In-House Armored Range Rover Sentinel Unveiled
First Armored Vehicle from SVO
Armored vehicles are nothing new, having been around from at least since at least the 1930s in their modern form. Typically, the conversion from regular off-the-lot car to rolling fortress has been done by aftermarket upfitters, and the majority of armored cars are still built by non-OEM outfitters. However, Land Rover decided to take a crack at it with its in-house team, the Special Vehicle Operations (SVO) unit.
Dubbed the Range Rover Sentinel, the model features high-strength steel and other reinforcements designed to thwart 7.62mm armor-piercing bullets, lateral protection from up to a 15 kg (33 pound) TNT blast, and DM51 grenade explosions from both the underbody and roof. The Sentinel is certified to the VR8 standard by QinetiQ, an independent organization formerly part of the British Defence Establishment Research Agency.
The Sentinel is based on the standard-wheelbase Range Rover and maintains a formidable 1,433 pound payload despite the addition of the armoring. Among some of the other James Bond-ish features on the Sentinel are an anti-tamper exhaust, self-sealing fuel tank, auxiliary backup battery, 100 mm opening in the driver’s door for document delivery, run-flat tire inserts, an available siren, underfloor and underhood fire suppression systems, and an external speaker system to communicate with the unwashed, rioting masses. If you’d like to purchase one of these ultra-safe SUVs, be sure to bring a briefcase (or several) of cash. The Sentinel starts at £400,000, or the equivalent of about $615,000 U.S.
Source: Land Rover