Ford Delivers Another ‘Pursuit Ranked’ Vehicle into Law Enforcement (*********************).

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()Ford recently started giving law enforcement agencies greater choices concerning the kind of cars they would like to enter active duty. The business has moved to some fleet of sedans, SUVs, and pickups outfitted for police use and supplied the Crown Victoria, America pursuit vehicle, for years.   Earlier this season, Ford highlighted the Police Responder Hybrid Sedan as a part of its Greener Shade of Blue effort — dubbing it the “initial pursuit-rated hybrid car”

()We chased Ford because of its Travels, largely since Chevrolet already supplied a hybrid police car and there wasn’t any concrete proof   the Police Responder Hybrid Sedan was really pursuit-rated. Regrettably, we might be  compelled to do this all over again using Ford’s new F-150 Authorities Responder pickup. It is another welcome that is brand new, entrance to the comprehensive law enforcement fleet of the automaker which renders us questioning the legitimacy of the language.

When enquiring about the Hybrid Sedan’s worthiness of being considered a pursuit vehicle, Lt. Michael McCarthy, from the Michigan State Police’s Precision Driving Unit, stated he wished to reserve all formal judgements until after the car had undergone the department’s rigorous yearly testing at Grattan Raceway.

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As anyone with a sincere interest in squad cars will inform you, manufacturers (and practically every police department in North America) look to the MSP to give useful benchmarks for the capabilities of vehicles outfitted for law enforcement.

“Ford has a Police Advisory Board which is made up of approximately 25 members from police agencies around the country and Canada,” Lt. McCarthy explained. “Many of the proposals which were made at these meetings are incorporated in their police vehicles. The Board meets 2-4 times each year and puts the members in direct contact with the engineers making their vehicles.”

The Michigan State Police and the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department’s also supply the purchasing specifications and testing criteria required to develop the things that they consider a pursuit-rated motor vehicle. It is not unreasonable to assume the terms while automakers can call the models whatever they want. “Our purchasing spec states that [a pursuit vehicle] must accelerate from 0-60 mph in 9.0 seconds, 0-80 mph in 14.9 seconds, 0-100 mph in 24.6 seconds, and attain a top speed of 120 mph — minimum,” McCarthy told us.

While there’s not much doubt the F-150 Police Responder’s 3.5-liter V6 EcoBoost can hit the majority of these guidelines, especially with 375 horsepower and 470 pound-feet of torque on tap, Ford indicates it is limited to 100 mph. On the other hand, the automaker is still calling the pickup “pursuit-rated.”

“Ford’s 2018 F-150 Police Responder is the best all-terrain law enforcement vehicle,” explained Stephen Tyler, Ford’s police brand advertising manager, in a release. “Aside from its industry-first on-road pursuit capability, this purpose-built pickup can comfortably seat five, while providing capability in off-road patrol situations for officers in rural environments patrolled by sheriff’s departments, border patrol operations and the Department of Natural Resources.”

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Even though this is more of a problem for Ford’s marketing department than its engineers, it does seem inappropriate to bestow a meaningful label upon the truck before it has proven itself deserving of it.  In addition, Ford calls its pursuit cars Interceptors — as is true with Explorer-based Police Interceptor Utility and the Police Interceptor Sedan. Calling the F-150 a “Responder,” which Ford also did with the Hybrid Sedan, seems to indicate the company was not prepared to totally commit.

Fastidiousness aside, some departments are most likely to be interested in the new pickup. General Motors offers the Silverado Special Service Vehicle but the F-150 should outperform it when it comes to fuel economy, because of its comparatively smaller engine and 10-speed automatic.

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Coming standard with the FX4 off-road package, the Ford pickup employs a part-time four-wheel-drive system with low-range transfer case and includes a locking rear differential, skid plates, and model-specific shocks. As a police vehicle, the Responder is outfitted with the obligatory 240-amp alternator, column-mounted shifter, and steel-plated seat backs. It has brakes, an anti-roll bar, and aluminum wheels. Ford claims the F-150 Police Responder has a 7,000-pound tow capacity, which is on par with the civilian FX4 after you think about the additional weight police vehicles typically incur.

Ford has yet to announced when it will begin delivery of the new pickup to government agencies, but it assures us that Ne’er-do-wells won’t be safe from it on or off-road.

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At semi-darkness, since the sun set behind the front extend grandstand in Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Kasey Kahne did all he could dispel the darkness overhanging his Dragon Energy NASCAR Cup Series season along with his racing career.

Using a phenomenal restart at the second overtime of Sunday’s Brantley Gilbert Big Machine Brickyard 400, Kahne defeated race pioneer Brad Keselowski during the first two corners and grabbed the overtime line onto the backstretch earlier NASCAR called the listing 14th upkeep of the race.

This ended the incident with Kahne at the guide, and if he took the checkered flag below yellowish a lap and a half afterwards, the driver of the No. 5 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet had his first success as an eleventh-hour triumph in Atlanta in August of 2014 who steered him to NASCAR’s postseason.

Kahne was magnificent with fatigue in victory lane, as the end result of withering heat in the automobiles in a protracted race which comprised three red flags, one for rain and lightning along with 2 for episodes. However, this triumph’s consequences provedn’t dropped on him.

“The career is big, for sure — but the win and the history here,” Kahne said. “To succeed at this track is unreal. We used to be close. We lost to Jeff (Gordon) and we lost to Tony (Stewart); just some fast cars back then.

“Today, strategy got us here. Once I got out front, this Farmers Insurance Chevrolet was great. I had to get there. I’m exhausted. But, an unbelievable win. The team kept working. We had great pit stops.”

The pit stop that mattered most occurred on lap 150, when Kahne came to pit road moments in front of a vicious wreck on the front stretch eliminated the cars of Clint Bowyer, Kurt Busch and Erik Jones, all of whom had been running in or close to the top 10 throughout the afternoon.

Kahne had fresh rubber and stayed on the track once the cars ahead of him came to pit road for tires on lap 151. Suddenly before the second overtime, Kahne battled Keselowski at the front part of the area.

Kahne’s status in the No. 5 car was grist for the rumor mill this season. Asked Sunday morning about plans for the ride next year, team owner Rick Hendrick would say only “That’s another day,” during a press conference heralding Alex Bowman as the successor to Dale Earnhardt Jr. in the No. 88 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet.

Asked post-race what the victory does for Kahne’s future, Hendrick replied, “It puts him in the (playoff).”

But the uncertainty that surrounds Kahne’s status in the No. 5 did nothing to diminish his accomplishment at the vaunted Brickyard.

Keselowski had taken the lead during the first overtime restart, but a massive mess on front stretch — actuated if Trevor Bayne turned back following a push against Michael McDowell as the cars approached the start/finish line — aborted the effort.

To the second , Keselowski chose the outside lane, leaving Kahne on the bottom in a racing groove covered with Speedy Dry fluid absorption material. But Kahne powered into turn one and pulled off a restart.

“Well, the one before just didn’t do the job,” said Kahne, who picked the outside lane and lost the lead on the short-lived restart for the very first overtime. “Everything went wrong. Everything went right. And once I got to turn one, I had good power and managed to clear him off (turn) one. I’m exhausted. And, it’s pretty crazy.”

Keselowski, who was attempting to provide team owner Roger Penske a first Brickyard 400 victory, gave credit where credit was due.

“Kasey did a heck of a job today and drove a hell of a race,” Keselowski stated. “I’m happy for him. I thought we were in the perfect spot. When you’d get somebody on the outside you had seen the identical thing all day, and you got loose.

“He drove in there and it just stuck. I don’t know. I made the call or may have had the lane there. I’m not sure. The car was on edge and then some.”

By the time Kahne took the checkered flag, the two fastest cars in the race had long since been eliminated, in exactly the identical wreck. Pole-sitter Kyle Busch, who led a race-high 87 laps, was racing side by side with Martin Truex Jr. after a restart on lap 111 when Truex’s No. 78 Furniture Row Racing Toyota got loose underneath Busch’s No. 18 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota, causing a collision that crippled both cars.

Ultimately, it was Kahne who seized the opportunity their exit presented.

Notes: The victory was the first for Kahne’s crew chief, Keith Rodden… Kahne visited the infield care center for treatment after victory lane ceremonies in which Kahne looked drained. … Jimmie Johnson, with his eye on a record-tying fifth Brickyard victory, spun in turn three while battling Kahne and Keselowski for the lead on lap 159, inducing the caution that set up the overtimes that eventually took the race seven laps past its scheduled distance.

The win was the 18th of Kahne’s Cup career. Photo by LAT Photographic

Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Race Results Brantley Gilbert Big Machine Brickyard 400

Indianapolis Motor Speedway

Speedway, Indiana

Sunday, July 23, 2017

1. (19) Kasey Kahne, Chevrolet, 167.

2. (11) Brad Keselowski, Ford, 167.

3. (8) Ryan Newman, Chevrolet, 167.

4. (7) Joey Logano, Ford, 167.

5. (14) Matt Kenseth, Toyota, 167.

6. (2) Kevin Harvick, Ford, 167.

7. (15) Daniel Suarez #, Toyota, 167.

8. (27) Matt DiBenedetto, Ford, 167.

9. (26) Chris Buescher, Chevrolet, 167.

10. (39) AJ Allmendinger, Chevrolet, 167.

11. (23) Danica Patrick, Ford, 167.

12. (34) Cole Whitt, Chevrolet, 167.

13. (29) Aric Almirola, Ford, 167.

14. (37) * Timmy Hill(i), Chevrolet, 167.

15. (3) Jamie McMurray, Chevrolet, 167.

16. (17) Paul Menard, Chevrolet, 167.

17. (5) Denny Hamlin, Toyota, 166.

18. (24) Michael McDowell, Chevrolet, 166.

19. (28) Ty Dillon #, Chevrolet, 165.

20. (22) Trevor Bayne, Ford, Accident, 162.

21. (20) Austin Dillon, Chevrolet, Accident, 162.

22. (31) Landon Cassill, Ford, Parked, 162.

23. (10) Ryan Blaney, Ford, Accident, 162.

24. (35) * Gray Gaulding #, Chevrolet, Accident, 162.

25. (38) Joey Gase(i), Chevrolet, Accident, 162.

26. (36) Jeffrey Earnhardt, Chevrolet, 162.

27. (4) Jimmie Johnson, Chevrolet, Accident, 158.

28. (25) Kyle Larson, Chevrolet, Accident, 154.

29. (12) Kurt Busch, Ford, Accident, 149.

30. (18) Clint Bowyer, Ford, Accident, 148.

31. (9) Erik Jones #, Toyota, Accident, 148.

32. (40) * BJ McLeod(i), Chevrolet, 135.

33. (6) Martin Truex Jr., Toyota, Accident, 110.

34. (1) Kyle Busch, Toyota, Accident, 110.

35. (21) Ricky Stenhouse Jr., Ford, Accident, 106.

36. (13) Dale Earnhardt Jr., Chevrolet, Accident, 76.

37. (33) * JJ Yeley(i), Chevrolet, Accident, 70.

38. (30) David Ragan, Ford, Accident, 56.

39. (16) Chase Elliott, Chevrolet, Engine, 43.

40. (32) Corey LaJoie #, Toyota, Accident, 9.

Average Speed of Race Winner: 114. 384 mph.

Time of Race: 03 Hrs, 39 Mins, 00 Secs. Margin of Victory: Caution.

Caution Flags: 14 for 55 laps.

Lead Changes: 10 among 7 drivers.

Lap Leaders: Kyle Busch 1-71; E. Jones # 72-80; R. Blaney 81-86; Kyle Busch 87-102; M. Truex Jr. 103-110; M. Kenseth 111-131; E. Jones # 132; B. Keselowski 133-151; K. Kahne 152-161; B. Keselowski 162-165; K. Kahne 166-167.

Leaders Summary (Driver, Times Lead, Laps Led): Kyle Busch 2 times for 87 laps; B. Keselowski 2 times for 23 laps; M. Kenseth 1 time for 21 laps; K. Kahne 2 times for 12 laps; E. Jones # 2 times for 10 laps; M. Truex Jr. 1 time for 8 laps; R. Blaney 1 time for 6 laps.

Stage #1 Top Ten: 18,78,21,4,22,20,1,42,48,88

Stage #2 Top Ten: 18,78,21,77,4,20,22,11,2,1

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