Century 21 Tech Talk – Episode Two: Spectrum Pursuit Vehicle (SPV) | Hosted by Brains [Thunderbirds]
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Century 21 Tech Talk – Episode Two: Spectrum Pursuit Vehicle (SPV) | Hosted by Brains [Thunderbirds]

(exciting music) (electronic tone beeps) – Hello again, folks, Brains here. Welcome to another episode
of Century 21 Tech Talk. In this briefing, we’re
gonna be discussing the technical specifications of the Spectrum Pursuit Vehicle, or SPV. The Spectrum Pursuit Vehicle is the primary ground support vehicle used by the Spectrum Organisation
in their continuing fight against the Mis-ter-ants
from the planet Mars. It was adapted from the highly successful World Army Zeus Combat Tank,
and modified extensively for use by Spectrum. Despite its size, the SPV can reach speeds in excess of 200 miles per hour, very useful when pursuing a
suspected Mis-ter-ant agent. In the event additional
traction is required, the rear tracks can be
deployed, enabling the SPV to cross the harshest terrain and power up the steepest of inclines. Spectrum maintains a vast fleet of SPVs at strategic locations across the world, ready for deployment at a moment’s notice. A Spectrum agent may
claim an SPV transport on production of an official
identification pass. The local Spectrum operative
will then radio cloud-base, confirming the vehicle has been collected. Most of the SPVs outside the protection of Spectrum ground bases are concealed in some of the most
unlikely places imaginable, such as inside a camping
trailer, a wooden shack, and even a specially
built elevator platform below another vehicle. Access to an SPV’s interior
is by one of two hatches on either side of the vehicle. The hatch door slides outwards
and an operator’s chair is lowered to the ground. Perhaps the most innovative design feature of the Spectrum Pursuit
Vehicle is that it is operated with the driver facing
the rear of the vehicle. This seemingly strange design choice has a very practical rationale. In the event of a collision,
the occupant of the SPV will be thrown against the seat, reducing the chance of serious injury. Forward visibility is by
way of twin video screens linked to external cameras. Spectrum have found the
design to be most effective, although it is not
infallible to the cunning of the Mis-ter-ants. On one occasion, a Mis-ter-ant agent was able to disrupt the video signal, causing the Spectrum agents to crash. The control cabin contains the SPV’s variable use power pack. The most commonly used tool
is the Spectrum jetpack, a single person hoverpack,
which allows agents to pursue aerial targets or reach areas inaccessible to the SPV. If a Spectrum officer needs
to evacuate the vehicle in a hurry, they pull the
red lever beside the seat and they will be ejected
clear of the craft with a parachute deploying
at a safe altitude, allowing them to glide
safely to the ground. The armour encasing the
Spectrum Pursuit Vehicle is formidable, to say the least. Constructed from a top secret alloy, the armour provides impressive
protection against everything, from a raging fire to a
direct missile strike. The front fender of an SPV covers like a helium-strengthened chassis, vital when the vehicle is called on to ram through obstacles. The nose of the SPV houses a high-powered multi-purpose machine cannon, which is often deployed in self-defense or used to clear obstructions
in the vehicle’s path. Some Spectrum Pursuit Vehicles retain the Semi-amphibious Aqua Mode from the original Zeus Tank prototype. While in Aqua Mode, an SPV
can skim along the surface of a body of water at speeds reaching 50 miles per hour.
(electronic tone beeps) Excuse me for one moment. Hello? – Hello, Mister Brains. I wondered if you would perhaps like some coffee brought to the lab. – Oh, thanks, Kee-ra-no. That would be great. – Of course. I shall be with you shortly. – Well, once again, we’ll have
to leave it there for now. I hope you found this report on the Spectrum Pursuit Vehicle useful. I’ll see you next time for another Century 21 Tech Talk briefing. Take care. (exciting music)


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