The presidential limo is basically a tank in a tuxedo.
In 2014, 32,675 people died on American roads due to car accidents. In fact, the road is such a dangerous place that every month, the US loses about the same amount of people to car accidents as it lost on 9/11. If driving alone is such a dangerous practice, how does the nation protect its leader who is subject to intentional attacks on his life on top of road hazards? As one would expect, details on the presidential limo, nicknamed “The Beast” by Secret Service agents, are sparse because no one wants to expose any of the car’s weaknesses.
Despite the hush-hush surrounding the machine, there are plenty of details that have leaked out and do a good job of deterring anyone considering acting out what they’ve detailed in the hate mail addressed to the White House. The Beast resembles the outdated Cadillac DTS but shares little else with the car. In fact, The Beast isn’t really a car that was modified to make it an armored vehicle like, say, the Mercedes S-Class Guard. Instead, a tank was modified to make it look like a car. Obviously weight savings was not a priority because The Beast earns its name with a rumored 20,000-pound curb weight. A Duramax diesel gets it up and running from 0-60 mph in an estimated 15 seconds, but that’s okay because 60 mph is also the tank’s top speed.
Most would say that a diesel engine was chosen because it needs all the torque it can get to move the hunk of metal, but that’s not all. Diesel is less volatile than gasoline, which reduces the risk of explosion. It's also readily found everywhere, which isn’t the fact for high-quality unleaded gasoline. A capability to travel anywhere is needed because The Beast also comes with its own C-17 Globemaster transport plane where it travels with another Beast for backup and an armored Chevy Suburban communications vehicle. Speaking of airplanes, a door on The Beast weighs as much as the door on a Boeing 757. Five-inch thick glass and eight-inch thick doors stuffed full of armor and absorption materials are to blame for this.
This helps in case of chemical attacks, which may as well be useless due to the fact that the car has its own interior air circulation system that shares nothing with the exterior air. If would-be assassins know this and attempt to plant an IED under the car, the blast would be met with five-inches of blast-resistant metal. Even the fuel tank is kept safe by bulletproof casing. If a projectile does happen to puncture the fuel tank, special foam inside the tank keeps the diesel from exploding, although it’s not like it would matter if it did explode. After all the car is essentially a bunker that happens to have four wheels. This bodes well in case all out war begins to happen on the outside. If this did happen, Obama still has access to all of his telecommunication devices.
This way he could make executive orders when needed. The Beast also has the means to fight back against aggressors. Inside the trunk lies a stash of blood with the president’s blood type, shotguns, tear gas canisters, grenades launchers, and even smoke screens. Night vision and infrared cameras should help occupants to see if the screens are ever needed. Kevlar-reinforced puncture-resistant run flat tires can enable getaways if tires are shot out and rims that can roll with or without rubber aid the process if conditions are less than ideal. To avoid any of these safety systems from ever having to actually be used is a top-tier driver from the CIA who may as well be the Stig’s armored car driving cousin. Infographic By Daily Mail UK.