A bulletproof EV? This electric car is the first Jaguar I-Pace to get bespoke armour treatment

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  • Armormax is the only approved armourer by Jaguar Land Rover South Africa.
  • The B4 level armour can stop ammunition from handguns up to .44 calibre.
  • The Jaguar I-Pace retains all its functionality, including electric windows.

From the outside, this looks like a standard I-Pace. The bodywork is seemingly untouched, and the specification, from the paint to the wheels, resemble original equipment. Yet beneath the taut skin, this is a very unique Jaguar because, according to Armormax, it is the first armoured I-Pace in the world! 

It's also the first electric passenger vehicle to be retrofitted with armour protection in South Africa.

The I-Pace's discreet armour protection includes high-grade ballistic glass for all the windows and patented lightweight synthetic armour in all the doors and panels. The electric windows still work despite the armouring, and other convenience and luxury items are not compromised.

Armoured Jaguar I-Pace
Armoured Jaguar I-Pace

This B4 level of armour can withstand ammunition fired from handguns up to .44 calibre. Other methods of criminal attack can be mitigated thanks to a run-flat system for the tyres, while an intercom system allows for communication with those outside the vehicle.

While the Jaguar I-Pace is a heavy car due to the weight of the batteries, the armour protection only adds a further 200 kilograms. This should have a very negligible effect on both the performance and range of Jaguar South Africa's first electric vehicle.

Managing Director of Armormax, Grant Anderson, says: "This project presented an excellent opportunity to challenge ourselves and expand our capabilities.

Armoured Jaguar I-Pace
Armoured Jaguar I-Pace

"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".

Armormax is the only approved armourer by Jaguar Land Rover South Africa. This means that the vehicle's original warranty or maintenance plan remains intact.

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