- The Carbon Motors E7

In 2003 Stacy Dean Stephens and William Santana Li (respectively a former police officer and a former Ford executive) founded Carbon Motors, an automotive company that would take care of creating the first car specially developed for use by the U.S. police departments.

Front section

Front section

The first car, called E7, was actually built in 2007 and was based on an aluminum spaceframe frame covered with a reinforced steel body.

Side section

Side section

A 230 HP BMW 3.0 24V hexacylinder was mounted as the engine, managed by a six-speed automatic transmission that allowed the E7 to reach a maximum speed of 250 km/h with acceleration from 0 to 100 km/h in 6.5 seconds.

The control panel

The control panel

The equipment was among the most complete ever made for a patrol car and included armored windows, LED lighting system, flashing lights, sirens, ergonomic seats, HUD, surveillance camera with 360 ° vision, rack for weapons, increased electric battery , emergency kit, license plate monitoring system, rear passenger compartment surveillance system, night vision system, central locking, encrypted multifrequency radio system, biological and radioactive contamination detectors and on-board computer touch screen ORCA (On-board Rapid Command Architecture).

The cockpit

The cockpit

Although the project was extremely interesting and more than 100,000 units were expected to be produced to equip the U.S. police force, the U.S. government did not subsidize vehicle production and the company went bankrupt in 2013.

TEST DRIVE OF THE CARBON MOTORS E7

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VERDICT

Such a car would certainly have had an excellent use in public security offices as it exceeded the congenital limits of patrol cars converted from series cars, but what do you think?

Thank you to Valentina Zanola for the cooperation

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