Posts Tagged ‘hemi’

That Law School Got a Hemi? The University of California Police Patrolling UC Hastings – Twitterloin Mopar Madness

Thursday, July 4th, 2013

The first I’ve seen of this:

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“Serving the Hastings Community” it says on the side.

So Hastings still has unarmed uniformed security guards? IDK. Back in the 1990′s there was some push for them to cowboy up with sidearms* but some people thought it a bad idea.

Anyway, presenting one of the few police vehicles in San Francisco not made by Ford…

*Or “assault weapons” in the lexicon of our day.

Mopar Madness: Sighting a Chrysler-Supplied Dodge Charger Police Car in SF – Hey SFPD, That Thing Got A Hemi?

Tuesday, April 9th, 2013

Remember back five years ago, when the SFPD pined for Chrysler products?

As seen in 2008

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Well, it’s happening, man. It’s finally happening.

Sighted yesterday in Randy Shaw’s corrupt Twitterloin / corrupt Microsoft Yammerloin, here’s my white whale, a Dodge Charger in SFPD livery

Is this a one-off, merely a test? Or is it the start of a flood of SFPD radio cars what aren’t Ford Crown Victorias?

I know not.

Anyway, this is a shock after seeing decades of Crown Vics prowling the 415.

Does anybody know?

None More Black: This Dodge Challenger is The Stealth Car – Hot Rod Black – Mopar Madness

Tuesday, June 19th, 2012

The flattest paint job in the Financh: 

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This thing is blacker than the former USN Sea Shadow.

Like this guy‘s.

I wonder if this thing even shows up on the police radar…

Tomorrow’s News Today: Chrysler is Giving 14 Monster Trucks to San Francisco – That Thing Got a Hemi?

Monday, August 1st, 2011

As a matter of fact, yes, the 14 plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEV’s) what Chrysler Group LLC is going to give to the City and County of San Francisco tomorrow all have Hemi engines, monstrous V8, 5.7-litre Hemis, to be precise.

But, these big rigs also have an extra battery and electric motor for hybrid functionality PLUS members of the “City Family” will be able to plug in to the power grid to charge up the battery as well.

It’s going to look a little something like this, garish graphics and all:

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Now, if City workers are really careful, they’ll probably be able to go 15 miles about town solely on electric power, assuming that the battery is all charged up at the beginning of the day.

But what San Francisco probably really wants is an electric truck without a gas engine at all. Oh well. (It’s the same way with Mayor Ed Lee’s official staff car – why have them put the gas engine in at all if you don’t want it and you aren’t going to use it?)

BTW, Chrysler was a-gonna to build plug-in hybrid pick-em-ups like these in mass production for people living in Flyover Country, but then Big C realized that a project like this would lose money. Big Money. The More You Build, The More You Lose, kind of thing. Well, that idea got the kibosh.

But then the Feds said, well, here’s a few tens of millions of dollars we’ve got sitting around, so why don’t you take that money to build just 140 units instead, and then give these trucks away to America’s mayors?

And, since San Francisco is special, so very special, we’re getting 10% of the national supply.

Hurray?

“Who:
Edwin M. Lee, San Francisco Mayor
Abdullah Bazzi, Senior Manager – Chrysler Advanced Hybrid Vehicle Project, Chrysler Group LLC
Joe Roos, Assistant Vehicle Chief Engineer – Chrysler PHEV, Chrysler Group LLC
Steve Sokolsky, Calstart

Where:
Civic Center Plaza
San Francisco

Details:
Following the press conference, Ram 1500 Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicles will be available for photo opportunities and a ride-and-drive around a city driving course. Media parking available in parking structure just off the Civic Center plaza.”

UPDATE: Well, it turns out that Sacramento is going to get 14 big rigs as well, so maybe we’re not all that special. In mitigation, Los Angeles and Fun Diego and the rest of SoCal, they’re getting nothing! Zero free trucks from Chrysler and Uncle Sucker. Eat it, L.A!

Ever more deets, after the jump.

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The Official Business of the SFPD: Powered by a HEMI

Wednesday, November 12th, 2008

In these days hybrid buses, cars and everything else, it’s interesting to see the OFFICIAL BUSINESS of a City and County vehicle, such as this SFPD Dodge Charger R/T in a plain wrapper, being powered by such a non-hybriddy engine like a 5.7 litre V-8 HEMI. 

So, this explains the MY NEXT POLICE CAR IS GOING TO HAVE A HEMI bumper stickers seen around town. What’s left a mystery is why these engines are called Hemi’s anyway.

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“Hemi” stands for hemispherical combustion chamber, but the term as used these days is “little more than a copyrighted word that bears little meaning, descriptively, for the engines designated as such.” Or, in other words, “that thing got a Hemi? No, not really.”  

On the other hand, your 1975 Toyota Corolla just might have an actual hemi, if not the boss HEMI logo on the side. 

Choose wisely

Per the SFPD: “My Next Police Car is Going to Have a Hemi”

Monday, October 27th, 2008

This genuine San Francisco Police Department Ford Crown Victoria prowler sports a bumper sticker that states:

MY NEXT POLICE CAR IS GONNA TO HAVE A HEMI

This is a reference to the hemispherical combustion chambers of the 5.7 litre engine of the Dodge Charger Police Interceptor. So, did the S.F.P.D. place an order for Daimler-Chrysler squad cars?

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Via Arlen’s photostream

Signs point to “yes.” So soon, the SFPD might start looking like the CHP.

Poor Ford!