West Midlands Police has unveiled a fully liveried McLaren 12C patrol car at the Autosport International show in Birmingham.
Costing £176,000 and capable of a top speed of 204mph, the car is undoubtedly the fastest and most expensive police car in the UK.
Unfortunately, however, we won’t be seeing the sleek supercar involved in high-speed chases anytime soon, as it is just on loan from nationwide new and used car specialists Rybrook.
Taking pride of place on the West Midlands Police stand at the weekend-long performance car show, the battenburged 12C is being used to raise awareness of road safety issues.
Chief Inspector Paul Keasey, from West Midlands based Central Motorway Police Group, said: “Shows like this are a fantastic opportunity for us to meet and engage with motorists who are interested in performance cars and are out and about on our roads."
The car was accompanied by PC Angus Nairn, a veteran traffic officer and star of the BBC’s ‘Motorway Cops’.
“We have taken extraordinary cars to the event before and the response has been overwhelming," he said.
“People literally flock around them. The McLaren 12C is a stunning looking car, capable of high speed. With the police livery it will certainly be very remarkable and look like no other sports car."
The 12C proved a valuable chance for the police to engage young drivers about issues such as drink-driving and the use of seatbelts.
While the 12C is certainly the fastest car to wear police colours in the UK, elsewhere in the world, some forces feature supercars as part of their everyday fleet.
Germany currently has a Brabus Rocket motorway patrol car, capable of 255mph, while the Italian’s use a fully liveried Lamborghini Gallardo for both high-speed pursuits and time-critical organ transfers for hospitals.
Police in Dubai, however, are the most spoilt for choice, with their fleet boasting a number of high-end exotics, including a Ferrari FF and Lamborghini Aventador.
Picture: West Midlands Police
January 13, 2014