Version 2.7 is now available.
Following a recent comment elsewhere about the Contractor I got to thinking how crazy it would be to design a Taxi version.
Indeed it was such a silly idea, I just had to do it
And so, the Contract-a-Cab was born. Just a bit of fun, but I think it's a pretty little ship and adds a bit of eye-candy to the spacelanes. They can be seen in-system, sun-skimming and shuttling from planet to station, and they run away at the slightest hint of trouble. They are buyable, so if you want to try to earn an honest crust as a cabbie...
Here's the back-story:-
The Retila Shipyard Co-operative (RSC) is a shady organisation consisting of various Mafia, Triad and Pirate groups, who were brought together by the legendary super-criminal Kran Hoftus to build and market the notorious 'Contractor' uber-ship. Although the ship is not illegal, GalCop is well aware of the Shipyard's dubious ownership and is known to monitor the situation closely. As time passed RSC realised that they would benefit from having a 'legitimate' business arm to maintain an air of respectability and of course for money-laundering and other nefarious purposes.
However, no one in their wildest dreams would have expected them to start manufacturing Taxis, but that is exactly what happened. The RollyJoger TaxiWorks was established to manufacture the Contract-a-Cab after the RSC (somehow!) won the contract to build a fleet of luxury Limo-Taxis for the prestigious YellOo Cab Company. Also surprising was their decision to use an adapted version of the Contractor spaceframe as the basis for their Taxis, but this actually made a lot of sense, as the ship was the right size and shape, all the development work had already been done, and it turned out to be both very adaptable, and ideal for cost-effective mass-production.
However of necessity the specifications are very different. Gone is the expensive organic hull plating in favour of steel. The three Muon-Schism drives have been replaced by a single Quark-Oscillation engine giving a top speed of 3.6 LM. The Contract-a-Cab has three Energy Banks with a 'medium' re-charge rate of 3. Two missile slots are fitted.
The Contract-a-Cab comes as standard with the basic equipment needed to perform its role, with standard Escape Capsule, Fuel Injection, Fuel Scoops, Heat Shielding, forward Beam Laser (and a rear mount), and of course a special luxury Passenger Berth which also incorporates a passenger Escape Capsule. All other equipment options are available.
However the Contract-a-Cab has NO hold or cargo extension available. The Passenger Berth is an integrated aspect of the design and cannot be removed to release cargo space. Due to a quirk of GalCop law this means that the Contract-a-Cab has a nominal hold capacity of -5TC listed in its specifications.
For anyone looking to operate a YellOo Cab Co franchise, the Contract-a-Cab will excel at providing a safe, comfortable, reasonably fast and reliable means of plying your trade.
Base price is 275 450Cr (including 100 000Cr GalCop Taxi Licence fee)
Full details and downloads can be found on Smivsonline
and the Wiki
This was released yesterday, but due to those hacker b******s I could only formally announce the release now. Top marks to the Five of you who have already found and downloaded it.
, the friendliest Gourd this side of Riedquat.