In our corner of the globe, Ford’s busy hawking the Taurus-based Police Interceptor and the Explorer-based Police Interceptor Utility to police fleets across the country. In England, however, police are playing with a different pursuit vehicle built by the Blue Oval: a 2013 Focus ST, and in wagon form, no less.
This hot white Focus ST wagon, decked out in typical police plaid livery, is a one-off car, but is apparently a legitimate demonstrator. The ST police wagon was prepared by Ford’s Special Vehicle Preparations group in Essex to be shown at a recent trade show, and it allegedly meets all English NPIA standards for “fast response vehicles.”
Apart from the checkerboard paint scheme and LED lighting, the police-spec Focus ST isn’t much different from its civilian-spec sibling, A drawer system and divider is installed in the cargo hold, and a police computer system and lighting controller have been neatly integrated into the dash space previously used to house the MyFord Touch infotainment system. Underhood, the Focus ST still retains its 252-hp, 2.0-liter turbocharged I-4, which means this paddy wagon should rocket from 0-60 mph in about 6.2 seconds.
Although Ford has yet to sell a single Focus ST into marked police service, it has booked a number of demonstrations with English police forces. That’s not surprising, considering the Brits have long had a taste for fast Ford pursuit vehicles, stretching back to the Lotus Cortina Mk II, the Escort Cosworth RS, Sierra Sapphire Cosworth, and – in a special one-off engagement with the Essex police – a road-going version of the RS200 rally car.