Feature Flick: Ford, Chevy Ex-Cop Cars Battle In The Desert

The Ford-versus-Chevy debate will likely continue for as long as both companies exist, but the latest episode of Roadkill attempts to solve at least part of the argument. This week, Hot Rod editors David Freiburger and Mike Finnegan go off-road racing to find out which used cop car is best – the Ford Crown Victoria or Chevy Caprice.

For the purposes of this episode, the Roadkill crew bought two examples of what they call the best used cop cars currently on the market: the 1994-1996 Chevy Caprice 9C1, and 2003-2011 Ford Crown Victoria P71. The Chevy is rated at 260 hp (though Freiburger believes it makes more) from its 350-CID LT1 V-8, while the Crown Vic’s 4.6-liter V-8 is rated at 250 hp. To start things off, the team takes the two former squad cars to an enormous parking lot in Arcadia, Calif. for some very unscientific testing. The tests include drag racing, pulling Rockfords, plowing through a pyramid of trash cans, and drifting until someone blows a tire.

They head out to the desert to fulfill Finnegan’s lifelong dream of building a dirt track on his parents’ undeveloped, middle-of-nowhere property. The two hosts eventually find the 2.4-acre plot of land and drive the cop cars around to carve out the track. Both vehicles end up getting stuck in the process, but eventually the course is ready to host an American full-size sedan throw-down. Watch the full episode below to find out which cop car comes out on top.

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