A Flyable Shooting Star
That's not just a fuckin' boulder. That's my first Championship Meteor Racer! Call it a boulder one more time and I'll pull your spleen out your ass like a bloody rabbit from a hat.
OverviewMeteor Racers are the resulting vehicles made by Asteroid Drags. They appear as a carved out asteroids with massive engines strapped to one end. They are decorated and carved out with all mannerisms of themes ranging from the inane to the inspiring. After the race ends, losing Meteor Racers are destroyed in an expensive and over-the-top chain of explosions. This means the only Racers around are the fastest, most insane, hand-made vehicles around.
- Racers are designed to be a fast as physically possible.
- Style points are a factor in Drag scoring, so each Racer has its own theme and style.
- Racers are a flying death trap, there are several fatalities in every Asteroid Drag.
- Racers are not cheap, many of the asteroids around Perduro are rich in valuable metals. The addition of custom-built driving mechanisms only makes them more expensive.
There is only one way to create a true Meteor Racer, and that is by hand with a group of four engineers in the vacuum of space. Racers are crafted from actual asteroids found circling the planet of Perduro during the Annual Asteroid Drag race.
The handmade aspect of the race means every Meteor Racer is a different beast both in looks and design. At the end of the week when it comes time to race around the entire asteroid belt, only three winners can remain standing at the end. This means every year only three Meteor Racers are entered into circulation, even though three hundred are created at every race.
So I won Digger's Third Meteor Racer. That shit was insane. I went so fast that I passed out and found myself a couple hundred thousand kilometers in some ass end of space with no fuel. I don't uh- I think I'm going to die out here.
LegalityMeteor Racers are not only lethal to the pilot who can perish on collision, but also to whomever may be unfortunate enough to cross their path. Adding massive engines to a piece of space rock creates what many Banners see as a devastating ballistic weapons capable of leveling a small city. As such, driving a Racer in any space besides Hedon and Free Planet Federation is grounds for impound and imprisonment.
I got my Third Meteor Racer back, had it towed from across the system. Cost me a fortune but it still runs fine. The guy who won it gave it back, said it was a blast but a tad too much power.