New wheels for the cop shop

Former Ford exec William Santana Li continues stoking the fire under his latest venture to design, build and market a futuristic cop car. Li has attracted former Clinton administration drug czar Lee Patrick Brown to the board of his Atlanta-based Carbon Motors Corp.

Also on Li's board are former Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge and former Congressman Lee Hamilton, vice chairman of the 9/11 Commission.

Li is developing the Carbon E7, an environmentally clean, 300-hp bulletproof concept car that he expects to unveil this fall.

Brown, who once was Houston's chief of police, will help represent the E7 to the Department of Homeland Security and other potential customers.

In its current concept, the squad car promises such Blade Runner-style features as automatic license plate recognition, 360-degree exterior surveillance, 180-degree interior video and audio surveillance, integrated shotgun mounts and rear passenger compartment you can hose down after the occasional messy and/or stinky arrest.

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