Jay Leno’s Garage: A medical-rescue-oriented Los Angeles Police Department Lenco BearCat.
LAPD SWAT officer Mark Nee stops by the garage with the massive twin-turbo diesel, 6.7-liter armored Rescue 4. You’ll go inside and out of the revolving turret, under the hood, and for a ride with Jay. And Jay says, “If see one in your neighborhood, well… run!”
Massachusetts based Lenco Industries, known as Lenco Armored Vehicles has designed and manufactured more than 5,000 armored vehicles for law enforcement, military, government and private security forces.
The name BearCat stands for Ballistic Engineered Armored Response Counter Attack Truck, and is based on a Ford F-550 Super Duty Chassis with two available engines — the V10 Triton Gasoline and the 6.7L Turbo Diesel, six-speed automatic transmission commercial truck chassis.
The .5 inch thick mil spec steel armored bodywork is completed with .50 caliber-rated ballistic glass capable of multi-hits, blast-resistant floors, specially designed gunports, roof hatches/turret and agency specific equipment and/or modifications such as lights/sirens/battering ram/winches/thermal/FLIR cameras and spot lights.
The Medevac LE is an armored medical evacuation vehicle for law enforcement use, and is also known as “MedCat” which is equipped with two medical litters, oxygen tanks, a lighted work station, and compartments for medical supplies and gear storage.
The first BearCat was designed and completed in August 2001 based on the larger Lenco B.E.A.R., with input from Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department Special Enforcement Bureau (SEB)
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