"The Rapid Acceleration Boost does exactly what it says it will do." Dr. Reid gave a simple and vague explanation that was much more concise than the explanations that the brunette was used to receiving from her. There was a tone of "I can't believe that we've entrusted this piece of technology to an idiot" in her voice, but the brunette chose to overlook it. Since the name really was that obvious, she was going to chalk the snide tone up to being a one-off mishap and give Dr. Reid another chance.
"Really? Well, that was... simple." The brunette said in embarrassment as she passed through the third turn. Her face was beet-red, which made the helmet worth its weight in gold since neither doctor could see how embarrassed she was thanks to the dark visor. Dr. Reid began another jargon-laden speech when Dr. Hanlon cut her off.
"You see, the Rapid Acceleration Boost works by supplying a lot of power to the engine in a short time, kind of like revving the engine of a car." Dr. Hanlon gave an explanation that the brunette could easily understand in a tone that did not carry a trace of disdain like Dr. Reid's had.
"OK, now it makes sense." Victoria chimed in, passing through the fourth turn. The brunette thought she heard Dr. Reid mutter something about needing more coffee before taking another jab at the brunette's intelligence by saying that "a crash dummy had more brains than her." That was Strike Two. The brunette kept quiet, but another snide remark like that and Dr. Reid would probably need a medical doctor after Victoria was finished educating her on how to behave like a decent human being instead of like a pompous academic who held her nose at having to work with someone who was not college-educated.
"To best test the Rapid Acceleration Boost, I suggest that you decrease speed to 50 MPH." Dr. Hanlon suggested. Victoria wordlessly decreased speed until she reached the target speed, then maintained it through the first and second turns. She came into the first straightaway and asked the question.
"How do I activate it?" Victoria asked.
"Just twist the handles forward as hard as you can. Be ready for a lot of kick, though. The Rapid Acceleration Boost lives up to its name." Dr. Hanlon cautioned her. Victoria twisted the handles forward and felt the Centaur raise up on the back end like a motorcycle doing a wheelie. The brunette yelped as the speed doubled and the heat gauge rocketed up, changing the numerals from green to yellow.
"Remain calm, Miss Sheridan! Maintain control of the Centaur!" Dr. Hanlon urged her. Victoria took an audible breath and focused on keeping control through the third turn. It was something of a tight squeeze, but Victoria kept control of the vehicle and made it through the third turn despite the huge loss of turning ability. She coaxed the Centaur through the fourth turn and got back onto the straightaway, where the Centaur set down with a gentle bump. The speed suddenly decreased to 50 MPH and the temperature gauge decreased to a safe operating level.
"That was intense." Victoria commented on the Rapid Acceleration Boost.
"Now you can see why we chose to limit the feature to the prototype. If we included it in the mass-produced version inexperienced and reckless drivers would use it to get into a lot of trouble." Dr. Hanlon explained the reasoning behind the decision. Putting the Rapid Acceleration Boost into the mass-produced model would get a lot of purchases from drivers obsessed with speed, but it would get them into trouble by causing them to slam into buildings, cars, and other people when they lost control during the Boost. She was glad to see that Dr. Hanlon had a strong sense of ethics that he would not compromise for easy cash. Dr. Reid probably had strong ethics too... underneath the coffee addiction and sarcastic jabs she had taken at Victoria's intelligence.
"That's a good idea, Doctor." Victoria readily agreed with his reasoning. The brunette could not argue with that simple logic. She had been informed of the feature and still found the Centaur hard to control during the Boost. It did not take much imagination to see what bad things would happen should inexperienced and reckless drivers engage the Boost.
"Now, if you would kindly bring the Centaur in, we will take it to my garage and I will show you the other feature that will be exclusive to the prototype." Dr. Hanlon requested. Victoria blinked. There was another special feature on this thing? Victoria could not wait to see what it was.
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