AddArmor company developed a prototype of the luxury car to demonstrate advances in supercar armor technology without sacrificing speed and handling.
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The American company AddArmor, Specialist in auto armor, designed a version of the super sports car Ferrari 458 Speciale, with bulletproof protection. The special thing about their prototype is that they haven’t sacrificed the performance of the luxury vehicle compared to the original.
The specialists added light armor made of one material 10 times more resistant. The prototype achieved a Shielding level B4, That is, it can repel pistol rounds, even those from a 44-caliber magnum revolver, but not those from an AK-47 or high-powered rifle.
This shield is a 60% lighter than ballistic steel. The bulletproof protection added little more than that 21 kilos weight to the Ferrari, in contrast to the almost 70 kilos that an average armor weighs. Engineers compensated for the weight through installation more carbon fiber parts inside and outside the car.
To increase efficiency, they placed a Capristo brand exhaust system, lighter than factory. This further and simultaneously reduced the weight of the car added about 40 hp to the engine Original 4.5 liter V8 with naturally aspirated engine and 605 hp.
These changes have not changed the original properties of the Ferrari 458 Speciale than to Speed. The super sports car can drive from 0 to 100 km / h in just 2.8 secondsand its maximum speed is 325 km / h.
AddArmor pointed out that this version of the legendary Italian vehicle was made to demonstrate advances in tank technology and prove that it can be applied to supercars without sacrificing performance and handling.
“Heavy vehicles tend to be slow, and a slow target is easy to hit. In situations where customers need protection, speed is always an advantage. “Jeff Engen, the company’s president, said in a statement.
He Ferrari 458 Speciale It was launched in 2014, a year after it was presented at the Frankfurt Motor Show. With an original price of almost 270 thousand euros (6.5 million Mexican pesos), it is estimated that the armored version could have a value of 625 thousand dollars (12.4 million Mexican pesos).