SVI Engineering, specialist manufacturer of armoured products, delivered its first armoured Ford Ranger Raptor. This is the first Raptor armoured under the Ford-approved armouring scheme that allows clients to order the armouring package straight from the Ford dealerships.
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 offers protection against brick-throwing and other hand-held projectiles. The protection consists of 18-21mm armoured glass in combination with Kevlar sheets for the body. It is discreet and, at only 280 kg on the Ranger Double Cab, also lightweight with minimal impact on vehicle acceleration, fuel consumption and dynamic performance.
This is especially important in the case of the Raptor because of the off-road prowess of the vehicle standard out of the box with its Fox suspension set-up. Ford South Africa has decided not to approve the higher B6 (assault rifle) armouring level on the Raptor because of its lower payload compared to the other Double Cab Ranger models for which B6 is approved.
Build time of a B4 armoured Ranger Raptor is around ten weeks.
Cost and warranty
The basic B4 armouring package on the Raptor costs R 454,271 ex VAT available from any Ford dealer.
All new Ford Rangers come standard with Ford Protect, comprising a four-year/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.
SVI was formed in 2004 as an innovative mechanical engineering firm specializing in armoured vehicles. The company is a market leader in Africa serving the individual, corporate, security, mining and governmental markets. SVI is BEE level 2 and its quality management system is certified to ISO 9001:2015 by TÜV Rheinland.