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The other day, we’ve looked at the Bentley State Limousine, which is Queen Elizabeth’s official vehicle of choice, and today we will take a look at the Presidential State Car.
The Presidential State Car is the name given to a vehicle officially used by the President of the United States. Ever since the 1930’s the US government has commission specially made vehicles to be used only by the president. What makes these vehicles different to the cars that we see on our roads every day is the fact that they usually feature numerous elements that are specifically developed to protect the president and make his journeys as easy as possible.
The current Presidential limousine is a modified Cadillac that was built in 2009 for President Obama. General Motors is responsible for the vehicle, which is nicknamed the Beast.
A great number of special features can be found within “the Beast” such as a special night vision system, which location on the vehicle is kept a secret.
On top of that the car is protected against biochemical attack and a in the trunk there is always a blood bank of the President’s blood type.
Capable of seating seven, the vehicle is used by the President whilst in the US and occasionally on international visits, in which case the limousine is airlifted to the location by the U.S. Air Force.
Although, the vehicle is fantastic when it comes to protecting the president, its manoeuvrability has received a great amount of criticism. According to numerous reports, the car often struggles on the roads, especially in countries other than the U.S.
Not only is the vehicle packed with special features but it’s also one of the most expensive vehicles ever made, which each unit reportedly costing around $1,500,000.
Would you take “the Beast” for a spin if you had the opportunity? Let us know, and if you have any ideas or suggestions feel free to drop us a line.