By now you’re probably used to seeing the most ridiculous rides in Dubai Police’s motor pool. It’s heaven for officers who love cars, no doubt about it.
Where else in the world can police officers drive cars like the Bugatti Veyron, Porsche 918 Spyder, Audi R8 or Ferrari FF? If there’s one thing you can be sure of when it comes to Dubai Police’s garage, is its constant expansion. You may recall that the tiny emirate’s law enforcement department added a hoverbike to its fleet last year.
We haven’t heard much about the contraption since, but a new video has emerged showing police officers taking flying lessons to be able to operate the damn thing.
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Build by California-based Hoversurf, the S3 2019 hoverbike features a 12.3 kWh hybrid type battery that allows for a flying time of up to 40 minutes in drone mode. However, depending on the rider’s weight and the weather conditions, the actual flight time is between 10 to 25 minutes. Rather short for a hot pursuit, don’t you think? Obviously, that’s not what the Dubai Police will use the hoverbikes for.
There are more drawbacks to the hoverbike if you ask us. The S3 2019 needs a recharge time of 2.5 hours for every 25 minutes of use, and the maximum flight speed is just 60 mph (96 km/h). Need more? The four carbon propellers are dangerously close to the rider but the Dubai Police says there will be safety rings around them for protection.
As for the sound the hoverbike makes, well, you can be sure no criminal will get scared when hearing it. Oh, and did we mention the price? It costs $150,000, before taxes. Granted, that’s not a very relevant piece of information for the Dubai Police.