Not too long ago, the Secret Service ordered newly updated limousines in which to transport the president and other high-ranking officials. According to several recent reports, it appears that the “Beast,” as it is informally known, is just about ready to be delivered.
According to Car and Driver, the new Beast built by General Motors was spotted being put through its paces at GM’s Milford Proving Grounds in Michigan, and appeared to be something of a mixture in design of the Cadillac Escalade SUV and CT6 sedan.
Numerous “spy photos” of the armored limo undergoing final tests were published by various automotive media outlets, but one thing about those pictures has caught a lot of people’s eyes, namely the unusual camouflage.
According to AutoGuide, that camo is not some new type of paint job, but is instead a special vinyl wrap that serves a very specific purpose — to disguise the true dimensions and contours of the vehicle from the unblinking eye of a camera, as well as the eyes of those who would be looking at pictures taken by said cameras.
The weird wrapping, which typically feature a mixture of swirls, lines, stripes, splotches, geometrical shape, and curves, works to distort the true dimensions of the vehicle by creating odd and unnatural contrasts that can trick the auto-focus feature of many cameras by alternately absorbing and reflecting light via the black and white patterns.
(via: Conservative Tribune)