A technique to interrupt a chase or a technique to intervene during a chase. These terms would be used to describe the so-called PIT maneuver (details HERE), which trained police officers can perform thanks to the special front frames that, until recently, only Octavies wore.

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Until recently, only police octavias had the frame, now kodiaqs have also received it.

However, it hasn’t been long since the new Kodiaqs, hosting a 245-horsepower two-liter petrol engine and brakes from the RS variant, received this refined tool. However, their chassis is raised, the wheels are steel for durability and the interior is shaved on the equipment. That’s because of the price.

Anyway, thanks to the front frame, kodiaqs and octavias are able to stop a speeding vehicle by having a trained policeman drive up to the rear of it and then jerk the steering to the side (almost a full swerve), gently tapping the rear of the speeding car. That’s when physics intervenes, and if the maneuver is executed correctly, the car being chased will go into rotation around its axis. The police then block the driver, causing the cage to fall.

See how the PIT maneuver looks in practice with a Škoda Kodiaq.Video: Škoda Auto

If the speeding driver wanted to manage this artificially induced skid, immediately after the “frame-rear part of the car” contact, he would have to sharply turn the wheels (full swerve) to the side where his rear skids. Furthermore, the car’s tires would have to be able to handle it and the speed should not be too high. In practice, the PIT maneuver is thus practically unsolvable from the point of view of shunting.

You also have to take into account the huge amount of stress and adrenaline in the passing driver, who is more or less looking straight ahead and following the traffic behind him at a minimum. The players of Need for Speed ​​will certainly oppose us, but we dare to tactfully remind you that the differences between the video game and the real world are abysmal.

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Defending against a properly executed PIT maneuver is practically impossible.

Reckless drivers are usually stopped with an effective PIT maneuver, where there is a risk that their driving could make the surroundings dangerous, i.e. kill someone. The intervention is usually carried out at speeds of up to 60 km/h in places where it is safe, which must be evaluated by the police officer before starting the PIT.