Honoring a partnership dating back ten years, Lamborghini has handed over one of its newest sports cars to the Italian Police. Outfitted with the latest bells and whistles — and rooftop LED lights — the Huracán LP 610-4 Polizia model was donated on May 22 in Rome.
Painted in the required “blu Polizia”, but with white racing stripes and tilted lettering, the super car replaces the Gallardos models used by the Italian police force since donations in 2004 and 2008. It features a 5.2 l V10 engine with 610 hp, and reaches a top speed over 202 mph.
Rome’s police force drove their 2004 first-generation Gallardo during regular police service for 140,000 km, with another Gallardo patrolling in Bologna since 2005. Both were replaced in 2008 by second generation Gallardo models that ran another 110,000 km on central and southern Italian motorways. Aside from regular servicing, neither of the super sports cars has required major repairs.
The technologies on board the Huracán LP 610-4 include automatic number plate recognition and speed tracking, and real-time transmission of images to the control rooms.
As soon as police officers are alerted to a suspicious driver, they activate the “Proof Video Data System”. With the help of GPS data, the device can calculate the location, direction of movement and speed of the Lamborghini. This, combined with the distance and time before intercept, accurately determines the speed of the vehicle being pursued. Using radio data transmission, the video system in the Huracán Polizia transfers its images in real time to the relevant police station. There, the videos are stored and used for automatic number plate retrieval. This information can be used for immediate identification of stolen vehicles.
Officers can use a removable electronic tablet to show offenders their misdeeds immediately, complete with an overlay of all the associated data.
Even the blue police light is designed for speed. The roof beacon on the Huracán had to be aerodynamically optimized for the higher speeds. With the extremely flat construction of the signal lighting, blue LEDs are fitted around the base to ensure the visual signal cannot be missed. The roof-mounted lighting is supported by four sirens and further white LED signals on the front, sides and rear of the light’s aluminum shell.
“The new Lamborghini Huracán stands for Italian sports car excellence and we are proud to provide it to the Italian State Police to carry out the specialist tasks these police cars undertake.” said Stephan Winkelmann, President and CEO of Automobili Lamborghini.
It is unclear whether citizens who are under arrest could be transported in the vehicle, providing them at least the thrill of riding in a Lamborghini before going to jail.