Thursday, September 6, 2012

The Fantasti-Car

Now it's time to shine the super-vehicle spotlight on the Fantastic Four's Fantasti-Car. Designed by Mr. Fantastic (Reed Richards), there have been several versions of this flying car. The MK I was the first model and debuted in Fantastic Four #3 (March 1962). Nicknamed the Flying Bathtub because of its oval shape, it could split apart into four separate sections, each piloted by one of the Fantastic Four team members. When the four compartments were united, the Fantasti-Car could lift up to 1,200 lbs and reach a speed of 60 mph. Each separate section was cable of speeds up to 30 mph on its own.


Eventually the MK I was replaced with a newer model, the MK II, which debuted in Fantastic Four #12 (March 1963). This time, the Human Torch (Johnny Storm) assisted Reed Richards in the design. Constructed from a foamed alloy, vertical take-off and landing is achieved by an electric-powered fan lift and forward horizontal motion by jet turbine thrust. Improvements over the MK I included a transparent bulletproof shield that can cover the entire pod, and two detachable mini-planes that can separate from the main body and operate independently. The Fantasti-Car Mark II is capable of reaching speeds of up to 550 mph, and the twin mini-planes can achieve speeds up to 350 mph and operate up to a service ceiling of 38,000 ft. The Fantasti-Car is built using the ICONS Vehicle and Chase rules found in every issue of Justice Wheels from Fainting Goat Games and Dr. Axiom's ICONS Benchmarks.

Fantasti-Car MK I (Flying Bathtub)
[Built from Vehicle power at rank 4]
Prowess 3
Coordination 6
Strength 6
Speed 3 [1] (effectively Flight 3 [Flight 1 for separated compartments])
Stamina 7 

Extras:
Extra Passengers
Vertical Take-Off and Landing
Transform (four separate compartments) 


Fantasti-Car MK II
[Built from Vehicle power at rank 6]
Prowess 3
Coordination 6
Strength 7
Speed 6 [5] (effectively Flight 6 [Flight 5 for mini-planes])
Stamina 8

Extras:
Extra Passengers
Vertical Take-Off and Landing
Transform (twin detachable mini-planes)
Life Support 4 (Cold, Breathing, Heat, Pressure) - mini-planes only
Invulnerability 5 - bulletproof shield

References:
'Fantastic Four' and 'Fantasti-Car' are registered trademarks of MARVEL COMICS and are used without permission. No infringement of the trademarks or copyrights of MARVEL COMICS or any other corporation, entity or person is intended by this article. 

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