• Ford is partnering with SVI Engineering to offer armoured protection for its Ranger model.
• ford says the Ranger is the only vehicle in its category to be offered with OEM-approved armoured protection.
• Customers can order armoured Rangers directly from Ford dealers.
Ford South Africa and SVI Engineering announced factory-approved armoured protection for the carmaker's Ranger – a first for any original equipment manufacturer (OEM) in the country.
Both companies are aiming the armoured protection option at private and fleet customers.
With more than 18 000 vehicle hijackings recorded annually in South Africa, according to the South African Police Service Annual Crime Statistics for 2019/20, Ford says it makes sense to add another layer of safety for customers in the form of ballistic protection.
Background on SVI
SVI Engineering was formed in 2004 as a mechanical engineering and rapid-product development firm with capabilities in product design, finite element analysis, development, product evaluation and manufacturing of armoured products for the military, security, and civilian markets.
"While we all wish there was no need for armoured civilian vehicles anywhere in the world, being able to provide outstanding levels of safety for 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.
Orders can be placed at all Ford dealerships around the country
The ownership experience is further enhanced because Ranger is the only armoured bakkie in South Africa that can be ordered directly from a franchise dealer.
Customers can place an order for an armoured Ranger at any of the 134 Ford dealerships around the country.
"SVI is proud to announce our cooperation agreement with Ford SA to provide Ranger customers with a turnkey solution for all their armoured vehicle needs," says Jaco de Kock, CEO at SVI Engineering.
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, says the company.
An integral part of SVI's armoured technology is the high-quality glass which consists of unique layers of glass and polycarbonate material to withstand compression and tension forces. This strong combination forms the ballistic barrier by dissipating the energy of a bullet on impact while avoiding distortion.
A-, B- and C-pillars of the vehicle
Rear of the cabin
Front fenders to protect engine components and firewall
B4 Armoured Specification
B4 offers customers bullet-resistant protection against handguns up to a .44 Magnum. This is the typical anti-hijack solution that also protects brick-throwing and other hand-held projectiles. The shield consists of 18-21mm armoured glass in combination with Kevlar sheets for the body.
It is discreet and, at only 280kg on the Ranger Double Cab, also lightweight with minimal impact on vehicle acceleration, fuel consumption and dynamic performance. The build time of a B4 armoured Ranger is around eight weeks.
B6 Armoured Specification
B6 is the highest level of civilian protection allowed without a special permit. It has been designed for the valuables-in-transit industry and high-profile individuals needing the ultimate level of security. This has been designed to protect against the ammunition fired by the R1 assault rifle and the 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 protection option, customers can choose between a discreet appearance, or the cost-effective non-discreet option, called Stopgun V2.0.
Bullbar and ballistic grill
Run-flat ring system for the tyres
Public announcement system
The hidden option features upgrades not readily identifiable on the vehicle, versus the more obvious protection on the non-discrete Stopgun option.
The discreet option takes three months to build, while the Stopgun security option can be installed in only two weeks.
SVI says b responding to customer feedback, the B4 option is available only in the discreet appearance form, which caters mainly to those who want a level of armoured protection without compromising their vehicle's interior and exterior aesthetics.
Ranger Single Cab
B6 Stop gun V2.0 non-discreet - R234 413
B4 discreet - R338 386
B6 discreet - R527 990
Ranger Super Cab
Ranger Double Cab
Warranties and service plans
All new Ford Rangers come standard with Ford Protect, comprising a four-year or 120 000km comprehensive warranty, three-year/unlimited distance roadside assistance and five-year/unlimited km corrosion warranty.
A six-year/90 000km service plan is included which covers six services. The recommended service interval is 15 000km or annually, whichever occurs first.
In addition, customers receive a one year/50 000km warranty on the armouring components from SVI Engineering.