Gasoline in the blood: Joe Biden is a real car fan

General Motors CEO Mary Barra (left) and Vice President Joe Biden get a closer look at the 2015 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 - the most track-capable Corvette in history - Thursday, January 16, 2014 on a tour of the General Motors exhibit at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by John F. Martin for Chevrolet)

The courts have not yet spoken the last word, but Democrat Joe Biden seems to have won the US election. With that he has reached the goal of his political ambitions. However, he has to get over one downer: As President he is no longer allowed to take a seat at the wheel himself. And that had already bothered him as Vice President under Barack Obama.

Biden's passion for automobiles began in his childhood. His father ran the business of the largest Chevrolet dealer in the US state of Delaware for years. This is how Biden got his Corvette, by the way: His father asked him to bring his future wife's 1967 Pontiac Tempest and his own 1965 Chevy over in time for the wedding in August 1963 to spruce up the cars for the party. When the two wanted to pick up their cars four days later, the surprise was great: They were able to receive their wedding present instead - a 1967 Corvette Stingray as a convertible, equipped with a 300 hp 5,4-liter V8 and four-speed -Manual gearbox.

A driver who loves speed

Biden still owns the roadster today, and when he took the wheel for the “Jay Leno's Garage” series in 2016, he insisted on putting two thick strips of rubber on the asphalt. His comment: “I love to drive a car. And maybe I shouldn't admit that, but I like speed. "He said the car was fully extended earlier, and when Jay Leno asks if he had made the 160 miles (257 km / h), Biden grins:" It was called back then , they only ran 245. “Today the car is even better in the forage than it used to be, after his sons gave it a complete engine overhaul years ago.

In an interview with the specialist magazine “Car and Driver” in 2011, Biden revealed further details of his automotive career. He owned a 1951 Studebaker that ran much faster than his father imagined because of the overdrive gear; also a bright red 1952 Plymouth convertible - "probably my favorite car" - and a used Mercedes-Benz 190 SL, "whose Solex carburettors never worked".

Joe and Jill Biden let GM Vice President Mark Reuss (2nd from left) and Chief Engineer Tadge Juechter explain the Corvette to them at the Detroit auto show.

After his brother had him drive his manual Cadillac CTS-V on private property during his vice presidency, the matter was clear to Biden: A Cadillac was needed as soon as he was allowed to drive again. The then Cadillac boss Johan De Nysschen, today COO of Volkswagen North America, recalls: “Biden bought an ATS-V after his tenure as Vice President was over. I remember how much he was looking forward to being behind the wheel again. In conversation, Biden was very pleasant and humble. ”And he proved his knowledge: the 470 hp Cadillac ATS-V was an insider tip in the compact high-performance sports sedan segment during its construction period; He was also faster than the German competition.

Biden wants to improve the situation for electric cars

Today, Biden speaks out in favor of improving the situation for electric cars: The charging infrastructure in the USA leaves a lot to be desired, the market shares outside of California are manageable. Prohibition orgies, as they are forced in Europe under the label "traffic turnaround", should not, however, occur under the Biden government. And so not that much should change in the US auto landscape. Except for Biden himself: The biggest car fan there ever was under the presidents will now have to give up the steering wheel again.

Joe Biden wants to strengthen the US auto industry.



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