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Armored Cars: How Safe Are They?

Febraury 17, 2010

Armored Cars: How Safe Are They?

“I shall make covered chariots that are safe and cannot be assaulted; cars which fear no great numbers when breaking through the ranks of the enemy and artillery. Behind them, the infantry shall follow, without fearing injury or other impediments.”

Leonardo da Vinci

It was around 1487 when Leonardo da Vinci came up with a design of a tortoise-shaped car, reinforced with metal plates, with an inert turret and armed with guns, to sow panic and destruction among the enemy troops. The car was to be operated from inside by eight men, who would turn the cranks to move the wheels. The idea thought of replacing the men with horses, although he was soon turned off by the thought that animal might become restive in such a narrow and noisy environment. The firing direction would be decided by the men in the upper part of the car; from where they could see the battlefield through slits or potholes.

Fist fighting vehicle

The armored car, and …