New Vehicle Types for Car Wars

Editor's Note: All these designs are variants only, and are not official.

Stretched-Chassis Vehicles

By Paul Radecki

The variety of vehicle sizes and styles in Car Wars has grown a great deal from the original seven cars and three cycles, but it still has yet to take in every vehicle type the motorists of 2036 America are likely to encounter. For the wealthy executive looking for the ultimate in luxury, the rancher who needs to move large loads all over a huge spread, or the small courier whose vans are not big enough or well-enough armed to be profitable, there is no suitable vehicle. Until now.

Body TypePriceWeightMax. LoadSpacesArmor $/Wt.

All normal chassis modifications are possible for these vehicles, at the usual cost. A stretch-luxury may have a 6-wheeled chassis, and the other two vehicles must have a 6-wheeled chassis. The 6-wheel modification costs $150.

Suspension modifications cost the same as for other cars, except that OR suspension is not available. Stretch-luxuries use the standard "HC" column to determine handling class, but the other two vehicles use the "Van HC" column.

All tire types are available for the three vehicles. The stretch-luxury uses the same tires as luxuries and station wagons, while the other two vehicles use van/pickup tires. All three stretched-chassis vehicles move and fight the same way as standard cars, and are armored in six positions. Use 1 1/4" x 1/2" counters to represent these vehicles. They are -1 to be hit from the front or back, and + 1 to be hit from the side. Stretch-luxuries and -pickups can mount 2-space turrets, rocket platforms, and EWPs, and the stretch van can mount 3-space turrets, EWPs, rocket platforms, and cupolas.


By Herb Sparks

The mini-van is a downscaled version of larger "rolling box" style of van. The mini-van basic body costs $900, weighs 1,9001bs., has a maximum load of 5,800, has 20(+4) spaces, and has an armor cost/weight of $25/12 lbs. per point.

In all other respects -- chassis and suspension improvement, tires, movement, combat, size of turrets, etc. -- treat a mini-van as a luxury.


By Bear Braumoeller

A limousine is basically a luxury car that has been chopped in half and extended to 20-to 25-feet long (use a counter 1 1/2" x 1/2"). Because of their length, limo HC is 1; no improvement from suspension is possible. Limos use the same kinds of tires that normal cars do, and the full range of chassis improvements are allowed. An extra-heavy chassis on a limousine requires six wheels, at an extra cost of $100.

A limousine costs $1,600, weighs 2,600 lbs., has a maximum load of 8,000 lbs., and carries 27 spaces. A limousine is armored in 6 places, and armor costs $25 and weighs 15 lbs. per point. Limos carry a lot of weight, so much that only a T-Cat power plant can get the thing moving. A special Limo Power Plant is listed with the accessories below.

A limousine can either mount a single turret of 3 spaces, or two turrets of up to 2 spaces each. All limos have tinted windows (treat as tinted windshield) for the basic body cost. Some other options are particularly suited for limousines, and they are listed below.

Limo Equipment
Limo Power Plant -- $5,500, 1,3001bs., 7 spaces, 14 DP, 3,200 power factors. If the load pulled is over 5,0001bs. then acceleration is 5 mph; at 5,000 lbs. or less, acceleration is 10 mph/turn. Acceleration of 15 is impossible.

Portable Phone -- $500, no weight or space.

Pop-Up Partition -- $800, 501bs., 1 space. When activated (which is a firing action), an airtight, tinted, 5 DP partition slides up between the driver area and the passenger area.

Mobile TV -- $1,000, 75 lbs., 1 space. Catch up on your favorite soaps or duelling action.

Audio System -- $1,300, 1001bs., 1 space. Includes radio, cube player, equalizers, and full-surround speakers.

Velvet or Leather Luxury Trimmings. -- $10,000, no weight or space. Your choice of colors.

Wet Bar -- $1,500, 50 lbs., 2 spaces. Keeps beverages of any type chilled to the temperature you set. Comes with glasses and small sink.

Entertainment Combo -- Wet Bar, TV, and Audio System combined. $3,800, 175 lbs., 3 spaces.

Hot Tub -- $15,000, 1,2001bs., 15 spaces. Includes pump, heater, and other necessary equipment. Seats three in warm, luxurious comfort -- perfect for relaxation after a long day of duelling.

Your Name -- Skillfully scrawled on the sides of your limo in glittering rhinestones -- just like Beverly Hills celebrities! $500 per capital letter, $200 for lower-case, 15-letter maximum. Let them know who you are!

Funny Cars

By Thomas A. Wright

As with other specialty racing vehicles, the funny car chassis is designed for the driver only and cannot carry any extra crew. The base HC of the vehicle is 5, and the suspension cannot be altered in any way. The funny car is hinged at the back, and the entire body shell is lifted off the frame for easy access to the engine and weapons (which gives a + 1 to all repair rolls). This is also the only way for the driver to enter or exit the vehicle, since funny cars don't have doors. It takes a full 5 seconds to raise or lower the body. Funny cars are treated like regular cars for movement and targeting, and use standard 1" x 1/2" counters.

Funny cars can use racing slicks on the back, but only regular car tires on the front. Funny cars, like dragsters, can use both a turbocharger and supercharger on the same engine. They also follow dragster acceleration rules. Funny cars can use wheelguards (at the standard penalties), and can mount up to 2-space turrets.

A funny car costs $6,600, weighs 7001bs., has 20 spaces, has a maximum weight of 6,500 lbs., and has an armor cost/weight of $25/14lbs. per point.

ADQ 5/1, Spring 2037, pps. 22-23
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