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[文摘] THE US PRESIDENT’S RIDE

President Obama's Cadillac limousine nicknamed "the beast" is the meanest and most powerful presidential ride to ever take to the streets.  Since the late 1930s, the US government has specially commissioned vehicles for presidential use, often specifying advanced communications equipment, special convenience features, armor plating, and defence countermeasures. Here are some interesting facts about the current Cadillac one: The car is based on a GM truck chassis and weighs a staggering 6,350 kg, a lot of the weight comes the body is made up of steel, aluminum, titanium and ceramic which is used for its armour protection. The doors are eight-inches thick and weigh as much as a Boeing 747's. The glass is five-inches thick and only the windscreen opens, to allow the driver to talk to secret service running alongside or to pay a toll. It is also hermetically sealed to secure it from chemical attack. Should the worst happen, the Beast has its own oxygen supply. The underside is reinforced with a Kevlar mat to protect Caddy One from bomb attacks. The fuel tank is leak proof and filled with special foam that prevents it from exploding, even in a direct hit. The Beast has a fire fighting system located in the trunk. Also in the trunk is a bank of the president's blood that is carried at all times and when he goes out an ambulance always follows close behind. Defence systems include a pump-action shotgun in a compartment beside the driver. The tires are reinforced with Kevlar and can run when flat. If the tires are missing, the steel rims have been designed to allow the car to keep on driving at speed. Although a price tag has not been announced, each limousine is assumed to cost well in excess of US$300,000.
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