As the avid reader of our cop car chronology and our on-going coverage of crime-buster conveyances knows, that market of 75,000 units a year in the U.S.A. alone is in a bit of a turmoil. The Crown Vic, holder of approximately 70 percent of the fuzz market, is about to be retired. Ford, GM, and Chrysler want to get a bite out of that crime-driven market. Not to forget a little known company, curiously and politically incorrectly named “Carbon Motors.” Since our own Sajeev Mehta directed our attention towards Carbon, it got a little quiet around the formerly Atlanta, now Connersville, Ind. based upstart that wants to build dedicated police-mobiles. Until today.
Today, Germany’s Automobilwoche [sub] reports that Carbon Motors “ordered more than 240,000 diesel engines for their new super police car E7.” And where did they order the engines? From Germany’s BMW. The Bavarians can’t believe their luck. “Never before has BMW sold so many powertrains to a third party,” says Automobilwoche. The Bavarians will sell more than the engine. The whole shebang comes with the cooling, exhaust, and slushbox system. The powertrains will be built in BMW’s engine plant in Steyr, Austria. First deliveries will be made in 2012. Speaking of carbon, the BMW engine promises a 40 percent better mileage than other, unnamed contenders.
But an order for 240,000 engines? So far, the Carbon company, founded by former Dallas police officer Stacy Dean Stephens and former Ford executive William Santana Li, has collected 12,500 reservations, says USA Today. Maybe Carbon, which now calls itself a “Homeland Security Company” has just landed a big carbonated order. Or they are making it up.