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Things to know: US President Obamas Limousine

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It is a known fact that US President Obama's Limousine is a very special car unlike any other. It travels with him wherever he goes and it will definitely be seen when he comes to India for Republic Day celebrations. Here is a low down on what this machine is like:

It is said to be a Cadillac but it hardly is. Apparently its called 'The Beast'

  • 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 an 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 bulletproof windows contain at least five layers to put a damper on any effort by subversives. And those gigantic, nearly bus-size Goodyear tires are Kevlar-reinforced run-flats 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 firefighting equipment 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.
  • Somewhat surprisingly, the president's bench is covered in a dark blue cloth rather than leather (although plenty of hide is on board). Shoulder belts that retract toward the center of the bench and buckle into the outboard corners - the reverse of a normal rear seat - are included.
  • 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.
  • 7. It runs on diesel. The Beast is believed to use a Duramax diesel engine closely related to that featured under 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 has more in common with a school bus than a sports car, its highly-trained drivers can execute tight J-turns and 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 (believed to be a military base) with input from GM engineers and test drivers.
  • Its specs will not impress you. Burdened with lugging a 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 around 100kph. In addition, all that weight makes it a guzzler, sipping fuel at a rate of 3.4 kmpl.

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This BEAST along with Marine One and Air Force One

Not to forget it was crippled by a Speed Breaker and all the technology in the world failed to outrun it.

Making him a sitting duck for those many minutes .

No shots were fired and the speed breaker still lives to tell the tale.

Just a grim reminder that when your time is up , no force can save you .

What a driver : The worlds best driver could not see that his car will scrape the under belly over that huge speed breaker.

It was an insult when he refused to share our Presidents car , Our Presidents may not have the most protected vehicle in the world but its not like that the whole Indian armed forces combined with the might of the American forces cannot guard a strip of stretch.

Just a point to ponder.

If the American President can sit for two hours in the open sun , what would have happened to him travelling a few meters , say a KM , in our Presidents Car.

Maybe the fall in petrol and diesel prices has prompted them to flash us with their American cars :-D

On a serious note , our President or Prime Minister should also not piggyback with Obama in his vehicle too , we have a lot of speed breakers here too.

Let us construct a few huge speed brakers on Rajpath ;-)

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I call it

The Beauty and the Beast.

but this time around the Beast is not worthy of the TAJ

Unlike whats happening in Delhi , were The Beast is being given unprecidented access with its performance ,being used on Republic Day Parade , first time ever that this is happening where a Foreign Dignatories own car is being used to ferry him to the Parade.

Authorities have disallowed access of these polluting Vehicles ( Beast and the rest ) Direct Access inside the Taj and thus the US Presidents Agra visit is stated to have been called off. The law mandates polluting vehicles to stay away ,at a safe distance from the Taj.

Thankfully , somewhere the Law of the Land still holds ground , hoping this ban stays and rules are not bend again to accomodate the US President.

Luckily , they have the Saudi Angle to down play it.

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Trumps's new Presidential limousine has made its public debut! This one definitely looks sleeker than the previous one. With a modified chassis from a Chevrolet medium-duty truck, the new "Beast" weighs an alleged 6,800 to 9,000Kg. Features include a fire suppression system, night vision camera, tear gas launcher, sealed cabin with air filtration, and chaff emitter to prevent an attempted missile attack.

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