Test Drive Video: New Police Interceptor from Ford: Taurus Car and Explorer SUV

Police officers Don Spence, of Dundee, Michigan; Terry Bykerk, Grand Rapids, Michigan; Lieutenant John Leas, San Diego, California; and Staff Seargeant Chris Whaley, Ontario, Canada test drive the new Police Interceptors from Ford in a Ford Taurus version and a Ford Explorer version at the Arizona Proving Ground.

The Ford Crown Victoria Police Interceptor ends production in late 2011. A variant of the sixth-generation Taurus will be offered to police forces. Ford is referring to the new police car simply as the “Police Interceptor”, although production models may be named “Taurus Police Interceptor”. It will be available with both engines of the civilian Taurus: the 3.5 L Cyclone V6 producing 263 hp, and the 3.5 L EcoBoost V6 from the SHO rated at 365 hp.

Testing acceleration, power and performance with Arizona Proving Ground 2.5 miles of decreasing radius twists and off-camber turns.

Police officers test power and performance on the handling course in Ford Police Interceptor sedans with the standard 3.5L V6 and optional twin-tubocharged EcoBoost® V6, and the Ford Police Interceptor Utility with a 3.7L V6.

WET PAD: On a giant skid pad flooded with water, the officers push the limits of handling and control in a Ford Police Interceptor sedan and utility, Chevrolet Tahoe and Dodge Charger Pursuit.

Ford Engineer Louis Jamail explains Dog Bone or “Arizona Snow” simulating low friction conditions using eight inches of small pea gravel simulating deep snow.

City Pursuit Cone Test: The officers test the acceleration, handling and braking of the Ford Police Interceptor sedan and utility, the Chevrolet Tahoe PPV and the Dodge Charger Pursuit on a tight, aggressive cone course. “Ford’s handles 3.5L V6 handles like a V8.”

Officer Protection: Ford Marketing Manager Lisa Teed explains safety for drivers, officers and passengers. Both Ford vehicles meet a rear-end 75 mph crash test, include six air bags (front driver, front passenger, side impact, side air current), ballistic door panels.

Ford Marketing Manager Lisa Teed and Ford Engineer Mike Interian summarize Ford Police Interceptor ‘Purpose Built’ features, including four switches on the steering wheel reserved for customization, commonality of dimensions of vehicles for human factors benefits and interchangeable parts for maintenance and existing aftermarket products.

The Arizona Proving Ground opened in 1985. The Proving Ground consists of 1,498 acres (6.06 km²) located less than one hour northwest of the Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport at an elevation of 1,650 feet (500 m). The facility was originally a Volvo facility (VAPG) but was transitioned to the Ford branding in the summer of 2009 and renamed the Arizona Proving Ground (APG).

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