With all the advancements in the area of automobiles that have come out since "our" time, why, in 2035, hasn't someone come up with a substitute for gasoline? I know, I know, not this again. The reason I ask is that, besides an autoduellist, I am also a drive-hard, die-fast hot-rodder. I miss that "low rumble to loud roar" stuff. Why hasn't some boy in Tennessee or Kentucky "raided Pappy's still to race the ol' Dodge"? With all the high-performance stuff like superchargers, turbos, nitrous oxide, high-rise manifolds, four-barrel carbs, and Murray four-speeds available in our time, how can anyone be happy with an electric "toaster on wheels"? When I hear "electric" I think of a golf cart, not of a heavily-armed freeway fighter. The thrill is gone with the exhaust... America fell in love with the automobile, and its noisy, fuel-burning, horse-power producing engine, not with "toasters on wheels."
Now, I'm not asking for a complete revision of Car Wars,
but how about a "rules variant" or option to allow for
"gasahol" (or whatever you want to call it) powered
- Thomas "Wrong-Way" Wright, Ft. Hood, TX
You want it, Thomas, you got it! It's called
"Dueltrack," and it has everything you asked for. Look
for it in late spring or early summer.
In response to John Nowak's comment in ADQ Vol. 3, No. 3 that my ejector set solution was "...uh, unlikely," all I can say is, "Oops!" I did forget to account for the necessary deceleration of the chair, which makes my solution void. As a result, my teammates have strapped me to an ejector seat to do first hand studies of acceleration and deceleration rates (both with and without parachutes...).
And speaking of "unlikely" solutions, take this familiar example. Let's say you're heading due north at 50 mph. You then decide to do a tight bend (D6). You make your control roll, and now you're doing 50 mph due east. Now all this happens in one-tenth of a second...
So in one-tenth of a second, your velocity north went from 50 mph to 0 mph. Using a=(Vf-Vi)/t (where a is acceleration, Vf is final velocity, Vi is initial velocity, and t is time), we get a = 733 ft/(sec*sec), or 22.8 Gs!!!
Therefore, you'll be subjected to a 22.8 G deceleration in the north/south direction, while at the same time you'll face a 22.8 G acceleration in the east/west direction. And no, these two forces won't cancel out (they're at right angles to each other).
Now, I'm no doctor, but even with the best G-suits, safety harnesses, etc., etc., I think 22.8 Gs will squish your insides like a bug on a windshield...
So what does all this mean? It means forget about the mathematics! As Scott Haring says, "It's only a game!" More importantly, it's playable, it works and it's fun! (I know I wouldn't want to be bogged down calculating G-forces and skid ratios and friction factors, etc., etc., with each maneuver.) Actually, I guess it doesn't matter that much anyway. Every time I try a tight bend at 50 mph I crash and burn. Oh, well...
This thing is rambling on too long, so I think I'll wrap it up by saying I received Vol. 3, No. 4 today, and as usual it's excellent. I especially like the armored wheel hubs. Good job to whoever designed them!
I'm so glad to see Autoduel, the computer game, has been released. Now tell the folks at Origin to make a version for us Commodore 64 owners!
Okay, enough babbling. Time for me to tune up the old
- Mike Emrick, West Palm Beach, FL
Herb Helzer made a point in ADQ 3/3 that the cycle gangs of America should be dead. he said that the various militias, law enforcement groups, and armies should have cleaned them out long ago. He is right. the bikers should be dead. But they are not. Why? I'll tell you why.
After impersonating a biker (no mean trick) and infiltrating a gang ( a harrowing experience, I must say), for approximately three months, I feel qualified to reveal the following details to Mr. Helzer:
The Galapagos, another gang nearby, were our allies. They had a hole-in-the-wall to end all hole-in-the-walls. It was built in an old overpass on an interstate; it had power from a local stream, water piped in likewise, and a full garage. You had to turn off all the lights to use the lift, but it was better than nothing. They would let us use the plac from time to time, and we would let them trade with us (they didn't have a "legitimate" business contact, as we did).
So you see, Mr. Helzer, until the day I broke the gang, they
were doing very well for themselves, bringing in about $500 a
week gross apiece, and with very few expenses. I'm sure that by
now some other gang, perhaps the Galapagos, has taken over the
territory I helped to clear. Another gang may have sprung up;
with local unemployment at 20%, this is quite attractive. In any
case it should be obvious that the superiority of the car over
the motorcycle in general, alone, will not exterminate the
bikers. The only way to do this is to recentralize our
government, and too many powerful people have interests in the
status quo. I am sure that the battle against barbarism will
continue on as long as the present state of politics exists.
- Fred Wolke, Bethel, CT