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Lotus Evora S joins Italian Carabinieri


August 15, 2011

Lotus is also teaching Carabinieri drivers new high speed driving skills (Photo: Lotus)

Lotus is also teaching Carabinieri drivers new high speed driving skills (Photo: Lotus)

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There have been a number of contenders for the title of world's coolest police car featured on gizmag over the years, among them a number of Lotus models. This time the British marque is venturing away from home soil and into the heart of sportscar land where it will join the Italian Carabinieri.

The two specially equipped Lotus Evora S cars will join the Arma dei Carabinieri (which is actually a division of the Italian army) in Rome and Milan to provide rapid response and deliver essential emergency services.

In preparation for their planned two year stint in Italy, the cars have been fitted with a portable refrigeration compartment behind the front seats for transport of vital organs and blood during medical emergencies along with the EVA (Enhanced Vehicle Automation) system - an always-on touch screen and voice command system developed for the Arma dei Carabinieri that controls functions like flashing signals, sirens, geocoordinates, despatch, routing and communication with the control center.

Lotus Evora Carabinieri at the test track in Hethel (Photo: Lotus)

In order to better take control of the 172 mph, 3.5 liter, mid-mounted V6 sportscar Lotus is also teaching Carabinieri drivers new high speed driving skills.

"Our special Lotus Evoras combine the very best of our technology with excellent British engineering from Lotus," said Carabinieri spokesperson, Colonel Marco Minicucci. "Not just anyone can drive these cars, we carefully selected some of our team to attend a driver training session at the new test track at Lotus' headquarters in Hethel, Norfolk where they learnt all about the very special characteristics and incredible potential of the cars."


Am I the only one to think that cops are more likely to use the refrigeration compartment in their supercars for other stuff than organs?

Gavrilo Bozovic
15th August, 2011 @ 01:23 am PDT

get the wine out of the fridge marco.we need to deliver a full load of blood to a terrible way guiseppi.thats a 96' carbenet,are you out of your mind.

Cowfy Kaufman
15th August, 2011 @ 07:51 am PDT

did they mention the cappuccino maker in the glove box?

Vincent J Battaglia
15th August, 2011 @ 11:05 am PDT

Isn't this a little over the top? The Italian economy is going down the tubes so they go and acquire this little number. For what? Running down speeders? Delivering essential emergency services? Right. And they need to send the drivers to school first just to learn operate the damn things. If I were S&P I'd downgrade Italy just for trying to put this one over on the taxpayers.

15th August, 2011 @ 11:24 am PDT

Where do they put the drunks, perps and badguys ???? On the roof?

15th August, 2011 @ 12:24 pm PDT

Cowfy, unless the Carabineri have their own grape variety that's a Cabernet, and if you keep yours in the fridge ... stop!

15th August, 2011 @ 07:06 pm PDT

Once again the 'Ab' has been omitted from 'user Comments'.

Ian Colley.

16th August, 2011 @ 03:33 am PDT


Azar Attura
16th August, 2011 @ 05:59 am PDT
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