Have you ever wondered how vehicles, such as an armored Land Cruiser, can be bullet-proofed? Here’s how it’s done:
Interiors, Body, and Door
Firstly, all the components need to be removed from the body of your car, including the seats, carpet, wiring, and interior trim. Next up, cavities such as the pillars and doors are cut open so that numerous materials are welded and stuffed into those voids. If you need enhanced protection, the pillars and doors can be bolstered with a combination of Kevlar or ballistic nylon, steel plates, or both. A third hinge can be added if the doors get too heavy. The rear-bulkhead and fire wall can also be steel-plated; however, the ceiling and floor are typically lined with ballistic fabrics. You can even reinforce the stock bumpers, which are designed to absorb energy and crumple in event of a major impact, so that you can break through a makeshift roadblock without wreaking havoc on your radiator. Top-notch armoring doesn’t alter the appearance of your vehicle and makes it look unmodified, inside and out.
Glass is dubbed as “transparent armor” in bulletproofing jargon. It is so much more than being a thicker rendition of the safety glass located at the window sides of standard cars; it is actually a sandwich of leaded glass and polycarbonate (a type of plastic). The thickest glass can emasculate a shot fired from a .30-06 rifle, while the thinnest option will thwart subsonic sounds, such as the ones produced by a 9mm handgun. In addition, beefier window motors can also be replaced by electric ones.
Conventional run-flat tires rely on their stiff sidewalls for support, which could be shredded to pieces by bullets, in events of a gunfire incident. A polymer donut composite run-flat tire is clamped inside the tubeless tire, around the centerline of a wheel, and works similarly to Michelin PAX System. The polymer ring takes over and provides support if the pneumatic tire loses pressure, allowing the car to maintain speeds of 60-mph for above 60 miles.
Suspension and Engine
Armoring significantly increases the weight of your car, even the lightest one. The greatest level of protection can add 1400 pounds to your Sedan, which is why it is important to alter the drive train and the chassis occasionally. Spring rates and damping rates rise to maintain drivability, and air springs can be slotted in when needed. Click here to know more about armoring vehicles.