PRESIDENTIAL CARS – A RIDE THROUGH HISTORY

Cars are more than just a means of transportation or luxury, it embodies and projects the status of its owner, and it becomes a standard, a means of identification and a memory to be remembered by. Presidents over the years have made their choice of vehicles according to trend, recommendations and security. Let’s take a brief tour through memory lane to observe the choice automobiles of a few American presidents in history.

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BAKER ELECTRIC – This 1909 electric vehicle was one of the cars owned by President William Taft more than a century ago. This vehicle is capable of a 14 mph (23k/h) speed and earlier modules were powered by 12-cell batteries. This vehicle is presently displayed at a public museum.

OLDSMOBILE 98 – Richard Nixon in the 1960’s battled for nomination as a vice president while cruising an Oldsmobile 98. According to popular reviews it helped him maintain an average American look. This sedan with 4-5 seats had a speed of 145 km/h.

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FORD THUNDERBIRD – John F Kennedy owned and died in one of these in 1961. This convertible luxury car has been refurbished over the years till the eleventh generation (2002-2005 models)

AMPHIBICAR – The American president Lyndon B Johnson was popular for his amphibious car in 1961. This German made limited edition automobile is always a wonder to behold.

FORD MUSTANG CONVERTIBLE – Before being elected as president of the united states ex-president Bill Clinton owned an aqua blue ford mustang convertible. This vintage beauty is presently at a museum on public display although its newest upgrade (sixth generation); a 2015 version is currently sweeping the market charts with a sale of 122,349 cars in 2015.

CADILLAC ONE – This “Beast” of a limousine shuttles the current American president Barack Obama and for security sake the diesel powered beauty has been customized with heavy security equipment, it’s also built to stop a missile! From popular reviews it is considered the safest vehicle in the world. Due to the heavy weight (8 tons) of the car it can only reach 60 mph (97 km/h). This limousine is currently priced between US $300,000-$1.5 million.

These vehicles through history have evolved to suit the trend and needs of particular president elect. With the current increase in security threat worldwide it is expected that future presidential automobiles would be developed and well equipped with impenetrable technology in order to ensure the safety of the number one citizen of the country.

 

Ducati Superlegerra 1299 Rivals the BMW HP4

Are you looking for something a little more unique than a motorcycle? What about a superbike? Well the Ducati 1299 superbike displays a sleek look with a powerful engine and features that are hard to beat. It has it all. This unique product provides a classic white and red look and a sophisticated body. The Ducati 1299 is an eye-catching bike, but it has more than just looks.

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How It Runs

The Ducati 1299 bike is a revolutionary bike. It is said to be the most powerful bike that Ducati has ever made, and that’s something extraordinary. This Superbike features a Ducati Power Launch, which enables the rider to have a lightening-fast start. You can get faster more efficiently and with less effort than before. The engine of the Ducati 1299 superbike can spin faster because of the lighter weight, and it has less gyroscopic resistance to steering inputs in general. The engine produces 215 hp as well, making it faster than most bikes out there. This bike has speed, and the speed also comes from the ability to be built with such lightweight materials.

For one thing, this bike is made out of unobtainium, a lightweight metal product. The bike also utilizes materials such as aluminum, titanium, and tungsten. The entire bike weighs 344 lbs, which is lighter than many superbikes you can buy. The company has made smart choices in picking out lightweight materials for this bike to make it as lightweight as possible. The twin-cylinder engine weighs only 5.3 lbs. So, let’s talk about what weighs only around 5 pounds, a Chihuahua. This is just to put it in perspective. For the features of the engine, it runs smoothly and efficiently because of the lightweight features.

Also, there are aluminum cylinder liners instead of steel cylinder liners in the frame of the bike. The wheels are also made of a lightweight carbon fiber material. These wheels produce less rolling resistance for a safer ride.We will discuss the safety features in the next section.

Safety

As far as safety goes, there are certain features that make this bike safe. For one thing, this bike boasts great Engine Break Control, or EBC. With EBC, you can be guaranteed a stable ride. The EBS has three levels, so you can control the strength of the break.

With another feature, the bike provides a Bosch Cornering ABS system to keep the bike under control. Another feature is the new slipper and self-servo system that gives you ride stability. To go even further, there has been a series of tests done to ensure the safety of the rider, including the Active Transient Thermography test. This test is the same test used by Aerospace engineers and others associated with it. This inspection uses Non-Destruction Inspection, or NDI, technology to test the product. Also, another test that is Computed Axial Tomography, which provides a 3D X-Ray inspection of the Ducati 1299. Looking inside the bike is also important in making sure it is safe and secure. The efficiency along with the safety features make the bike one that is hard to beat.