If you've ever wondered how automotive parts hold up to gunfire, you'll love this.
SVI Engineering, an armoring specialist in South Africa, has released the first episode in a new series called Shoot Through.
The debut video shows us what would happen if someone were to open fire at your vehicle's brakes. The disc in question, liberated from a Toyota Land Cruiser 79 pickup truck, is ventilated steel and entirely stock - how will it fare against a 7.62 mm bullet fired out of a potent AK-47?
We get to see what happens thanks to a high-speed Photron camera. "My feeling is because it's ventilated, it might pass through [the first edge] and be stopped by the second [one]," surmised Business Development Director Nicol Louw.
There's only one way to find out. Place your bets.
The bullet fires with enthusiasm and immediately pierces the first edge. Louw's prediction was on the money, and the 7.62 mm round failed to penetrate the second edge. The bullet went through the flange, but thanks to the ventilated disc design, it could not travel further. "With the AK-47 round, it gets flattened by the first surface and doesn't have enough energy to penetrate the second surface," notes Louw.
Several more installments will be released in the coming weeks in an attempt to educate potential customers on how vehicle armoring works. "[It] provides valuable information to civilians considering investing in vehicle armor," added Benny Jiyane, chairman of the company.
SVI is a renowned armoring company and does just about everything. From a bulletproof 7 Series to serious machinery like MAX 3. There's something for everyone.
We were lucky enough to visit SVI Engineering at its headquarters last year and got a behind-the-scenes look into how one builds an armored car. We also got behind the wheel of SVI's B6-armored Toyota Land Cruiser, one of many luxury vehicles the company converts for customers.
The latest vehicle to roll out of the facility is a Nissan Patrol (known to us as the Armada) that has been modified to withstand attacks from AK47s and similar weapons. Armored steel plates and 1,49-inch thick glass protect occupants from the worst. There's even an option to armor the floor, fit a PA system, or even a bull bar to help you escape those trickier situations.
We're looking forward to future Shoot Through videos and can't wait to see what components the company puts to the test.
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