Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Cadillac One, The United States presidential car

Luxurious Presidential Limousine by GM the best production car
Body concept of Cadillac One Limousine
For Security and Comfortable President United State of America

Do you know what the safest cars in the world? The answer is a car manufactured by General motors in dedicated to ensuring the safety and comfort such as the atmosphere of the office for the president of the United States.

Current model

The-current presidential limousine entered service on January 20, 2009. According to GM, the manufacturer, the "2009 Cadillac Presidential Limousine" is the first not to carry a specific model name. The vehicle's outward appearance carries many current Cadillac styling themes, but doesn't exactly 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 assumed to be sourced from the GMC Topkick commercial truck. Many body components are sourced from a variety of Cadillac vehicles; for example, the car apparently 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, according to London-based newspaper The Guardian, each limousine cost the U.S. tax payers US$300,000. During his presidency, Barack Obama has also used the limousine of former President George W. Bush consistently, during visits nationwide and internationally.

General specifications

Most details of the car are classified for security reasons. It is completely fitted with military grade armor at least five inches thick, and the wheels are fitted with run flat tires. Due to the thickness of the glass, much natural light is excluded, so a fluorescent halo lighting system in the headliner is essential.

The car can seat seven people, including the president. The front seats two, and includes a console-mounted communications center. 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. The Secret Service refers to the heavily-armored vehicle as "the beast".
On domestic trips, Cadillac One displays 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. The limousine is airlifted for domestic and international use primarily by a U.S. Air Force C-17 Globemaster III.

The United States government also operates similarly designed limousines for VIP guests, visiting heads of government, and heads of state.

Every inch of the limo's metal skin is backed by military-grade armor, which offers the highest level of protection with the least weight and bulk penalty. The car's windows—which do not open—are actually transparent armor. All the car's armor is at least 5 in. thick, giving the president maximum protection in the event of any attack. The interior is also environmentally sealed to protect the occupants from chemical and airborne germ-warfare terrorism.

Careful study shows that the wheel openings are larger than stock to accommodate the size of the Goodyear run-flat tires. The front fenders, which carry the flag stanchions, have small spotlights to illuminate the flags. The car's front bumper houses foglights and special flashers--a red one on the driver's side, white or clear on the passenger's side. Connected to the trunklid are five antennas.

Inside, there is room for six people to join the president, all on leather seating. Two sit up front, flanking a console-mounted communications center. In back, behind a glass partition, there are three rear-facing seats with cushions that can be folded up separately against the partition. The president and another passenger sit in the individually reclining rear seats.

A folding desk separates the two rear seats, and storage compartments in the interior panels contain communications equipment. The presidential motorcade includes a special rolling communications center, so the limo need not carry as much communications equipment as Air Force One. Since the glass surrounding him is so thick, blocking out most natural light, the president gets needed light from a fluorescent halo lighting system in the headliner.

And naturally, the president has his own switches for the climate-control and sound systems.

After all, presidential comfort is as important as presidential security.

With 5 in. worth of ballistic armor under its skin, and added height and length, the presidential limo tips the scales at close to 4 tons. It's probably based on a modified Escalade platform, riding on run-flat tires. The dark leather interior is environmentally sealed against chemical attack.

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