Bidding now open for the contract to build the next ‘Beast’;
The Secret Service is mulling a substitute for Barack Obama’;s presidential limousine, the Cadillac-styled motor vehicle lovingly nicknamed “The Beast.”
News of the new limousine very first reached the Web via FedBizOpps.gov, the official site for Federal Enterprise Options, which gives listings and contracts for various government tasks. (Some other listings incorporated cleaning the kitchens at Okinawa, Coast Guard ship restore, and “Phacoemulsification Surgical Equipment.”) It calls for a 4-phase advancement program, which is seemingly simple. Phase 1 is armor growth — which is presently underway. Phase 2, putting in stated armor on a vehicle and testing it. Phase 3 is “focused on automotive validation.” Phase 4 is putting it into manufacturing. Bidding for the contract is due by April 6, and relies on factors this kind of as technical proficiency, previous overall performance — like “organization-like concern for the interests of the buyer” — and a security clearance.
But what’;s fascinating is that the bidding is open to any business that has its headquarters in America. GM has held the exclusive presidential limousine rights for the previous 30 many years, starting with Ronald Reagan’;s Cadillac Flee2od. But, could we see a return to Lincoln energy? (A buddy who performs at Ford suggested a stretched MKZ, which is a horrible notion.) Chrysler’;s headquarters are nonetheless in Auburn Hills, Mich. — perhaps a stretched 300C on a Ram 3500? Could we see a Tesla limousine? That would be the greatest Green Celebration coup there would be no far better way to firm up our environmental credentials.
Presently, the Beast rides on a Chevrolet Kodiak chassis with bits and pieces from existing Cadillacs. It needs that truck chassis, too — with armor 5 inches thick and life-assistance techniques within, it weighs something on the purchase of 10,000 lbs. The Beast entered services at the exact same time as President Obama, generating its initial look alongside his inauguration in 2009 6 many years later, it nevertheless serves the president’;s office faithfully.
Any new limousine will need to be prepared to go by 2017, when we swear in our new commander-in-chief.
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