The presidential state car, Cadillac One, gets an upgrade for President-elect Donald Trump
Called “The Beast” by the Secret Service, the president’s limousine features the looks of a Cadillac Escalade sedan on a truck frame and can withstand chemical attacks, armor-piercing bullets and roadside bombs.
WASHINGTON — When he becomes president of the United States, Donald Trump will travel in an upgraded version of the Cadillac-branded limousine used by current President Barack Obama.
According to Autoweek, the new presidential state car is expected to sport the looks of a Cadillac Escalade sedan. Known as “Cadillac One” or by the Secret Service as “The Beast,” it will use a Kodiak medium-duty truck frame with custom-made body panels.
More tank than car, its bodywork is made from hardened steel, aluminum, titanium and ceramics, with windows that can withstand armour-piercing bullets. The interior is completely sealed to shield the president from biochemical attacks. It has heavy armour-plated doors and a reinforced steel plate running underneath the vehicle that protects it from roadside bombs.
The presidential limousine has tear gas cannons and a night vision camera installed in front as well as a pump-action shotgun. Extra weapons, an oxygen supply and bottles of the president’s blood type are also on board. The fuel tank is armor-plated and encased in foam to prevent it from exploding. The tires are puncture and shard-resistant with steel rims that allow the car to continue driving even if the tires are destroyed.
The new and improved Beast will be revealed on Jan. 20 for the inauguration of Donald Trump as the 45th president of the United States.
According to Fox News, the new and improved “Cadillac One,” aka “The Beast, is being tested at the General Motors Proving Ground in Milford, Michigan. The car is covered in white camouflage during testing. KGP PHOTOGRAPHY / GLENN PAULINA
The safety features of President Barack Obama’s presidential state car will most likely be transferred over to the upgraded “Beast.” JOHN LAWSON
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