Friday, May 11, 2012

World's First Purpose-designed Police Car - Carbon E7

It looks like something Robocop might drive, but the 2012 Carbon E7 is serious business: The world's first purpose-designed police car. Or as Atlanta-based Carbon Motors describes it, a "homeland security" vehicle created for law enforcement by law enforcement.

This is no everyday police-package Ford Crown Victoria or Chevrolet Impala. The 2012 Carbon E7 is new from the ground up, engineered and equipped to enhance comfort, effectiveness and personal safety for America's 800,000 law-enforcement officers. And though it's a way-cool machine with undoubted consumer appeal, the E7 will never be sold to the public, new or used.

This police car with a turbo diesel engine producing 300 horsepower with a top speed of155mph (249kph). Faster, more economical and longer lasting than current cop cars, but it's what inside that really counts; the E7 has been designed around the police officers specific needs.

But the current cruisers, modified versions of civilian cars, are far from ideal for police use. The necessary additions such as - radios, computers, camera and other gadgets are often get added with little to no thought or testing to how they'll perform in a crash, often becoming lethal projectiles in an impact. Seats aren't built for 8-hour-long shift, controls aren't created with control in mind, communications and computer equipment gets spec's for cost, not capability. But the E7 integrates all its features neatly into a cohesive package, check out the feature below for more.


0 - 60 mph:  6.5 seconds
Quarter Mile: 14.5 seconds @ 98.0 mph
Top Speed:   > 150 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
  • Turn-key built-to-direct-order - 24/7/365 call center support
  • Turn-key end-of-vehicle-life process
  • Comprehensive warranty
  • Aluminum space-frame body structure
  • 75 mph rear impact crash capability
  • Cockpit with fully-integrated factory fitted law enforcement equipment
  • Integrated emergency lights, spot lights, 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
  • Video and audio surveillance of rear passenger compartment
  • 130hz - 350hz bass siren
  • Night-vision 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 PIT capability

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