RIO DE JANEIRO´S CIVIL WAR EXPANDS THE SEARCH FOR ARMORED CARS
The war between the traffic dealers in Rio de Janeiro to control the drug traffic points at Rocinha, Latin America´s largest favela, is scaring the citizens. In complete panic they are running to the armoring companies to put bullet proof protection on their cars.
More then 600 thousand people have been assassinated around the country during the last 20 years. Massive violence has been a constant routine in Brazil. The country has the biggest armored cars market in the world.
Approximately 6 thousand cars are receiving the protection per year from 56 armoring companies. Considered one of the best companies is Piquet Special Armoring owned by the triple F1 world champion Nelson Piquet.
Piquet is today one of the most powerful businessman of the security sector. His armoring company is the biggest in Brazil, with 3 factories based in different regions.
"We have the most advanced technology of the world because we have the same level of violence and brutality of the terrorism attacks that have occurred in the USA and Europe. Our next target is to open a factory in England in partnership with a local entrepreneur. This factory would attend the entire European continent and even Asia and Africa." - Declares Ernani Judice, a former British Formula 3 racing driver who is now one of the directors of Piquet Armoring.
Even though the security is the main aspect, Piquet´s technicians have found ways to improve the mechanics of the car. "As far as we came from motorsport, we know how to keep the speed and the good stability of the car even carrying the extra weight of the protection. We have reformulated suspensions and brakes to adapt them to the armored cars."
The enormous violence that has terrorized the citizens of Rio de Janeiro grew by 50% in a search for armored cars: "We sold in the last 4 days what we usually sells in 15."
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