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"They have podracing on Malastare. Very fast, very dangerous."
Qui-Gon Jinn

A podracer was a repulsorlift racing vehicle piloted during podraces across the galaxy, though specifically in the lawless Outer Rim Territories. The term "podracer" was also used in reference to a being who piloted these racers.

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Design

Anakin Skywalker, famous human podracer.

A podracer was essentially a one-pilot cockpit attached to two racing engines via strong cables, such as those produced by Steelton. Energy binders projected from each engine connected both turbines together, forming a loose triangular configuration with the pod itself, dragged behind the engines, at the highest point. A racer could commonly achieve speeds in excess of eight hundred kilometers per hour. Because of this, podracing required lightning-fast reflexes, and only species with a wide range of sensory organs and multiple limbs or durable bodies were known to race pods. Species such as Humans rarely took part in races, and never won—with a single exception.

Famous podracers, Ben Quadinaros, Gasgano and Clegg Holdfast.

Podracers were commonly customized by their owners, whether to achieve greater speed or agility, or simply to end up with a unique-looking racer. The infamous Sebulba piloted one of the largest podracers on the Outer Rim circuits, complete with numerous hidden features and secret weaponry, while young Anakin Skywalker built a custom racer in his yard in Mos Espa. Many podracers were painted by their owners to symbolize different things or just to look good.

History

The podracer evolved from the animal-drawn carts used in racing sports, and later, the swoop racers commonly seen in competitions on Taris, Manaan, and Nar Shaddaa following the Great Sith War. It was a daring mechanic called Phoebos who designed the first podracer, and a pilot named Gustab Wenbus took this machine for its first experimental flight. Since then, podracing became widely popular on the Outer Rim Territories, and though it was outlawed when the Galactic Empire came to power (although some continued it illegally), the sport enjoyed a resurgence following the Yuuzhan Vong War.

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Notable models

Podracer classifications.

Notable custom podracers

Notable podracer manufacturers

Appearances

More Podracer Classifications.
  • Urchins
  • Podracing Tales
  • Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace novelization (First appearance)
  • Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace
  • Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace comic
  • Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace junior novelization
  • Star Wars: Episode I Racer
  • Deep Spoilers (Mentioned only)
  • Outbound Flight (Mentioned only)
  • Star Wars Republic: Emissaries to Malastare
  • Jedi Quest: The Final Showdown (Mentioned only)
  • Star Wars: Racer Revenge
  •  Podracing Banned on CapriorilHoloNet News Vol. 531 45
  •  Podracing Faces Uncertain FutureHoloNet News Vol. 531 49
  • The Approaching Storm (Mentioned only)
  • Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones (Appears in hologram)
  • Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones junior novelization (Mentioned only)
  • Boba Fett: Maze of Deception
  • Secrets of the Jedi (Mentioned only)
  •  "Thunder Road" - Clone Wars Adventures: Volume 10 (Mentioned only)
  • Star Wars The Clone Wars Volume 2: Crash Course
  • Star Wars The Clone Wars 10: Hero of the Confederacy, Part 1
  • Labyrinth of Evil (Mentioned only)
  • Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith novelization (Mentioned only)
  • The Last of the Jedi: A Tangled Web (Mentioned only)
  • Star Wars Galaxies
  • Sand Blasted
  • Lando Calrissian: Idiot's Array (Mentioned only)
  • Tatooine Ghost (Mentioned only)
  • Dark Tide I: Onslaught (Mentioned only)
  • Dark Tide II: Ruin (Mentioned only)
  • The Unifying Force (Mentioned only)
  • Star Wars Legacy 14: Claws of the Dragon, Part 1
  • Star Wars Legacy 17: Claws of the Dragon, Part 4 (Mentioned only)

Non-canon appearances

  • LEGO Star Wars: The Video Game
  • LEGO Star Wars: The Complete Saga
  • LEGO Star Wars II: The Original Trilogy

Sources

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See also


This article uses material from the "Podracer" article on the Starwars wiki at Wikia and is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike License.

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