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Presently the U.K. Prime Minister uses a Jaguar XJ Sentinel (think US Beast) as a Government Car.

Weighing in, when operational, at around 4000 Kg it features a number of security features, including a 13 mm explosive resistant steel plate underneath the body, titanium and Kevlar lined cabins, armoured windows with bullet resistant polycarbonate toughened glass, run flat tyres and 'gun ports' to enable bodyguards to return fire at any attackers.

The cars are also equipped with an independent, self-contained oxygen supply to protect the Prime Minister and other passengers against chemical or biological attack. The vehicle can also release tear gas and other crowd dispersants.

The car features state of the art communication and conferencing systems, high definitiontelevisions, night vision, as well as adjustable, heated and cooled rear massage seats, and a Bowers & Wilkins 1200 watt, twenty speaker Dolby 7.1 surround sound system.

The vehicle used to be classed as B7 level but under the new system is classed as VPAM9
and is understood to be capable of withstanding the blast of 15 kg equivalent TNT, and sustained attack by a variety of other armour piercing weapons.


The car has a 5.0 litre supercharged petrol engine producing 503 bhp,with a top speed of 121 mph, and is capable of reaching 62 mph (100kmh) from stationary in 9.4 seconds, slower than the original due to the substantially greater weight of the vehicle.

Now the question is simple - could the XJ version of the i-Pace be built to the same specification as the Sentinel and replace it. ?
 

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Now the question is simple - could the XJ version of the i-Pace be built to the same specification as the Sentinel and replace it. ?
Of course. And in fact it would be easier to achieve VPAM9 with an EV.

1 - The massive battery back on the floor is a natural aid in under car explosive devices.
2 - No fuel tank/fuel system to protect.
3 - Dual motors, makes the car mobile even if one motor is disabled by an attacker. Disable the current XJ Sentinel motor and it is a dead duck.
4 - Inherently higher torque potential of dual EV motors will provide better acceleration with increased weight.
5 - Inherently higher electrical supply will aid in powering the electronics package of the head of state.
6 - Absence of massively heavy mass in the form or engine and transmission, will make the vehicle better from a crash performance as well as continuing to be mobile after ramming through obstacles.

In summary, and EV is a much superior platform to build an armored head of state vehicle.
 

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Of course. And in fact it would be easier to achieve VPAM9 with an EV.

1 - The massive battery back on the floor is a natural aid in under car explosive devices.
2 - No fuel tank/fuel system to protect.
3 - Dual motors, makes the car mobile even if one motor is disabled by an attacker. Disable the current XJ Sentinel motor and it is a dead duck.
4 - Inherently higher torque potential of dual EV motors will provide better acceleration with increased weight.
5 - Inherently higher electrical supply will aid in powering the electronics package of the head of state.
6 - Absence of massively heavy mass in the form or engine and transmission, will make the vehicle better from a crash performance as well as continuing to be mobile after ramming through obstacles.

In summary, and EV is a much superior platform to build an armored head of state vehicle.
Then we can expect business as usual in a couple of years or so when no doubt the electric XJ becomes available.
I expect two or three will make their way to “Jaguar Special Vehicles” and eventually a new electric Sentinel will enter service and the i-Pace will be the one that second tier ministers will get and all others will be in the then Nissan Leaf :)
 
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