Although it's not chasing down lawbreakers anymore, a 2000 Chevrolet Camaro police cruiser is still busy.
 
Once used as an active highway patrol car, the powerful RCMP Camaro now has a home at the race track.
 
"Back in the 2000s we actually were able to conduct pursuits. With traffic flow these days it's just not safe to chase somebody as we used to," said Gord Buck, a retired RCMP member and current car driver. "Now we take it out on the Friday night street legals at the Castrol Raceway."
 
It was one of the unique items on display at the RCMP Sunset Retreat Ceremony in Fort Saskatchewan
 
"When we launch on the line it picks the front end up about 10 inches and off we go," added Buck.
 
The 540 dart engine pushes out 725 horsepower, cruising through a quarter-mile in 10.5 seconds. The top speed is 130 miles per hour.
 
The car is a part of the Youth Initiatives & Education in Lifestyles & Driving (YIELD) Association. YIELD teaches youth that if you're going to race, use a legal race strip and not on a highway where you are putting yourself and others in danger.
 
The YIELD Camaro is the only race vehicle of its kind that partners with the RCMP and is authorized to display the RCMP corporate identity. 

 

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