Mercedes S 680 Guard
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The heavily armored Mercedes S 680 Guard is one of the safest civil vehicles in the world. Production is complex and is almost completely done by hand. We ventured behind the wheel of the 4.2 -ton Chancellor mobile.
The Dragunov Scharf shooter rifle is a classic. Equipped with the right ammunition, the balls of this weapon should even hit tree trunks and the core basically remain intact and therefore dangerous. What “Call of Duty” makes video game fans celebrate, you will find funny at Mercedes only to a limited extent. Because for politicians and other high -ranking personalities such weapons represent a realistic threat. That is why these people always drive up in armored S-classes.
Armored S-Class: That means VR10
The latest version of the rolling bunker is classified as a VR10 (VR stands for vehicle resistance, i.e. vehicle resistance), and thus reaches the highest protection level for civil vehicles. The vehicle is resistant to balls of the caliber 7.62 x 54R (steel full mantle, pointed head, steel hard core with fire set) or 12.5 kilograms of plastic explosive. Thus, the ominous Dragunov balls on this vehicle also bite the teeth. So much security has its price: the rolling protective suit costs at least 543.949 euros, without special requests.
Daimler Mercedes S 680 Guard Panzer Limousine
The Mercedes S 680 Guard is the most used movable trutzburg worldwide because the occupants in the armored S classes feel safe as in Abraham’s lap. Only the famous "Beast", the limousine in which the American president drives up, still exceeds the Swabian tank.
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To do this, you are supposedly noticeably spacious in the S 680 Guard. Such a vehicle is not built overnight. An S-Class is completed after about one and a half days, with the Guard it is around 50 days. The experts work around 400 minutes at each of the 16 stations, in the series there are 90 seconds in the series. While the normal S-Class in the state-of-the-art factory 56 is almost without human intervention, the Mercedes S 680 Guard is also assembled by hand in Sindelfingen in Sindelfingen. "These are particularly experienced colleagues," explains production manager Christof Wittlinger.
Intercoming system and air supply can be specially designed from board. Photo: Daimler Mercedes S 680 Guard – shelter on wheels
Panor steel shell
The structure of an S 680 Guard differs significantly from that of an S-Class, even if both are visually similar. The armored version has a shell made of armored steel, which is equipped with aramide elements, i.e. Kevlar, and gets the appearance of the serial class with a sheet metal cover. “The feat is the security cell. The planking is only decoration, ”explains heading manager DR. Andreas Zygan, who describes the trade with the armored vehicles as "business that takes place in secret".
Mercedes offers the S-Class as an armored sedan on Photo: Daimler Mercedes S 680 Guard – shelter on wheels
When it comes to protection of people, discretion is the top priority. The Mercedes technicians are always in an exchange with the experts of the Federal Criminal Police Office and the shelling office who try to uncover the weak points of the S 680 Guard. That is why you also fuel the car with over 300 shots of VR10 ammunition to see whether the biofidel dummy survives the ball of the ball without prejudice. The doll has 42 bones as well as twelve soft tissue and tissue components that reproduce the nature of a Homo sapiens.
Errors are a no-go
Errors are a no-go. That is why you play through all eventualities in Sindelfingen. An element of the underbody protection weighs 120 kilograms and consists of steel with an aramide coating to be prepared against splinters. There are also centimeter thickness, slices coated with polycarbonate splinter protection. In an emergency, those in the doors can be closed or opened in an emergency so that you can escape through the opening. That is why there is a unit made of compressor and valve block with pressure memory in each gate. Each door weighs 120 kilograms (S-Class, about 25 kilograms) and is moved using an electro-mechanical system. "We hear from our customers or their bodyguards again and again that it is the most important thing that they have their hands free and can react immediately," explains Andreas Zygan.
The slices consist of several glass and plastic layers Photo: Daimler Mercedes S 680 Guard – shelter on wheels
In total, Mercedes S 680 Guard weighs around 4.2 tons. Technical subtleties are reduced to the bare essentials. With this Mercedes, robustness is the top maxim. That is why the Guard has a 12 volt electrical system and does without gimmicks such as a 3D cockpit or a head-up display that also does not work because of the splinter film in the windshield.
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Luxurious in the interior
In the interior it is luxurious. That is why the Mercedes S 680 Guard is only available with a long wheelbase and, if desired, with a refrigerator in the fund armrest of the fund. Behind the bench there is a tank protective wall on which the fire extinguishing system (only works up to a speed of up to 10 km/h, otherwise the medium would fizzle out) and the fresh air cylinder are attached. This is particularly important for gas attacks. Because then the passenger cell is cordoned off hermetically, creates an overpressure that presses the poisonous fabrics outwards and floods the interior with fresh air.
Daimler Mercedes S 680 Guard
One advantage of the Mercedes S 680 Guard is that the vehicles can hardly be distinguished from the outside by a series model. “The vehicle occupants don’t want to notice any price. That’s why the S 680 Guard is almost always painted black, a few white, ”says production manager Christof Wittlinger.
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We are now sitting at the wheel of a black painted model. A six-liter V12 power plant with 450 kW /612 hp and a maximum torque of 830 Newton meters works under the bonnet. Already at the first rounds on the closed training course it becomes clear: The Mercedes S 680 Guard drives unspectacularly and thanks to the specially coordinated chassis up to a top speed of 190 km/h.
Daimler Mercedes S 680 Guard
However, especially in curves and in the event of evasive maneuvers, you can see the weight of the vehicle that is heavy, which tends to the side or urges the edge of the road. "The car is not trimmed for dynamics, but to get away from a dangerous situation as quickly as possible," explains Andreas Zygan. The approximately 500.000 euro armored cars have to be moved as if you had a load of raw eggs on board. Hectic steering movements are taboo.
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Hectic steering movements are taboo
Therefore, only particularly trained drivers are allowed to take the wheel. Even plate tires do not prevent the escape, as we can determine. The Michelin Pax Notrauflaufpneus wear the Mercedes S 680 Guard for up to 30 kilometers, and the vehicle remains mobile. In the center console there are buttons for the blue light, the siren, flash lights and radio devices as well as a endangered alarm system, in which the sound pressure is then particularly high. It itches us in our fingers to make a little bit of a rabatz, but then leave it. We don’t want to notice at any price.
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