This is an unbelievable video of the President's Driver practicing driving "The Beast", his armored up limo that weighs tons. The Driver is reaching 70 mph on the straights going backwards.
THIS VIDEO FOOTAGE HAS NOW BEEN DEBUNKED AS FALSE. THE FOOTAGE IS ACTUALLY FROM A VIDEO GAME FORZA MOTORSPORT 6, WHICH WAS UPLOADED TO UTUBE AS THE SECRET SERVICE IN TRAINING FOR HI SPEED BACKWARDS DRIVING. HOWEVER, IT IS ENTERTAINING, AND THE INFO BELOW THE CLIP ABOUT "THE BEAST" IS INTERESTING AND CERTAINLY TRUE.
Not much is actually known about The Beast. It operates out of the Secret Service's classified motor pool, but a few specifications and secrets have leaked out over the years. Of the information that has been made public, this is what we think you should know about Cadillac One, Limo One or... The Beast.
1. It isn't actually a Cadillac. Unlike any presidential state car before it, The Beast shares little in common with a standard production car. Its chassis, diesel engine and transmission are based on those used in the Chevrolet Kodiak, a rugged commercial vehicle previously sold as everything from a dump truck to a U-Haul.
Some standard trim pieces, like headlamps from an Escalade and tail lights from the now-discontinued STS, keep it looking vaguely Cadillac-like.
2. 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
3. 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.
4. It's exceedingly well-equipped. Pop open The Beast's trunk and it is said that you'll find everything from firefighting equipment and oxygen tanks to a cache of the president's blood type. There are tear gas canisters, shotguns and, supposedly, grenade launchers, integrated into The Beast. The Secret Service has learned a lot since President John F. Kennedy's open-top Lincoln Continental was fired upon on Elm Street in Dallas.
5. It holds seven passengers. At the very least, The Beast has three passengers aboard - the driver, the president's lead Secret Service protective agent in the front passenger seat and, of course, the president himself. However, four additional seats in the back are available - three rearward facing spots on a bench and one spot next to the president for a guest. A folding desk separates the president from his guest's spot.
Somewhat surprisingly, the president's bench is covered in a dark blue cloth rather than leather (although plenty of hide is on board). Shoulder belts that retract toward the center of the bench and buckle into the outboard corners - the reverse of a normal rear seat - are included.
6. The Beast is not alone. The Secret Service actually has a few Beast-like vehicles. Although it's not known whether they're all functionally identical, some look more like a Cadillac DTS than The Beast. The other limousines are used for high-ranking foreign officials and VIP guests when they're in Washington, D.C. It isn't known why the Secret Service rotates between presidential vehicles, however.
In addition, the President sometimes travels in a heavily-armored Chevrolet Suburban or a modified Prevost bus known as Ground Force One rather than The Beast.
7. It runs on diesel. The Beast is believed to use a Duramax diesel engine closely related to that featured under the hood of Chevrolet and GMC's full-size heavy duty pickup trucks. Why diesel? Aside from the durability associated with diesel engines, the fuel has a low volatility that reduces the risk of it exploding - and it can be found everywhere in the world, unlike high quality unleaded fuel.
8. Its pilot is a heck of a driver. Even though The Beast has more in common with a school bus than a sports car, its highly-trained drivers can execute tight J-turns and other police-style evasion techniques in the event of a situation gone south. The Secret Service drivers have undergone extensive training on a secluded site (believed to be a military base) with input from GM engineers and test drivers.
9. Its specs will not impress you. Burdened with lugging a rumored 20,000 lbs. worth of Beast around, the diesel engine isn't a rocket. Hitting 60 mph from a complete stop takes about 15 seconds, which is more than just about any new car we can think of, and the big car's top speed is said to max out at 60 mph. In addition, all that weight makes it a guzzler, sipping fuel at a rate of 8 mpg.
10. It's due to retire. Though President Trump rode in the current iteration of The Beast for his inauguration Friday, 2017 will see the introduction of an all-new presidential limousine.
So, yes, The Beast is on its farewell tour, but that doesn't make it any less... well... beastly.
Rarely have auto manufacturers had advertising created to showcase the talent of their engineers, and the concept cars they built. But this ad from 1952 showcases two GM concepts, the XP-300 and the Le Sabre.
Clearly, the folks at General Motors were proud of the innovations that their engineers designed, including the supercharged 335-horsepower V-8 that powered the stylish XP-300 concept car; it was made of aluminum and weighed only 550 pounds.
While the blue Le Sabre has long been considered Detroit’s first concept car, here GM promotes the car’s rain-sensitized top, which automatically rises when rain hits a certain spot between the seats. The other endorsement focused on the Le Sabre’s contour-shaped seat backs, and the built-in jacks that were fitted to both cars.
In the ad, notice how GM had its divisions listed – from the entry-level Chevrolet being first, to the top-shelf Cadillac, followed by Body by Fisher, and GMC Truck & Coach.
The ad copy concluded by saying, “Your Key to Greater Value – the Key to a General Motors Car”
Article courtesy of Hemmings Daily, written by Richard Lentinello.
In the late 1950’s Jim Skonzakes (Street) was touring his Custom Car extraordinary, lab on wheels, the Golden SaharaII all over the US. The car was filled with every state of the art electronic device. Techniques developed specially for the Golden Sahara, or modified from known systems. The car had voice control, several steering wheel options, radar control that stopped the car automatically and many other special featured. In the years prior Jim had used the Golden Sahara as promo vehicle for tire brands, special exhibitions etc. Everybody wanted to have the Golden Sahara on display or use it for some sort of promoting, since where the Sahara went, there was an audience.
When the Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co was experimenting with glow in the dark tires they reached out to Jim to see if he would help develop the product, and promote it with his futuristic Golden Sahara. Jim, always looking for new state of the art technology, was very interested. And together with his friend and master engineer Henry Meyer, they developed a special wheel and hub to make the glow in the dark tires look absolutely amazing. Jim had the glow in the Dark tires on the Golden Sahara for many years, and people at the shows always went completely nuts when they were illuminated. Below is an interesting story about the Goodyear glow in the dark tires found online from www.ohio.com.
GOODYEAR GLOW IN THE DARK TYRES
Motorists slammed on their brakes and pedestrians froze in their tracks. Crowds gathered at intersections to stop and stare. A sleek white convertible cruised the streets after dusk. Its four tires glowed a fiery red, blinking and winking at gawkers. The lighting effect was as startling as it was beautiful.
In the early 1960s, Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. conducted colorful experiments on ‘’the tire of tomorrow,’’ a translucent model with tiny light bulbs mounted inside the wheel rim. The Akron company predicted a revolution in ‘’future auto styling’’ when it rolled out exotic tires in shades of blue, yellow, red, green and orange. For one shining moment, glow-in-the-dark tires were the hottest thing on wheels.
Goodyear scientists made the experimental tires by pouring dyed compounds of Neothane synthetic rubber into special molds and heating molasses-like batches to 250 degrees. This was a big departure from the standard method of building tires piece by piece with plies of rubberized fabric. ‘’It’s something like baking a cake,’’ Goodyear research chemist William M. Larson explained in 1962. ‘’You just mix the ingredients, pour them into a mold and pop the mold into an oven.’’
Larson developed the process in the late 1950s with Goodyear chemist Anthony F. Finelli. Neothane was Goodyear’s trade name for a polyurethane compound derived from petroleum and synthetic chemicals. The molecular structure was similar to ‘’a three-dimensional fishnet.’’ The cordless, tubeless tires resisted punctures and cuts, and performed well in road tests up to 65 mph.
‘’The experimental tires run quietly and smoothly, and our tests indicate they eventually will provide tread wear far beyond today’s standards,’’ said John J. Hartz, Goodyear tire development manager. Synthetic rubber could be dyed in a rainbow of hues, an aspect that greatly pleased the marketing department. ‘’Goodyear’s translucent tire can be produced in any color to match the car . . . or perhaps the wife’s new outfit,’’ the company noted. ‘’Some day a wife may tell a husband: ‘Charlie, go out and change the tires. I’m wearing my blue dress tonight.’ ’’
Engineers installed 18 tiny bulbs in each rim to make the wheels shine in the dark. Wiring devices supplied electricity to create an eerie glow. A control switch inside the automobile allowed a driver to make the tires blink individually or in unison. Goodyear invited Life magazine to visit the Akron testing ground in 1960. A photographer took beautiful nighttime pictures of cars decked out in green, yellow and red tires. A reporter noted that the tires could improve auto safety in bad weather or be wired to light up when the driver hit the brakes. However, street tests were causing some confusion. ‘’Other motorists have been so enthralled by the pretty colors that they have gone through red lights or just stopped to stare,’’ Life magazine reported.
That certainly was apparent when Goodyear took its show on the road. The company equipped a white Dodge Polaris convertible with red wheels and drove it around downtown Miami. Traffic halted in the streets. Pedestrians gaped in awe. Next, a red-wheeled Chrysler Silver 300 rolled through Manhattan, drawing crowds at Times Square, Rockefeller Center and the United Nations. Spectators asked the driver where to buy such tires. They were disappointed to learn that the product wouldn’t be on the market ‘’for several years.’’
‘’We still have a lot of work in developing this tire, but it takes only a little imagination to see it as the tire of the future,’’ Goodyear research and development director Walter J. Lee said. Although they weren’t in showrooms, the tires continued to cause a stir at public exhibits and parades. A glowing red wheel dazzled visitors at the World of Rubber museum at Goodyear Hall. The U.S. Information Agency borrowed a tire for the ‘’Plastics USA’’ exhibit that toured the Soviet Union. Communists from Moscow to Kiev waited in line for hours to view the latest in American ingenuity. It’s anyone’s guess how many Soviets were left with the impression that all U.S. cars had incredible devices.
Goodyear allowed only one private collector to put the futuristic tires on an automobile: Dayton resident Jim Skonzakis, a custom car owner better known as Jim Street. His show car, the Golden Sahara, a remote-controlled, bubble-topped dream, looked extra snazzy in four golden tires. The $75,000 vehicle appeared in the Jerry Lewis movie Cinderfella in 1960 and the TV game show I’ve Got a Secret in 1962.
Scientists spent the better part of a decade trying to perfect Neothane tires, but they couldn’t get past the experimental stage. For one thing, the translucent tires had poor traction on wet pavement. They began to lose stability around 65 mph. They began to melt under heavy braking. On top of everything else, they cost more than regular tires. Even if engineers had solved all of those problems, the glowing lights probably would have been too much of a distraction for night driving. Generally speaking, it’s unwise to hypnotize other motorists.
Goodyear quietly pulled the plug on ‘’the tire of tomorrow,’’ ending a colorful experiment in local transportation. Husbands never got the opportunity to change the tires to match their wives’ outfits. (Source: www.ohio.com)
Article courtesy of Custom Car Chronicle, made possible by The Rodders Journal, written by Rik Hoving.