The presidential limousine was first seen in late 2018, when President Donald Trump rode through New York City in the hulking Cadillac ahead of the United Nations General Assembly. The limousine was put back in the public spotlight in February of this year, however, when Trump went for a lap of Daytona International Speedway ahead of the Daytona 500.
That appearance seems to have inspired YouTuber and woodworker Alex Hoang to try his hand at re-creating the presidential limousine. Hoang documented the process of his presidential limo wood carving for a recent video of his, showing the entire process from start to finish.
As car enthusiasts, not woodworkers, we weren’t familiar with how a wood carving like this comes together. Hoang starts with a block of wood and a stencil, tracing the vehicle’s silhouette and cutting out some circular wood pieces for the wheels. He then whittles away at the wood block bit-by-bit, using a stencil to ensure all his interpretation of the Cadillac CT6-inspired limo is as accurate as can be.
Hoang even gives his wood carving working front and rear axles, allowing it to roll back and forth. Even more impressive, though, is that the doors of the sedan actually open and close.
The Cadillac presidential limo, nicknamed ‘The Beast’ due to its massive stature and significant weight, was developed by General Motors at the request of the U.S. government. Not surprisingly, the Secret Service keeps crucial details of the limo under wraps for security reasons, but we can confirm that it is powered by a diesel engine – likely a variation of the 6.6L Duramax diesel offered in GM’s heavy duty trucks.
Watch Hoang’s impressive wood carving come together in the video embedded below.
This post was created in collaboration with our sister publication, Cadillac Society.