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The Great Automation Run | Chapter 16 and final results!


#313

Kenji’s POV part 2

As the race had continued through the highway and Kenji noticing more and more police Moias, he had decided to pick the mountain road nearby like the others. On the exit he had accidentally crashed a Seat Marbella, which was on it’s way. Luckily, Marbella wasn’t totaled and it’s driver was intact.

Fucking Marbellas. That’s a 16th one this hour. - He thought. - Executor, don’t fail me here, this is your first proper handling test.

As he thought a bit, he was starting an uphill course. Kenji was in a position that noone would want to be in; as he was called from his teenager years “The Troublemaker”, he had indeed made some trouble for himself: At the entry of uphill he had four interceptors on his back and a chaotic pile of various racing cars in front of him.

Seems like I have to pass them, but also beat the shit out of these interceptors… - he thought, then he had slammed the gas and began to four-wheel-drift nearly all turns on the car’s sight. - I have one advantage. My NRZ has no problems with changing land height due to turbocharging, and combined with large displacement and all-wheel-drive by Germans will make those guys cry… - Then Kenji slammed gas even harder on upcoming long straight.

In meanwhile, one of police Moias had pulled Shingo tactics PIT maneuver on Kenji just in turns causing him to lose control for a moment, but regained it shortly after and sidepushed the brave Moia in the guardrail, leaving him in the dust - Kenji had also noticed that the crashed Moia had stopped the other three, so he had peacefully continued and gained six positions in the run - while he was the 18th racer at the entrance of mountain pass, he was 12th at the end of it.


#314

While other racers were struggling to avoid the local cops and get to the next section of road safely at the same time, Walter looked relatively untroubled in the midfield. As he reached the rough, twisting roads high up in the mountains, he pondered the best way to take the challenging sequence of corners that followed. After a brief hesitation, he decided to drift through the various bends with some help from his handbrake. Much to his surprise and relief, he didn’t crash the car at all, and lost little, if any, time on this technical section of the route.

On the faster road leading back to the A-341 the Guardsman felt outgunned by the more powerful cars, but Walter was confident that he could make up time when the field reached another tricky section, where his car’s drivability could prove vital. He’d heard through the grapevine that most of the drivers, including himself, had escaped from the cops, but two crews were not so lucky and came close to being busted. And he awaited the next few hundred miles with anticipation, knowing that the race, still in its early stages, was far from over.


#315

“Finally, the fun part begins,” Teuvo said ominously when he got to the mountain road. “I didn’t like your tone when you said thaaAA-!” Jorma didn’t have time to finish his sentence when Teuvo had already floored the gas pedal. “BRAKE!” Jorma shouted when they approached the first corner at high speed. Teuvo tapped the brake, turned first to the opposite way and then to the direction of the corner and held a drift all the way though the corner - a perfectly executed Scandinavian flick. “I learned a trick or two when blasting though the gravel roads of our hometown,” Teuvo explained when preparing to do the same in the second corner.

Tires screaming, they blasted through the mountain road. Teuvo watched his rear view mirror closely, as he saw a car just seconds behind them. “Someone’s following us - and they’re quick,” he said. “Something with pop-up headlights. Can’t quite tell.” Jorma asked: “Are you sure about your driving style right now? I mean-” SCREEEEEEEECH “We’re quick right now, but if we keep this up, we’ll blast through our tires extremely fast.” “Don’t worry about it,” Teuvo said, “I turned tire wear off but kept the fuel consumption on. We can drift all we want.” “What the hell are you talking about? Have you taken something you shouldn’t have?” Teuvo didn’t answer. He was in the zone. Jorma saw this and decided to keep quiet for the rest of the road.


#316

Murcia, 9:00

As Arthur sat down to have a cup of coffee, during yet another pitstop, after a noisy, bumpy and uncomfortable cruise from Malaga, he was imagining several possible ways to kill Hanz Borch, heir of the Borch tuning company. Why the hell had the crazy german decided to fit seats lifted straight out of a 1984 Baltazar Planck? Hanz could hardly argue they were meant to save weight, since he had decided to install a 5.5 turbo and an AWD system with massive diffs to what wasn’t a light car to begin with.
Just as he finished his meal, and having come up with the 12th different murder option, the phone rang again. “How’s sie doing?” said the voice with the weird accent. “Hanz, nice to hear from you”, Arthur lied, “I was thinking about you just now. The car has been working well so far, but I’m not”. Hanz understood the gripe,“Arthur, wir couldn’t put a radio or better seats for leichtness, you know that”. “Yeah, yeah, well, it’s all running smoothly. Cheers, Hanz”.

As the call ended, the middle-aged German in Stuttgart said out loud “I hope it doesn’t break”. This was a car made by two companies that knew what they were doing, but one offs are one offs, and this one wasn’t the most bombproof of them. The conception of failure was beyond what Hanz could put up with and he knew he’d be in trouble with the Bonham bosses if the car went wrong.


#317

“Mountain Pass… Great.” Nighthawk was worried. Techno was even more worried. Their RR monster was not the best through the turns. They struggled to keep control of Shadow Visions as they ran through the pass. There were some close calls, and lots of lost rear end. Maybe we should fix some of these issues, Nighthawk thought.

“Shit, Hawk, watch out!” Techno yelled over the engine, but she wasn’t fast enough. They clipped the barrier, scuffing up the front a tad. NH was able to keep control, but they had lost some time. They exited the pass barely ahead of the Conquista. Techno was less than happy.


#318

1 & 2: Prologue
3: Prologue
4: Prologue
5: Malaga - Granada

Chapter 5(b)- Malaga - Granada

The Evo was not in its finest element on the rolling curves of the A-45. They demanded a steady, smooth rhythm more suited to a finely crafted work of art, not the Frankenmonster sledgehammer she was driving. Keep the throttle pinned, the automatic locker powered all the wheels, and the car understeered. Lift off on the throttle and locker disengaged and the car pitched its nose in. Still, Anna was glad for the extra power, though, for with such gentle curves the top speed was king, and with this new engine, the maximum potential of the Evo was certainly being tapped. Heart in her mouth, Anna still had a glow of satisfaction seeing the speedometer top a hundred and seventy.

Just then, her CB radio crackled and threw out some garbled chatter. She could almost make out words suspiciously resembling “Road block.” Seems the other drivers came better equipped on that front. She frowned to herself and stole a glance at the map. The original route was Casabermeja, then Villaneuva de Cauche, then the A-92M to Loja, all highways. But come to think of it, she didn’t expect the police to be alerted to their race right from the start.

Her high-speed rumination was interrupted by flashing lights on the horizon. What, already? A row of police cars was streaming out of the Casabermeja exit in an attempt to block off all routes of escape. It was just as well that she was zooming in faster than they could get organised. Still, it was going to get very crowded very quickly. Heart in her mouth, she jinked right, towards the offramp, and stood on the brakes. The Evo immediately loosened up, wobbling left and right as she dove into the scrum of police cars madly scrambling both to herd her off and not get decimated by twenty-five hundred pound of ballistic rally car. Everywhere was an assault on the senses, guardrails looming, tyres screeching, sirens wailing, all the stuff in the back rattling. Anna grit her teeth and sawed at the wheel trying to get the nose in as the road dipped and the right-hander tightened and the hastily installed ABS struggled to keep up, and by some miracle she slipped past the rail, then her mind hit a blank. She was off the route now, should she try to re-enter the highway but there would be cop cars all over the rest of the highway by now and she would be a sitting duck when there were no exits but-

A cop car pounced at the Evo’s left side. By reflex, Anna swerved right again, but she was still travelling too fast for the car to turn. With a squealing of tyres, the Evo skittered over a traffic island, between a cluster of signs, and shot off the road into a grassy plain. Well this was a rally car I suppose, Anna thought in the surreal airborne moment before she slammed into the ground, then rattled around before a particularly large embankment launched her back into the air and deeper into the field. Rattling and bumping all the while, Anna tried to cut a course through grass taller than the bonnet, around the shed on her right, keeping the throttle pinned and praying she didn’t hit a ditch or a culvert or a rock and end her quest for glory in a shieking wreck of torn wheel mounts and shredded springs. She had to find a proper surface, and soon.

There it was! A little gravel road, next to the B-road. She made a beeline for it, kicking up dirt and gravel, scanning the main road for a break in the guard rail. Momentarily it disappeared over a crest with tufts of golden grass. Praying it wasn’t just a blind spot, Anna swung the wheel and once again the Evo took flight, bouncing off the rev limiter until it bounced off the road with a clatter and a crash as all the tied down cargo in the rear came loose and started flying around. Fishtailing wildly, Anna struggled with the brakes, then the throttle, finally straightening it out just in time to see the turnoff and the sign for the A-356. The dawn sun was in her face. She was heading East. Good enough.

Heel-toe downshifting, Anna wrested the Evo onto the turnoff, completely disregarding the universally red stop signs and the passing lorry that almost obliterated her, pinning the throttle and streaking off into the sunrise. No rivals or cops in sight, but surely they would come at her again soon. Fortified by the adrenaline, Anna tightened her grip on the wheel. With this Evo, she could take them all.


#319

Francesca stepped on the gas coming out of a tight bend and the engine screamed. Four taillights appeared in the distance and Francesca drew near, she saw the Thunderbolt.

An incredibly narrow hairpin neared with both cars neck and neck, Kyle screamed “SLOW DOWN”. Francesca braked last minute, downshifting caused the car to release an immense back fire and a guttural gurgle as unburnt fuel passed through the exhaust. Struggling for grip both cars slid out of the corner but the Friala kept a tighter line and sped off.
Leaving the Thunderbolt for dead as Francesca flicked the hazard lights on and off.

“Fuckin’ 'ell” Kyle squeaked as the Friala bounced round a uneven corner. A massive pothole was just around the bend and Francesca slammed on the brakes sending Kyles open packet of Wine Gums everywhere.

“Can you smell fuel Kyle, something running rich?”
“Yeah it’s not us”
“Well it might be that”
The Holyzon came into view. Francesca flashes her yellow high beams and gassed it
“Oh it’s on”


#320

Casarbermeja behind us, the cops started to get close. The blue lights clearly visible in the rearview mirror and the sirens wailing.

The tight roads in Casabermeja has slowed me down, but given me some room as the Cannonnero backed off and stayed behind. Coming out of the city, the boys in blue came at us without abandon, and i had to use every last inch of the road to evade, but seeing as most of us had more power on tap we soon left them hanging and cut onto a mountain road to shake them off. That was, in hindsight maybe not the best decision.
Slowing the pack to a more sane pace, i tried to grip my way through the corners and hairpins but fighting the power of the Comet made it into a fruitless endeavour and i gave in and started to drift my way up the hills instead.

Unfortunately, that made me go wide a couple of times and scraping my bumper on some occasions but no real harm was done to the car. Though, i wasn’t the only one struggling, and managed to pass both the Kanata, the Chupacabra and the PoolTruck (T25). I didn’t see the Dolphine around so it either shot out in front or had the bad luck of being stuck in traffic further back.

Some way infront of me i could see the rather wide stance of the Dingo Z. I was catching up.


#321

The joy of hammering down an open road was brought to an end by the road block way too soon, and the Dingo’s tall 1st gear and stiff suspension weren’t ideal for some of the tight bends of the mountain road, let alone its profile. “Darn it! I set this up for long, sweeping bends, not for this twisty mess we’re in here”, McCrackwick complained. “You mean the ones where you don’t have to turn the wheel? Those are known as straights, son”, muttered a somewhat pale Toughtower while nervously fumbling for the nonexistent Jesus handle, “And are you really so sure the car’s the problem? Because I don’t know what you hit back there, but it sure as hell wasn’t an apex.”

McCrackwick needed too much of his focus for the driving at hand to come up with a smart retort, and he had to reluctantly admit that indeed, he wasn’t quite in the swing of things yet. At least they were fast enough for the police not to be too much of an issue.

He shut his passenger out of his attention and started to find his rhythm. No drifting with this beast - this was a sticks-till-it-snaps race car, so he had to figure out how to cleanly fit all of the Dingo’s width through the narrow bends. He soon adopted a technique of late and slow, trailbraking turn-ins and late apexes, powering out into the track-outs with moderate rear end smear, always ready to use the wide tail of his car as a means of defending his position against those two nimble coupes close behind - a Comet and a Kanata apparently - while setting his sights on that Peregrine that had him slightly stumped already on the way to the show.


#322

FTFY :stuck_out_tongue:


#323

The Lone Wolf: GAR Part 2

James Carhard, 26. Modified '68 AEA Barracuda GT

“Fuck! This is fun!” James shouted aloud after bypassing the initial road block. Now the race got more technical.

James pushed the Barracuda into the increasingly twisty corners, the car… not exactly happy about it. The Barracuda groaned at the bends, under-steering immensely til James popped the clutch in the downshifts. Then it just cried for freedom, the large rear tires spinning furiously on the twisting bends til they simmered down to squeaking just after the apex. Pushing the Barracuda through the corners was like trying to pilot a drunken fist in a brawl, once momentum is started it doesn’t change direction very fast.

Adrenaline

“Ha, Ha, you fucking pricks! Eat Shit!” James exclaimed to the morning commuters and occasional tractor or lorry. Rounding a blind bend, he almost rear-ended a small car. A slam on the brakes with a quick yank of the steering wheel sent the rear end of the Barracuda to where the front end should have been.
“Woo, Shit just got real!” James yelled, throwing the car into reverse to correct himself with a Rockford Spin.

The car started to hesitate slightly, as the air thinned out. James had some thoughts about re-jetting the carbs, but only momentarily, as he narrowly dodged another commuter.

Throughout this leg of the race, James had minimal contact with any serious police, as he was racing just behind the middle of the pack. As the road widened out, he did catch up to a red sports car of sorts, though James never got a good look at the driver, as he had to dodge a lorry to get around it.


#324

By the way, in the off sections, will there be opportunity to cross paths? Can we keen an eye on who might be in range to see if any encounters should crop up?


#325

I know I am hoping to catch you before my first fuel stop. Its possible with a nice long straight stretch (185mph top speed). After re-fueling it wont have much chance.


#326

Good thing the Dingo isn’t FWD :wink:


#327

Close but no cigar. My car’s top speed is 187mph :wink:


#328

And here I thought my 158 MPH would be good enough for this challenge… Then again, I’m the shit-lord who brought a 4.1L I3 into the Run. At least it gets decent gas mileage at 30 US MPG.


#329

You should run the same car in UE4, oh boy, you’ll be ready to rumble then!


#330

Damn and I thought you had said you were pretty slow at the top speed.


#331

I don’t think there’s enough quality slider to find enough smoothness to not shake the internals apart in UE4. Otherwise, I’d probably have quite a lot of fun with it. I know it’d certainly not have a 6,000 RPM redline.


#332

I tried to build a giant I3 in UE4 similar to your car and it flat out does not work unfortunately :frowning: