• Sep 21st 2007 at 9:03AM
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Checker did it with taxi cabs a generation and a half ago, but since then, purpose-built working cars haven't been produced in mass quantities. Carbon Motors thinks it's about time the fuzz get their own purpose-built ride, instead of being forced to modify a civilian car. Law enforcement agencies have kept Ford's Panther platform alive long past its expiration date, but even that is winding down. Carbon's E7 looks to step in and fill the niche that the eventual phasing out of the Panther will provide (nevermind that there's been some adoption of the even tighter quarters of the Chrysler LX cars). Police need cars that are tough and economical to run and maintain. With those criteria, it's easy to see why the Crown Victoria is the Queen of fleet. They take a pounding, they're relatively cheap, and they're big enough to hold the constabulary essentials and leave room for perps, even if there's precious little elbow room for Officer Krupke.

Carbon's got to make a case for a niche application, limited production vehicle with some expensive hardware. A twin-turbo diesel inline six is not as cheap a power unit as Ford's long-serving and robust (let's not talk about valve guides and seals, please) modular V8. The aluminum spaceframe that Carbon designed as the basis of the E7 is also not cheap, but the tradeoff for the high cost componentry is a 250,000 mile durability spec. By the time Crown Vics reach that kind of mileage, they're no longer cruisers - usually having long been handed down to less demanding city departments. The car looks like vaporware currently, though there's plenty of CG eye candy at the Carbon Motors website for dreamers to feast upon. Hey, fire trucks are manufactured by niche producers that charge a bundle for vehicles that serve forever, and it could make sense for police departments, too. It all comes down to how durable the cars actually are, how expensive they are to run and maintain, and how much the initial cost is. You know, just a few minor numbers to run.

[Source: Carbon Motors via Paul Tan]


- All-new purpose-built vehicle platform exclusively for law enforcement
- Meets or exceeds all regulatory requirements
- Designed for 250,000 mile durability specification
- Turn-key built-to-direct-order
- 24/7/365 call center support
- Improved end-of-vehicle-life process
- Comprehensive warranty
- Aluminum spaceframe body structure
- 75 mile per hour rear crash capability
- Cockpit with fully-integrated factory fitted law enforcement equipment
- Integrated emergency lights, spot lights, take down lights, directional stick
- Segment exclusive coach rear doors (safer suspect insertion / removal)
- Vehicle dynamic control
- Anti-lock brakes
- Optimized approach / departure angles and ground clearance
- NIJ Level III-A (or better) ballistic protection (front doors / dash panel)
- Purpose-designed seat for use with on-body equipment
- Heated and ventilated seats
- Heads up display
- Reverse backup camera
- 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
- 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 PIT capability

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      • 7 Years Ago
      I've always thought that a purpose-build police car would be a good idea - same with cabs - but I honestly see a purpose built cruiser as a sort of crossover wagon, along the lines of a taller Magnum.
      • 7 Years Ago
      As I see in their corp info, most of their design work has been with the help of law enforcement officers -- if they listen, it should be better than any family sedan that has been converted. Also see that the size is comparable to a 7-Series BMW which should offer plenty of cargo space. I like the idea of a torquey turbo diesel too. I understand their estimated price point is well below a similarly appointed cruiser from the major automakers.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Who/what is Carbon?
      • 7 Years Ago
      I think this car missed the Transfomers casting call.
      • 7 Years Ago
      "- Hoseable rear passenger compartment"

      Ewwww (but yeah, I can see why that would be a good thing)
      • 7 Years Ago
      Partially Badass - Partially Goofy Looking.
      • 7 Years Ago
      OK, it has the looks, but can they sell it to the beancounters as a cheaper alternative to Crown Vics, Impalas, et. al.?

      I also suspect Ford & Chevy have done massive amounts entertaining decision-makers and they might be a little reluctant to give up the free golf, meals, etc., unless Carbon has a big marketing budget.
      • 7 Years Ago
      not agressive looking enough.
      seriously though, looks mean, cant be much room inside though. looks squatty.
      • 7 Years Ago
      The big question. How will it do on the testing grounds. Does it have good trunk space and easy access trunk space. Shelves that can be pulled out.
      http://www.autoexpress.co.uk/news/autoexpressnews/210274/carbon_motors_e7.html Nicer front end shot. Says that it uses the BMW 3.0L TD 300hp 570Nm. 0-60 6.5 sec and top speed 155mph.
      http://paultan.org/archives/2007/08/27/carbon-motors-e7-purpose-built-police-car/ 6-speed automatic
      • 7 Years Ago
      Definitely part barge/part battering ram
      • 7 Years Ago
      I don't see this thing taking off. The Crown Vic may be outdated but I see a lot of police cars that are Impalas, and recently Chargers. Those vehicles are plenty fine for the job. Besides, I'm not trying to pay more taxes just so the police can buy toys they don't need >,
      • 7 Years Ago
      Well it could be good. I will no longer be slowing for taxi cabs.
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