What kind of car can you imagine if you are asked to think for a vehicle riding US President in it? Perhaps many of us can not even reach to that thinking level and the efforts involved in building up a car for the head of world’s most powerful country. So despite there have been number of cars in the world accommodating maximum safety in them, they are not enough for a person, who occupies the superpower throne. Until now, you might have an idea as what we are talking about. Yes, it is about one of the safest rides on the earth 'The Beast', the car of Barack Hussein Obama II, the 44th and the current President of the United States. With POTUS on India visit, it is obvious to discuss about the car that has been the talk of the town during his 3 day stay in the country.
Barack Obama’s Cadillac Limousine car nicknamed as ’The Beast’ is the ride that is believed to be the safest vehicle on the earth ensuring the security of US President on the roads. Tagged as the most technologically advanced protection vehicle, Cadillac is one of a small fleet of approx 25 presidential limos, General Motors manufactured for Obama administration. On domestic and overseas trip, the car is transported in Boeing C-17 Globemaster Aircraft, before the arrival of the President.
As far as specifications of the Beast are concerned, the doors of the car are eight inches thick, armour-plated and heavier than a cabin door of a Boeing 757 jet. The structure of Beast is made up of dual hardness steel, aluminium, titanium and ceramic that can even desist potential projectiles. Moreover, the car carries under it a shatterproof five inch steel plate that is ready to protect in case of a bomb placed underneath. Running on a GM medium-duty truck chassis, pumped by a diesel motor, this Limo is said to be weigh around 7-8 tones.
Coming to the safety, the Beast is packed in such a way that we can’t even think of. With the unimaginable safety level in Beast, calling it just armored would surely be underplaying. The high-tech security features adorned in the cabin include a sealed air re-circulation system that protects its occupants from chemical attacks. The cabin can occupy 7 passengers while only Obama has a switch to lower the glass. Windows are larger than earlier presidential car and a panic button is also installed there for emergency help. The seat of the President sports a foldaway desktop, laptop computer with Wi-Fi, state-of-the-art satellite phone and a straight line to the vice president and the Pentagon.
Lets more elaborate the car in terms of weapon equipped in it. The Beast is packed with the pump action shotgun and night vision cameras. Moreover, it is armed with tear gas cannons. For an emergency transfusion need, bottles of blood matching to President are kept on board. In order to save the occupants in the situation of direct collision, it is armour-plated and the fuel tank is filled with specifically designed foam, which prevents it from ignition. Apart from this, an oxygen supply tank and advanced fire fighting equipment are also packed in the Beast. The car runs on 19.5-inch Goodyear RHS tyres that are found in super tough trucks. Mechanically, the car gets power from a 6.5-litre Duramax diesel engine that can attain a top speed up to 100 miles kilometres per hour and uses 29 litres of fuel for every 100 kilometres.
Now, the very important point is to know, who drives this armored Beast. Obviously he is not some ordinary person. The 'pilot' on-board is a driver from secret service holding intense training experience and can perform tight 180 degree- J-turns and other police-style dodging techniques whenever required.
Although, the exact features and specifications is a matter of national security and there could be more in addition to the above mentioned, but we have tried our best to present what ever information available to the general public.