You know how powerful a state head is by what he uses for personal transport – and Barrack Obama counts high on the list – with its own Boeing 747, helicopters and Cadillac “Beast” limo.
Well, it turns out the Secret Service is not so secretly seeking a replacement for the latter, with the Department of Homeland Security decided to award no later than August the contract for designing and building the next-generation presidential limousine – due out in 2017 for the next president.
“Phase 1, armor development, is currently underway. Phase 2 work will include integration of the armor design developed during Phase 1 of the program. Phase 2 requirements will include selection and integration of final automotive components, chassis, interior, exterior, and test vehicle fabrication and automotive component testing. Phase 3 will be focused on automotive validation and Phase 4 production of vehicles,” says a proposal posted by the US Secret Service.
First reported by the Time magazine, the bid is “restricted to Major domestic U.S Automobile Manufacturers, who have their primary headquarters located in the United States of America.”
Naturally, we see General Motors as a big contender in the game of showing off the best presidential limousine – as in the last 30 years the car has been based on Cadillacs. The current model, called “The Beast” among friends, was debuted back in 2009 and was built at GM’s Detroit-Hamtramck Assembly plant – basing its design on the company’s medium-duty truck platform.