NSW Police adds Lexus RC-F to its fleet
The NSW Police has added a Lexus RC-F to its fleet with the intention it will perform general duties as well as promotional work.
THE NSW POLICE has added a Lexus RC-F to its fleet. The RC-F will be employed as a “multi-purpose vehicle…playing an active role in roadside campaigns to promote road safety while also featuring as a static display at community engagement activities such as the MS Sydney to the Gong bike ride,” NSW Police said.
Based out of Wollongong, the Lexus RC-F will be in use at the Bathurst six-hour race as a race control vehicle to open and close the circuit.
“The RC F will be a major help in our efforts to engage with the public at major gatherings around the state,” Inspector Jim Fryday of the NSW Police’s Southern Region said.
“There will be further opportunities at motorsport events to communicate our message to race fans while showing off the RC F in a very appropriate setting.”
Lexus Australia chief executive Peter McGregor said: “We are also confident the public will enjoy interacting with the RC F when it is on display at events, providing a visual statement with its arresting styling package and an audible thrill thanks to its high output V8 engine.”
The Lexus RC-F runs a 5.0-litre V8 producing 351kW and 530Nm of torque which powers the rear wheels via an eight-speed transmission.
Opinion: Should Australia’s State and Territory police forces be investing in these one-off show pony vehicles or should it be looking to run a ‘general’ fleet of vehicles that might be a little more pedestrian. Meaning, will these one-off performance models, many of which are only on-loan to the police, really make a difference when it comes to making the police seem more accessible to the public and improving awareness of road safety messages?