All you need to know about bulletproof cars
When people think about armored cars they generally imagine a square, safe-like, and metal plated vehicle used by banks or jewelry stores in order to transport money. But the term “armored car” can be appropriated to other civilian and military vehicles that undergo certain mechanical changes in order to be fitted with materials that make it resistant to firepower; the materials vary between steel platings along the skeleton of the vehicle, kevlar paddings in the doors, and newer composite fiber materials used throughout for increased stopping power.
Cars classified as armored vehicles are implemented by many different professions ranging from politicians, judges, celebrities, bankers and any other person that could be under heavy protection like the pope. This line of vehicles, although designed mainly for police, riot control, special units and military use, has found a place in the civilian market and adapted to the demand.
So how much firepower is too much?
The epitome of firepower resistance is commonly known as The Beast; It’s POTUS’s presidential limo and it is equipped which much more than an interior office. Little information is out there on the exact specifications and limits of this vehicle but nothing from explosives, to chemical attacks, or even armor piercing rounds can stop this monster. On the more “acquirable” side of the spectrum you can find vehicles like the Toyota Land Cruiser or the Mercedes G-Class modified by Alpha armour, which can both withstand .357 assault rifle shots at point blank range, the Maybach and Chevrolet Camaro from Texas Armoring Corp., each offering protection from .308 rounds and James Bond-like built-in smoke screen. Some companies offer to add protection to the clients previously owned cars, but other ones like Inkas Armored have built a machine called The Huron; this super-resistant machine boasts an 8.3L Ten-speed transmission, off road capabilities, the interior is bunker-like and, although uncomfortable, it protects from any sort of explosions or bullet penetration.
What is the building process for armored cars?
Generally, the car armoring process begins by selecting an appropriate vehicle. These tend to range from limousines, to trunks, SUV’s and luxury cars. According to the protection level required by the client, a car and suitable degree of armament is decided upon. The second part involves stripping the vehicle bare, all interior accommodations and specs are removed in order to create an impenetrable cabin fitted with modified windows, doors, roofs, fuel tanks, floor and tires. All pillars and vulnerable parts of the vehicle are reinforced with many different bullet resistant materials; followed by the installment of ballistic glass, a polycarbonate laminated material that impossible to differentiate from a regular windshield. Adding all these specs can make the car weigh as much as 2,200 pounds more than factory bought, but a becomes an impenetrable, virtually undetectable and indestructible rolling fortress; all specs you want if you are in need of an armored vehicle in the first place.