Yes, but L.A. has almost as bad traffic, and the idjits that try to
run still manage to find holes and head for daylight as fast as they
can. Occasionally, they even succeed in getting away, but when you
have all the media helicopters converging it's rare - someone will
have a lock on the perp.
They'll have a 10 MPH crawling pursuit for a few minutes, then the
crook will get off the freeway and turn around against the traffic and
open it up to 90 again - at least till the next batch of traffic...
So raw acceleration and a decent top end is still important.
--<< Bruce >>--
On Mon, 21 Jan 2008 11:54:32 -0800, Bruce L. Bergman
FWD is okay in a pursuit as long as your going straight. The problem
arises when you try to turn. The differential will give you a power
bias that will screw up the cornering big time. Also, if you have
uneven traction on the front tires (one wheel on sand) you're screwed.
There is a good reason why all serious, high speed race cars are rear
wheel drive and it isn't because the drivers are afraid to learn new
That's because most cops don't know how to handle a FWD car, just like
the CHP found out that 90% of the deputies they had during the Ford
Mustang 5.0 disaster didn't really know how to drive a stick. The
lines of 5.0s with burned clutches and crunched boxes outside CHP
shops was impressive, to say the least.
Some jurisdictions have gone to FWD, and report no problems and better
You are entttitled to you own opinion, no mater how convaluted it may be.
The fact is eight out of ten certified police vehicles sold in the US are
Intercepters. I owed a fleeet service business, that maitained thousands of
police vehicles, in six eastern states. I can asssure you many departments
that did buy FWD cars swithched bact to RWD because the much higher
mainatenance costs and down time that more than negated the $2,000 lower
purchase price. The Pensylvania State Police banned the use of FWD cars in
the eighties, because of their inherant poor handling on wet an ice roads,
that injured and killed some of the troopers
Now do us a favor and go back in your hole and do a bit of research before
you choose to comment again on a subject of which you obviously have little
or no knowledge LOL
He says some departments use FWD cars. You say many don't. He provided
nothing to back up his claim. You provided nothing to back up your claim,
either. Sounds like you're even, unless you can prove that NOBODY in law
enforcement uses FWD vehicles.
What about the new big Dodges?
Cop versions are on the streets here, and they seem quite happy with
them. Could keep Dodge afloat until they come out with better small
cars (although those will probably come from China)
Why do you think those will come from China? Which company will make
them. I don't think Chrysler has plants in China. And the small cars
they are going to sell in South America are coming from Nissan.
The name excape me at the monment but Ford has a new box crossover like
car/SUV, built on an AWD chassis, that will come to market later this year,
that will fill the bill as a CV replacement. There is no question that the
CV is the prefered NEW cab in major US cities. What most poeple do not know
however is the fast majority of CV cabs in NYC were purchased USED not new.
NYC cabs, in general for the most part, are puchased used. Nearly half of
the CV cabs in NYC are rebuilt former police cars, many with well over 500K
on the clock. ;)
They also used Lycoming engines before WWII.
There's even one former Checker taxi still in use in NYC. The driver
will give anyone a free ride in the city. Of course, while he may not
charge anyone for a ride, there is no law against people giving him
tips, which they do.
A lot of people like riding in the old car.
Checker Motors shut down automobile production in 1982, but the company
still exists (as in Checker Cabs among other things).
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