January 16, 2009--
Rumor has it that the new U.S. presidential limousine is sturdy enough to withstand a direct hit from an asteroid.
Even if not, Barack Obama's fully customized Cadillac, which debuts on Inauguration Day, is still the place to be when disaster strikes.
Specs weren't released, but experts say the limo's body probably sits on the chassis of a GM commercial truck and has a similarly hefty engine.
"The Beast," as the Secret Service calls it, likely has heavy armor, five-inch-thick (12.7-centimeter-thick) bombproof glass, tough-as-nails tires, and a sealed interior that's invulnerable to chemical attack.
One thing it's not is green: No car this mammoth will sport good gas mileage.
Photograph courtesy U.S. Department of the Treasury