'Mad Max' police car could be 'red rag to bull' for drivers
A new high-speed police pursuit vehicle being trialled in Gloucestershire could be like a "red rag to a bull" for young drivers.
The BMW Interceptor can reach speeds of 155mph and costs £30,000.
It has been enhanced and kitted out with cameras to make it fit for high-speed police work.
The prototype is being shared among the nation's police force's during a trial period before orders are invited.
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But AA spokesman Paul Watters told the Daily Mail that young drivers could see the vehicle as a challenge.
"I’m not sure what motorists would think if they saw that looming into view," he said.
"Probably 'slow down'. You almost expect a net to come out of the boot and tyre shredders out of the wheels. It’s menacing. I’ve never seen a real police car with Interceptor on it."
The 1979 movie Mad Max starred Mel Gibson as a police officer in a fast police car with 'Interceptor' written prominently across it."
But police say this Interceptor is a serious weapon in the war on crime.
A spokesman for Gloucestershire Police said: "We’re delighted with it. There is a lot of interest in it. This Interceptor is equipped with Automatic Number Plate Recognition.
"Officers can drive the car on any road in the county and scan licence plates with the special ANPR camera.
"If the number plate reveals the car has a police marker on it, has been used in crimes previously or is uninsured, the officers can stop the vehicle and carry out a search."
A BMW spokesman said: "It is equipped with a front-facing, rear-facing and an interior camera pointing at anyone sat in the rear of the vehicle.
"It continues recording after the vehicle ignition is turned off to capture essential post-incident footage."