February 7th, 2004, 08:10 AM
Meet the 'Bushmobile'
What's red, white and blue, runs off a 72-volt battery and has a top speed of 25 mph? The president's official Bushmobile for the summer Group of Eight summit.
G-8 organizers on Monday unveiled the electric car -- which resembles a golf cart the size of a Volkswagen Beetle -- customized for President Bush to cruise around Sea Island during the June 8-10 meeting of world leaders.
Leaders of the remaining seven countries attending the summit in coastal Georgia need not be jealous. They'll each get similar rides decked out with decal motifs based on their own national flags.
The cars are made by Global Electric Motorcars of Fargo, North Dakota, a subsidiary of Daimler Chrysler. With 12-inch wheels and open sides, they work as high-end golf carts.
But they're also street legal in areas where the speed limit is 35 mph or less, with seat belts, headlights, mirrors and even windshield wipers as standard features.
Capable of driving 30 miles between charging, the vehicles are perfect for a secluded resort like Sea Island, which is only 5 miles long and half-a-mile wide, Bennett said.
The four-seat model the summit leaders will drive -- minus the flashy flag decals -- retails for $8,995.
February 7th, 2004, 12:12 PM
Nobody knows I'm a dog.
I'm sure you youngsters out there would want to put a Phat-Pipe on it, a 75,000 watt bazooka bass sound system and some blue neon trim lights. And a spoiler.
We old farts would put in some wheel tubs, super 60 slick tires in the back, a chevy big block with a 6:71 supercharger, and a barefoot gas pedal.
And Jenson 6x9 triaxils.
February 9th, 2004, 04:46 AM
You'll also need the built tough FORD 9inch diff with full-detroit locker running 4.11 gears thru 32-spline axels, and Pizza cutter 4" wide front tires with Chain Steering wheel and 8-ball Shifter knob or 2speed power-glide... who says young guys dont know performance parts
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