Driver: Cindy Lau
Background: Cindy was a born gearhead and adrenaline junkie. She first learned to work on cars by fixing her mom’s car when she was 12, but her dad had been giving her behind the wheel time for 2 years at this point. But being addicted to speed, she wasn’t gonna settle for driving in circles around a parking lot for 4 more years. She and her friends frequently disturbed a nearby golf course by “borrowing” golf karts and turning the course into a makeshift rally stage.
This happened on and off until she finally got her learner’s permit. Having already long since mastered basic car control on the real deal, she wanted to really test her mettle.A few times a month, she would sneak off at night in her dad’s 1992 Ford Crown Victoria and take to the streets to do highway pulls and master the back roads. Since she hails from central Virginia, she always had to take great care to either outpace or outsmart the local cops, since getting caught would destroy any hope of getting her license, and those cops are absolutely hell-bent on speed enforcement. But despite this, she never got caught.
She took it further the next year after she got her license. She put her first car, a battered 1988 Mazda RX-7 GTU with the upgraded suspension and brakes off of a junkyard Turbo model through the wringer by egging the local Mustang and Camaro drivers into impromptu competitions. But she also learned very quickly that although her car would blow them away on the back roads, the wankel’s torque disparity relative to the V8s left her with a speed difference that on the straights, skill simply wasn’t enough to overcome. So she stuck to the back roads since she didn’t have the money for another car, or the knowledge of where to get tuner parts beyond scavenging bits off of a sportier version of the same car.
Since she always found back roads more fun anyway, she was fine with this until she heard the news from a friend of her’s who just got back from a trip to Europe. That a major race was going down. So she convinced her parents to let her “study abroad,” using the money from her college fund to pay for the trip, and the car. After all, even if she loses, she can still sell the car to recuperate most of the cost. And there’s always student loans…
Motivation for entering: She’s a street racer. Does she need extra motivation to join a street race? Although that potential 5 million is certainly a welcome prospect.
A 1990 DMV Thunderbolt
The Thunderbolt was built for someone like Cindy who loves corners, with it being able to hold nearly 1.2 Gs of cornering force in its stock form. However, although no slouch, the stock 2 liter 4 banger just wasn’t fast enough to compete. So she took to the junkyards once more and picked the engine and transaxle out of a newer model, a 3.3 liter V8 making a mighty (for its size) 321 horsepower coupled to a 6 speed manual, to give better gear spacing and fuel economy than the stock 5 speed. And although the extra weight means sacrificing some cornering ability, it gives the old Thunderbolt a 0-60 of 3.8 seconds, eons ahead of its stock 6.2 second sprint. And the fuel economy isn’t (that) bad either.
Side note: I’ve done a couple roleplay challenges before, but I’ve never spent so much time developing my lore. I never knew just how much more entertaining it was this way.