Humberside Police in north-east England have taken delivery of a Lexus IS-F in order to make life more difficult for those looking to travel to the region to commit crime.Specially trained officers spent 12 months evaluating a number of high performance vehicles. They are set to replace their current fleet of Subaru Impreza STI, which have proved highly successful in enabling the Roads Crime Section to target organized criminals in the area. Following a stringent evaluation process, the decision was taken to purchase the Lexus IS-F after the vehicle proved to be exceptionally capable of remaining stable in high-speed policing operations, despite carrying $50,000-worth of on-board computers and communications equipment.
Sergeant Mike Peck of the Humberside Police Roads Crime Section said: "The purchase of the vehicle wasn't an easy decision and involved research and advice from the force fleet manager, financial managers and a vehicle dynamics expert. The Lexus was tested during a 12-month period along with similar vehicles and proved itself to be ideally suited in providing a dynamic and safe high-performance chassis, along with an electronically stable platform for the computer equipment.
"In the past, this equipment has placed huge demands on vehicles but the Lexus IS-F easily met our requirements. The final product provides a formidable package and is undoubtedly one of the most advanced police vehicles in the world. In turn, this will enable our officers to deal with the criminals who use the roads for serious organized crime."
The Lexus IS-F has a performance tuned 5.0-litre V8 engine capable of reaching 62mph in 4.8 seconds and a top speed electronically limited to 168mph.