Detroit po­lice in­ter­ven­tion re­quired

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Aus­tralia will need help from Detroit to win a pres­ti­gious con­tract with po­lice forces in Aus­tralia.

The Mus­tang was looking good for a pur­suit car role with the cops un­til fail­ing its first big test with the NSW high­way pa­trol. But Ford in­sid­ers say the fail­ure, down to the au­to­matic trans­mis­sion, could eas­ily be re­versed with some ex­tra en­gi­neer­ing in­put from the USA to beef up driv­e­line com­po­nents for the rigours of high-speed ac­tion.

The Ford Fal­con and Holden Com­modore have been the sta­ple diet of high­way pa­trol of­fi­cers since the 1970s, when a wide range of cars – from the Mini Cooper S to Valiant Charger and Holden To­rana GTR – were used for pur­suit work.

More than 1000 are cur­rently in use but they face an in­stant ex­piry once the Ford and Holden fac­to­ries are both closed by the end of 2017.

Ford was pre­dictably up­set about the test re­sults at the NSW po­lice academy in Goul­burn, where the car was fine on brakes but suf­fered from an over­heat­ing au­to­matic trans­mis­sion.

Com­pany spokesman Wes Sher­wood says Ford can over­come the prob­lem if po­lice are keen on the car. “We are con­fi­dent the Mus­tang would help of­fi­cers chase down bad guys if put into ser­vice,” he says.

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