.0″
Overall Height 64.2″
Ground Clearance 7.0″
Curb Weight 4000 lbs
Weight Distribution (front/rear) 50% / 50%
Front Headroom 40.0″
Rear Headroom 38.5″
Front Legroom 45.0″
Cargo Volume 20.0 cu ft
Fuel Capacity 18.0 gallons


0 – 60 mph 6.5 seconds
Quarter Mile 14.5 seconds @ 98.0 mph
Top Speed 155 mph
Braking 60 – 0 mph 125 feet
Lateral Acceleration 0.85 g
Combined City/Hwy Fuel Economy 28 – 30 mpg


All-new purpose-built vehicle platform exclusively for law enforcement

  • Meets or exceeds all regulatory requirements
  • Designed to 250,000 mile durability specification
  • Turn-key built-to-direct-order – 24/7/365 call center support
  • Turn-key end-of-vehicle-life process
  • Comprehensive warranty
  • Aluminum spaceframe body structure
  • 75 mph rear impact crash capability
  • Cockpit with fully-integrated factory fitted law enforcement equipment
  • Integrated emergency lights, spot l
    ights, take down lights, and directional stick
  • Segment exclusive coach rear doors for safer suspect ingress and egress
  • Vehicle dynamic control
  • Anti-lock brakes
  • Optimized approach / departure angles and ground clearance
  • NIJ Level III-A (or better) ballistic protection (front doors and dash panel)
  • Purpose-designed seat for use with on-body equipment – Heated and ventilated seats
  • Heads up display
  • Reverse backup camera
  • Remote start capability
  • Driver specific intelligent key
  • 360 degree exterior surveillance capability
  • Automatic license plate recognition system (ALPR)
  • Video and audio surveillance of rear passenger compartment
  • 130hz – 350hz bass siren
  • Nightvision compliant interior illumination
  • Integrated forward looking infrared system (FLIR)
  • Integrated shotgun mounts
  • Optimized storage capability (compartment and cargo)
  • Integrated front and rear passenger compartment partition
  • Hoseable rear passenger compartment
  • Integrated push bumpers and Pursuit Intervention Technique (PIT) capability

Bold highlighted items of special interest.

3D rendering of the Carbon Motors E7 police car.

Federal Signal is featured on the Carbon Motors E7 concept car.

More info …
Carbon Motors (official site)
Federal Signal

Wikipedia: Police Car
Wikipedia: Police vehicles in the United States and Canada
Wikipedia: E7 (car)
Wikipedia: Black and White (slang)
Wikipedia: PIT maneuver
Wikipedia: Automatic License Plate Recognition

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