Monday, December 1, 2008

Carbon Motors' E7 "The Machine"

It's been awhile since I've done a car post and a friend of mine still had not heard about this one so here we go. The E7 from Carbon Motors is billed as the first "purpose-built" law enforcement vehicle. Carbon says the E7, affectionately nicknamed "The Machine", is more fuel efficient, much cheaper to buy, equip and maintain than other police cruisers. The E7 is also more durable. Carbon states that "vehicle life durability specification" is 250,000 miles. It's also a mean looking vehicle whose specs are even meaner:

Engine: Forced Induction 3.0 Diesel
Recommended Fuel: Ultra-low sulfur (ULS) Diesel or BioDiesel
Driveline: Rear-Wheel-Drive
Horsepower: 300 bhp
Torque: 420 lb-ft
Transmission: 6-Speed Automatic
Front Brakes: 14" Vented Discs, ABS
Rear Brakes: 13" Vented Discs, ABS
Wheels: 18 x 8" Steel
Tires: 245/50R18
Front Suspension: Struts, coil springs, anti-roll bar
Rear Suspension: Multi-link, coil springs, self-leveling shocks, anti-roll bar

0 - 60 mph: 6.5 seconds
Quarter Mile: 14.5 seconds @ 98.0 mph
Top Speed: 155 mph
Braking 60 - 0 mph: 125 feet
Lateral Acceleration: 0.85 g
Combined City/Hwy Fuel Economy: 28 - 30 mpg
Fuel Capacity: 18.0 Gallons

There are other cool features of this vehicle that you'll wish were on your car:
Designed to 250,000 mile durability specification
Aluminum spaceframe body structure
75 mph rear impact crash capability
Vehicle dynamic control
Optimized approach / departure angles and ground clearance
Heads up display
Reverse backup camera
Remote start capability
Driver specific intelligent key
Nightvision compliant interior illumination

There are also other cool features that are specific to law enforcement, some of which you'll wish were on your car too:
Cockpit with fully-integrated factory fitted law enforcement equipment
Integrated emergency lights, spot lights, take down lights, and directional stick
Segment exclusive coach rear doors for safer suspect ingress and egress
NIJ Level III-A (or better) ballistic protection (front doors and dash panel)
Purpose-designed seat for use with on-body equipment - Heated and ventilated seats
360 degree exterior surveillance capability
Automatic license plate recognition system
Video and audio surveillance of rear passenger compartment
Integrated forward looking infrared system (FLIR)
Integrated shotgun mounts
Hoseable rear passenger compartment
Integrated push bumpers and PIT capability

I have on occasion met up with officers of the law. Most of them are good people doing a very difficult job. One I could not do myself. In response to this someone once asked me if I was scared and I finally got to use a line by Robert Deniro from Ronin: "Am I scared? Of course I'm scared! You think I'm reluctant because I'm happy?" This is why although some members of law enforcement are my least favorite people I do not fault or blame them in the least. They are strong, brave people doing a job not many can. They put their live on the line everyday to protect good citizens from the peril they face everyday. And to all members of law enforcement I thank you for your sacrifice and bravery. I sincerely hope that this type of equipment that can enable you to do your job better and more safely makes it's way into your hands sooner rather than later.

I can almost hear Elwood now:
"It's got a cop motor, a forced induction 3.0 liter plant, it's got cop tires, cop suspension, cop shocks. It's a diesel model so it'll be good on gas and last forever. What do you say, is it the new Bluesmobile or what?" Elwood Blues - The Blues Brothers.

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