British police rolling out in Ranger Raptors
The UK Police is upgrading its fleet and it’s going off the beaten track a little with Ford Ranger Raptors and Focus ST Wagons undergoing evaluation.
The Raptors are already out and about, trialling in South Wales. Ford UK’s Special Vehicle Preparation gave the ute a police-spec once-over, adding the police livery, light bars and sirens.
According to Ford, the Brits chose the Ranger Raptor as it was “capable of travelling off road almost as quickly as on it”.
The ute won’t be on speed patrol duties though, coming with the same 157kW/500Nm biturbo 2.0-litre four-cylinder turbo-diesel as we get here, which limits the Raptor to a top speed of 169km/h.
That’s where the Ford Focus ST Wagon comes in, which uses a 2.3-litre turbocharged four-pot to generate 206kW and 420Nm of twist. Being the ST version, the wagon sits 10mm lower than usual and the dampers are 20 per cent firmer up front while the rears are 13 per cent stiffer. The police version gets the same equipment upgrade as the Raptor, along with an interior upgrade for duty.
The UK Police has a history of employing fast Fords, with the Ford Focus RS still in service while in the past it has used Cosworth versions of the Sierra and Escort along with the RS200 and plenty of Capris.