Writer Luc Besson had the right automotive inclinations in his 2002 action film “The Transporter,” in which Jason Statham plays a driver named Frank Martin who will deliver anything, with no questions asked. In the movie, Frank drives a highly armored BMW and uses his incredible driving abilities to get the job done. According to a Dec. 11 article from News.co.au, Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott will be replacing his limousine fleet with Martin’s mode of transportation: bomb-proof BMWs. As it turns out, BMWs are at the forefront of protected transportation, and buying such a car and learning to escape in a chase is a reality for anyone.
BMW’s history of armored vehicle production is longer than any other manufacturer’s, and they offer some of the best protection available. The people who transform the highly-developed cars into luxury tanks go beyond simply adding some bulk; they re-engineer the entire vehicle. While their goal is to make the car into a mobile bomb shelter, they also keep fundamentals, such as the vehicle’s driving dynamics, in mind.
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The cars are built, tested and prepared for nearly any type of attack, even toxic gases. But to better prepare the driver, anyone who purchases the vehicle will receive driving lessons that improve your ability to escape from a fire-fight. This means learning incredible driving maneuvers, including spinning the car a full 180 degrees without stopping.
BMW’s efforts are so well recognized that the Prime Minister of Australia ordered a fleet of 20 armored cars. According to the same Dec. 11 article from news.com.au, the Prime Minister’s old armored vehicle company, Holden, lost a $4 million bid to be the supplier of armored vehicles. Other companies involved in the bid were Audi and Mercedes-Benz, neither of which could compete with BMW’s high-strength luxury vehicles.