Barack Obama's Cadillac Limousine - Special Features
Barack Obama's Cadillac Limousine car nicknamed 'The Beast'. The cars security and coded communications systems make it the most tec advanced protection vehicle in the world. The car is one of a small fleet of what is believed to be no more than 25 presidential limos GM built for Obama administration. 'The Beast' is armour-plated, eight inches thick and heavier than a cabin door on a Boeing 757 jet. A lock safety mechanism seals off the car like a bank vault in case of an emergency. There is a combination of dual hardness steel, aluminium, titanium and ceramic to break up possible projectiles. A reinforced five inch steel plate runs under the car for protection in the unlikely event of a bomb placed underneath.
The Built in
Limo One is believed to weigh between seven and eight tons, and it rides on a GM medium-duty truck chassis propelled by a diesel engine. The body is sheathed in military-grade armor as much as 8 inches thick on the doors (each of which weighs as much as the cabin door on a Boeing 747). The armor reportedly is a mix of dual-hardness steel, aluminum, titanium and ceramic. The windows are ballistic glass said to be 5 inches thick, and theres probably a woven Kevlar mat covering the floorboard to protect the car.
High-Tech Security Features
The cabin is believed to feature a sealed air recirculation system to protect its occupants from chemical attacks. It seats four passengers with a glass partition - only Obama has a switch to lower it. Windows are larger than on previous presidential cars and a panic button has been installed for Obama to summon help. Obama's seat has an executive package featuring a foldaway desktop, laptop computer with wi-fi, state-of-the-art satellite phone and a direct line to the vice president and the Pentagon.
Equipped With Weapons
It is equipped with night vision cameras and pump action shotguns and armed with tear gas cannons. Bottles of president's blood is kept on board in case he needs an emergency transfusion. Armour-plated and filled with a specially designed foam which prevents it from exploding even if it suffers a direct hit. Kevlar reinforced, shred- and puncture-resistant with steel rims underneath enabling the car to escape at speed even if tyres are blasted away. The car runs on 19.5-inch Goodyear RHS tyres (same as super tough trucks.