Yes, You Can Turn a Ford Crown Victoria Into a Track Machine

Ford never intended the Crown Vic as a performance car, but with the right mods, it comes alive.

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If you're like me, you've definitely seen a Ford Crown Victoria and wondered what it'd be like on a track. In stock form, it'd probably be more funny than good, but with the right mods, it actually works. Our pal Matt Farah just drove Police Interceptor and came away genuinely impressed.

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The car's owner, Auston Goodwin, focused mainly on handling mods for his Crown Vic, with heavily revised rear suspension, sticky Bridgestone tires, upgraded brakes, and a limited-slip differential. Goodwin also stripped out the most of the interior for weight savings, installed a few basic engine modifications, and added a shorter final drive.

Out on canyon roads, Farah finds that Goodwin's car is quick. Like, really, genuinely quick. Goodwin says it's like a "fat Miata" and Farah agrees, which is high praise for this unlikely track machine.

And if you need us, we're going to head to the next local police auction and pick up a P71 of our own. See you at the track.

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