Here's the South Wales Police's latest cop cars
When it comes to catching wrongdoers, the South Wales Police are starting to take things very seriously. Well, you'd think that at least from the cars that they're currently evaluating as police vehicles. They've gone to Ford's Special Vehicles Preparation team in Essex to get a Focus ST Estate and a Ranger Raptor fully kitted out for police use! As you'd expect, the police conversion includes the customary blues and twos and the instantly recognisable British police livery. For now, though, the liveries are generic - if they were actually delivered to the South Wales Police, they would be given the bilingual English/Welsh livery that all Welsh police cars are given.
From the factory, the Focus ST is avaliable with either petrol or diesel power. You'd think given the usual car choices of the police these days that they'd want to go for the diesel variant. That's where you'd be wrong - South Wales Police are evaluating the 276 hp 2.3 Ecoboost petrol that'll spring from 0-60 in a very respectable 5.7 seconds and go up to a top speed of 155 mph. It's very good in the corners too, being fitted from the factory with an electronically controlled limited-slip differential. As a nimble pursuit vehicle for the streets of South Wales, I can't think of many other cars that would be as well suited to the task! The little bit of extra space in the back you get from the estate version could come in handy too - when you're in the business of protecting and serving the general public, I don't think there's such a thing as having a car that has too much space to pack things in!
The real beast of the duo though is the police-spec Ranger Raptor. Right out from the factory it looks like it could be incredibly well-suited to an off-road pursuit role. Those 2 and a half inch thick Fox dampers are no joke, being perfectly suited to take the incredible stresses and strains from barrelling across rough fields and down heavily rutted farm tracks at speed. The Ranger Raptor's reinforced frame should be able to bear the brunt of that too. Being a resident of South Wales myself, I know for a fact that a lot of that part of Britain is very rural and even quite isolated at times. Knowing this, I'm not surprised at all that the South Wales Police are potentially taking a chance on a vehicle that can access even the most remote areas of places like the Brecon Beacons with ease and go where even their AWD SUVs would struggle to manage.