Designed in 2184, the AM14 continues Amphithere’s commitment to AG racing. True to it’s old roots, the ship is nimble and a joy to fly, accessible even to inexperienced pilots and able to provide handling performance on a scale that even Solaris and iFreet must concede to.
It’s handling prowess, coupled with a large amount of thrust that allows it to escape the pack and power hard out of corners, make this ship easily the most manoeuvrable on track, excelling on technical circuits with a finesse that other teams simply cannot match. With many of the upcoming ARC-150 circuits tuned to this style of racing, big things are expected of the AM14 when the green flag drops in 2185.
Amphithere’s AT14 prototype takes their nimble design study and pushes it the limit. Overhauls to the g-device take the handling to the extreme, allowing the ship to negotiate even the tightest hairpins with a finesse that remains unmatched. More research and development behind an all-new powerplant and fuel transfer provide a huge boost to the ship’s top speed, allowing it to better maintain position at the front.
Old thruster tech has also been refined to squeeze out every last drop of power when accelerating, allowing the ship to recover from mistakes and altercations on track with an ease that only iFreet can hope to surpass. With Amphithere’s reputation for handling ability, their prototype attracts attention even during it’s trial runs. Amphithere are expected to make a massive impact on the next generation of racing, and given that they are largely responsible for the reintroduction of sanctioned races, that honour could hardly apply to a more deserving team.
History / Flavour
Leopold von Strauss, media address, October 2182:
My friends, welcome. How inspiring it is to see so many, many people here to support a common purpose.
It has been far too long since we all could stand together in unity. The events of 14 years ago still linger in our minds; indeed, my heart was broken by the sheer disrespect and degeneration of our sport. I, too, wondered if racing would ever return. However, in my time away, I was inspired by the tireless efforts of so many passionate supporters of the sport; people who chose not to sit back and accept these events, but to take action, doing their utmost to reignite the dream of racing.
It is for those people that I began the project that is Amphithere. Five years ago we completed our company headquarters and began the long process of designing a full-fledged AG racer, able to compete and even outclass the old legends. They said it was impossible; that it was financial ruin. Today, we stand in defiance of those small minds.
It is with great pleasure that today I present my team to you. Pleasure, but also apprehension, for the journey is not over and the road is long. But rest assured that together, we will work tirelessly to bring about the return of racing.
Together, we can live the dream.
The formation of Amphithere symbolised not the company’s own ambition, but the foundation for something greater than itself: the return of AG racing in it’s purest form.
In 2169, the European Union was experiencing it’s most successful period ever in it’s racing division, embracing a league of danger and spectacle. That year, elite Union pilot and AG entrepreneur Leopold Von Strauss became disillusioned with the sport’s ideals. Feeling that the current league’s violent, overcommercialised approach was unsustainable, he took the decision to resign from his post, citing an inability of the Union to “race the right way”. This move was met with scorn by many social commentators who couldn’t understand why a Union pilot would want to leave during it’s most successful period.
Of course, they would know soon enough. In 2170, the leagues collapsed in a depression that lasted for several years and put an end to many much-loved racing teams, including that of the European Union. Von Strauss withdrew from the public spotlight to spend some years testing civil ships for the Union’s R&D division. A passionate supporter of racing, he soon became tired of a scene in which there was none; so in 2174 he returned to Germany and, using his own funds and public presence, embarked on a project to bring back racing “the right way”.
This project began with the construction of a headquarters and test circuit near Lake Schluchsee. With a sub-par presence of AG-racing in Germany compared to those of the UK and France, his start was rocky; but he was able to convince several displaced employees from former European teams to join up. By 2177, Draco Cavernae was completed, and Von Strauss’s small team began construction on a prototype ship for a potential new league. Holding onto his substantial contacts with his former employer, Von Strauss was able to source many of his parts from the European Union; this resulted in a chassis that bore significant resemblance to that of his old team: a high-thrust, tight-handling ship.
When the prototype was demonstrated in 2182, it caused a stir. The sleek ship exceeded all expectations and paved the way for the formation of Amphithere as a full development team. The Draco AM14 they went on to create boasts the tightest handling of any team and can easily dominate through the corners, while a good amount of thrust makes it quick off the line and able to excel in technical sections.Leopold Von Strauss’s intention all along was to ignite amateur competition among new teams. The success story that is Amphithere has done just that, inspiring many other teams to return to AG racing. With Amphithere responsible for the new formation of the ARC-150, Von Strauss himself has since gained popularity in the public eye; and his outstanding performance on the track is a testament to the survival power of AG racing as a whole.