Britain's fastest police car

Lotus has donated one of its Evora sports cars to the traffic cops operating in the West Midlands.

Dressed in full panda car livery, the Evora will be a worrying sight for speeders.

Of more concern for law-breakers is the car's 276bhp 3.5-litre V6 engine, which propels it to 60mph in 4.9 seconds and on to a top speed of 162mph, rendering it Britain's fastest police car.

The Evora starts at £48,550 and it's the first car of its type to be used by a police force in the UK.

However, it's not a permanent fixture, as Lotus has loaned the car to the force, so it will only be on the beat for two weeks as part of a trial.

Drivers can expect to see the Evora patrolling the M5, M6 and M42 motorways as well as the M6 toll road.

Speaking to the 'Daily Mail', PC Angus Nairn said: "It's a very quick car and we hope it will prove an effective deterrent to anyone thinking of speeding or trying to outrun us.

"It has incredible performance yet still does around 30 miles to the gallon. It will attract a lot of attention on the motorways but that is the whole idea - it will remind drivers of the need to keep to the speed limits at all times."

This isn't the first time that the West Midlands Police has employed the services of specialist vehicles. Last year it borrowed an HGV to see into the cabs of lorries and catch careless drivers using their mobile phones at the wheel.

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