Simon Cowell wants a car like President Obama
London: 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.