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07-01-2008, 10:09 AM
Filed under: Subaru (http://www.autoblog.com/category/subaru/), Police/Emergency (http://www.autoblog.com/category/police-emergency/), UK (http://www.autoblog.com/category/uk/)
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If you watched the first episode of Top Gear's season 11, (http://www.autoblog.com/2008/06/23/video-first-episode-of-top-gear-season-11-is-out/) you likely smirked at the lackluster Vauxhalls that the British bobbies have to drive in pursuit of "the baddies". But once in a while the constables in the UK gets something special in their motor-pools, like the Caparo T1 (http://www.autoblog.com/2007/10/31/speeders-are-screwed-caparo-t1-police-edition/), Lotus Exige (http://www.autoblog.com/2007/10/25/uk-sussex-police-get-lotus-exige-cruiser/), Lamborghini Murcielago LP640 (http://www.autoblog.com/2006/11/02/whats-all-this-then-lambo-lp640-for-london-met-police/) and Ferrari 612 Scaglietti (http://www.autoblog.com/2007/04/18/ferrari-for-the-fuzz-uk-police-receive-612-scaglietti/). While few officers have actually had the chance to drive any of these epic exotics since they're used purely for demonstration purposes, the latest addition is here to stay: Prodrive has prepared a fleet of Subaru Impreza GB270s especially for the Automatic Number Plate Recognition Team at the Essex Police department.
Not only did Prodrive set up the vehicle for the team, commonly known as "The Intereptors", but the 21 officers that make up their ranks received a day of special instruction on how to get the most out of their new 270hp all-wheel-drive speed machines. As you can see in the press release after the jump, however, "The day was not about driving these cars fast, but understanding how and when to use their capability in a safe way." Way to make something exciting very boring, guv'na.
[Source: Prodrive (http://www.prodrive.com/index.html)]
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