Presidential Limo Drift In Reverse – Video
While this is only a clip from a video game, there is something highly amusing about seeing the POTUS’ limo drift backwards through some intense corners while sublimating its run-flat tires.
The current model of presidential state car is a unique Cadillac built upon a medium-duty truck platform. The car is equipped with many life-saving, offensive, and defensive measures, and is built to not only the United States Secret Service’s standards, but Cadillac’s as well. When riding in the state car, the president is cut off from the outside world, but has extensive 21st-century communications gear handy. In a recent change, the vehicle bears standard Washington, D.C. license plates.
United States presidents embraced automotive technology in the early 20th-century with President William Howard Taft’s purchase of four cars and the conversion of the White House stables into a garage. Presidents rode in stock, unmodified cars until President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s administration bought the Sunshine Special, the first presidential state car to be built to Secret Service standards. Until the assassination of John F. Kennedy, presidential state cars frequently allowed the president to ride uncovered and exposed to the public. After the assassination began a progression of increasingly armored and sealed cars until the current state car which is hermetically sealed with its own environmental system on board.
Modern presidential state cars are destroyed with the assistance of the Secret Service to prevent their secrets from being known to outside parties.
Late 20th-century and 21st-century presidential motorcades have consisted of 24–45 vehicles other than the presidential state car, including vehicles for security, healthcare, the press, and route-clearing, among others.