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When it comes to armored cars, we expect to see bulky sedans or Mercedes G Wagons fit for an oligarch—not performance sedans like the Audi RS7. It seems that a Wyoming-based specialty car builder called AddArmor has gone against the norm and done just that, creating a vehicle which lays claim to the title of world's fastest armored car.
Meet the AddArmor APR RS7, a vehicle built to withstand bullets, explosions, and anyone who might be trying to put a stop to your day. AddArmor has taken pride in building a luxury sports sedan that can not only protect its occupants but also reach speeds north of 200 miles per hour.
Beginning the tour under the hood, AddArmor has made use of the RS7's twin-turbo 4.0-liter V-8. Despite being respectably powerful from the factory, the RS7's builders knew that speed can sometimes mean the difference between life and death—so they've worked with APR, one of the most well-known Volkswagen and Audi tuners, to squeeze some extra life out of the platform. This means that drivers will have up to 760 horsepower at the disposal of their right foot.
Unlike most armored cars, the RS7 hasn't been bogged down by heavy steel. In fact, because AddArmor used a special polycarbonate composite rather than traditional methods, the total armoring weight adds "no more than 200 pounds" to the vehicle's overall weight.
originally posted by: dubiousatworst
a reply to: ElectricUniverse
look at the weight per square foot of that armor. NIJ3+ is 5.25 pounds per square foot, and the muliple shot protection laminated polycarbonate is near 10 pounds per square foot.
From that there is between 20 and 40 square feet of protection afforded, which is not enough to cover the cabin of a vehicle, so it must be of lower quality than NIJ3
originally posted by: Maxatoria
Seems like its designed for quick bits of trouble in that if things go wrong it'll last long enough to get you the hell out of there or your security team to arrive and solve the problem.
Pair of pallet forks on a JCB digger and lift it off the ground and all that speed etc is useless as with the beast etc you're going to have to bring in some serious lifting gear which will be pretty obvious and easy to avoid.
Probably designed more for the CEO or mid upper ranking politician who just needs to avoid the odd crank but fancies a bit more of a sporty ride.
originally posted by: DigginFoTroof
No need for a lift. Placing some air bags on the ground you could pop the car off it's wheels in under a second. I've seen moveable/temporary speed bumps which could hide these sorts of things, though you would need to have all 4 wheels off the ground but that shouldn't be hard to get 8-12" of lift from those bags.