Lind Trust, a charity that works with the youth of Norfolk and Norwich in the UK, has donated a Porsche Cayman GT4 to the Norfolk police department in an effort to help inform the community – especially younger drivers – about road safety.
The car is decked out both inside and out as a fully functional police car, but it won’t be chasing after bad guys anytime soon. This Porsche Cayman GT4 will instead be used as a prop to get the attention of young people on the road.
The car will travel around with police officers to colleges and other places where large groups of young people are known to hang out. Once the car raises eyebrows, the crowd will gather, and the officers will engage with the community to discuss how to be safe on the roads. There’s no confirmation that people will get to sit in the car or take it for a spin, but the thought of being able to do either is pretty exciting.
Why a Porsche Cayman GT4?
Why not?! The community is no stranger to holding community forums to discuss matters like road safety, but they feel the younger generation just isn’t as interested in the discussions as they should be. When it comes to driving safely, ignorance is definitely not bliss, and now there’s finally a way to grab their attention.
In the past five years, the area has seen many young drivers lose their lives or become seriously injured in car accidents. Per the press release by the police department, 61 young drivers have lost their lives while 504 suffered serious injury. According to Chief Constable Simon Bailey, “Engagement and education are vital elements of the work on road safety undertaken by roads policing officers. I’m confident the use of the Porsche will help break down barriers and enable officers to speak with young drivers and provide road safety advice.”
He adds that the Porsche Cayman GT4 will “attract a lot of attention – but that’s the whole idea. We hope the car will act as a conversation starter, which gives us the opportunity to engage with people, but more importantly those hard-to-reach groups like young drivers, and offer practical advice as well as describing what can happen when things go wrong.”
The Porsche Cayman GT4 Specs
This car is no ordinary vehicle. The GT4 model is the fastest one yet, going from 0-62 MPH in 4.4 seconds, knocking off half of a second from its GTS predecessor. The balance of the car is also exceptional. There’s no feeling of pull from the front or the back, as the axles take on an equal load.
This Norfolk version also has a few upgrades. The skin on the outside of the Porsche GT4 is made to resemble the police department’s colors and design, and also match all of the other cars in the department. With the stand out performance features of thevehicle, and the bright colors that cover it, the GT4 is surely going to go over well with the young drivers in the area. Graham Dacre, a representative of Lind Trust, said of the vehicle, “The GT4 will certainly attract a lot of attention – but that’s the whole idea.
We hope the car will act as a conversation starter, which gives us the opportunity to engage with people, but more importantly those hard-to-reach groups like young drivers, and offer practical advice as well as describing what can happen when things go wrong.”
Can we make a call to Lind Trust about getting one over to the U.S.? I volunteer to test drive it, too.