There’s a new car in the LAPD’s fleet, and it happens to be a Lamborghini Gallardo, decked out in the department’s hallmark black and white paint-job.
The Gallardo is a mid-2000s model year which has been put on loan to the department by the owners, Natalie and Travis Marg of Light Source 1 Inc. The Gallardo has been styled with the department’s traditional black and white paint-job and has their traditional motto, “to Protect and to Serve” emblazoned on the side, along with the insignia of the Los Angeles Police Department. However, the car has not been fitted with a light-bar or any other exterior police equipment, and the police livery is only a vinyl wrap.
The car won’t actually be used for official police functions or any high speed chases, but the LAPD does have a few plans for it. The vehicle will primarily be involved in showcase and other publicity events. The LAPD has stated that they plan to use the car to bolster their fundraising presence, and it will appear in special demo units alongside the department’s helicopters.
The LAPD is now the first police department in the United States to employ the use of an exotic supercar for its functions. The Italian police also employ Gallardos to transport high profile deliveries when necessary, and we’ve all seen the Dubai Police’s cadre of super cars, including its new Lamborghini Aventador. And don’t worry, the vehicle and exterior work were donated, so no tax dollars were spent on the car.