Few Facts About President Trump’s Beast On Wheels
The 45th US President Donald Trumph as been making the news a lot this past few days,
The new president’s Limosine is still in the works so he has to make use of Barack Obama’s “Beast” or “Limo1”.
Below are the breakdown of features on the US Presidential Limo One “Beast on wheels”.
Below are the facts:
* It isn’t a Cadillac. Unlike any presidential state car before it.
The Beast shares little in common with a standard production car.
Its chassis, diesel engine and transmission are based on those used in the Chevrolet Kodiak.
A rugged commercial vehicle used as everything from a dump truck to a U-Haul truck.
Some standard trim pieces, like headlamps from an Escalade and tail lights from the now-discontinued STS keep it looking vaguely Cadillac-like.
* It has its own airplane.
The Secret Service makes use of a C-17 Globemaster transport aircraft to haul The Beast.
A second limo and a heavily armored Chevrolet Suburban communications vehicle, any time the President is traveling.
The Suburban is nicknamed Roadrunner and it is said to be a rolling communications office directly linked to a military Satellite.
– hence the SATCOM dome festooned to its roof.
* Calling it armored is understatement.
There is probably not a better-armored vehicle with windows on the planet than The Beast.
Its armor plating is said to be 8 inches thick and its doors weigh as much as those on a Boeing 757 aircraft.
Five-inch thick bullet-proof windows contain at least five layers to put a damper on any effort by subversives.
And those gigantic, nearly bus-size Good year tires are Kevlar-reinforced RUN-FLATS,.
Which is capable of keeping The Beast on the road for quite some distance if needed.
The interior is sealed off from the outside world to reduce risks of a chemical attack,
while a special foam surrounds the fuel tank to insulate it in the event of an impact.
* It’s exceedingly well-equipped.
Pop open The Beast’s trunk and it is said that you’ll find everything from fire-fighting equipments and oxygen tanks to a cache of the president’s blood type.
There are tear gas canisters, shotguns and, supposedly, grenade launchers, integrated into The Beast.
The Secret Service has learned a lot since President John F. Kennedy’s open-top Lincoln Continental was fired upon on Elm Street in Dallas.
* It holds seven passengers. At the very least, The Beast has three passengers aboard.
– the driver, the president’s lead
Secret Service protective agent in the front passenger seat and, of course, the president himself.
However, four additional seats in the back are available,
– three rearward facing spots on a bench and one spot next to the president for a guest.
A folding desk separates the president from his guest’s spot.
* The Beast is not alone.
The Secret Service actually has a few Beast-like vehicles.
Although it’s not known whether they’re all functionally identical, some look more like a Cadillac DTS than The Beast.
The other limousines are used for high-ranking foreign officials and VIP guests when they’re in Washington, D.C.
It isn’t known why the Secret Service rotates between presidential vehicles, however.
In addition, the President sometimes travels in a heavily-armored Chevrolet Suburban or a modified Prevost bus known as Ground Force One rather than The Beast.
* It runs on diesel. The Beast is believed to use a Duramax diesel engine.
Which is closely related to that feature dunder the hood of Chevrolet and GMC’s full-size heavy duty pickup trucks.
Why diesel? Aside from the durability associated with diesel engines,
the fuel has a low volatility that reduces the risk of it exploding.
– and it can be found everywhere in the world,
unlike high quality unleaded fuel.
* Its pilot is a heck of a driver.
Even though The Beast as more in common with a school bus than a sports car,
its highly-trained drivers can execute tight J-turnsand other police-style evasion techniques in the event of a situation gone south.
The Secret Service drivers have undergone extensive training on a secluded site.
The site (believed to be a military base) with input from GM engineers and test drivers.
* Its specs its not impressive. Burdened with lugginga rumored 20,000 lbs.
worth of Beast around, the diesel engine isn’t a rocket.
Hitting 60 mph from a complete stop takes about 15 seconds.
which is more than just about any new car we can think of, and the big car’s top speed is said to max out at 60 mph.
In addition, all that weight makes it a guzzler, sipping fuel at a rate of 8 mpg.