In the year 60BBY, the Z56 air speeder was created for people who had to cross a long distance in little time. Designed by the SoroSuub Corporation, an extremely fast two-engined, one seater was made. Short after the release of this speeder, when people were not aware of it's lack of taking corners and it's amazing acceleration, a consecutive serie of accidents happened caused by reckless pilots who didn't read it's user manual well enough. However, the engines were so unreliable and so sensitive for overheating, that most pilots modified the speeder into a two-seater with room for a co-pilot who had the task to prevent the engines from blowin' up.
However, the Z56 air speeder didn't loose any of it's reputation after all it's cons. Because of the publicity which was due because the accidents with the speeder, it became popular by couriers and bounty hunters who were able to handle it's performances.
Because of the amazing speed this vehicle could reach up to 945 km/h and the fact that no windshield was ever added to the speeder (most pilots created one themselves though) a special helmet was needed for those who reached a high speed.
Later, when pod racing was a common amusement around Tatooine, and the Z56 Air Speeder was considered too old to be good, the speeder became popular by pilots who took part in the famous Podracing competitions. Because of it's low price, but still extraordinary powerful engines, this speeder was common bought by pilots so they could detach the engines, equip them with antigravity generators and detach them to the 'pod', and voilá; a cheap podracer was created.
A couple of years later, the Z56 became illegal due to it's lack of quality.
Name: Z56 Air Speeder
Manufacturer: SoroSuub Corporation
Price: 34.000 credits (new)
Max. speed: 945 km/h
Acceleration: 0-100 in 1.9 sec. / 0-200 in 4.2 sec. / 0-500 in 11.7 sec.
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