Taking it’s design cues from the radical Le-Mans prototype designs in the 21st century, the Helios 1C is built for endurance, made to last on the track for anything from 2 to 200 laps. Unusually heavy on weapon power and with sheilding tech unmatched by any other team, the ship is almost reminiscent of a tank, able to stomp down hard on lighter ships game enough to get in it’s way.
The almost impenatrable hull comes at a cost, sacrificing handling for endurance. As the least capable ship in terms of handling, the 1C is very heavy and requires a skilled pilot in order to properly make use of the extra firepower. But when flown well, it has a unique edge over the other teams on the circuit.
Helios’s 0010B presents the next iteration in their design study, with a tighter build style and curvier design that still retains elements of it’s older brother. True to form, endurance remains the top priority, with exceptional shielding technology and build structure working in concert to make this ship the absoloute toughest craft on track. Modifications to the ship’s handling make this an altogether friendlier ship, and while handling is still it’s weakest stat, it is now easier for pilots of lesser skill to fly, making it a lot more potent as a tank.
Top speed and thrust have also been improved, with an entirely new thruster and a revamped powerplant working together to pull enough thrust to put the ship on par with the likes of Solaris and Amphithere, despite it’s weight. Helios’s 0010B altogether seems a much more exciting and capable beast than it’s already stompy predecessor, making Helios a very exciting team to watch heading into the future.
The message is clear: Expect big things from New Zealand.
History / Flavour
Helios PR, public statement, October 2184:
For the first time in the history of anti-gravity racing, a team has come forward to represent oceania on the world stage. We are Helios, and we are that team.
Taking our design cues from 21st century Le-Mans prototypes, the ship we have crafted in Wellington is the toughest and most powerful ship the ARC-150 has ever seen. With it’s devastating weapons power and a nearly impenetrable hull, our 1C is going to make Oceania’s impact on the racing league unforgettable.
Join us and support your country in the ARC-150 anti-gravity championship.
Oceania has never really featured in the AG scene. Stuck on the opposite side of the world, they’ve always been a little bit left out of what has been traditionally regarded as a european sport.
This changed in 2178. Noticing the impending return of the racing, a group of young AG enthusiasts from New Zealand went into business with a team of their own. Basing their operations in Wellington, they aimed to fill the oceanic gap in a new era of racing. With little racing pedigree or experience in the scene, the craft they produced was uncharacteristically heavy for a racer and struggled to match the standards of the other teams.
Helios were not to be outdone, however. Oceania’s only other AG connection was an experienced weapons outfit based in Australia; New Zealand’s close ties came in handy when Helios made moves to strike a partnership. The resulting deal gave Helios access to state-of-the-art weapons and shielding technology, and the ship they went on to design was christened the 1C.
In the unique position of Oceania’s only team, Helios found themselves becoming a unifying influence on the rest of the region and decided to embrace this. Hiring pilots from Australia, Papua New Guinea, Singapore and the Phillipines, they have gained the full support of many countries around Oceania and are proud to represent their region in the heated competition of the leagues.
A lot of hope has been placed on the broad shoulders of Helios’s craft, but the team does not doubt itself. On the contrary, Helios are looking forward to making Oceania’s impact on the ARC-150 unforgettable.