The costly mistake is being blamed on the use of E10 ethanol-blended fuel, in place of the premium unleaded (and ethanol-free) fuel recommended by FPV.
As a result of the mis-fuelling, the Falcon suffered a cracked engine block, but the total repair bill is unknown.
It’s believed the fuel was mandated for use by the NSW government as part of a push to lower emissions.
The special FPV GT joined the force in late 2012, as part of NSW Police’s 150th anniversary celebrations.
Powered by a supercharged 5.0 litre V8 engine, the police-special boosts the regular 335kW output to 400kW; a 65kW advantage over the ‘standard’ GT available to the public.
The GT was the most powerful police pursuit car in NSW, but the recent addition of an Oztrack Tuning-prepared 430kW HSV GTS to the fleet has now seen the former relegated to second.
Meanwhile, Sydney-based Oztrack Tuning is threatening legal action after rumours circulated the internet of a similar engine failure striking its HSV GTS police special.
Taking to social media, the tuning outfit said, “This is absolutely not true, we have seen the NSW Police who are responsible for the car, and we know it is 100 percent fine and has been perfect.”
The FPV GT is expected to continue in its main role as a public relations display until the end of this year, before retiring to the Justice and Police Museum in Sydney.