British police display 205mph McLaren 12C at Autosport International show


West Midlands Police arrived at the Autosport International show at the Birmingham NEC in style this weekend, sporting not one but two flash motors decked out in full police regalia.

Perhaps the most eye catching of the two was the £176,000 McLaren MP4-12C, which is capable of hitting 60mph from a standstill in just 3.1 seconds and accelerating on to a top speed of 205mph.

The car was not the force's latest purchase but a mock-up designed to break down barriers with motorists and spread a message of safe driving to the masses.

Chief Inspector Paul Keasey, from West Midlands based Central Motorway Police Group, told The Mirror: "Shows like this are a fantastic opportunity for us to meet and engage with motorists who are interested in performance cars and are out and about on our roads."

West Midlands Police stressed that the vehicle will not be used operationally on the motorways but instead as a PR tool to connect with younger drivers and spread the message about driving while using mobile phones, drink-driving, not using seat belts and driving at excessive speeds.

Also on the stand was a brand new BMW i3, the all-electric city car from the German marque that is capable of producing around 165bhp from powerful electric motors yet return a range of 80-100 miles on electricity alone.

Both vehicles sported Rybrook front number plates, suggesting that the cars were on loan from the Rybrook Group, a national chain of new and used car dealerships that specialises in premium brands.

This isn't the first time police forces have turned to exotic metal as part of a PR stunt. Officers in Dubai are able to patrol the streets in a Lamborghini Aventador, Ferrari FF and Bentley Continental GT.

Italian police also have exclusive use of a stunning Lamborghini Gallardo that is equipped with automatic numberplate recognition technology, a live video feed and enough space in the front to transport organs in emergency medical situations.