Security for the worst-case scenario.
The tests are anything but ordinary. Specialists from the Ballistics Authority in Ulm are required to shoot at an E-Guard – a heavily armoured E-Class Mercedes-Benz – from all possible angles. And in some cases using large-calibre pistols. Several dozen shots are fired, aimed primarily at weak spots which on other armoured vehicles often provide protection which is all too insufficient: for example the transition area between door, body and the special glass. Or the door lock and air supply intake for the air conditioning system. To be able to meet the stringent requirements imposed by the VR4 security standard, the independent experts test how the vehicle behaves in every conceivable worst-case scenario. They try repeatedly to damage the interior of the E-Guard with projectiles – but to no avail.