Armormax, the company renowned for building luxury armoured vehicles, recently handed over an armoured version of the all-electric Jaguar I-Pace to its owner. This is the first Jaguar I-Pace to be armoured globally, as well as the first all-electric luxury passenger vehicle to be armoured in South Africa.

Managing Director of Armormax, Grant Anderson says “This project presented a great opportunity to challenge ourselves and expand our capabilities. We immediately involved the technical team at Jaguar Land Rover South Africa to assist and they were fantastic in helping us understand the intricacies of this electric vehicle. We are proud to say we built this car to our high standard despite the challenges and left the base vehicle very much unchanged”.

The armouring package includes the use of the highest-grade ballistic glass for all the windows, as well as patented lightweight synthetic armour in all the doors and panels to provide all around protection. The protection grade on the I-Pace is to level B4, which can withstand attacks from hand guns up to a .44 calibre. Added to this, the tyres have been upgraded to a run flat system and there is a PTT intercom system fitted to communicate with people outside of the car. Both front windows are fully operable.

Armormax are the only approved armourers by Jaguar Land Rover South Africa, so the standard warranty and maintenance plan are unaffected by the package. With the total weight added being well under 200 kg, the performance of the Jaguar has not been affected by any discernible amount. Furthermore, the materials used are completely custom made to fit, so there is no visual hint that the vehicle has been altered in any way.

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