Limousines are peculiar vehicles reserved for special occasions, however, and what is more special than presidential meetings? In this article we will review the limousines that carry two of the most important presidents in the world.
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Donald Trump has officially become the 45th president of the United States of America. The inauguration ceremony took place at the Capitol in Washington between strong security measures, which will accompany one of the most powerful men in the world during his term.
As is tradition, the new head of the White House travelled by road on board an impressive Cadillac One, manufactured by General Motors. By its characteristics we could say that it is a three in one, that is, it offers the protection of a tank, the comfort of a limousine and the assistance of an ambulance.
The interior is completely sealed with the aim of resisting possible biochemical attacks and has a fire extinguishing system ”
The car, known as “the Beast”, equips an unparalleled endowment. And, according to the news portal AutoWeek, the Trump model will be even better than the twelve units that made up the outgoing president’s fleet, Barack Obama. The new vehicle, in whose development they would have invested 15 million dollars, could mount an adjustable suspension in height to avoid embarrassing situations like the one that happened in Ireland in 2011.
On May 23 of that year, Obama’s Cadillac One was stuck on a ramp when it proceeded to leave the US embassy in Dublin. The vehicle, with a long battle and a low ventral angle, had to receive assistance to overcome the change in level of the floor. Below you can see the video of the situation.
Undoubtedly, it is surprising that a car created bombproof has problems to overcome an “obstacle” of this nature. Although most technical details specific to the Beast are “classified information” for security reasons, we know that its structure is shielded to withstand attacks with projectiles or explosives.
The body is made of a combination of aluminium, steel, titanium and ceramic. The armoured doors, on the other hand, have a thickness of about 20 centimetres, with a weight similar to those of a Boing 757. The interior is completely sealed with the aim of resisting possible biochemical attacks and has a fire extinguishing system.
It is a three in one, that is, it offers the protection of a tank, the comfort of a limousine and the assistance of an ambulance.
A thick reinforced steel plate protects the car’s underside from possible explosions. The fuel tank is covered with a special foam. In defensive matters, the presidential limousine has gas cannons, weapons, as well as night vision cameras. The wheels are designed to circulate even with the tires blown.
To provide medical assistance to the president, the vehicle incorporates a first aid kit, oxygen cylinders and even bags of blood compatible with his blood group in case of an emergency transfusion. In the passenger compartment there is also a “panic button” to press in case of emergency. To provide medical assistance to the president, the vehicle incorporates a kit, oxygen cylinders and even blood bags ”
The president of Russia, Vladimir Putin, will have a national limousine for his performance soon. Just as Barack Obama had his Cadillac and Isabel II his Rolls Royce, Putin has a presidential car of the Kortezh project.
The so-called Kortaezh project consists in the design and construction of a powerful and luxurious Russian automobile, in different types or models: limousine, sedan, minivan and SUV. The project, which manufactured some 5,000 vehicles, stated by the end of 2017.
Kortaezh is in the hands of the Russian Minister of Industry and Commerce, Denis Mánturov, who announced that Putin’s limousine features a V12 engine, biturbo, of about 6 to 6.6 L of displacement and about 850 horsepower, whose mechanics develop with Porsche Engineering. This part of the project is called “motor-tsar”.
This “motor-tsar” could also be used in the Russian aviation industry, according to the German newspaper Süddeutsche Zeitung. The truth is that not much is known about Putin’s limousine, the data is still very fragmented. However, those who arrive surprise: this limousine will be available to be purchased by individuals. Unlike other heads of state, such as Barack Obama, whose Cadillac One limousine was exclusive for the president, who had several identical units. But Putin is different, besides being a “fan” at the wheel of the cars, despite not having studied science, but laws in his native St. Petersburg.
We know that he has driven a Formula 1 (and Russia has an annual GP of the premier category of motorsports), has tried a Lada several days and even a truck of national production. Lovers of all four wheels are aware of Putin’s collection of cars, among which there is a Soviet Volga 21, 1965, whose steering wheel sat US President George W. Bush during his visit to Russia in 2005. This was his former limousine: Mercedes-Benz S 600 Armoured Guard
In Kortaezh, which advances, Putin was personally present during the selection of the more than 80 car designs presented. Russian Prime Minister Medvedev banned government officials from using foreign cars as a result of Western sanctions. And Putin will leave the armoured Mercedes-Benz S 600 Guard to ride in his new Russian limousine.
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