US president Barack Obama’s recent visit to Israel almost unravelled after his famous limo broke down and had to be towed away. The giant armoured car, nicknamed The Beast, came a cropper not because of terrorist bombs, mines or rocket-propelled grenades, but because of a simple human error – somebody put the wrong type of fuel in.
The heavily modified General Motors Cadillac limousine had been flown over from the US to take the president about his presidential business, however it is thought to have been rendered inoperable after a driver filled up the tank with petrol instead of diesel.
Obviously, the Big O doesn’t travel without a backup plan. A second presidential limo had been flown over from the United States along with the first, so the president was able to continue about his duties in the spare Beast while mechanics worked hard to repair the primary vehicle.
The United States Secret Service issued a statement about the incident, saying they were completely prepared for such eventualities.
“One of our protective vehicles experienced mechanical problems in Israel earlier today. This is why we bring multiple vehicles and a mechanic on all trips,” said Edwin Donovan, a spokesman for the Secret Service. “Situations like this are planned for extensively by our advance teams so that the President’s itinerary is unaffected by these types of issues.”
The Beast is one of the most well-armoured cars on the planet and features an armour-plated fuel tank fitted with a specially designed foam that prevents it from exploding even if it suffers a direct hit. Its doors are eight inch thick and reinforced with armour and its bodywork is a military grade armour consisting of dual hardened steel, aluminium, titanium and ceramic measuring at least five inches thick.
Needless to say, it doesn’t get particularly good fuel economy – even with the right fuel onboard.
Via: 24 Hour News