Tuesday, September 4, 2007

Replica: Police Car 2057 - Background

This is part 2 of my Police Replica attempt (see part 1 here).

As we all know, from Historical Films of Australian law enforcement, there are two types of police vehicles authorized to patrol the Car Wars type landscape: the pursuit car and the interceptor. Each have special versions. For historical footage (from Youtube) see the American dubbed version here and the original Australian here.



Pursuit Special*

V8 Interceptor**

What is the Difference Between Pursuit and Intercept?

Durn fine question. Not sure if the film makes a distinction. Both have a crew of 2 (except Max in his interceptor; and possibly the Pursuit Specials have a crew of one because the Night Rider stole his when he "blew away a rookie [singular]"). Max's interception tactic is to play chicken/ram so I'll take that as a tactic.

I'll posit that pursuit is for speed and intercept for destruction.

In game terms, Pursuit standard vehicles are for catching lawbreakers who will be expected to surrender and interceptors are for catching those who won't surrender. I'm arbitrarily deciding that the 2:1 ratio of Interceptor:Pursuit seen in the cruicial footage from Mad Max's opening scene applies to Car Wars America.

For what it's worth, Wiki describes the Interceptor (Aircraft) thus: "An interceptor aircraft (or simply interceptor) is a type of fighter aircraft designed specifically to intercept and destroy enemy aircraft, particularly bombers, usually relying on great speed. [snip] [Interceptors] sacrifice performance in the air superiority fighter role (ie fighting enemy fighter aircraft) by tuning their performance for either fast climbs or high speeds, respectively. The result is that interceptors often look very impressive on paper, typically outrunning, outclimbing and outgunning less dedicated fighter designs. Yet they tend to fare poorly in combat against those same "less capable" designs due to limited maneuverability."

* Pictures courtesy of http://www.madmaxmovies.com/
** Picture courtesy of here

No comments: