Vehicles | August 26, 2021 4:19 pm

Ever Wonder If You Could Outrun a Police Pursuit? You Can Now Pay to Try.

It's you and a Porsche Boxster or Mazda Miata vs. a law-enforcement Dodge Charger

A Mazda MX-5 Miata and Porsche Boxster being chased by a Dodge Charger Police Interceptor. Ever wanted to try outrunning the police? Trackdays offers you the chance to try.
It's you and a Boxster or Miata against a police-equipped Dodge Charger.

Whether you align your automotive proclivities more with Smokey and the Bandit, Blues Brothers or Fast and the Furious, if you count yourself a fan of any movies that involve police chases, you’ve also probably thought to yourself, “I wonder if I could do that?” 

Wonder no more, Memphis. As it turns out, you can pay for the chance to test your driving chops against a real-deal “Police Interceptor” model Dodge Charger. According to Carscoops, the opportunity comes via Trackdays, a company that offers driving experiences out of the U.K., which has a package called Police Pursuit. 

“You take on the role of the fugitive, running from the law in a stolen Mazda MX-5 or Porsche Boxster,” the listing reads. “You’re wanted for multiple felonies including aggravated robbery and grand theft auto, and you’ve just been spotted by the Dodge Charger V8 Police Interceptor – do you have what it takes to evade capture and avoid a life behind bars?”

While we’re all for high-speed racing on the safety of a closed course — and even a bit of role play when the mood strikes — do they really need to specify the “aggravated robbery” part?  Sounds like someone’s been playing too much Grand Theft Auto. I’ll come up with my own crime, thanks. In fact, I think playing the decoy while a truckload of Coors is being illegally shipped across state lines is just the right amount of rule-breaking for my taste. 

If you think I’m being a little prudish, well, I can’t say I don’t love some unhinged Nic Cage in Gone in 60 Seconds. And anyway, if you want to run from the law, better you get that itch out in this scenario than in real life.

For American drivers interested in taking part, Trackdays does say that international drivers licenses are accepted for the experience. Once you’ve got that, the roughly 1.5-hour event includes an introduction covering the basics (safety, racing lines, throttle and braking), testing on the track (in your MX-5 Miata or Boxster) and finally, a 15-minute police pursuit scenario “in which you’ll attempt to escape.” 

“If the trailing Police Interceptor gets too close, their searchlight will be trained on you, making arrest and incarceration a certainty,” the listing says. 

In other words, it’s like flashlight tag, just way, way more dangerous.