Instead of chillin' like a villain, I decided to let you all off the hook. Here's the 23rd and final chapter of Just 'cause: High Speed Dirt. What's that you said, Megadeth?Dropping all my weight
Going down full throttle
The pale horse awaits
Like a genie in a bottle
Fire in my veins
Faster as I go
I forgot my name
I'm a dirt torpedo
(For the more anime-inclined, try it with MELL - Red Fraction, which is the theme song from Black Lagoon. Which I love to death. And recommend you love to death, too.)
Does it strain credibility that they were able to build the escape rigs that quickly? Eh. It's basically just hooking together two things (the harness/winch combo and a crab), then splicing their controls together. Remember, Algernon is very strong in Electronics.
Does it strain credibility that it even worked? Probably, but it looks. so. cool.
The fastest tracked vehicle I know of could do 80+ MPH, but a light tank with Christie suspension went up to 110 MPH when the tracks were removed. They're the real weak link (pardon the pun). Find a method to get them off, then another one to get the vehicle up to speed, and it might just work. I wish to mention here that WW2 Germany had experience with both experimental tanks and rocket-assisted takeoff, so it seemed natural to apply both to the problem.
Also, if you think this is crazy, the Antonov cargo winches are geared for heavy loads. I briefly contemplated having Algernon hook & lift the whole car (it's a nice car, after all), but then thought that there's no way you could safely hook it up in any shape or form while going 150. Besides, this way, it was easier to get Freyr close enough.
I decided to leave it out of the story proper, but the plane is now heading for Ascension Island. British control, few people, big enough rollfield to land the Antonov, heading is basically "how to get out of Brazillian airspace, pronto", plus it's in range if the Antonov was refueled while landed.
What's next? Well, the poll was opened, the masses cast their vote - and it looks like we're doing Mark's past next! Look forward to "Two Guns", coming soon.
(And now I have to use Valentina at some point. Oh boy, where oh where? Maybe she should take a vacation in Japan.