Mr. Obama has new wheels. (Codename "Stagecoach")
FOXNews and WIRED reports: a new model of a presidential limousine, made by General Motors Corp., has been delivered to the Secret Service and will make its debut on Inauguration Day. It's a good thing that GM got some much needed bailout money so they can continue to provide parts for this vehicle (LOL).
The vehicle, referred to by the Secret Service as "the beast," will reportedly feature heavy armor that is at least 5 inches thick and comes complete with run-flat tires, bulletproof glass and a completely sealed interior to ward off a chemical attack, among many other high-tech security features.The vehicle sports 8-inch-thick doors and also includes larger windows and better visibility for the president. The limo's interior is made of hand-stitched leather and includes a 10-disc CD player.
Word has it that it also repels flying shoes.
I guess an equally fortified version of a Prius just wasn't going to cut it, and with all the heavy duty equipment would probably negate any effort at gas economy anyway.
I also hope it comes equipped with On-Star just in case Mr. Obama or his staff lock themselves out while the car is running.
Of course older-model presidential limos - that is to say "pre-owned by past presidents" - will remain in use for the vice president and traveling world leaders.
I think I will also give my car a code name.
How about "Tapped Out Jalopy"
(H/T Leann S.)
For more on car customization refer to MTV's Pimp My Ride