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Bomb Proof Beemer

Bomb Proof Beemer

If you are feeling a little bit vulnerable on the roads and have a spare £300k or so available then you could do worse than the BMW 760 High Security car like the one shown in the image. Charles, Prince of Wales seems to think it is a good idea as the Scotland Yard police are currently evaluating this amazing vehicle for the purposes of Royal protection.

With the carefully phrased caveat that you’d think there would be a British built alternative such as the Jaguars used by senior government ministers, it is hard to think of a safer car short of that Cadillac tank used by the American President.

A couple of years ago the ceremonial Rolls Royce in which the Prince and the Duchess were riding was attacked by a rampaging mob, a window was smashed and the Lady assaulted. This frightening experience has obviously prompted a review of security, given the way the world is today. The BMW 760 clearly fits the bill.

Once, this car would have been something imagined in an Ian Fleming novel. The driver can start the car from one hundred and fifty yards away in case a bomb has been rigged to the ignition system. The car is bristling with sensors and can withstand high velocity bullets and even poison gas.

Fires under the car and within the engine bay are automatically extinguished and in the case of gas attack the passenger compartment is sealed and oxygen pumped in.

The bullet proof windscreen is removable which means it can be used as an emergency exit. Concealed microphones and speakers enable the driver or security officer to speak to people without opening windows; at checkpoints, for example. There is apparently an option for the front centre console to house a gun case with suitable machine guns. That surely is a must-have option on any list.

The BMW is equipped with night vision to avoid dazzle and can ‘see’ pedestrians and possible miscreants up one thousand feet away. There is no doubt that there is much about this particular car that will not be revealed but clearly it can be tracked and will have anti-kidnap locks.

A person knowledgeable in this area of security has stated that this car is the best vehicle for the job of Royal protection. Clearly, many details remain a closely guarded secret but it is believed that at least two will be leased or purchased once the evaluation is complete. Royal spokespersons are adamantly denying reports that Dame Helen Mirren is involved in the testing procedures and that Daniel Craig has had a hand in the design – but then they would say that, wouldn’t they.

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