What do you do if you love driving fast, but are at risk of regular assassination attempts? Call Trasco, apparently.
A 2018 Aston Martin DB11 the German company has built is up for sale on classifieds site JamesEdition, but you won’t see what’s special about this car at first glance.
The car has been armoured by Trasco (Sometimes called Trasco Bremen) to level four ballistics protection, meaning it is claimed to be protected against attacks with handguns, as well as safe from kidnapping and car-jacking.
“This concept is designed to protect the vehicle occupants using only certified ballistic materials such as ballistic steel combined with composite materials which are fitted inside the doors and level four certified ballistic glass all-round,” Trasco says in the listing.
But even more impressive is that the armouring weighs under the 150kg mark, and that Trasco seems to have counterbalanced this by removing some weight from the car itself.
To that effect, Trasco claims the “gross vehicle weight remains unchanged.”
Theoretically, this means the DB11 remains the same dynamically, and that its 5.2-litre twin-turbo V12 isn’t tasked with lugging much more than its standard 1770kg.
The car listed has no price, with the listing asking potential buyers to contact the agent, and there’s no mileage listed, though we’d guess it’s minimal.
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It seems Trasco has been doing this armouring thing for a while, with an apparent history stretching back to 1983 when it armoured ZiL Limos in Russia.
Now, you can ask Trasco to build armour into a Mercedes S-Class or G-Class, BMW 7 Series, or various SUVs and large luxury cars.
In line with this Aston, it claims to be able to build armoured versions of models from Ferrari, Porsche, Audi, Volvo, Jaguar, Bentley, and Rolls-Royce.