Lamborghini has handed over one of its new Huracan supercars to Italian Police to replace their ageing Gallardos.
Rome’s Police force has had a Gallardo on its fleet since 2004, with another added in 2005. They were both replaced by second-generation Gallardo models in 2008.
The first-generation models clocked up an impressive 87,000 miles during their service, while the newer versions managed around 70,000.
Aside from regular servicing, none of the Gallardos on the Police force’s fleet required any major repairs. Now, the force hopes the Huracan will prove similarly dependable.
Apparently the Huracan’s hybrid aluminium and carbon fibre chassis will provide stability during high speed Police chases, but we question the cost of repairing any damage caused while using pursuit tactics on runaway criminals.
Italian state Police head, Prefect Alessandro Pansa, said: “Today is an important day, since two Italian excellences meet and strengthen their relationship which started in 2004 with the handing over of the Lamborghini Gallardo to the Italian State Police. In the last ten years, the Italian State Police used the car for prevention purposes and in order to enhance street security.”
Lamborghini president and CEO added: “We have a strong and fitting relationship with the Italian State Police. The new Lamborghini Huracán stands for Italian super sports car excellence and we are proud to provide it to the Italian State Police to carry out the specialist tasks these police cars undertake.”
The Huracan with ANPR
The new Huracan will be fitted with standard Police car technology, such as automatic number plate recognition, as well as a camera transmitting real-time video footage to the control room. That could make for some great view on Police, Camera, Action…
But it doesn’t end there. The Huracan also packs a gun holster, as well as a large hand-held stop sign used when the Italian rozzers want a quiet word.
With the 610hp Huracan capable of over 200mph, a standard blue light wouldn’t be able to cope, so an aerodynamically optimised light has been designed to cope with high speeds. The rather flat roof-mounted light is supported by blue LEDs at its base, as well as white LED signals surrounding its shell.
It’s not just high-speed Police chases the Huracan will be used for. The luggage compartment to the front of the car is equipped with a fridge to transport life-saving organs.
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