Music mogul Simon Cowell wishes to own a Cadillac One, also known as ‘The Beast’, after seeing US President Barack Obama travelling around in one of the bomb-proof cars. The car was used by Obama during his current visit to the UK, spurring the 51-year-old to demand one of the eight-tonne vehicles for himself, reported Contactmusic. “Simon Cowell phoned me this morning and said he wants the same car as Obama,” Cowell’s spokesperson Max Clifford said.
Worth at least 1 million pounds, the sleek-looking Cadillac One provides maximum safety and can go from zero to 60 miles per hour in 15 seconds. Its 6.5 litre engine is armour-plated and it also has bullet-proof glass and puncture-resistant tyres. The vehicle would provide the perfect security for Cowell, who three years ago discovered a tracking device in his Rolls Royce. A friend also revealed that the X-Factor boss, who is worth an estimated USD 324 million, is “obsessed” with cars and knew he wanted a ‘Beast’ as soon as he saw the President’s.
“Simon’s love of cars is borderline obsessional. He took one look at Obama’s ‘Beast’ and his first thought was, ‘I need one.’ Obviously, it is not as simple as walking into a Cadillac showroom and getting one. A beast would take months, if not years, to complete,” a source said.