Dubai's Police Car Specials

W Christian Mental Ward
by W Christian Mental Ward
dubai s police car specials

Officer Stark, Tony Stark

I hope you aren’t looking for any in-depth commentary here. Earlier this month, fresh on the heels of the Yas Marina F1 race, was the Dubai Motor Show. Held every two years it contains an entire bushel of drool worthy machines from the most exclusive and exotic of manufacturer’s, the Dubai Police department also had a display of some of their vehicles.

Certainly our imagination gets worked up about the thought of an Audi R-8 V10 running down a criminal mastermind in a poorly driven Aventador; but the reality is these are primarily a public relations tools like the D.A.R.E cars of your local municipalities.

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But still, the idea of running down a baddie in this AMG Merc without spilling your cappuccino is certainly a pleasant fantasy isn’t it? Then drop the top for your parade after successfully rescuing the proverbial kitten from the palm tree.

Enough with this German trash! If I am going to pursue monstrous criminals, I demand a proper technologically advanced vehicle, and if it has Burgerkingring credentials all the better. Behold, Godzilla, officer of the law. My local Abu Dhabi police force also has one of these.

I like AWD, but I cannot bear the thought of a true exotic being chased by a Datsun. Well then this Ferrari is probably more to your liking.

Special thanks to my new British friend Jason Rueben who snapped these shots and spared you from more of my iPhone interpretations.

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  • David C. Holzman David C. Holzman on Nov 22, 2013

    The ref to Dieter's Sprockets was a nice touch

  • Sector 5 Sector 5 on Nov 23, 2013

    Green & white? I think of Carabinieri or Guardia. Bobbies everywhere need some active time on foot or bicycle or paunches and equipment won't fit the stable. Who insurers Dubai for police work? Who does the maintenance - local gas bar?

  • Danddd Chicago at night is crazy traveling in and out from the 'burbs. Taking the Ike back home around midnight and you'll see racers swerving by at 100mph plus. Dangerous enough we rarely go down there anymore. I plan my city trips between 9:30AM and back out by 1PM to miss the worst traffic.
  • SCE to AUX Good summary, Matt.I like EVs, but not bans, subsidies, or carbon credits. Let them find their own level.PM Sunak has done a good thing, but I'm surprised at how sensibly early he made the call. Hopefully they'll ban the ban altogether.
  • SCE to AUX "Having spoken to plenty of suppliers over the years, many have told me they tried to adapt to EV production only to be confronted with inconsistent orders."Lofty sales predictions followed by reality.I once worked (very briefly) for a key supplier to Segway, back when "Ginger" was going to change the world. Many suppliers like us tooled up to support sales in the millions, only to sell thousands - and then went bankrupt.
  • SCE to AUX "all-electric vehicles, resulting in a scenario where automakers need fewer traditional suppliers"Is that really true? Fewer traditional suppliers, but they'll be replaced with other suppliers. You won't have the myriad of parts for an internal combustion engine and its accessories (exhaust, sensors), but you still have gear reducers (sometimes two or three), electric motors with lots of internal components, motor mounts, cooling systems, and switchgear.Battery packs aren't so simple, either, and the fire recalls show that quality control is paramount.The rest of the vehicle is pretty much the same - suspension, brakes, body, etc.
  • Theflyersfan As crazy as the NE/Mid-Atlantic I-95 corridor drivers can be, for the most part they pay attention and there aren't too many stupid games. I think at times it's just too crowded for that stuff. I've lived all over the US and the worst drivers are in parts of the Midwest. As I've mentioned before, Ohio drivers have ZERO lane discipline when it comes to cruising, merging, and exiting. And I've just seen it in this area (Louisville) where many drivers have literally no idea how to merge. I've never seen an area where drivers have no problems merging onto an interstate at 30 mph right in front of you. There are some gruesome wrecks at these merge points because it looks like drivers are just too timid to merge and speed up correctly. And the weaving and merging at cloverleaf exits (which in this day and age need to all go away) borders on comical in that no one has a bloody clue of let car merge in, you merge right to exit, and then someone repeats behind you. That way traffic moves. Not a chance here.And for all of the ragging LA drivers get, I found them just fine. It's actually kind of funny watching them rearrange themselves like after a NASCAR caution flag once traffic eases up and they line up, speed up to 80 mph for a few miles, only to come to a dead halt again. I think they are just so used to the mess of freeways and drivers that it's kind of a "we'll get there when we get there..." kind of attitude.