The U.S. government has released a request for a proposal on a new armored limousine, possibly replacing the Cadillac One.
The request for proposal didn’t state specifically if the Secret Service is looking to replace The Beast, but it does ask for a newly-designed limo built “in accordance with government-provided specifications.”
According to the report, automakers will have to develop a concept, design the limo’s armor, research and develop a powertrain and chassis capable of taking the required abuse, and prove that the limo can withstand live fire exercises.
Cadillac, which currently manufactures The Beast that has served President Obama since 2008, is likely to compete for the contract. The American automaker has been building the limousine for the President since Bill Clinton’s term in 1993 with the Fleetwood Brougham. Unfortunately, and as expected, Cadillac wouldn’t speak directly about the Presidential Limousine, but did say that it is “a great honor and responsibility to carry on the tradition of presidential cars,” according to spokesman David Caldwell in an interview with Motor Trend.
The Department of Homeland Security is expected to award the contract by September 29, 2013.
[Source: Motor Trend]
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