• Oct 15th 2008 at 5:32PM
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Law enforcement officers have more reasons to be excited with Carbon Motors' release of a few more images and a video of its purpose-built Police car. The E7, as it is currently known, looks to be much more capable than the thousands of Crown Vics, Impalas and Chargers currently roaming our streets due to its rather amazing list of specifications and gadgetry. Included are a diesel engine capable of accelerating to 65 in under 7-seconds, composite body panels attached to an aluminum structure, 360-degree built-in police-duty LED lights, suicide rear doors with hose-out passenger compartment and a separate front compartment with plenty of techno-goodies. Radar, LoJack, an automatic license plate recognition system, radiation and biological threat detectors and Carbon's exclusive On-board Rapid Command Architecture (ORCA) which features a large touch-screen display plus keyboard (see above), are all included. We think that this sucker should get the job done rather nicely. Click here for a short video of the E7 in action.

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      • 6 Years Ago
      Composite body panels, big LCD screens, How much are these supposed to cost?
        • 6 Years Ago
        I thought an article mentioned it's supposed to be priced around the CV and Charger. I don't see that happening. If I am not mistaken, departments get CVs for next to nothing.
      • 6 Years Ago
      unless this thing costs less then a crown vic in bulk which is impossible cuz you can get them for around 16k it does not matter what this thing can do because no police department can afford these things. If your local pd does buy these i suggest you invest in a bus pas because they are going to have to pay them off somehow........
        • 6 Years Ago
        Sure, the Interceptor Crown Vic isn't expensive, but then the police need to add all the extra equipment (computers, radio, radar, lights, push-bars, weapons stowage, etc.) that push up the price way up there. Could be tens of thousands of dollars in extras.

        If one could streamline the prep process, have a vehicle that is designed to easily install it with minimal equipment, the fabrication process goes down. That is what Carbon Motors does.The end result could mean the E7 would end up costing the same to make, yet offer a superior vehicle.

        DasBoese, good point- other agencies have specialty vehicles (Fire/Ambulance). Police, with all their advancements, could really use a specialty vehicle now.

        For those of you asking about when an E7 comes to the end of its career, just go to the Carbon website, it has a FAQ section.
      • 6 Years Ago

      Heck, crime is so bad in our area that our Police Department needs Dodge Sprinter vans to collect & haul the bad guys.

      Go-fast interceptors are for wimps & poseurs. ;-)
      • 6 Years Ago
      Back to the Future called. They want their movie prop back. Thanks.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Wouldn't this make a much better Taxi cab as well if they left out all the extras? Maybe a little pricier but the diesel engine would pay off in heavy city driving.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Also, it looks pretty intimidating and hot in action. I've never been in a ride-along, but if they make this, i'll have to do it.
      • 6 Years Ago
      only issue I see with the the interior is all of the points protruding from the dash seem a little dangerous...I mean have you seen a police car, not exactly a prize winner when it comes to straight panels.
      • 6 Years Ago
      So that's what Ford's Fusion Nav Screen will look like.....
      • 6 Years Ago
      Just to further add to my comment above, if Carbon Motors had spent their money on modding Crown Vics w/ these special features, they'd be be selling pre-modded cars to PD's already.

      With Ford not interested in revamping the Crown Vic at all, there does seem to be a large void that someone will need to fill in the near future.
        • 6 Years Ago
        i would say thats what the charger is for, but chrysler isnt redoing that either

        then theres the impala but chevy wont do much with that either

        i think this is a good time for a new cop car
      • 6 Years Ago
      This is pretty awesome. Someone said that this seem to be an answer to a question nobody asked. I would say this is the opposite; it seems like a Patrolman's/Police Departments dream. Its got all the goodies most officers (except for the suicide doors) could want. The only hesitation would be maintenance and cost of the vehicles.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I think most cop shops would rather spend the money on a army surplus armored personnel carrier for knocking down grandma's door in the search for the marijuanas.
      • 6 Years Ago
      "Sure, Charlie...we can repair your composite body panels and replace your LCD screens and stuff. It'll take us a few months, and you'll need to apply for a Homeland Security grant to pay for it, and we'd also like possession of your first born child, as well as being your insurance beneficiary."

      This thing might be a great police car, but police don't need great cars. They need reliable, simple, rugged automobiles, which can stay on the road continuously, and can be repaired fast and inexpensively. I could see a price of $60-100,000.00 for one of these, and maintenance and repair costs two to three times what a current cruiser would cost.

      They'll sell some of these, but it ain't happening, for any police department with a brain.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Obviously, when your Aston-Martin breaks, you just drop it off at a dealer.

        Of course police cars use scrapyard parts, because when they have body work done, it's by a bodyshop who gets their parts from...scrapyards.

        Also...I give you a word..."rebuilt". Since you failed to learn what sort of engine the thing actually HAs, your assumption that it has the same parts availability as a Ford V8 is wishful thinking, with no factual basis.

        Third, ANY composite body panel...produced new...will cost more than the same part purchased locally from a boneyard. There ain't gonna be any E7 used parts around, so...you pay for new ones...and pay more.

        Your 'facts' leak.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Oh, I've checked my facts, why do you think am I posting here?
        I haven't read the word "carbon fiber" anywhere, just "composite", which could be anything from fiberglass to aramide to PE, none of which are nearly as expensive as CF. Using carbon fiber wouldn't make sense at all, this isn't a sports car where every milligram counts, it's a police car that needs durability and impact resistance, for which, btw, the other materials are a much better choice than carbon. Secondly, do you really think the police buy their spares used, from scrapyards? Uh huh. Right.
        As for the engine, since they stated that they'll be using a straight-6 diesel, they'll probably use a commercially available light-duty truck engine from one of the big manufacturers (in fact, they say so on the website). So spare parts won't be any more expensive than those for a V-8, while the engine is more durable and more economic to boot.
        Lastly, maintenance cost is something you determine when you design the car. You do calculate them with a minimum production threshold mind, but beyond that, it doesn't matter if you build 10,000 or a million.
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