• Dec 14, 2010
Jay Leno and the Ford Police Interceptor – Click above to watch video after the jump

Ford Police Interceptor and its Utility counterpart. Leno was lucky enough to get a full walk around both bruisers as well as a stint behind the wheel in the rain. The man with the chin managed to run down the current-generation Crown Victoria-based interceptor during a lead follow, so the footage from the track is a little more entertaining than your run-of-the-mill hot lap.

But that's not the only vehicle that Leno's been playing with recently. The comedian also took the time to get familiar with the latest new toy by the guys at Automoblox. The wooden racers are modular in design, allowing kids (and grown-ups, too) to build their own custom model from the available pieces. Think of it as Legos meets Hot Wheels. The pieces are made of German Beachwood, and the latest line of hot rods are right up our alley.

Hit the jump to see both videos.

[Source: Jay Leno's Garage]






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      • 4 Years Ago
      Dear Jay,

      Let the guy finish a single repentance! It's stressful to watch!
        • 4 Years Ago
        umm autoblog spellcheck much.. it was supposed to say sentence
        • 4 Years Ago
        @brmintz

        Jay didn't even let Conan finish his contract, you want him to let the guy finish a single repentance?

        You're asking for WAY to much! ;)
      • 4 Years Ago
      AK-47?? C'mon Jay, it's an AR-15.
        • 4 Years Ago
        After doing 18 years in the Marines and 2 years in the Army, may I respectfully suggest that both you guys are wrong: police don't use "AR-15s" or "AK-47s" - they use government surplus or government contract purchase "M-16s" the same ones used in the military. While an AR-15 (exclusively civilian) and an AR-16 look similar, there are differences primarily in the receiver mechanism. M-16s have a selector switch allowing for either "full auto" or "burst" selection along with "semi" - depending upon the use requirements of the weapon. All LEGAL M-15s are semi-automatic only. You can convert a M-15 to full auto or burst (3 shots at a time) but it is illegal to do so unless you have a Class III weapons permit from the ATF.

        I like Jay and I'm sure he just said "AK-47" because that term is the most popular way to refer to an "assault weapon." But since the plastic model gun was in a police car, my money would be on the fact that it is a M-16.
        • 4 Years Ago
        The second weapon was a 12g pump action shotgun.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Actually, I initially thought the same thing but then, I thought the gun NEXT TO the AR-15 "could" be a an AK-47. I couldn't see it clearly but, it's definitely a different gun that kind of resembles an AK-47, no? So, I figured I'd give Jay the benefit of the doubt on that.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I know; did a facepalm on that one. For a guy who's such an advocate for American Autos, it's surprising he's not more acquainted with American firearms. :P
      • 4 Years Ago
      Jay Leno makes every topic seem interesting. I enjoy most subjects he reports on. It's very hard to get interested in a new model of police car, even though I try real hard.
      • 4 Years Ago
      the taurus pc or just about any V-6 with dual turbo should be able to blew away the chevy and dodge, instead i believe it ran so slightly above the chevy......nothing to brag about. besides chevy can and will reprogram their units to run quicker. when these dual turbos become junk after some miles have been put on them, my guess is the depedable V-8 chevies will be picking up their own that are broke down on side the road in the new taurus. I have been working for ford over 20 years (dealership service) and well remember the last taurus pc units, they were super junk.........i realize we are talking about new technology, but Chevy Caprice was always the best pc units built, and the preference of most any cop you would talk to. i know they are glad to seee them back
        • 4 Years Ago
        Way to support the company you work for. . .
        Yeah, the last Taurus police units were junk -- they were just repurposed retail Taurus' with a light bar, put together to try to address fuel mileage.
        That was 20+ years ago. The difference here is, while the new Interceptor looks like a Taurus, it pretty much just shares the sheet metal and platform. There's only 20% content crossover between a retail Taurus and the PI sedan. That means 80% of the parts are specific to the Interceptor, built for police use.
        Meanwhile, the Caprice is pretty much just a rebadged Holden. It doesn't even have a column shift for pete's sake. The Ford sedan has been in development as a police vehicle for the last 3 years. Chevy, on the other hand, wasn't even sure they were going to have a police entry less than 12 months ago. They put out a statemen saying they would, then said they wouldn't, then said they would. So obviously that can't have been putting much time into the program if they didn't even have program approval to proceed. Once Ford confirmed it was cancelling the Crown Vic, Chevy jumped in to the market with the Holden/Caprice. They just found the biggest RWD V8 they had in their global fleet and slapped a badge on it. But you're seeing the name Caprice and just assuming it's going to be as successful as the one they built 20 years ago.
      • 4 Years Ago
      That first guy was almost stressful to listen to
      • 4 Years Ago
      Why doesn't this guy have his own show yet?
      • 4 Years Ago
      Very cool.... *tips hat at bowman*
      • 4 Years Ago
      Mr. Koss doesn't seem to know very much about the cars. They should have sent someone from the engineering group, not marketing.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Too bad he didn't check out the Carbon E7. Its vastly superior to either Chevy or Ford's entry in that market space. While more costly than those two, its the only car that was designed from the ground up for law enforcement, and it shows in every way. LEOs have a very tough and dangerous job, and they should be given the very best tools to carry out their duties. When it comes to deciding which gear they get, performance, not politics, should rule.
        • 4 Years Ago
        An MRAP? Why not make a tank your false dichotomy? An MRAP, just like a tank, would make a lousy pursuit vehicle, where as the Carbon is clearly superior to all other options. As for saving money, why not make officers ride horses? Think how many more officers we could hire if we didn't purchase any cars at all? As for vaporware, Carbon is very much a real company, with a hefty grant from the DOE to prove it.
        • 4 Years Ago
        The Carbon is a pipe dream. There simply is no way Carbon Motors can amortize the design and development costs across enough vehicles to make the price competitive with the major manufacturers.

        Furthermore, almost all state and local agencies are strapped for money. No chief of police is going to want to read a headline about a $50,000 cruiser.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Would he rather read a headline about an officer killed in the line of duty? How much are their lives worth? More or less than $50,000?
        • 4 Years Ago
        Oh c'mon! You'll be the first to complain when they pass that 50K$ bill down to taxpayers!

        • 4 Years Ago
        How is the Carbon "vastly superior" when it has yet to see the light of day? It's an interesting idea, that has yet to come to fruition. And they still have some major issues to resolve such as servicing locations and resale viability. Not to mention equipment integration since much of what Carbon is proposing utilizes integrated equipment, versus allowing departments to install their own.

        Like I said, it's an interesting idea on paper. But so far they have one marketing prototype built that hasn't done any competitive testing.
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