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Whether by land, sea or air, a Presidents perk is travelling in style. The Presidents car is reported to cost $1.5 million, nicknamed ” The Beast “. I know what your thinking, stop it! 😉
The Beast is outfitted with military-grade armor, night vision cameras, an encrypted satellite phone and a sealed off interior that can keep the president and his passengers safe from a possible chemical attack, according to Autoweek.
Some specs from Autoweek:
3.7: Average miles to the gallon
12: Number of actual Beasts in service
$1.5 million: How much each Beast costs
18: How long the Beast is, in feet
8: Thickness, in inches, of the doors’ armor plating
5: Thickness, in inches, of the windows–bulletproof, of course
15,000: Best guess on how much the Beast weighs, in pounds (the exact number is classified)
After the devastating incident with John F Kennedy, you can imagine the efforts that have gone in to a presidential vehicle.
According to Leftlane
” It has its own airplane. The Secret Service makes use of a C-17 Globemaster transport aircraft to haul The Beast, a second limo and a heavily armored Chevrolet Suburban communications vehicle, any time the President is traveling. The Suburban is nicknamed Roadrunner and it is said to be a rolling communications office directly linked to a military satellite – hence the SATCOM dome festooned to its roof
Calling it armored is an understatement. There is probably not a better-armored vehicle with windows on the planet than The Beast. Its armor plating is said to be 8 inches thick and its doors weigh as much as those on a Boeing 757 aircraft. Five-inch thick bulletproof windows contain at least five layers to put a damper on any effort by subversives. And those gigantic, nearly bus-size Goodyear tires are Kevlar-reinforced run-flats capable of keeping The Beast on the road for quite some distance if needed. The interior is sealed off from the outside world to reduce risks of a chemical attack, while a special foam surrounds the fuel tank to insulate it in the event of an impact.”
Where do these vehicles go after the term is done? According to an answer on Quora.