World's quickest police car revealed

STEPHEN OTTLEY
Last updated 13:30 05/06/2014
UK Police now have one of the quickest cars in the world, the lightweight Ariel Atom, on its fleet

FAST PURSUIT: UK Police now have one of the quickest cars in the world, the lightweight Ariel Atom, on its fleet

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Criminals of the UK be warned - you can't out run the police.

That's because the Avon and Somerset police force have just taken delivery of a new Ariel Atom 3.5 to help fight crime in the area.

Ariel Atom police car

The Ariel may not be as famous as the likes of Ferrari and Porsche but the Atom is just as fast.

The Atom 3.5 can accelerate from 0-100kmh in approximately 2.5 seconds - roughly the same time it takes a Formula One car.

Powered by a supercharged Honda engine and featuring a lightweight exoskeleton-like chassis, the Atom is one of the fastest and most extreme cars in the world.

The Avon and Somerset police model comes equipped with flashing lights and siren and is fully decked out in police signage. But the cops won't be using it to chase down bank robbers.

Instead, It is part of an effort to cut motorcycle related fatalities in the area.

"I am really excited that Ariel has joined with us to bring Project Safer Rider to fruition, and I hope that the use of the Ariel PL1 with have a positive impact to promote Road Safety in line with our PCC's Priorities, and help us to reduce road death and serious injury within the motorcycling community," said Andy Parsons, a Roads Policing Sergeant.

"To be safe, rider and machine need to work in harmony. When this happens it feels immediately right. When it doesn't, things go wrong. Too many injuries and deaths are the result of rider error."

The Atom isn't the only high-speed machine used by law enforcement officials around the world. The Dubai police force has a fleet of exotic supercars including a Bugatti Veyron, Lamborghini Aventador, Aston Martin One-77 and Ferrari FF.

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- Sydney Morning Herald

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