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Inside The “Beast”- The President’s Tank Of A Car

00:02 [Music] 00:05 we all know about air force one 00:07 but once that flying tank lands how does 00:09 the president get from point a to point 00:12 b 00:13 well he uses the beast a 20 000 pound 00:17 cadillac limousine that's so guarded it 00:21 puts the death star to shame considering 00:23 a 2021 cadillac escalade weighs just 00:27 under 6 000 pounds at the tundra we're 00:29 just a little curious about the tactical 00:32 gear that constitutes those extra 14 000 00:35 pounds 00:36 let's start with a brief history 00:38 the first truly specialized car made for 00:40 the president of the united states was 00:42 the 1938 cadillac queen mary so-called 00:46 because queen mary christened it for 00:48 some reason and fdr had the pleasure of 00:50 using that as his parade vehicle then 00:52 truman 00:54 then eisenhower 00:55 the queen mary was also the first 00:58 presidential car to have the secret 01:00 service involved with the car's design 01:02 incorporating a two-way radio for 01:04 communication and storage for ammunition 01:08 it was blessed with cadillac's second 01:09 generation 16 overhead valve v8 01:12 producing an impressive 210 brake 01:15 horsepower so it was no slash on the 01:17 straight if the occasion arose while 01:19 there aren't any documented presidential 01:21 drag races on record juice was 01:23 definitely a priority the queen mary was 01:25 replaced in 51 with a custom ordered 01:28 lincoln cosmopolitan it didn't include 01:30 any tactical upgrades but it did sport a 01:33 336 cubic inch flathead v8 that produced 01:36 a not so whopping 145 horsepower here's 01:39 a bit of fun trivia president harry 01:41 truman commissioned the car but because 01:44 cadillac refused to make a car for him 01:46 during his bid for the presidency truman 01:48 chose lincoln as the brand for the beast 01:50 who said politicians don't hold grudges 01:53 for the next three decades the 01:55 presidency stuck with lincoln's until 01:56 ronald reagan brought the cadillac back 01:59 in 1980. although by that time the 02:01 secret service had taken on the 02:02 responsibility of acquiring multiple 02:04 presidential vehicles for 02:06 security reasons ever since that 02:08 transition the cars themselves were more 02:10 like armored personnel carriers built 02:12 more for secure transport than for 02:14 performance that brings us back to the 02:16 beast and its weight problem sorry not 02:19 trying to body shame anybody 02:20 commissioned in 2014 the body might look 02:22 like a stylish cp6 but it's made of five 02:25 inch thick military grade armor 02:27 including the floor the doors have eight 02:29 inch thick armor plating and all the 02:31 windows are bulletproof 02:33 all adding a bit of heft no doubt as 02:35 well as extra costs making it quite a 02:38 bit more expensive than the floor model 02:39 ct6 coming in at 1.5 million dollars 02:43 that's the price of a ferrari sf90 the 02:46 beast is airtight so it can withstand a 02:48 chemical attack cars doors are famously 02:51 difficult to open requiring some serious 02:53 duane the rock johnson strength if you 02:55 want to escape the belly of the beast 02:57 the rock 2024. there's an oxygen tank 03:00 under the backseat in case of a fire and 03:02 the trunk has you guessed it a spare and 03:04 a bunch of guns now all we need to know 03:07 is how the secret service intends to 03:09 access those guns in the event of an 03:10 emergency engine wise the beast is 03:12 rocking general motors finest the 03:14 duramax diesel v8 producing 214 03:18 horsepower though the vehicle gets a 03:19 very disappointing 8 miles to the gallon 03:21 at a max speed of 60 miles per hour come 03:26 on you can get guns but you can get some 03:28 gnaws 03:30 to that end though president biden's 03:32 press secretary said recently that the 03:34 president's team is considering giving 03:36 the beast an electric engine imagine 03:38 that 03:39 the beast made by tesla one can always 03:43 dream either way you look at it the 03:45 beast is certainly a beauty 03:48 i'm leo schwetzky with the tundra 03:50 enthusiast network thanks for watching 03:53 [Music]

We all know about Air Force One – but once that flying tank lands, how exactly does the President move from point A to point B? The answer is ‘The Beast’.


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