More and more different car models are being used to build a limousine. In different countries you can find their cars built locally. Some of these vehicles look exotic and all are stretched. Yes, they are really stretched (at least more than double). Not every turn on every road can beat this car at first.
So you probably already have questions. So we have the answers. How do the passengers feel? What does the driver feel when driving this car? What do the owners of these vehicles feel?
We just found out about this. And I have not been able to hide this from you. Bucket of black caviar, gold toilet, a suitcase of dollars. The dimensionless limousines in the Association will seek a series of uncommon harmony. “Honey, I’ll send you a limo,” doesn’t that sound great?
However, a limousine can boast of having very few people. It is not even a high price and utility for these vehicles. What vehicle can be called a limousine? Extended sedan – the limousine, the car with a division between the driver and the passengers, again a limousine.
Even an ordinary six-window sedan, also sometimes called a limousine! In fact, according to the generally accepted classification, the limousine should be understood as a passenger car with four or six doors with a bulkhead to the front row of seats.
Well, it turns out that Chevrolet Suburban, shown in our photos in various poses, isn’t it a limousine? Formally No. However, any passerby who notices this car on the street will comment on the “limousine.” Then the game becomes a concept, above a word “stretch”. Make any car “stretch” and you get the “limo” of the people.
The most expensive limousines are usually made by the high-class European automakers themselves. A typical example: Mercedes-Benz S600 Pullman. Such vehicles do not affect the appearance of the imagination, but they are quite capable of stunning with the price. And in the armored version the price simply kills the death: half a million dollars is not the limit. By the way, these cars give a ride to the presidents of many countries. Other types of limousines are often used as a taxi or for corporate purposes that are not the most expensive cars and can have up to six doors. These cars are easy to find on the street today. In Seattle, these cars sometimes happen – these can be a Chrysler, Lincoln, or a Mercedes-Benz.
And more … Stretch, super stretch, ultra stretch, ultra super stretch: the creators of these fantasy vehicles are inexhaustible. Sometimes it seems that the limousine is not to perform any task, but only as a means of expression. 10 seats, 20 seats, 30 seats, TV, DVD players, bar, restaurant, swimming pool, helipad, golf course, Aquarium of the current model of the aircraft carrier in full size. will be.
Of course, five-axle section with a pool instead of luggage, that’s very exotic, company demonstration, a kind of limousine concept. But the four wheels drive an SUV of more than fifteen meters in length, capable of containing a football team, along with spare bench players, is how you see reality. Anyone can touch this limousine! And if you want or need it, you can become king for a day, starting at $ 300 an hour and sometimes even cheaper.
The most classic limousine, usually based on the Lincoln Town Car. The fundamental point here, the presence of the frame: to create a section of the car with the supporting body, the much more troublesome and expensive task. And it is simple: the body of serial machines is cut exactly in half, and between the front and rear doors they need to insert the box with windows, the so-called insert. The length of the insert and defines a class of limousine. City cars, as a rule, stretch 60-120 inches. (1524-3048 mm) and can grow up to 200 inches, while other times they are longer.
The production of limousines in the United States alone perplexes about fifty companies. Of those who are well known: Tiffany Coachworks, Dream Coachworks, Crystal Enterprises and others. Together they create wonderful things. For example, in the model number of a six-axle Lincoln Navigator Dream, Crystal could represent such a wonderful creature, an eight-door Hummer H2!
In principle, a standard padding, which American cars have, is enough to stretch it: the engine and transmission remain intact. But the suspension and braking systems can be improved: the same total weight of the car becomes much heavier. Again, it is necessary to refine the exhaust system, making it adapt to the new length of the vehicle.
The limousine is considered complete when even some procedures are performed. Have you guessed it? Right: In the list of electrical equipment there is an additional generator and battery, a heating and air conditioning equipment is more productive, as required by a huge passenger compartment.
Interior space and décor – this is what limousines built. Everything, for the good of man! And no one, but for the entire company! Our GMC is designed for 14 people, in full possession of which illuminated mirror bar. At the bar, with crystal jugs, wine glasses for the champagne bucket. Immediately – aquarium with artificial fish: water bubbles and changing colors, funny animals and things that please the eye.
Stars shine on the mirrored ceiling: multi-colored LEDs represent a romantic sky. In the case of the enclosures, located at the ends of the cabin, mounted LCD televisions and two screens located in the side racks. The signal for them is a DVD or VCR player; These devices are located on the floor under the seats. Above most of the VIP seats is the control panel for all devices and next to it the remote control – head unit hi-fi audio system with two 12-inch subwoofers.
You can organize a party directly in the car, highlighting the intimate strobe flashes of the semi-darkness and filling the space of the cabin with artificial smoke and laser beams. And you can turn off all of the above at once or ask for the driver – the same panel is in the cockpit. In the same cabin, however, there are a few things. For example, a walkie-talkie to communicate with the driver, or the police and many other devices that are essential for the driver.
Is it difficult to drive a limousine? According to the words of the limo driver, you can get used to everything. Of course, there are many restrictions for stretch limousines. So, for example, Route: Stretch Limos pre-crossovers cannot make a sharp turn the first time. While we can generally drive all over the city, in some places it is not without its problems. Surprisingly, the degrees of rotation are not the most important characteristic of the fairway.
The important thing is how wide the street is! However, for the professional there is little or no problem with the maneuver. Can you see how skillfully the drivers on a huge track come back? by the mirror. In this sense, driving a limousine, even easier: there is no desire at all.
Do limousine drivers violate traffic rules? Only when this is due to extreme industrial need. The most common infraction: It is okay to exit into oncoming traffic or turn in the wrong place. State Patrol, being delighted by the greatness of the stage and the utmost professionalism, its driver, leniently refers to some infractions.
All in all. Everyone respects the limousine. In an attempt to turn in crowded traffic conditions (for a car length of over a hundred feet, almost every corner in the city is fraught with well-known complications), the limousine can block the road and generate heavy traffic, but few drivers will. start to honk convulsively at a slow giant. Who knows who or what may be inside this car. They can be people who are going to a wedding. There is no reason to spoil your good mood.
But speed is respected everywhere. Even in a hurry, the company prohibits a driver from exceeding a speed of 60 mph.
Actually, there is no special problem with operating a limousine in the city. But there are cool features. Take, for example, maintenance and repair. Almost all large limousine companies have specially trained people who check the technical condition of the limousine.
They also do some repairs. However, it is certainly not omnipotence – a modern car requires professional service. Can you imagine how to lift a limousine? No, because there are no elevators, they could hang 200 inches from the limo. In general, the problem is, but it can be solved. Only the experts are needed.