Bobbies get Lotus cop cars

The Italian police have taken delivery of two Lotus Evoras for use as rapid response units.

The Evora S models are fully kitted out in 'Caribinieri' blue paint, and will be used mostly to deliver vital medical supplies.

Lotus customised the cars to include refrigeration units behind the front seats for cold organ transportation.

The cars also get the usual police addenda you'd expect, including flashing blue lights and sirens. But despite the Evora S's scorching 0-62mph time of just 4.8 seconds, the cars won't be used for catching criminals.

The Italian police already have a car more than suited to the task of chasing getaway cars anyway - a pair of Lamborghini Gallardos, used by the State Police.

Of the Evoras, Colonel Marco Minicucci of the Italian police said: "Our special Lotus Evoras combine the very best of our technology with excellent British engineering from Lotus.

"Not just anyone can drive these cars, we carefully selected some of our team to attend a driver training session at the new test track at Lotus' headquarters in Hethel, Norfolk where they learnt all about the very special characteristics and incredible potential of the cars."

In the UK, West Midlands police borrowed an Evora cop car in January, although it was only a two-week loan.

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