McLaren 12C Police Supercar Looks Cool But Is Actually Fairly Useless

14/01/2014 09:45 GMT | Updated 23/01/2014 23:56 GMT

Check out the latest weapon in the fight against criminal motorists...

Only it's not quite what it seems.

The McLaren 12C - capable of 207 mph - was unveiled at a Birmingham car show with police hoping it will get people talking to them.

PC Angus Nairn, from the TV show 'Motorway Cops', said: "Everyone who sees the McLaren wants to come and talk about it.

"The car breaks the ice and gives us the opportunity to get across the safety message – especially about the dangers of excess speed."

Before anyone complains about the cost to the taxpayer, the car is on loan from a dealership and won't actually make it onto the roads.

Nairn said: "There’s not a great deal of luggage space and it has gull-wing doors that open outwards and upwards so you have to leave plenty of space when you park."

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