With its bullet-proof windows, hidden storage compartments and state-of-the-art security, the Beast is one of the most secure cars in the world. But did you know that it’s also equipped with a personal humidor, a first aid kit with an automated external haemorrhage detection system (that’s quite a mouthful), and even an encrypted satellite communication system? Did you know that the Beast can drive itself? Or that there’s more than one version on offer? Whether you think it’s lonely or luxe, there are some things about The Beast you might not know:
1. It’s not that big
At around 4 meters long, 2 meters wide and 2.2 meters high, The Beast is a smaller and lower car than most of its competitors. Compare that to the Mercedes Benz S-Class which is almost the same length as The Beast but around 100mm taller and 100mm wider. This means that The Beast must take corners and swerve around obstacles a bit slower than other cars. This also means that the driver’s view is less obstructed, making it easier to navigate in thick traffic. The smaller size also makes The Beast less visible, which is beneficial to the president, and his family. And less visible means less attention.
2. The President’s convoy car is equipped with a self-driving system
This may come as a surprise to many, but The Beast is one of the few cars in the world that is equipped with a self-driving system. The car can be driven without a driver. What’s more, it can also be driven without a steering wheel. Although now, the system has a human on standby who can take over in case of an emergency. Drone technology is used in the car’s mapping and navigation system, which means that the car can follow a given route autonomously. This is useful during inclement weather conditions or other road obstructions, such as protests, that make it difficult for the driver to see where they’re going.
3. There are two versions of the Beast
There are two versions of The Beast: the $1 million Cadillac One that is used on most occasions, and the $1.5 million Cadillac One Hybrid that is used for longer trips such as the G20 Summit. The Hybrid is equipped with a powerful hybrid engine, a larger fuel tank and an enhanced battery system. These upgrades allow the car to drive non-stop for longer periods. The Cadillac One is also equipped with sound and vibration-cancelling technology. These features make it easier for the president to hold confidential meetings while traveling.
4. It comes with its humidor
The Beast comes with its humidor, meaning that it has a built-in cigar storage area. It’s not known whether this humidor is also bulletproof. While it might be surprising to see cigars in the president’s car, it is a long-standing tradition. Bill Clinton was the first president to have his cigars in The Beast, and many others have followed suit since. But why do the president’s cigars end up in The Beast? Well, the president is entitled to Secret Service protection for 10 years after leaving office. This means that the president’s family, including his spouse and children, are also entitled to the same protection. This allows for the transport of personal items and belongings, like tobacco products, to the new home.
5. It has multiple hidden storage compartments
The Beast has multiple hidden storage compartments, some of which are accessible from the outside (for easy access to the president). These compartments are used for storing sensitive documents, weapons, and other items. One of the compartments is large enough to hold two duffel bags, making it a convenient place to store luggage. The Beast is outfitted with several plug-in systems and outlets that are used to charge the president’s mobile devices and laptops. It also has a built-in Wi-Fi system that allows the president to remain connected to his team, even when traveling.
6. The Beast has an encrypted satellite communication system
The Beast has an encrypted satellite communication system, which allows the president to remain in contact with his team even when traveling overseas. This communication system is connected to the National Security Council’s system and is used to hold top-secret meetings. It is also equipped with a special button on the president’s seat that signals the driver to stop the car immediately. The car is also equipped with a GPS navigation system that can be tracked remotely by other government agencies.
The Beast is one of the most secure and technologically advanced cars in the world. It is designed to be as comfortable as possible for the president and his guests without sacrificing any of the security features.