President Trump wanted to take a lap at the Daytona 500 in the presidential limousine aka THE BEAST.
Here are 10 more facts you may not know about the First Car.
- The current model has a Duramax 6.6-liter, V-8, super-charged diesel engine. Its first day of service was on Jan. 20, 2009, when it drove President Obama down Pennsylvania Avenue to his inauguration.
- The Beast is heavy, weighing 22,000 pounds. To compare, a 2014 Toyota Camry sedan weighs approximately 3,200 pounds. Much of the weight comes from the car’s armor, which is made from steel, aluminum, titanium and ceramic.
- The vehicle’s doors have no keyholes. Secret Service agents are the only people who know how to open the limo’s passenger doors.
- The First Car has more five-inch bulletproof glass than its predecessor. it also has an interior that can seal itself off to protect the occupant during a chemical assault.
- Did we mention fire power? The state car has rocket-propelled grenades, a tear gas cannon, pump-action shotguns and an armored fuel tank. Take that, bad guys.
- The First Car comes equipped with two pints of blood in the President’s blood type and its own oxygen supply.
- There’s an encrypted phone and interactive video system so the president can hold conferences while riding.
- The underside of the Beast is protected with a Kevlar mat to shield it from bombs.
- The car’s tires are also reinforced with Kevlar and work when flat. If a tire falls off, the limo can drive on its steel rims.
- The US Secret Service destroys the state car after it is taken out of service – a tradition that started after the September 11 attacks. Agents shoot the vehicle with bullets and explosive rounds to showcase its effectiveness and destroy all evidence of its protective features.
President Trump also gave a speech prior to the race, and his starting lap.
And of course, it’s only fitting that the President of the United States should arrive in grand style.