• Nov 1, 2010
Ford Police Interceptor Stealth – Click above for high-res image gallery

In addition to the raft of Mustangs and F-150s that Ford will be debuting at this year's SEMA show, this special Police Interceptor Stealth concept will be on display in Las Vegas this week. Ford designer Melvin Betancourt took inspiration from the SR-71 stealth airplane used in the 1950s and 1960s to create a Taurus-based Police Interceptor that manages to be flashy yet still able to fly under the radar.

Compared to a standard Police Interceptor sedan, the Stealth concept is lowered by one inch and rides on sinister 22-inch wheels. The rest of the car has been blacked out as much as possible – smoked taillamps, tinted windows and black trim all around the car make for a package that, as Betancourt says, gives the illusion of "there, but not there." Hit the jump to read the full details, and scroll through our high-res image gallery to see the concept for yourself.

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- Ford to debut the ultimate stealth Police Interceptor at SEMA – a customized concept of its all-new Police Interceptor sedan

- Revamped grille, lighting, exhaust and interior provide a sleek, yet slightly sinister look designed to blend muscle with mystery

- Designer drew inspiration from the SR-71 Blackbird, the original stealth airplane revealed in the '60s and considered by many aviation experts to be the ultimate aircraft

Dearborn, Nov. 1, 2010 – Sleek, streamlined and slightly sinister, a specialized stealth concept version of Ford's Police Interceptor will debut at the SEMA (Specialty Equipment Market Association) trade show in Las Vegas.

Using the strong lines and muscular stance of the Ford Police Interceptor sedan as a base, Ford designer Melvin Betancourt developed a customized undercover stealth version that's both stylish and full of high-tech surprises.

"This car offered the perfect canvas for me as a designer," Betancourt said. "The Police Interceptor sedan is already a unique vehicle. I just started looking at ways to give it that mysterious but high-tech look."

The Police Interceptor sedan was introduced in March, followed by a utility version in September. Both Interceptors will debut simultaneously when production of the Ford Crown Victoria Police Interceptor ceases in late 2011.

The stealth concept vehicle will be on display throughout the SEMA show, which runs Nov. 2-5.

Betancourt started the undercover version by lowering the body and giving the illusion of added width. The body was lowered an inch, and the special 22-inch wheels are inside a staggered rim section so the front is 3 inches and the rear is 3.5 inches.

"The rim section is stacked to give it the illusion of greater width," he said. "The center of the wheel is glossy black, and the rim is chrome. So we have that racy, hot rod look, but at the same time we're building a sinister, stealthy, 'Don't mess with me' feeling."

Top-secret airplane provides inspiration

Betancourt used imagery of the SR-71, the original stealth airplane, for inspiration as he customized the vehicle. Known as the "Blackbird," this high-altitude, long-range reconnaissance aircraft was secretly designed in the late 1950s and early 1960s. Its top speed was more than three times the speed of sound. Now retired, the Blackbird is considered by many aviation enthusiasts as the ultimate airplane.

Betancourt kept in mind the Blackbird's iconic imagery and status as he considered the elements of his own stealth project. "When you think stealth, you think, 'there, but not there.' This is all about strength, secrecy and concealment."

The exterior of the Police Interceptor stealth vehicle is solid black. The grille is mesh, like the original sedan, but the metal is thicker, offering more depth. The lights on the car are designed to be inconspicuous, with the surrounding area painted black so they blend in until illuminated.

The back of the vehicle was given an aggressive spoiler adorned with bead lights painted black so they remain unnoticed until the car is started. The taillights are smoked, the windows tinted.

It's a vehicle that exudes power – and it should. The production Police Interceptor sedan model offers two powertrain options, allowing police to choose the engine that best meets their needs.

A 3.5-liter V6 engine delivering at least 280 horsepower and E85 compatibility is 25 percent more efficient than the 4.6-liter single-overhead-cam V8 offered in the current Ford Crown Victoria Police Interceptor. And an all-new 3.5-liter twin-turbocharged, direct-injection EcoBoost™ V6 engine will deliver at least 365 horsepower and 350 lb.-ft. of torque across a broad rpm range.

That strength complements the mystery inside the revamped interior of the stealth version.

"It's all about concealing everything," Betancourt said. "The headliner is black, we wrapped the B-pillars in black, and then we started looking at, 'Where can I hide this? How can I conceal this?' We repackaged the console – it looks like a production console with the waterfall of the instrument panel. But when you start opening doors and panels, that's when you see everything."

Unless you're supposed to be in the vehicle, you won't know where and how to find the compartments, he said. For example, the radio is hidden inside the console, as is an onboard computer. Also, the glove box has a secret space designed for weapons.

Betancourt anticipates visitors to SEMA will immediately sense the uniqueness of the car.

"Right away, they'll see this vehicle that looks different, that looks sinister – but they won't know exactly why. Then, as they get closer, they'll start to see all of these touches that work together to create the overall image."

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      • 4 Years Ago
      Looks completely bad f-ing ass
        • 4 Years Ago
        +1. They should even keep the blacked out non-chrome grill for the civilian models, it looks a lot better.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I agree, this looks awesome!

        Much better than the '98 dark green tortoise-inspired Ford Taurus with no hubcaps, and the ghetto-rigged lightbar on the dash.
      • 4 Years Ago
      "Betancourt took inspiration from the SR-71 stealth airplane used in the 1950s and 1960s"

      The SR-71's maiden flight was in '64 and it was retired in '98. Not exactly 50s and 60s...
        • 4 Years Ago
        A-10 oxcart?
        • 4 Years Ago
        yes but it was being built before its maiden flight in the 50's so the article is correct....
        • 4 Years Ago

        Design did start in September of 1959, but it can hardly be considered an aircraft of the 50's.
        • 4 Years Ago
        'Must be thinking of the U-2 spy plane.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I think he meant U-2 spy plane rather than SR71 Blackbird
      • 4 Years Ago
      It would be better with another, chrome-less rims.
      • 4 Years Ago
      They need to include this package (minus the police parts, of course) as an option for the SHO.
      • 4 Years Ago
      This police thing is a bit out of control.

      DUBS on my septor!
      • 4 Years Ago
      Yeah, this vehicle is STRICTLY for writing tickets. Which they will do en mass in order to pay for this vehicle. This vehicle will not be able to perform any of the duties that REAL police vehicle need to do (ie, hop curbs, go offroad, etc). This vehicle is strictly for having a low observable car that can write tickets on the highways.
      • 4 Years Ago
      They will probably use Ultra High Performance summer only tires. Best wet and dry traction, period. They would need to swap them over for something else for the winter though.

      Of course if it were a Camry all this wouldn't matter. The handling would stink no matter what they used for tires. I think Consumer Reports created a straight test course specifically to test the Camry's handling
      • 4 Years Ago
      The front reminds me of a Honda Accord Coupe. This thing screams rice!
      • 4 Years Ago
      Agent Olivia Dunham, or Officer Kate Beckett could pull me over in that...

      Just to say hello, of course. :D
      • 4 Years Ago
      Stealth? Yeah, like this thing doesn't stand out in a crowd.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Mr. Ewing,

      If you are going to mention facts about the car's namesake (SR-71 Blackbird) at least get them right. The SR-71 didn't even enter into service until 1966. It was largely retired in 1990 but continued limited use until it's final flight in October, 1999.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Build it and I will come.
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