25/02/2015 09:56 GMT | Updated 20/05/2015 06:12 BST

'Need For Speed' Cop Car Spotted Doing The School Run


A mum has caused a commotion on the school run by driving her children to school in the Dodge Avenger - a car made famous by the PlayStation game Need for Speed.

Rachel Sims, 38, from Hemel Hempstead, says that it is taking her a while to get used to the attention she receives when she bundles her four children, Jake, 15, Lewis, 12, Ella, eight, and three-year-old Harrison, into the conspicuous car every morning.

"The amount of publicity the car has received has shocked me – it's gone on to an international level now as I have seen it on American gaming sites and even reported in China," she told Hemel Today.

"I did expect a reaction because it looks so different, but I never expected this amateur fame that's come with it!"

The black and white car, which has the words 'POLICE PROTECT & SERVE' emblazoned on its side and features flashing lights but no siren, was bought by Rachel's partner Simon Alexander after being created to promote a Need For Speed computer game release

The number plate – PS03 NFS – stands for PlayStation 3 and Need For Speed and was put on by Simon.

Rachel says that she has been reassured by police that the car is perfectly legal to drive on UK roads.

The irony in Rachel's story is that she doesn't even like the game the car features in.

"I hate the game!" she confessed. "But I have to sit and endure hours of it. Simon used to play and even though I don't know the age limit, I'm sure it's something my boys will have played!"

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