Its hard to get data on it, but about 3000 cars yearly get homologated as bulletproof cars in Mexico, I can’t find the figure, but something like 0.1% of cars here have bulletproofing equipment.
Generally you’re looking for a dull coloured SUV, typically Jeeps, Suburbans and Range Rovers are bulletproofed because of their high resistance to the stresses that the bulletproofing causes on these cars.
In the picture below, there’s a Range Rover sport; you might not be able to tell but that windscreen edges are unusually thick, this is because the edges of bulletproof glass cannot withstand impacts from bullets, so a frame is made out of ballistic steel that is hidden behind said blackened out cover. The picture was taken on a cloudy day, so one cannot really tell the color distortion that the poly carbonate causes, but viewing through polarized sunglasses lets you see the distortion better.
If you’re really curious though, go look at the glass itself, most manufacturers use AGP and IsoClima glass, but this particular range rover uses CSG glass.
Generally, cars with frame less windows cannot be bulletproofed, but I spotted this mini (armored by Centigon alike the Range Rover) in a parking lot,meaning that some people are taking the risk of having ballistic leakages in the car. Maybe the mini simply had the type of mod all my cars have: Partial bulletproofing. But I can’t tell from the image.
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I had already posted in detail about this.
Due to the drug wars, any purchase of bulletproofing material is heavily sanctioned, and each bulletproof car has its VIN, owner ID, and registration plates forwarded to the Local, State, and Federal IRS services and Police services. Having a bulletproof car without this homologation (a plaque normally attached to the driver’s side B pillar behind the doors) is strictly illegal, if you’re stopped with a bulletproof car without it you will go to jail. Police turn a blind eye to many offenders, but a drug dealer ain’t in the list.
Not that it happens often here in Mexico City, where we brainwash ourselves into believing narcos can’t get homes here due to the strong presence of the intelligence services, the Federal Police, and the local Attorney General. So the police is not concerned with bulletproof vehicles being manned by druglords.
But they are becoming more ubiquitous by the day. Alongside the stores for Gucci, Louis Vuitton,BMW, Tesla and Prada in Mexico City’s Presidente Mazaryk Avenue sit two bulletproofing agencies. Both charge around 35,000 dollars for the lowest level of bulletproofing, referred to as VR4 or level 3 depending who you ask. These cars are made to withstand bullets by using Kevlar in most body panels, ballistic steel as frames for the Kevlar and in the structural pillars, and 21mm thick “transparent armor” made out of sheets of polycarbonate and glass stacked together. Some manufacturers then frame this 21mm thick armour in ballistic steel.
How do I know this? well, all of our cars have what they call “partial bulletproofing” It is a 12-15mm thick glass that makes it resistant to most blunt weapons used by muggers during the all-too common cristalazos. But, because it is still a polycarbonate glass and it could potentially withstand maybe one bullet impact from far away, our cars must be homologated by the SSP and SHCP.
Additionally, most partially resistant cars have the black edges by the windows because it dissuades muggers. We don’t need the edging because there’s no ballistic steel frame behind it, but they make the glass with it anyway. It is very common seeing this glass in smaller cars like company vehicles (that perhaps don’t want to spend too much money on security).