CFI WTE-5K "White Shark" - Mid-sized, x-hvy. chassis, hvy. suspension, large power plant, 4 PR tires, driver, Blast Cannon w/ HESH ammo front, 2 SDs w/Incendiary Ammo linked left and rear, Hi-res SWC linked to the BC. Armor: F75, L60, R60, B70, T1, U4. Accel. 5; Top speed 92.5; HC 3; $18.970; 5,760 lbs. Driver's gear: body armor, flak jacket, AVR (6 shots), $1,030. Total: $20,000.
Origins and the World Championships are still a month away as this is being written, and the Racing Championships won't be for another month after that; we'll have complete reports in the next issue.
by Francis Lalumiere
The Golden Rod was the first official arena of the Republic of Quebec. It was built in 2033 - the year during which autoduelling became legal throughout the Republic - atop Montreal's highest skyscraper, a 135-story-high building belonging to the National Bank. Even though no longer young and fresh, it remains to this day the best known of the 13 duelling arenas of the Republic.
Designed for four participants (although it can accommodate more), the Golden Rod has two floors, one 15 feet above the other. Neither has any railing. Yes, a vehicle hitting the ground after a 135-story fall is a great show, and the streets around the building are evacuated before each event. Four elevators, each just large enough for a car, bring the vehicles to the top of the building and then start down again, returning only after the event in order to fetch the survivors (if any).
The shaded areas at each bridge entrance are impassable barriers on the bridge, though vehicles moving on the lower level may pass under them. The dotted lines on the bridge indicate the continuation of walls on the lower level. Vehicles on the bridge may trade fire with vehicles on the lower level provided the vehicle on the bridge is within 1" of the bridge edge and the one below is at least 1" away from the bridge. If a vehicle falls of the bridge, follow the normal procedure for falling damage, assuming a fall of 30 feet. If a vehicle falls off the edge of the arena, don't worry about it - the confetti rule will apply after a few seconds.
Only a few events at the Golden Rod are "points oriented," with checkpoints to cross and other goals to meet to score points. Most of the time, it's simple duelling to the finish, and it makes for a great show.