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(The Week UK)   Fastest police car in the world has 350bhp, weighs 612kg, and goes zero-to-60 in 2.5 seconds. Bad news_ it has no back seat, which will force officers to shoot fleeing suspects rather than arrest them (pic)   (theweek.co.uk) divider line 51
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2014-06-04 10:34:20 AM
You're so cute, subby. Rich people don't get arrested.
 
2014-06-04 10:53:28 AM
Does it have a lighter?
 
2014-06-04 11:23:31 AM
I want to see the driver pull someone over, watch the offender get out and run for it, and then take ten minutes to slither out of the Atom before a foot chase.
 
2014-06-04 11:27:39 AM
strap them to the fender.  like a deer.
 
2014-06-04 12:02:29 PM
Just cuff 'em to the frame and let them jog along side.

If you want to be a successful criminal, you need to train to run fast anyway... say, 0-60 in 2.5 sec.
 
2014-06-04 12:13:41 PM
Officer Stig approves?
 
2014-06-04 12:20:43 PM
Unimpressed:

westhampsteadlife.com
 
2014-06-04 12:25:51 PM
Here's the entire farking article.

A campaign by the Avon and Somerset Police has resulted in a high-performance Ariel Atom being resprayed in police livery and added, temporarily, to the fleet. According to  magazine, the new Ariel Atom 3.5R model has 350bhp, weighs just 612kg, and will get to 60mph in 2.5 seconds. The car will not be used in high-speed chases, but will promote the force's Safer Rider campaign to increase awareness of motorcyclists. The Atom was chosen because it is the "bikiest" car out there, Top Gear says.

No argument that it's a car that is fairly motorcycle-ish. I greatly prefer the Caterham Seven, though.

Now get a Ducati Monster and paint it up the same way. It would be the perfect match for that Atom if you're doing a flashy motorcycle awareness campaign.
 
2014-06-04 12:28:08 PM
www.distractify.netdna-cdn.com
 
2014-06-04 12:29:36 PM
CtrlAltDestroy:

Now get a Ducati Monster Triumph Speed Triple and paint it up the same way. It would be the perfect match for that Atom if you're doing a flashy motorcycle awareness campaign.

FTFY
 
2014-06-04 12:47:32 PM
youtube
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vfNAzxv7ymI

What police might look like in an ariel atom.
i1.ytimg.com
 
2014-06-04 12:52:37 PM

moike: FTFY


You didn't fix anything. What you did do is miss the point.

Let's see, what sets these two vehicles apart from others...

img.fark.net

/It rhymes with "exposed tubular frame"
 
2014-06-04 12:57:18 PM
And yes, I know that other bikes use similar tubular systems. But the Monster has one of the most aesthetically pleasing ones and it's a good match for the Atom in frame style and flash while still being fast. Both grabs attention for similar reasons.
 
2014-06-04 12:57:35 PM
Heh, I read the headline and immediately thought "That's gotta be an Ariel Atom"
 
2014-06-04 12:57:42 PM
but it can't make it over a speed bump
 
2014-06-04 01:09:57 PM

CtrlAltDestroy: Now get a Ducati Monster and paint it up the same way.


I'd drive the shiat out of an Atom, but that Ducati looks like the kind of thing that you buy, ride once, come home, throw away your soiled trousers, and sell a week later.
 
2014-06-04 01:11:29 PM
George Lucas already did it.

img2u.info
 
2014-06-04 01:12:43 PM

CtrlAltDestroy: moike: FTFY

You didn't fix anything. What you did do is miss the point.


As did you...

www.theweek.co.uk

www.arielmotor.co.uk

www.triumph.co.uk

www.ducati.it
 
2014-06-04 01:15:05 PM
Anyone have an Ariel Atom with a blown engine? I want to make a fast version of one.
 
2014-06-04 01:23:49 PM

moike: CtrlAltDestroy: moike: FTFY

You didn't fix anything. What you did do is miss the point.

As did you...

www.theweek.co.uk

www.arielmotor.co.uk

www.triumph.co.uk

www.ducati.it


Right. Because the way to draw attention is to only show local stuff. Italian bikes have an appeal that others don't. This is about getting attention. The average person wont care about who made the thing. This is about drawing eyeballs. Do so with visually similar, sexy vehicles.

So, yeah, you missed the point. Good on ya.
 
2014-06-04 01:30:27 PM

cretinbob: but it can't make it over a speed bump


Professional courtesy/thin blue line:
Won't matter if cops won't harm their fellow "sleeping policemen".
 
2014-06-04 01:36:40 PM
Ahhh the last of the great V-8 Interceptors, would've been a shame to blow it up
 
2014-06-04 01:48:41 PM

CtrlAltDestroy: moike: CtrlAltDestroy: moike: FTFY

Right. Because the way to draw attention is to only show local stuff. Italian bikes have an appeal that others don't. This is about getting attention. The average person wont care about who made the thing. This is about drawing eyeballs. Do so with visually similar, sexy vehicles.

So, yeah, you missed the point. Good on ya.


The average Brit could give a shiat about a crap Ducati.  But they all know that Ariel and Triumph are based in the UK, and there is a lot of pride in that fact.

But hey, keep yammering on... It's cute.
 
2014-06-04 01:56:50 PM
media.comicbook.com
 
2014-06-04 01:57:44 PM

moike: The average Brit could give a shiat about a crap Ducati.  But they all know that Ariel and Triumph are based in the UK, and there is a lot of pride in that fact.

But hey, keep yammering on... It's cute.


Hahaha. Your opinions are amusingly bad. It's like watching a drunk toddler. It's always funny to watch how quickly you try to take the high ground based on how superior you view yourself to be. Have fun with that buddy, I'm not going to feed your inflated ego any more. Go find someone else to stroke you. I don't need to lower myself to getting into a pissing match with you.

And with that, you cease to exist. Effectively.
 
2014-06-04 02:05:42 PM
CtrlAltDestroy: And with that, you cease to exist. Effectively.

Awesome...
 
2014-06-04 02:26:27 PM
CtrlAltDestroy:

 10 points for recognizing an exposed tubular frame and an appreciation of Ducati.

Minus 10 for not calling it an exposed trellis frame.
 
2014-06-04 02:43:42 PM

Eddie Adams from Torrance: CtrlAltDestroy: Now get a Ducati Monster and paint it up the same way.
I'd drive the shiat out of an Atom, but that Ducati looks like the kind of thing that you buy, ride once, come home, throw away your soiled trousers, and sell a week later.


Yeah. I knew a guy who had one of those.

First day he had it, he failed to negotiate a corner, struck a guard rail and launched himself about 200' out over a 70' embankment.

We guess it was his first ride on it. He had the plates from his old bike, hadn't registered the new one yet. He lived less than 10 minutes from the accident site.

When I say knew, I mean hauled him up the embankment.
 
2014-06-04 02:50:13 PM
As long as it can hold at least one multi-hundred pound ankle cannonball with appropriate communication for taser-bracelet responses along with randomized kicking around of the weight to prevent carting away before the return of the horse whiskers. Because the padded wagons need rounded up when those kind of torque-centric contraptions are needed, I just like the idea of someone trying to use the kicks to get away with it, so that one time they get a crunched foot.
 
2014-06-04 02:52:00 PM
cretinbob:

Yeah. I knew a guy who had one of those.

First day he had it, he failed to negotiate a corner, struck a guard rail and launched himself about 200' out over a 70' embankment.

We guess it was his first ride on it. He had the plates from his old bike, hadn't registered the new one yet. He lived less than 10 minutes from the accident site.

When I say knew, I mean hauled him up the embankment.


I've owned more than my share of the Ducati brand, and there's a Monster 900 sitting in my garage right now.

One feature that was consistent across every Ducati that I owned was that the throttle worked both ways.  Which is a convenient feature if your the type that prefers not to smack into a guardrail and fall 200 feet down an embankment.

They're not the scary bloodthirsty high-failure-rate motorcycle everybody makes them out to be.  The legend exists because of HST's The Sausage Creature and new owners with poor impulse control wadding them up in spectacular fashion.
 
2014-06-04 02:53:42 PM
I owned the first Monster in town in '93.
It was eye opening in it's time.
The original is tame by todays standards.
The newest one has nearly twice the hp of mine.
 
2014-06-04 02:57:57 PM
Wouldn't it make more sense, when promoting motorcycle awareness, to use a motorcycle? Oh, and troll tactic headline there subbmitard
 
2014-06-04 02:59:04 PM
*Sigh*....

Fastest?  No.  Quickest?  Also no.

http://w ww.autoweek.com/article/20140207/CARNEWS/140209871
 
2014-06-04 03:00:27 PM

moike: cretinbob:

Yeah. I knew a guy who had one of those.

First day he had it, he failed to negotiate a corner, struck a guard rail and launched himself about 200' out over a 70' embankment.

We guess it was his first ride on it. He had the plates from his old bike, hadn't registered the new one yet. He lived less than 10 minutes from the accident site.

When I say knew, I mean hauled him up the embankment.

I've owned more than my share of the Ducati brand, and there's a Monster 900 sitting in my garage right now.

One feature that was consistent across every Ducati that I owned was that the throttle worked both ways.  Which is a convenient feature if your the type that prefers not to smack into a guardrail and fall 200 feet down an embankment.

They're not the scary bloodthirsty high-failure-rate motorcycle everybody makes them out to be.  The legend exists because of HST's The Sausage Creature and new owners with poor impulse control wadding them up in spectacular fashion.


I don't blame the bike at all.
 
2014-06-04 03:02:25 PM

Hollie Maea: Anyone have an Ariel Atom with a blown engine? I want to make a fast version of one.


No, but I've got a 2000 Camry with squeaky breaks if that works for you...and you would have plenty of room for all the batteries. That is where you were headed, right?
 
2014-06-04 03:11:15 PM

SewerSquirrels: Hollie Maea: Anyone have an Ariel Atom with a blown engine? I want to make a fast version of one.

No, but I've got a 2000 Camry with squeaky breaks if that works for you...and you would have plenty of room for all the batteries. That is where you were headed, right?


How'd you guess...

I'll pass, though.
 
2014-06-04 03:15:35 PM

moike: cretinbob:

Yeah. I knew a guy who had one of those.

First day he had it, he failed to negotiate a corner, struck a guard rail and launched himself about 200' out over a 70' embankment.

We guess it was his first ride on it. He had the plates from his old bike, hadn't registered the new one yet. He lived less than 10 minutes from the accident site.

When I say knew, I mean hauled him up the embankment.

I've owned more than my share of the Ducati brand, and there's a Monster 900 sitting in my garage right now.

One feature that was consistent across every Ducati that I owned was that the throttle worked both ways.  Which is a convenient feature if your the type that prefers not to smack into a guardrail and fall 200 feet down an embankment.

They're not the scary bloodthirsty high-failure-rate motorcycle everybody makes them out to be.  The legend exists because of HST's The Sausage Creature and new owners with poor impulse control wadding them up in spectacular fashion.


I've never understood how someone could be so astoundingly stupid to take a device they  just bought, and with no experience with it whatsoever, try to max it out ten minutes into owning it.  Jeezus, first break the damn thing in, get a feel for it,  then test it's limits if you really must.  I've ridden tons of crotch rockets before, but never felt inclined to twist the throttle to the stop shortly after leaving the dealer's lot.  Thanks for justifying tons of ER people looking at bikers as "organ donors", idiots.
 
2014-06-04 03:49:59 PM

Dr Jack Badofsky: Thanks for justifying tons of ER people looking at bikers as "organ donors", idiots.


I've got a friend who works as an RN in the ER. She has a Harley. She only needs to be medium drunk before she starts describing "items" that they've pulled out of bodily orifices. A little more booze than that and I get to admire her boob job.

She always makes a point of saying that she doesn't judge people for how they choose to get off, but if you're going to put something up your butt, make sure you have an exit plan in mind.
 
2014-06-04 03:53:24 PM

Eddie Adams from Torrance: CtrlAltDestroy: Now get a Ducati Monster and paint it up the same way.

I'd drive the shiat out of an Atom, but that Ducati looks like the kind of thing that you buy, ride once, come home, throw away your soiled trousers, and sell a week later.


There are a /lot/ of Monsters around here and I cringe every time I hear one. Those dry clutches sound like something is really broken on that bike. I just can't stand the sound at all, but they are pretty cool bikes.

moike: cretinbob:

They're not the scary bloodthirsty high-failure-rate motorcycle everybody makes them out to be.  The legend exists because of HST's The Sausage Creature and new owners with poor impulse control wadding them up in spectacular fashion.


I know it is anecdotal and all, but I know three people with Panigale's and none of them run for more than a month at a time. None of them are throttle happy speed junkies either, and two of them are fairly competent mechanics.
 
2014-06-04 04:18:26 PM
cannotsuggestaname:
I know it is anecdotal and all, but I know three people with Panigale's and none of them run for more than a month at a time. None of them are throttle happy speed junkies either, and two of them are fairly competent mechanics.

Well, there's your problem.  Unless you cane the living shiat out of a high end Ducati on a regular basis it just won't run right.  Case in point, I bought one of the first 2003 Ducati 999S models brought into the US.  Had it fitted with a full Ducati Corse kit and Termi Ti exhaust.  On the street it was a horrible high maintenance biatch that refused to behave properly and sputtered, backfired, and stalled constantly riding around town.

On the track...  Good God when I'd get it on the track, the clouds would part and a choir of angels would begin to sing.  The harder I pushed it, the more on the ragged edge I ran, the better the bike performed.  Next to my F1 rig that bike was some of the most fun I've ever had on a race track.  And all that proved to me was the high end 4 valve Ducati breed belongs on the track where you can let it run like a greyhound. Never on the street.

moike.net
 
2014-06-04 04:23:01 PM

cannotsuggestaname: Eddie Adams from Torrance: CtrlAltDestroy: Now get a Ducati Monster and paint it up the same way.

I'd drive the shiat out of an Atom, but that Ducati looks like the kind of thing that you buy, ride once, come home, throw away your soiled trousers, and sell a week later.

There are a /lot/ of Monsters around here and I cringe every time I hear one. Those dry clutches sound like something is really broken on that bike. I just can't stand the sound at all, but they are pretty cool bikes.

moike: cretinbob:

They're not the scary bloodthirsty high-failure-rate motorcycle everybody makes them out to be.  The legend exists because of HST's The Sausage Creature and new owners with poor impulse control wadding them up in spectacular fashion.

I know it is anecdotal and all, but I know three people with Panigale's and none of them run for more than a month at a time. None of them are throttle happy speed junkies either, and two of them are fairly competent mechanics.


Could that be the issue? Some older sports cars shouldn't be driven slowly all the time, because you foul the plugs. Nahhhh. Ducatis are unnecessarily complex, and built by people from the same country that brought us the FIAT Spider. I'm glad I didn't buy that 1098 when I was flush with extra cash for a while in 2007. The Hardley I already had and still have, seems to require more frequent attention than I'd like as it is.
 
2014-06-04 05:42:11 PM
I bet hey have SCMODS.
 
2014-06-04 05:58:05 PM
Let me guess... this is a way to make the myth that police work is particularly hazardous into reality? If these were to ever go into service, I imagine a lot of irate property owners whose trees have been damaged. And dead cops.
 
2014-06-04 06:06:31 PM
s1.cdn.autoevolution.com
 
2014-06-04 08:45:12 PM

Hollie Maea: Anyone have an Ariel Atom with a blown engine? I want to make a fast version of one.


Be sure to get a sweet body kit too.
 
2014-06-05 12:05:59 AM
Fastest to 60? Sure. High speed? Not by a long shot. Those little wantabe racecars have horrible aerodynamics and gearing for high speeds. I'm sure the Bugattis/ Ferraris/ Lamborghinis the Saudis use have a higher top speed.
 
2014-06-05 02:34:59 AM

Eddie Adams from Torrance: that Ducati looks like the kind of thing that you buy, ride once, come home, throw away your soiled trousers, and sell a week later.


Yeah, not really.  Monsters are torquey, and fun to ride, but they're not particularly fast or powerful. The largest displacement model only puts out about 100hp at the crank.  For comparison, my ZX10r makes about 200hp at the crank with ram air, and puts at least 170 down at the rear wheel.

CtrlAltDestroy: Hahaha. Your opinions are amusingly bad.


You're arguing with the wrong guy about motorcycles.

moike: Well, there's your problem. Unless you cane the living shiat out of a high end Ducati on a regular basis it just won't run right.


That's why they call it an "Italian tune-up"... Valves chattering? A/F mix not quite right?  Weird dip in the powerband?

Just redline the biatch in every gear.  Problem solved.

Fat Man Of La Mancha: Fastest to 60? Sure. High speed? Not by a long shot. Those little wantabe racecars have horrible aerodynamics and gearing for high speeds. I'm sure the Bugattis/ Ferraris/ Lamborghinis the Saudis use have a higher top speed.


Fastest 0-100-0 also.  And it will completely dog any Ferrari, Bugatti, or Lambo around a track, which is all that really matters.
 
2014-06-05 08:33:56 AM

Fat Man Of La Mancha: Fastest to 60? Sure. High speed? Not by a long shot. Those little wantabe racecars have horrible aerodynamics and gearing for high speeds. I'm sure the Bugattis/ Ferraris/ Lamborghinis the Saudis use have a higher top speed.


Having a 200+ mph top speed is virtually meaningless outside of bragging rights. Unless someone is actually trying to reach the 200+ top speed for giggles, you're not going to reach it during normal or track driving. There's only about 2-3 places on the planet where you can top out a Bugatti.

Just like with people and their Busas and ZX14s, top speed is only really relevant on paper.
 
2014-06-05 04:24:09 PM

CtrlAltDestroy: Fat Man Of La Mancha: Fastest to 60? Sure. High speed? Not by a long shot. Those little wantabe racecars have horrible aerodynamics and gearing for high speeds. I'm sure the Bugattis/ Ferraris/ Lamborghinis the Saudis use have a higher top speed.

Having a 200+ mph top speed is virtually meaningless outside of bragging rights. Unless someone is actually trying to reach the 200+ top speed for giggles, you're not going to reach it during normal or track driving. There's only about 2-3 places on the planet where you can top out a Bugatti.

Just like with people and their Busas and ZX14s, top speed is only really relevant on paper.


You realize that is the whole point of this car, bragging rights. This car will only be used in PR and will never be used in pursuits. And the car is quick not fast. The top speed is only 155 mph because the aerodynamics are set for more down force like an f1 car.
 
2014-06-05 05:23:59 PM

Fat Man Of La Mancha: ou realize that is the whole point of this car, bragging rights. This car will only be used in PR and will never be used in pursuits. And the car is quick not fast. The top speed is only 155 mph because the aerodynamics are set for more down force like an f1 car.


I never said that the car was fast. Subby did. Yes, it's extremely quick. But, that being said, bragging rights is not the whole point of this car. The car is extraordinary at what it does. Very little can touch it. What the police do with it doesn't change that.

The car looks strange and cool enough while also having a reputation for being very fast (in a track time) sense. That enough will draw people. They aren't going to get there and get disappointed that it's not technically "top speed faster" than a Veyron SS.

Unlike the Veyron or the like cars like that are built to be race cars. They're built to be damn near unstoppable around a track. And they are. The Veyron was built to be a big number, technical achievement. And it does that well. But unless you're on a track that caters to high power cars with long high speed stretches, the Veyron isn't all that fast compared to others.

It's really obvious that you're not much better than the Busa kids or other bench racing morons who care more about the extreme end of tech specs which 99% of the vehicles will never, ever reach in actual use. Off to fark purgatory with you to join that other narrow minded thing from earlier.
 
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