On way higher duties
IT has more power than any of the V8 Supercars at this year’s Bathurst 1000.
It can detect stolen cars in milliseconds and spot speeding drivers from a kilometre away.
It’s not a bird, it’s not a plane. It’s our most technically advanced police car.
The NSW highway patrol has taken delivery of one of the last Ford Falcon GT sedans. A one-off, it has a supercharged V8 tuned by racing legend Dick Johnson to almost twice the output of a standard Falcon GT.
The high-power, hi-tech police car was funded by the NSW Centre for Road Safety and joins an HSV GTS and an earlier Ford Falcon GT on patrol for hoon drivers.
Unveiled at the launch of the long weekend double demerits safety campaign, it will make its official debut in the spectator areas of the Bathurst 1000 race.
Despite bristling with the latest tech to catch high-speed crooks and banned drivers, the Falcon will spend most of its time parked at shows and community events. “It’s about talking to car enthusiasts on their level and having them understand the technology we have available,” says NSW Police traffic boss John Hartley.
“The vast majority of motoring enthusiasts are safe drivers who do the right thing … but once more people realise how much technology we have to detect dangerous drivers, hopefully they’ll be less inclined to break the law.”
In the past five years, numberplate cameras on the 400 NSW highway patrol have detected 141,000 unregistered cars, 20,000 unlicensed drivers, 5600 wanted criminals and led to bookings for 47,000 other driving offences.