Bulletproof Ford Ranger now available

Ford South Africa in partnership with SVI engineering now offers various levels of armouring for Ford Ranger buyers

Reuben Van Niekerk
Bulletproof Ford Ranger
Ford Ranger
SVI Engineering

Ford South Africa and SVI Engineering have announced the availability of Ford-approved armoured protection for the Ranger. The Ranger is among the best-selling vehicles in South Africa and the introduction of armoured protection will help establish its position in an entirely new segment both for private and fleet customers.

With more than 18 000 vehicle hijackings recorded annually in South Africa it makes sense to add another layer of safety in the form of ballistic protection.

 

SVI Engineering was formed in 2004 as a mechanical engineering and rapid product development firm with capabilities in product design, finite element analysis, as well as the development, product evaluation and manufacturing of armoured products for the military, security and civilian markets.

 

“While we wish there was no need for armoured civilian vehicles anywhere in the world, being able to provide outstanding levels of safety for our customers is deeply rooted in Ford’s DNA, with armoured protection being no exception,” says Neale Hill, MD of Ford Motor Company of Southern Africa.

 

SVI offers two levels of Ford-approved armoured protection for the Ranger, across all models, powertrains and derivatives. The armour protection has been specifically designed with the overall dynamics, quality, in-car technology and Built Ford Tough DNA in mind.

 

An integral part of SVI’s armoured technology is the high-quality glass, which consists of special layers of glass and polycarbonate material to withstand compression and tension forces. It is this strong combination that forms the ballistic barrier by dissipating the energy of a bullet on impact while avoiding distortion.

 

B4 Armoured specification

B4 offers customers bullet-resistant protection against handguns up to a .44 Magnum. This is a typical anti-hijack solution that offers protection against brick throwing and other hand-held projectiles. The protection consists of 18-21mm armoured glass in combination with Kevlar sheets for the body. It is extremely discreet and adds only 280kg to the Ranger Double Cab, meaning that it will have minimal effect on vehicle acceleration, fuel consumption and dynamic performance.

 

B6 Armoured specification

B6 is the highest level of civilian protection allowed without a special permit and has been designed for the valuables-in-transit industry as well as high-profile individuals needing the ultimate level of protection. B6 armour can protect against ammunition fired by rifles like and R1 or AK47. This comprehensive protection comprises 38mm armoured glass and special armoured steel plates. Due to the additional 650kg of armour, the Ranger’s suspension is upgraded accordingly.

 

With the B6 armour, customers can choose between a discreet appearance or the cost effective non-discreet option, called Stopgun V2.0. The discreet option features upgrades not easily identifiable on the vehicle, versus the more obvious protection on the non-discreet Stopgun option.

Additional Ford-approved armouring options include; roof armouring, floor armouring, bulbar and ballistic grill, run-flat ring system for the tyres and a public announcement system.

 

Warranty and availability

Customers can place an order for an armoured Ranger at any of the Ford dealerships around South Africa.

Ford’s four-year/120 000km warranty remains in place, in addition, customers receive a one-year/50 000km warranty on the armouring components from SVI Engineering.

 

Pricing

Model

B6 Stop gun V2.0 non-discreet

B4 discreet

B6 discreet

Ford Ranger Single Cab

R234 413

R338 386

R527 990

Ford Ranger Super Cab

R271 163

R454 371

R688 225

Ford Ranger Double Cab

R335 202

R454 371

R688 225

 

Pricing excludes VAT and purchase price of vehicle