Vauxhall Plays Cops and Robbers

If you were wondering what the British engineers at Vauxhall do when they’re not creating torque-steering monsters like the Astra VXR, here’s the answer: they’re developing mobile prison cells.

Determined to show after-market companies how it’s done, the Vauxhallians are offering a fully fitted prison cell to the 54 UK Police services. This has been tailor-made for the Vauxhall Vivaro, one of the UK criminals' least favorite commercial vehicle.

The Brits took their time with this project (a few years, to be a little bit more precise), performing multiple simulated crash tests in order to ensure that the cell is robust and it would not threaten the driver, passengers or detainees in case of an accident. This included catapulting the cell from 0 to 30 mph in just over a tenth of a second. If you ask us, they should think about turning that into a Guinness World record, while they’re at it.

"We have considered the potential risk to all the occupants of the vehicle in the event of a crash. Firstly we have ensured the installation is robust and there is no intrusion into the area immediately in front of the cell that could pose a potential risk of injury to occupant of the second row seating. Secondly we have considered the potential risk to unrestrained occupants of the cell and have chosen a seating arrangement that minimizes this risk.,” said Vauxhall’s manager of vehicle conversions, Dick Ellam.

The cell will be installed in a Vivaro that has two rows of seats and can “accommodate” up to six occupants. The van already includes some the Police’s favourite toys, such as lightbars, grille lights, high level rear lights, switch panel, siren and others.
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