The South Wales force is the only one trialling the Raptor for now. However, a Ford spokesman told Autocar that several “covert teams” have enquired about the vehicle and it expects more interest in the future. It added that it is “hopeful” that the Raptor will be adopted by police forces. “We are not just playing dress up,” Ford said, adding that the Raptor “is a very capable off-road vehicle”.
'South Wales Police has (temporarily) got itself a new toy. The force is the first in the UK to trial the Ranger Raptor - modified by Ford’s Special Vehicle Preparation team in Essex, the demo car has a full Police livery with all-round emergency lights and sirens. No more power, though.
Could be a problem, should a crim decide to make good his escape on actual roads. The Ranger Raptor is not fast – its 2.0-litre diesel engine makes a reasonable 211bhp, but because it weighs 2.5 tonnes 0-62mph takes over 10 seconds, and the top speed is just 105mph. Happily Police have also started testing the 155mph, 276bhp Focus ST Estate for just these eventualities.'
The Ford Focus ST estate will be tested by a police force in Cumbria. With a 155mph top speed, Ford hopes the estate will help the police capture criminals on the roads. The cars are produced by Ford’s Special Vehicle Preparation team, with the full assortment of police hardware and software add-ons