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Riding with Lackhart's Lancers

The cracking of super-heated air makes my head snap round. A flash of searing light lances across the landscape, followed by a second. In the distance, I see a body crumple.
“Down and out!” The excitable voice of Rich Lackhart bursts from the radio speaker. “Let’s keep it moving, Lancers.”
Another morning’s commute for a mid 21st Century haulage gang.
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Motorway Patrol interview

It is 4am on a cold September morning. Patrol Sergeant Dave Chapman takes a deep draught of hot tea, standing at the service station in the shadow of the Severn Bridge. For the past two hours, he has driven from London at a sedate 55 mph, showing the flag and protecting his patch. Now he takes a well-earned break.
“Everyone seems to think that we have high-adrenaline lives; that the excitement never stops. We have our moments, but actually, most of what we do is just remind people that we are here; that there is a law; and that someone cares if they break it. That is often enough.”
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You are on a budget, but you won’t compromise. You travel through dangerous territory, so you need offensive punch. You like the deterrence of a flamethrower, but need the protection of an improved fire extinguishing system.
You love the Fuego.
With an on-the-road price of only $15,865 (including 12 month roadside assistance and a full charge), the Fuego from Stoic is the only car you will ever need.
The Fuego has the widest selection of standard configurations of any car on the market. Check out the full range and drive your perfect vehicle today.
Fuego: Luxury, extra-heavy chassis, heavy suspension, large power plant with superconductors, 4 solid tyres, driver, gunner, RL front, 2 FTs linked B, FOJ left, link from RL to FOJ, improved fire extinguisher. Armour: F35, B35, L35, R35, T10, U22. Accel. 5, top speed 90, HC 3. 6,550 lbs., $15,865.
Personal equipment: 50 lbs.
Fuego HT: As Fuego, but add dual weapon magazine with HT ammo and magazine switch, upgrade RL to incendiary ammo. Armour: F33, B30, L30, R30, T10, U20. 6,545 lbs., $17,135.
Personal equipment: 55 lbs.
Fuego RLT: As Fuego, but remove 1 FT, upgrade RL to incendiary and move to turret. Armour: F40, B40, L35, R35, T25, U20. 6,540 lbs., $17,275.
Personal equipment: 60 lbs., 3 spaces.
Fuego LGL: As Fuego RLT, but add IRTL in turret and laser guidance for all rockets. Remove 5 points of armour. $21,725.
Fuego FTT: Remove gunner, move 1 FT to turret, add extra magazine with HT ammo and magazine switch. Add smart-link from turreted FT to rear FT. Armour: F30, B30, L30, R30, T20, U18. 6,550 lbs., $18,835.
Personal equipment: 50 lbs., 4 spaces.


The Trapeze, a Japanese import from Daimyo, has a successful track record as point vehicle in a convoy, as well as a certain amount of arena success. While the real danger is from the front with the combination of ramplate and bumper-triggered blast cannon, the twin six-shooters can be devastatingly effective. A common tactic is to brake hard to close alongside a trailing enemy, firing all twelve rockets at close range, then triggering the rocket boosters to regain point position. Unless you are certain where the MFRs are placed, be wary when encountering a Trapeze.
Trapeze: Luxury, extra-heavy chassis, heavy suspension, large power plant with superconductors, 4 solid tyres, driver, bumper-triggered BC front, 2 MFRs linked R (although often moved to other positions by customisers) with blow-through concealment, ABS, airdam, HD brakes, overdrive, 2 linked 100lb rocket boosters B (giving 15 mph acceleration each), safety seat, spoiler, SWC. Sloped armour: F40 (ramplate), B35, L31, R31, T10, U25. Accel. 5, top speed 90 (110 with overdrive), HC 3. 6,565 lbs., $24,754.
Personal equipment: 35 lb.
Trapeze variant 1: Remove 1 MFR, add 1 100 lb. rocket booster rear and 5 points of armour, $25,570.
Personal equipment 35 lbs., 1 space.
Trapeze variant 2: Remove both MFRs, add 3 100 lb. rocket boosters rear and two links, $26,010.
Personal equipment 35 lbs., 1 space.
Trapeze variant 3: Remove both MFRs, add 2 linked 100 lb. rocket boosters and 1 HR rear, $25,710.
Personal equipment 35 lbs., 1 space


Throughout Britain, many cities have outlawed weapons in built-up areas. Bath, Edinburgh, Leamington Spa and Oxford, among others, enforce these provisions rigorously. Many drivers, concerned for their safety, have turned to a German import, the Evader by Baden, as a viable alternative.
The Evader is fast, manoeuvrable, difficult to hit and heavily armoured. If an Evader cannot outrun a pursuer, it can use the searchlight to blind its opponents before ramming them with its full 3½ tons. After a number of surprise defeats, many of the gangs on major routes such as Bath-Bristol or Leamington Spa-Birmingham now steer well clear of Evaders.
The XL version is top-of-the-line, designed to carry two passengers in comfort and safety. The GL is impossible to distinguish, but has lower acceleration and better armour, while the XLc/GLc exchange passenger seats for cargo capacity.
Evader XL: Streamlined luxury, extra-heavy chassis, heavy suspension, sports power plant with superconductors, 4 solid radial tyres, driver, two passengers, turreted searchlight, airdam, HD brakes, HD shocks, overdrive, roll cage, safety seat (driver), spoiler, tinted windows. Sloped armour: F40 (ramplate), B35, L35, R35, T15, U20, 4 10-point wheelguards. Accel. 10, top speed 130 (150 with overdrive), HC 3. 6,515lbs., $29,380.
Cargo capacity: 85 lbs., 4 spaces.
Evader GL: Downgrade power plant to large with superconductors, tyres to solids. Remove roll cage. Sloped armour: F50 (ramplate), B40, L40, R40, T20, U20. Accel. 5, top speed 100 (120 with overdrive), HC 2. 6,405 lbs., $20,470.
Cargo capacity: 195 lbs., 5 spaces.
Evader XLc/Evader GLc: Based on either XL or GL, replace one passenger with a large mini-safe. Add $600 to cost. Cargo capacity remains the same.


Lackhart’s N-series is banking on a market for premium vehicles that combine endurance, control and firepower. With its sleek bodylines and handling accessories, the Encaser is most at home cruising the motorway networks with high value goods locked in its cargo safe. Given the inherent accuracy of its weapon systems and good handling, most Enricher drivers seek to outrun opponents, rather then engaging at close range.
Enricher: Streamlined luxury, extra-heavy chassis, heavy suspension, large power plant with superconductors, 4 solid radial tyres, driver, turreted laser linked to HDID B, gas streamer loaded with paint B, airdam, laser battery, overdrive, small mini-safe, spoiler, SWC. Sloped armour: F40, B40, L30, R30, T30, U16, 4 10-point wheelguards, 4 fake wheelhubs. Accel 5, top speed 97.5 (117.5 with overdrive), HC 3. 6,524 lbs., $30,000.
Cargo capacity: 76 lbs., 1 space + ½ space in mini-safe.
Enricher Mach 1: Upgrade power plant to super power plant with platinum catalysts and superconductors, remove 20 points of armour. Top speed 122.5 (142.5 with overdrive). $31,660.


Tower Securities’ most recent vehicle is based on the venerable helicopter gunship used by the US Army. The core of the vehicle is a streamlined, sloped luxury mounting a turreted Vulcan and a heavy ice-dropper for defence. Three varieties of weapon are available for the external weapons pods: Rockets, anti-personnel, and defence, and the pods are designed to be interchangeable in under five minutes. To encourage early adoption of the Apache by police and private security forces, Tower is currently offering a flat price of $50,000 including the car, all three external pods and two suits of body armour, a saving of over $10,000.
Apache: Streamlined luxury with carbon-aluminium frame, extra-heavy chassis, heavy suspension, sports power plant with superconductors, 4 steelbelted solid tyres, driver, gunner, turreted VMG linked to HDID B, ABS, airdam, HD brakes, HD shocks, LD radio, overdrive, spoiler, 2 targeting computers. Sloped armour: F35, B35, L30, R30, T25, U20, 2 5-point wheelhubs front, 2 5-point wheelguards rear, 2 suits of body armour. Accel. 10, top speed 145 (165 with overdrive), HC 3. 5,570 lbs., $42,650.
Cargo capacity: 1,030 lbs., 1 space.
Each option includes 2 2-space EWPs with ejection system and 10 points of armour each, weighing 980lbs. and reducing cargo capacity to 50 lbs., 1 space. Top speed with pods installed is 120 (140 with overdrive)
Apache anti-personnel: 2 linked vehicular shotguns with AP ammo in each pod. $7,600.
Apache rocket: 2 linked armour piercing HRs in each pod. $4,000.
Apache defense: Proximity-fused MD in each pod, linked together. $6,700.


Ever since Lackhart Motors donated 11 of these cars to the England squad in the 2054 World Cup, the Mortario has been a feature of the British roads. The top-of-the-range Elite boasts the awe-inspiring firepower of 6 laser-guided armour-piercing rockets, and few vehicles will survive more than one volley. Since rear defence is weak, the best tactic is to get behind the Mortario and stay there at all costs. The Premier loses the carbon-aluminium chassis, and is woefully under-armoured, while the Plus is aimed at the committed fashion-follower on a budget. If there is no laser flash, you are facing a Plus, with inaccurate weaponry and weak armour. If the volley contains six rockets, not five, you are fighting an Elite. Disengaging may be the best option.
Mortario Elite: Luxury with carbon-aluminium frame, extra-heavy chassis, heavy suspension, large power plant with superconductors, 4 solid tyres, driver, turreted armour-piercing RL and IRTL, 3 AP RLs front, 2 EWPs each containing an AP RL facing front, LGL for all 60 rockets, HRSWC. Armour: F40, B40, L35, R35, T27, U20, 10 points on each EWP. Accel. 5, top speed 90, HC 3. 6,550 lbs., $50,290.
Personal equipment: 50 lbs., 4 spaces.
Mortario Premiere: Remove carbon aluminium frame, one RL from F. Downgrade IRTL to TL, HRSWC to SWC. Add fake RL front. Armour: F30, B25, L25, R25, T15, U12. 6,570 lbs., $34,155.
Personal equipment 30 lbs., 6 spaces.
Mortario Plus: As Premiere, but remove all laser guidance, make TL fake. Add three points of armour. $22,525.