Armoured Presidential LimousineADDPMP065
The fully armoured car, which incorporates 8in thick steel plates and 5in deep windows capable of withstanding an explosion, weighs 8 tons. Its doors are sealed tight against chemical attack and it is packed with communication and life-support systems, including a blood bank matching the President’s type.
America’s Secret Service, the agency responsible for protecting the President, has invited car makers, including Cadillac which has a tradition of building presidential limos, to tender for the contract. Given the agency’s experiences with the Beast in recent years, it should be quite demanding.
One requirement might be for the car to run on all types of fuel. Earlier this year, the 6.5-litre diesel-powered Beast ground to a halt when it was accidentally filled with petrol on its way to Tel Aviv airport.
Another might be for wheels and tyres that can overcome any obstacle. In 2011, the Beast became stuck on a humble exit ramp as it left the US Embassy in Dublin.
1 Fuel tank
Tank is bullet and blast-proof. Car runs on diesel, which is less volatile than petrol.
Laminated windows are several inches thick and made up of layers of polycarbonate and toughened glass.
Highly skilled driver can manoeuvre the car out of trouble using a variety of anti-terror techniques, including 180 degree J-turn. Hopefully the new car will also be able to avoid this sort of trouble.
Protection officer and driver carry an array of guns and car is equipped with CS gas.
5 Doors and body
Paintwork conceals military grade armour up to 8in thick.
6 Personal protection
The car contains an oxygen supply in case of a gas attack and reserves of the president’s blood.
Run-flat tyres have a solid core that maintains their structural integrity if punctured.