Quad bike overtakes police car on drag track in surprising race
The two vehicles engage in close combat, until the four-wheeled ATV overtakes the Ford Police Interceptor.
Quarter-mile drag races are all about traction, power, and your reaction time when the lights turn green. It’s also about having fun, racing and finding out who is the king of striptease. Drag tracks often have “Fun Racing” days and street car racing days as a way to open the doors for anyone who wants to try drag racing in a safer environment than on the streets.
Many parts of the country are struggling to keep runners away from streets where they pose a danger to themselves and other motorists. Police departments across the country often take part in fun races on the local drag strip to engage with racers and provide them with a safe way to test their cars.
In the video below we see a local policeman picking up his Ford Explore Interceptor to the Strip and take on a Quad. The results are a bit surprising.
Ford Police Interceptor Vs. Quad Drag Race
The YouTube channel “Wheels” The video offers no real description of the challengers of this unlikely drag race. But what we can be sure of is that the police car is a Ford Explorer Police Interceptor, or as Ford calls it, the Ford Police Interceptor Utility (FPIU).
The service-modified Explorer retains the all-wheel drive system and is powered by a twin-turbo 3.0-liter V6 developing 400 horsepower. According to Ford, this is enough to bring the FPIU to 60 mph from a standstill in 5.5 seconds and a top speed of 148 mph. It’s no laughing matter and those numbers make it faster than the Dodge Charger Pursuit sedan.
As for the Quad, there is no information in the video about the make, model or if it has been significantly modified. We suspect that some eagle-eyed viewers might be able to identify the enemy from police cars.
Quads generally call off-road trails their home, but their relatively light weight and powerful motorcycle-derived motors make them excellent platforms for the fast and fun trail runners.
It’s neck and neck ’til these vehicles cross the finish line
The police car and quad come out of the line well and appear to be level throughout the strip. But when they cross the finish line, the small quad is just ahead of the big Ford to take the victory.
The quad manages a second quarter mile time of 15.890 at 71.30 mph while the chasing fuzz crosses the line in 16.003 seconds at 87.31 mph. The difference in time and speed gives a real picture, suggesting that the quad is leaving the line faster while the FPIU is gaining time further down the strip.
It was all a lot of fun and it’s interesting to see two unlikely challengers go head to head on the drag strip.
They certainly weren’t show cars or stage kids, but runners who have circled the block once or twice.
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