Peugeot has debuted a bulletproof 5008 SUV to carry out Presidential duties in France. The bulletproof Peugeot 5008 SUV features a range of bespoke modifications inside and out, including armour plating, a one-off second-row seating package, an upgraded brake package, emergency lights and sirens and, of course, the Presidential Seal.
Ballistics certification development work was carried out in partnership with Centigon Security Group, a company boasting 60 years’ experience in armoured vehicles.
The very special Peugeot 5008 SUV started life on the company’s Rennes, France, assembly line. Built to exacting standards and subject to Peugeot’s unwavering quality targets, the 5008 range is assembled by Rennes 3800-strong workforce.
Once completed, the car was delivered to the team in charge of the 5008 Présidential Project, which stripped it of its interior components in preparation for its armour plating and bespoke second-row seating configuration.
Armour plating meeting comprehensive ballistics test criteria was then fitted throughout the vehicle and the interior panels refitted, leaving no indication of the 5008’s bulletproof status. The unique second-row seating package, consisting of two Peugeot-designed captain’s chairs complete with centre armrest and document safe, was then fitted.
While details are obviously classified, the 5008 also gained an upgraded brake package and a range of other inclusions supporting its Presidential - and bulletproof - status. From the outside, the only indication of the vehicle’s one-off nature is the fitment of discreet lights and sirens, along with the Presidential Seal and flag masts.
Commenting on the project, Olivier Desserprit, Chef du Project – 5008 Présidential, said being selected for the job was not just a challenge but also a chance to reclaim French craftsmanship.
“The official State Car project is especially challenging for the simple reason that failure is not an option. This is when we thought: ‘We are actually reclaiming French cultural heritage and French craftsmanship’,” Desserprit said. “Safety is the Presidential car’s first requirement so it goes without saying it’s bulletproof.” he added.
A video of the 5008 Présidential’s development can be viewed at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YlSC9XRgqWc
Sebastien Ogier of France won Coates Hire Rally Australia and his third straight FIA World Rally Championship. The Volkswagen driver finished 12.3 seconds ahead of teammate Jari-Matti Latvala, with Citroen's Kris Meeke a further 20.3 sec. behind in third place. Ogier's third victory Down Under also ensured world championship hat-tricks for co-driver Julien Ingrassia and manufacturer Volkswagen. His 31st career victory was another flawless performance for the driver who has dominated since Volkswagen joined the WRC in 2013.
"So far it's an amazing season. It's the best I've ever done," he said after the end-of-rally Power Stage, which he also won. It was for sure the most difficult rally to open the roads, so it's perfect to get this win for the third time."
- Sebastien Ogier (Volkswagen Polo R)
- Jari-Matti Latvala (Volkswagen Polo R) +12.3 sec
- Kris Meeke (Citroen DS3) +32.6
- Andreas Mikkelsen (Volkswagen Polo R) +38.5
- Hayden Paddon (Hyundai i20) ;+55.1
- Ott Tanak (Ford Fiesta RS) +1:38.0
- Thierry Neuville (Hyundai i20) +2:08.3
- Dani Sordo (Hyundai i20) +2:15.2
- Elfyn Evans (Ford Fiesta RS) +4:33.7
- Nasser al-Attiyah (Ford Fiesta RRC) +11:46.5
Driver standings after Rd 10:
- Sebastien Ogier 235
- Jari-Matti Latvala 134
- Andeas Mikkelsen 111
- Mads Ostberg 90
- Thierry Neuville 86