The Crown Vic in this video looks as cookie-cutter as any other, but put it on a drag strip, and you'll see why it's being considered by some to be the world's fastest cop car.
Up until about 2012, if you were driving and saw a Ford Crown Victoria on the road, it would be normal for you to tense up, because most of those vehicles were used as police cars in North America. The Crown Vic in this video looks as cookie-cutter as any other, but put it on a drag strip, and you'll see why it's being considered by some to be the world's fastest cop car.
The video is taken at the GM LS engine-focused Holley LS Fest in Kentucky, and in its first race, the silver Ford sedan lines up against a race-prepped Chevrolet Corvette. Based on looks alone, it would seem the Crown Vic won't stand a chance. Then, it even gives the Chevy a significant head start off the line in bracket racing format. Once the Ford takes off, though, it flies ahead and manages to beat the Corvette by about half a second. Impressive stuff.
The next race pits the Crown Victoria - which was built exclusively at Ford's St. Thomas plant in southern Ontario before the vehicle was discontinued in 2011 - against an older model Chevy Camaro on slicks. Once again the Ford gives the competition a head start, and once again the Ford wins - this time by a much more significant margin running a shocking 9.86 @ 142 mph!
The best part is the licence plate, which spells out "THE LAW."
So what makes the Crown Victoria - a vehicle that shared a platform with the Mercury Grand Marquis and Lincoln Town Car - so ridiculously quick? In a quick on-camera interview, the owner says the modified car houses a 5.3-litre twin-turbo V8 under the hood, and he guesses it produces between 750 and 800 horsepower.
The best part is the licence plate, which spells out "THE LAW." The owner claims that he never gets trouble from law enforcement - in fact, he says police officers usually give him the thumbs up, even after they see (and probably hear) the open downpipes and screamer pipes flanking each side.
And really, even if he did catch the eye of an unapproving officer, it wouldn't be difficult to get away from them (or some hypercars, we bet) in the ludicruously-fast Crown Vic - not that we would ever encourage that.
Besides, there's no need to get on the bad side of the law - I'm sure the owner is plenty happy legally earning win after win at drag races wherever he goes.
Source: Speed Society