Vehicle Template (Pronunciation)

Things on the Move

Written by SoulLink
This template can be used for anything which can be used to transport people or cargo. Furthermore, this can both be used for individual vehicles as well as a type or class of vehicle.   The vehicle template offers three content panels with prompts and fields. Most of these can be seen in the sidebar. It is important to note that each prompt will be answered slightly differently depending on whether you are making an article on a specific vehicle or a class of vehicles.   The example used in this template is the M1 Abrams, but this is just one specific use of this template!  
The template has many prompt boxes which can be filled in. Use them for inspiration and to help format your article. Do not feel like you have to fill out all of them!
  The terms in the braces below each heading tell you under which tab this prompt appears and what the title of the box is.

Power Generation

In order to move a vehicle always needs power. This power is either generated directly within the vehicle or supplied via some kind of rail system. To further expand on the rail system use landmark articles. Write about the fuel this vehicle uses and use the material template to expand on it. What kind of mechanism is used to generate this power? This is usually possible through some kind of technology.


Which principle is used by this vehicle for propulsion? How does it move? How is supplied power transformed into motion? What kind of engine does it use? Is it drawn by an animal?  
The gas turbine propulsion system has proven quite reliable in practice and combat, but its high fuel consumption is a serious logistic issue (starting up the turbine alone consumes nearly 10 US gallons (38 L) of fuel). The engine burns more than 1.67 US gallons (6.3 L) per mile (60 US gallons (230 L) per hour) when traveling cross-country and 10 US gallons (38 L) per hour when idle. The high speed, high temperature jet blast emitted from the rear of M1 Abrams tanks makes it hazardous for infantry to take cover or follow behind the tank in urban combat. The turbine is very quiet when compared to diesel engines of similar power output and produces a significantly different sound from a contemporary diesel tank engine, reducing the audible distance of the sound, thus earning the Abrams the nickname "whispering death" during its first Reforger exercise.
— Wikipedia

Weapons & Armament

Military vehicles will usually have some kind of weapons attached to it. And in dangerous places, civilian vehicles often will too.  
The main armament of the original model M1 and M1IP was the M68A1 105 mm rifled tank gun firing a variety of armor-piercing fin-stabilized discarding sabot, high explosive anti-tank, high explosive, white phosphorus rounds and an anti-personnel (multiple flechette) round. This gun used a license-made tube of the British Royal Ordnance L7 gun together with the vertical sliding breech block and other parts of the U.S. T254E2 prototype gun.
— Wikipedia

Armor and defense

Any defense mechanism the vehicle has. Be it armor, shields or stealth.

Communication Tools & Systems

Does the vehicle come equipped with communication tools? They can be wormhole communicatiors to send messages to the far reaches of the universe or lights to send a coded message to a far away boat at night.


What kind of sensors does the vehicle have? What kind of data do these sensors collect? What does the vehicle use this data for? How is that data transformed into information?  
The Abrams is equipped with a ballistic fire-control computer that uses user and system-supplied data from a variety of sources to compute, display, and incorporate the three components of a ballistic solution—lead angle, ammunition type, and range to the target—to accurately fire the main gun. These three components are determined using a laser rangefinder, crosswind sensor, a pendulum static cant sensor, data concerning performance and flight characteristics of each specific type of round, tank-specific boresight alignment data, ammunition temperature, air temperature, barometric pressure, a muzzle reference system (MRS) that determines and compensates for barrel drop at the muzzle due to gravitational pull and barrel heating due to firing or sunlight, and target speed determined by tracking rate tachometers in the Gunner's or Commander's Controls Handles.

Additional & auxiliary systems

What kind of additional, auxiliary and support systems does this vehicle have? There are many reasons to add additional systems. What kind of systems these are depends heavily on what the purpose is for a vehicle. Focus here on systems which are not covered by the sections before.

Hangars & docked vessels

Some vehicles carry other vehicles within them such as aircraft carriers. Link other vehicles that can be carried by or docked on this vehicle.
Whispering Death
The designation is usually an acronym of the organization it belongs to.
A motto used by crew members of this vehicle.
Owning Organization
Related Professions
US$6.21 million (per unit)
approx. 10'288
12 ft (3.66 m)
Gun forward: 32.04 ft (9.77 m)
Hull length: 26.02 ft (7.93 m)
8 ft (2.44 m)
54t - 66t
max. 45mph (72 km/h) on roads
Complement / Crew
4 (commander/machine gunner, gunner, loader, driver)
Cargo & Passenger Capacity
Fuel: 504.4 US gallons (1,909 L)

Related Prompts

The prompts listed below are part of the Worldbuilding Prompts that can be found under the Community menu. These prompts use the template discussed in this article. Using these prompts is a great way to expand your worldbuilding!



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