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, a specialist in auto armor, designed a version of the Ferrari 458 Speciale supercar 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 to him, made of a material ten times stronger. The prototype achieved a B4 armor level, meaning it could repel pistol rounds, even those from a Magnum 44-caliber revolver, but not that of an AK-47 or high-powered rifle.
This armor is 60% lighter than ballistic steel. The bulletproof protection added a little over 21 pounds to the Ferrari, as opposed to the nearly 70 pounds that average armor weighs. Engineers compensated for the weight by adding more carbon fiber parts to the interior and exterior of the vehicle.
To increase efficiency, they have installed a Capristo brand exhaust system that is lighter than the factory one. This further reduced the weight of the car, adding about 40 horsepower to the original 4.5 liter naturally aspirated V8 that developed 605 hp.
These modifications did not change the original speed characteristics of the Ferrari 458 Speciale. The super sports car can go from 0 to 100 km / h in just 2.8 seconds and has a top speed of 325 km / h.
AddArmor pointed out that this version of the legendary Italian vehicle was made to demonstrate advances in tank technology and to prove that it could 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, ”said Jeff Engen, company president, in a statement.
The Ferrari 458 Speciale was launched in 2014, a year after it was presented at the Frankfurt Motor Show. At an original price of nearly € 270,000 (6.5 million Mexican pesos), the armored version could be worth $ 625,000 (12.4 million Mexican pesos).