Donald Trump arrives in the UK today – and he’s bringing his £1.3m Cadillac, nicknamed The Beast, with him.
The luxurious limousine has been kitted out for the controversial commander-in-chief and comes complete with a tear gas cannon and a pump-action shotgun.
Trump’s new ‘Cadillac One’ presidential state car is reportedly equipped with a number of defence systems and is built to withstand an attack, featuring doors and windows which can repel armour piercing bullets, and is reportedly stocked with bottles of the president’s blood type in case he is injured.
The car weighs in at a staggering eight tonnes, is bulletproof and has been dubbed ‘The Safest Car in the World’.
The 45th president will hope the vehicle is also sound proof with tens of thousands of protesters expected to line the streets to show their opposition to his right-wing policies.
The car was used for President Trump’s Inaugural parade although it was the rows of empty seats that got more attention than the deluxe car
The new seven-seater limousine is loaded with weaponry in case of an attack.
Tear gas cannon are located within the rear bumper to debilitate anyone pursuing the car.
The president will always be accompanied by armed Secret Service members in a motorcade, but the car reportedly has a pump-action shotgun inside at all times.
‘The Beast’ has a bullet-proof exterior with military-grade armour up to 8in thick, and is sealed to withstand biological and chemical attacks.
The undercarriage has protection from roadside bombs, the New York Post reports.
The diesel fuel tank is bullet and blast-proof, and the laminated windows are made from toughened glass and are several inches thick.
The armoured doors are so heavy that they are almost physically impossible to open from the inside, and only the driver’s side window can open.
Run flat tyres will maintain their structural integrity if they are punctured thanks to a solid core, the Times reports.
The one-of-a-kind car carries stocks of the president’s blood type.
It also has oxygen tanks in case of a gas attack.
Also on board is a life support machine to help anyone who is critically injured.
Armed Secret Service members travel in the car with the president, while ‘The Beast’ is also accompanied by a number of support vehicles carrying extra guards.
The president’s car is driven by a highly-skilled driver who is trained in a number of anti-terror and protective manoeuvres to keep the president safe.
‘Cadillac One’ is fitted with a state-of-the-art and secure communications system that Trump will be able to use to conduct regular business or even oversee an emergency when he is on the move from the White House or Air Force One.
Why did Trump get a new limo?
The 2017 Cadillac has been in development for more than two years and will replace a fleet of around a dozen nearly identical limousines that were used by former President Barack Obama , Autoweek reports.
The new car does not feature many changes in terms of its exterior design and interior layout, and is similar to the 2009 limousine that entered service under Obama.
The passenger compartment has conference-style seating for five, with two seats up front for the highly-skilled driver and a passenger.
Measuring 18ft in length, the car reportedly has a top speed of 60mph and a 6.6-litre V8 engine.