Written by: Deric "D-ROC" Bernier
(Images from Cyberformula and Megazone 23)


 
 

 THE RACING CIRCUIT OF 2020

Like any other sport in the year 2020 professional racing has changed. It's gotten bigger, faster, and more dangerous. With the advent of AV technologies and improvements in fuel the track of today is a far cry from the relatively safe courses of yesteryear. The tracks are longer with more straight-aways leading to hairpin turns. Cars now reach an average of over 400 mph. Accidents are common and fatalities high, but that's what brings the crowd. The cars too have changed. They are all equipped with laser communicators for instant sit reps, speaking to a team member sitting in an observation tower where he can see the whole track and give constant updates on track conditions, lap count, position, car stress and the drivers condition. The cars are also equipped with radar and ejection seats standard for safety purposes. Motorcycle races are no different, in fact they are deadlier, the only real improvements have been in speed and handling, its kind of hard to incorporate safety into a motorcycle, and deaths in the two-wheel arena are much more common.

The only thing that has stayed the same is the corporate sponsorship of these events. Now just as always they control the show, and endorsements are the name of the game. The media, however, takes a much more active role: they actually compete In fact the Network 54 team won the last INDY 500. Their cars are mobile studios recording the whole race from the car itself and beaming live to your television or holo-projector via on board satellite uplink.

 People still come for the roar of the engines, the smell of burnt rubber, the rush of air as the vehicles pass, the thrill of the chase, and the speed of the cars. The drivers still do it for two reasons, the money (Andrew Bennet recieved 20 million eb in prize money alone when he won the world championship last year) and more importantly the chance to drive the fastest cars in the world.

2018 PONTIAC CONDOR

The Condor is built along classic Pontiac lines, a formidable car, what it lacks in maneuvering, it makes up for in sheer acceleration. Although its an older car, the Condor still enjoys success on the fast paced circuit where a car over a year old is considered obsolete.
 
 
Top Speed: 170 mph  Acc/Dcc 45/50
Crew: 1 Range:  200mi
Passengers: 0 Cargo:  2 spaces
Maneuver: +3 SDP: 60
SP: 25 Type: car
Mass: 2 tons Cost: 334,260 EB

SPECIAL EQUIPMENT:
ejection seat, crash control system, damage control, laser communicator, Radar, cybernetic linkage.
 
 

2017 CHEVY HARPY

Chevy motors Harpy, an average car for the tracks of 2020. Despite it's unorthodox appearance, with a good track record and high end acceleration this car has won its fair share of races. Although there have been reported problems with the ejection seats. (1 in 10 chance of not working) This is the oldest car on the tracks of 2020.
 
 
Top Speed: 190 mph  Acc/Dcc 40/50
Crew: 1 Range:  200mi
Passengers: 0 Cargo:  2 spaces
Maneuver: +3 SDP: 55
SP: 25 Type: car
Mass: 2 tons Cost: 318,987 EB

 SPECIAL EQUIPMENT:
Crash control system, cybernetic linkage, radar, damage control, environmental control, laser communications, ejection seats, Russian Arms quick fix.
 
 

BMW 2020 HERMES

The BMW HERMES is the most expensive car on the track, its the car used by the media corporations. It offers impressive performance and handling but that is only a small part of the cars value. In 2020 the media corporations actually run in the races as contestants not just as observers. This car has a full audio visual recording set up, with 360 degree camera view. All the driver does is drive the car, the recording equipment is controlled by personnel on the sidelines.
 
 
Top Speed: 160 mph  Acc/Dcc 40/50
Crew: 1 Range:  180mi
Passengers: 0 Cargo:  0
Maneuver: +4 SDP: 40
SP: 18 Type: car
Mass: 2 tons Cost: 432,680 EB

SPECIAL EQUIPMENT:
Crash control system, damage control, radar, laser communicator, ejection seat, audio visual recorders, satellite uplink, cybernetic linkage, environmental control,
 
 

MITSUBISHI IMPLULSE 2020

The impulse is the most maneuverable car on the tracks today, its smaller size gives back the advantage its top speed takes away. Its lack of sufficient armor and its light weight give this car an undeserved reputation as a death trap, on the contrary this car has a better safety record than any other car on the track.
 
 
Top Speed: 195 mph  Acc/Dcc 30/50
Crew: 1 Range:  250 mi
Passengers: 0 Cargo:  0
Maneuver: +7 SDP: 45
SP: 15 Type: car
Mass: 2 tons Cost: 365,670 EB

SPECIAL EQUIPMENT:
Crash control systems, damage control, ejection seat, environment control laser communicator, radar, cybernetic linkage, self sealing tires, onboard AI (int 5)
 
 

2020 BELL QUICKSILVER

With its classic formula one styling and clean lines, this car tears down the track and tears up the competition. One drawback to this otherwise exceptional car is its lack of an ejector seat, which was omitted from production to save weight and space. Instead it uses an old fashion rear deployed parachute. Only the most daring drivers will race in this vehicle.
 
 
Top Speed: 210 mph  Acc/Dcc 40/65
Crew: 1 Range:  200 mi
Passengers: 0 Cargo: 1 space
Maneuver: +5 SDP: 45
SP: 20 Type: car
Mass: 2 tons Cost: 372,260 EB

SPECIAL EQUIPMENT:
Crash control system, damage control, environmental control, self sealing tires, radar, laser communicator, rear deployed parachute.
 
 

2020 KAWASAKI VANGUARD

The Vanguard is the average racing bike for 2020. Sleek powerful and huge, this metal beast takes a rider of incredible skill to tame it.
 
 
Top Speed: 250 mph  Acc/Dcc 50/50
Crew: 1 Range:  180 mi
Passengers: 0 Cargo: 0
Maneuver: +3 SDP: 30
SP: 10 Type: motorcycle
Mass: 120 kg Cost: 157,240 EB

SPECIAL EQUIPMENT:
Laser communicator in helmet.
 
 

2020 LAMBORGHINI WOLF

Until the release of the Vengeance (below) this car dominated the track. With the highest top speed available and unbelievable handling this car was thought to have been the last word in racing. And while the Vengeance surpassed it, it is still a monster that refuses to be denied.In a startling upset Andrew Bennet won the world championship driving a WOLF at Monte Carlo last season.
 
 
Top Speed: 205 mph 
(245 w/ turbo) 
Acc/Dcc 48/60
Crew: 1 Range:  215 mi
Passengers: 2 Cargo: 2 space
Maneuver: +5 SDP: 70
SP: 35 Type: car
Mass: 2.6 tons Cost: 3,398,640 EB

SPECIAL EQUIPMENT:
Crash control systems, damage control, environmental control, laser communicator, radar, entertainment system, ejector seats, cybernetic linkage, self sealing tires.
 
 

2020 MITSUBISHI VENGEANCE

Built to compete with the Wolf, the Vengeance surpassed all racing boundaries. Even without the custom MCDONALD DOUGLAS rocket boosters this car is a force too be reckoned with, once the boosters are engaged its unstoppable. The Vengeance is heralded as the single greatest car ever built. Years and years of research and every technological advancement available went into the making of this superb vehicle. It has set the standards from this day on.
 
 
Top Speed: 210 mph 
(260 w/ turbo) 
Acc/Dcc 48/60
Crew: 1 Range:  200 mi
Passengers: 1 Cargo: 2 space
Maneuver: +6 SDP: 60
SP: 30 Type: car
Mass: 2.2 tons Cost: 4,810,870 EB

SPECIAL EQUIPMENT:
Crash control systems, damage control, ejection seats, rocket boosters, laser communicator, radar, self sealing tires, environment control, entertainment system, auto doc, AI (int 3)


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