The hot-rodders and tuners at the Specialty Equipment Market Association this week better pay attention on their way out of Las Vegas -- the Stealth Ford Police Interceptor may be on their tail.
Ford designer Melvin Betancourt took the existing Taurus Police Interceptor sedan and created a streamlined, unmarked version for some deep undercover work. The actual police car, which is based on the Taurus, goes on sale late in 2011.
The Stealth Interceptor concept features a revamped grille and lighting. The exhaust was redone, as was the interior. Ford says it tried to create a sinister look blended with muscle and mystery.
The Stealth concept will be on display at SEMA through Friday, Nov. 5.
Betancourt used the SR-71 Blackbird, the original stealth aircraft, for inspiration.
"It's all about concealing everything," said Betancourt. "The headliner is black, we wrapped the B-pillars in black, and then we started looking at, 'Where can I hide this? How can I conceal this?' "
The Interceptor's exterior is solid black. The grille metal is wider, hiding the flashers. The back end gets a spoiler with the bead lights painted black. The taillights are smoked and the windows are tinted.
Betancourt said he hopes visitors will notice the uniqueness of the car.
"Right away, they'll see this vehicle that looks different, that looks sinister," he said. "But they won't know exactly why. Then, as they get closer, they'll start to see all of these touches that work together to create the overall image."