UK Police have a new toy to play with and it’s called the Raptor.

Police forces across the UK are set to trial Ford’s latest blue-light vehicle – a 170km/h, all-wheel drive Ford Ranger Raptor.

With its FOX shock absorbers and Baja desert race mode as standard, it has more than enough to keep up with crims making a getaway across gravel, mud and sand.

South Wales Police are among the first to trial the Ranger Raptor utility – capable of travelling off road almost as quickly as on it – which may prove to be the perfect tool to access some of the UK’s most rural locations.

And there’s no point trying to outsmart the police on-road, either.

Police are also evaluating a 250km/h Focus ST wagon, or estate as the Poms call them.

Both are the product of Ford’s Special Vehicle Preparation team, in Essex, which has added full Police livery with all-round emergency lights and sirens.

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Chris Riley has been a journalist for almost 40 years. He has spent half of his career as a writer, editor and production editor in newspapers, the rest of the time driving and writing about cars both in print and online. His love affair with cars began as a teenager with the purchase of an old VW Beetle, followed by another Beetle and a string of other cars on which he has wasted too much time and money. A self-confessed geek, he’s not afraid to ask the hard questions - at the risk of sounding silly.