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102 Vehicles: Private Transport

Ngola Dune Buggy (TL8)

Summary: 0.20 displacement ton open-topped open frame; 1.25 tonnes; Cr 4582 Chassis: 2.80 kL open-topped open frame (6.1 m long x 87 cm wide x 87 cm high); Structure: 384 kg of soft steel, rated for 1.0Gs, body 0.02 cm thick, 1 armour rating Performance: 100 kW TL4 internal combustion engine; Fuel: 100 L of hydrocarbons (100 kg), 10 hours supply Propulsion System: 100 kW wheels with off-road suspension; Maximum Speed: 101 km/h loaded, 110 km/h unloaded; Range: 1011 km loaded, 1098 km unloaded; Agility: +1DM (0.1G); Crew & Passengers: Crew roster: driver; 1 crew station; 1 cramped passenger seat Communications: No communicators installed. Sensors: No sensors installed. Other: 197 L of cargo space (98.7 kg)

Small and cheap, the Ngola dune buggy is little more than a tubular frame with a pair of seats and a motor. Although fast enough for highway use, its short wheelbase and off-road suspension are unstable at high speeds.

Muskrat Swamp Scooter (TL8)

Summary: 0.06 displacement ton open-topped wedge streamlined; 597 kg; Cr 3551 Chassis: 840 L open-topped wedge streamlined (2.9 m long x 1.2 m wide x 74 cm high); Structure: 32.3 kg of fiber laminate, rated for 1.0Gs, body 0.13 cm thick, 1 armour rating Performance: 80.0 kW TL4 internal combustion engine; Fuel: 32.0 L of hydrocarbons (32.0 kg), 4 hours supply Propulsion System: 80.0 kW hoverskirt; Maximum Speed: 121 km/h; Range: 482 km; Agility: +1DM (0.2G); Crew: Crew roster: driver; 1 external crew station; Protection: front Communications: Subregional Radio (1 W, TL8, SmVcl); Range: 10 km Sensors: No sensors installed.

Cheap, small, and fast, the Muskrat is perfect for scaring the local wildlife, but otherwise fairly useless. A wetlands version of the ubiquitous Seadoo, it is easily unstable and easily upset on all but the smoothest of surfaces. Those famous ads of beautiful people speeding through the Waterglades required numerous takes using highly skilled stunt-doubles.

© Robert Prior, 1998.

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