I’ve just finished a return trip to Brighton where I saw a Lotus Elise being used as a Police car. A friend of mine had one for a year and it was the most impractical car you could ever have, blindingly fast but very impractical. It wouldn’t go over the smallest bump in the road without damaging the nose or grouding somewhere else – just forget trying to get over a speed hump. It could carry a Tesco plastic bag as luggage but not a traffic cone. And the rear seats …. what rear seats.
So what possible role could an Elise play as Police car? No good round the town picking up shoplifters and taking them back to the station. No good as a patrol car where they carry accident signs etc. No good over any sort of road surface unless it’s a race track. No good as a motorcyle replacement because it’s too wide. In all it’s about as much use as a chocolate teapot!
PS I’ve just done a google on this I’ve found why they’ve got this car:-
Sergeant Paul Masterson said: “The idea is that drivers will come to us and have a chat. We generally turn up at events where youngsters hang out. With this vehicle they actually come over and want to talk to us. Then we introduce the road safety message.”
Next they’ll be buying a Neoplan Starliner so the bus drivers come over for a chat and a road safety message!
There is more here.