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by George Skentzos

Behind the scenes here at CarAdvice, our earlier spy shots of the U.S. President’s new limousine caused a stir worldwide, and now Cadillac has officially unveiled its new Presidential Limousine.

 

The fully customised Presidential Limousine, dubbed ‘Cadillac One’, will be tasked with chauffeuring U.S. President-elect Barack Obama following his inauguration into office next week.

The armour-plated limousine boasts a series of features designed to keep its VIP occupant safe, secure and comfortable at all times.

Obama’s Cadillac One officially unveiled

In the rear seat, the President can remain productive with useful office features such as a foldaway desktop, laptop computer, wireless internet access and a satellite phone.

While official specifications surrounding its defensive capabilities have obviously not been revealed, examination of available spy shots and previous incarnations of the Cadillac One – together with some artistic license – have gleaned some rather interesting speculation in regards to its security features from around the web.

The driver, who has been specially trained by the CIA to cope in emergency driving conditions, also boasts the only window that opens in the entire vehicle – by just three inches – in order to communicate with the secret service running alongside the vehicle.

 Obama’s Cadillac One officially unveiled

The bodywork – which is eight inches thick in some places – is a combination of steel, aluminium, titanium and ceramic which has been designed to shatter and stop any possible projectile aimed at the vehicle.

Underneath, the floor is made up of a five inch thick steel plate as a counter-measure for an explosive device placed underneath, while the armour-plated fuel tank is filled with special foam designed to prevent it from exploding even from a direct hit.

No mere flat tyre could stop this limo either, with puncture resistant, Kevlar-reinforced rubber in each corner – but if they do manage to go flat, the limo can quite happily drive on its steel rims in an emergency situation.

Finally, if it all goes wrong, the limo also includes self-defence items such as tear gas cannons, pump-action shotguns and even an on-board supply of the president’s blood type.

While none of these features can actually be confirmed, they may not be as far-fetched as you might think, especially with an earlier spy shot clearly showing off the eight inch thick armour-plated doors.

Illustration via AutoBlog.com




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