New in our Gift Shop! The perfect souvenir of your trip to Planet Washington: ‘The Beast.’ The Presidential state car is the official state car used by the President of the United States. The most recent vehicle to be customized as the presidential car is a Chevrolet Kodiak-based, Cadillac-badged limousine often referred to as Cadillac One and occasionally as Limo One (a reference to the U.S. presidential aircraft, Air Force One) or as The Beast.
The 2009 limousine makes its debut in the 2009 inaugural parade, guarded by Secret Service agents. On both domestic and foreign trips, the limousine is transported in a C-17 Globemaster III (sold separately).
According to the manufacturer, General Motors, the 2009 presidential limousine, based on the Cadillac DTS, is the first not to carry a specific model name. The vehicle’s outward appearance carries many current Cadillac styling themes, but does not resemble any particular production vehicle. The body itself seems to be a modification of the immediately previous DTS-badged Presidential limousines, but the vehicle’s chassis and driveline are sourced from the Chevrolet Kodiak commercial truck. Many body components are sourced from a variety of Cadillac vehicles; for example, the car uses Cadillac Escalade headlights, side mirrors and door handles. The tail of the car seems to use the taillights and back up lights from the Cadillac STS sedan.
Although a price tag has not been announced, each limousine is assumed to cost US $300,000. (If you have to ask, fugetaboudit!)
The Secret Service refers to the heavily armored vehicle as The Beast. Most details of the car are classified for security reasons. (You don’t want your hometown rivals in Shelbyville to know all about your wheels do you?) A special night vision system is in a secret location. Special loops replace the stock door handles; agents hold on to them when running alongside the car. Goodyear run-flat tires fit into extra-large wheel wells. The car is sealed against biochemical attacks. (insert Taco Bell joke here) Kept in the trunk is a blood bank of the President’s blood type. (or vodka)
The car can seat seven people, including the president. The front seats two, and includes a console-mounted communications center (or X-box). A glass partition divides the front from back. Three rear-facing seats are in the back, with cushions that are able to fold over the partition. The two rear seats are reserved for the president and another passenger; these seats have the ability to recline individually. A folding desk is between the two rear seats. Storage compartments in the interior panels of the car contain communications equipment which is called the Limousine Control Package and is operated by the White House Communication Agency. (Or your secretary or spouse). This is the voice and data device that links the vehicle to the WHCA Roadrunner at the rear of the motorcade allowing command and control (or “C2″) functions to be performed from the limo. The trunk lid has five antennas. (Four are for show) The car is driven by a highly trained Secret Service agent (or your brother in law) who is capable of performing a J-turn. This maneuver, taught at the Secret Service training facility outside Washington D.C., can turn the limo 180 degrees in matter of seconds to escape any trouble. The President’s lead protective agent (or your wife) usually sits in the front passenger seat.
On domestic trips, vehicles carrying the president display the American and Presidential Standard flags, which are illuminated by directional flood lights mounted on the hood. When the President performs a state visit to a foreign country, the Presidential Standard is replaced by the foreign country’s flag. (or favorite sports team pennants) The limousine is airlifted for domestic and international use primarily by a U.S. Air Force C-17 Globemaster III. (good luck with that)
The vehicle fuel efficiency is about 8 miles per US gallon (29 L/100 km; 9.6 mpg-imp). (hahahaha, like you care)
FYI. The motorcade. When the president travels out of town, his motorcade has consisted of about 45 vehicles. While the limousine itself is maintained by the Secret Service, motorcade support vehicles are maintained by the White House Military Office. You may want to check with your friends and relatives about forming a motorcade to Walmart or the monster truck rally to give you the full effect back home after purchasing The Beast!