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Bio-Racers
My entry for Bionicle Display's "Original Theme" category.
About this creation


The island of Veloco-Nui has long been a barren series of canyons and sandy plateaus. Over millenia, the natural canyons and trenches have been converted into massive, island-spanning racetracks by the inhabitants, the Bio-Racers. The life goal of any Bio-Racer is to win the epic races that take place in the inhospitable canyons that make up their home. Here, we see one of the Matoran-sized Bio-Racers.



These small, diminutive creatures balance on a single wheel and are commonly used as pit crew by the larger Bio-Racers. This particular Matoracer is one of the racing variety, distinguishable by the "turning claw" attached to his right hand. This claw is used to grip the ground while making sharp turns.



All Bio-Racers require a fuel tank to hit top speed, as their natural energy does not allow them to move much faster than 35 kaalons per hour (one kaalon = 2 kilometers).
The fuel in the Bio-engines is extremely efficient, and a single Matoracer tank can last for up to 4 laps if used wisely.



Action pose!




This single wheeled Matoracer has a kickstand of sorts to allow it to stand up for posing. So far, I've discovered that my single-wheeled creations have a reluctance to pose well. This model was the turning point for me.



Here we see the Titan-sized Bio-Racer, Aesphor . There are only a handful of titans left on Veloco-Nui, and they have a huge advantage in races due to their greater engine size and massive fuel capacity.



Optimus Prime, anyone? Still no? aww....



Giant wheels for feet makes for a challenging build, but I think it turned out nicely. You can see why Bio-Racer titans have a clear advantage in races...



Here's another nice shot of Aesphor. I might put this on his page as the main photo... I'm glad for retakes.



The last Bio-Racer I built for this photoshoot is a Toa-sized racer, or what would count as a Toa, anyways. As you can see, he too uses a "turning claw", although his is more elaborate. He also uses a double-tire system, like a bicycle rather than a unicycle.



The chassis of the Toa-Racer was originally designed for a refuel Bio-racer I was designing, but I scrapped it when I realized I didn't have enough brown/orange parts to build a fuel tank holder. Keep an eye out for a refuel truck sometime soon!



One last good shot of the Toa-Racer, then it's on to specialization.



As earlier mentioned, the Matoracers can often be found as pit crew for larger Bio-Racers. This particular Matoracer is a refuel and refit expert, equipped with a refuelling arm which attaches to the tank on his back.



Aesphor gets refuelled, as his Matoracer pit crewman attaches the hose to his rocket boosters for extra charge.



...Jokes about giving something "extra charge" aside, here's a close-up of the refueling tube and the rocket booster interacting...



...Awkward silence...



Well, that about wraps up my presentation of Bio-Racers. If you noticed, the pics are much better this time round (most of them, anyways). If you'd like to try building something for Veloco-Nui, a summary of the Bio-Racer theme is below.

Bio Racers:
-Wheels, not feet. This can be any number of wheels (e.g. a fuel tanker, whose lower half is a 16 wheeler), but Bio-Racers can't fly (with an exception noted below)
-Race officials are built in black and white, and are the only Bio-Racers able to fly, allowing them to follow the race easily.
-Including something vehicle-like in the body tends to look good- e.g. whippy radio antenna, exhaust pipes, rocket boosters, brake lights, etc.
-Treads are fine, but the Bio-Racer is likely to be a support worker, like a refueler or a Bio-Racer which collects fallen racers along the track.

Well, that about sums up this theme. If people are interested, I'll start up a group for this idea, seeing as I have many more ideas for Bio-Racers and support workers, and I'd really like to see what people could do with Bionicles on wheels. As always, don't forget those comments.
Greyhein out.









Comments

Greyhein .
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J.D. ~
  February 24, 2012
Mind if I use Bio-racer idea? Credit will be given!
Greyhein .
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Kane Sagar
  May 30, 2011
That Titan-sixe Bio-racers head does look liek Optimus Prime! Overall, epic stuff here, you've inspired me to make something like that, until i dismantle Tuma, :D. Again, EPIC stuff
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  October 15, 2010
I'm using your theme in one of my bio-MOCs. He's more of a soldier, and doesn't look very car-ish... it's my first attempt at this. Please tell me what you think.
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  September 25, 2010
dude i had the same idea name for the island name. those are really cool creations kep up the awesome building
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  June 7, 2010
Quoting Sgamer 360 Could I make Bio-Racer I'll give you the credit! [Of course.]
For sure, I love to see what people are doing with this theme :)
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  June 5, 2010
Could I make Bio-Racer I'll give you the credit! [Of course.]
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  April 5, 2010
Quoting Robert Hynes do combat racers need turning claws ?
They aren't needed, because combat races would take place on wider tracks (with less turns) than normal races, to give racers more room for combat. However, they could be used if a racer wanted to quickly turn to get into a better position for fighting. It's really up to the builder.
  March 18, 2010
Oooh, I see. That`s fine then, I`m sure AP physics are way more important! :)And thanks for your comment on Kalx! I`m happily suprised that you noticed the suspension! (works great rolling over my loads of pieces on the floor.)
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  March 14, 2010
Quoting Fuzz-E (Ryan Z.) What`s up with the inactivity? >.< I can`t wait to see Veximal! Oh, and here is mine : http://www.mocpages.com/moc.php/189942
Ah, sorry. I'm taking AP physics at the moment, it's been eating into my spare time :P That and a lack of pistons have delayed Veximal's posting. Once I give him his left arm, he'll be posted.
  March 6, 2010
What`s up with the inactivity? >.< I can`t wait to see Veximal! Oh, and here is mine : http://www.mocpages.com/moc.php/189942
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  January 31, 2010
Quoting Fuzz-E (Ryan Z.) heehee, i look at this every day nao! Am trying to perfect my bio-racer design.
That's great to hear :) I'm looking forward to seeing your designs!
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  January 31, 2010
heehee, i look at this every day nao! Am trying to perfect my bio-racer design.
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  January 16, 2010
Quoting Fuzz-E (Ryan Z.) I am definitely making something for this. Its just too cool to ignore. Make a group for it, Im sure there will be lots soon. ;D
Thanks for the compliment! I'll be making a group as soon as I finish my latest build. I've been putting it off for far too long :P
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  January 16, 2010
very interesting mocs, great job!
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  January 16, 2010
One Word: AMAZING!
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  January 15, 2010
I am definitely making something for this. Its just too cool to ignore. Make a group for it, Im sure there will be lots soon. ;D
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  January 14, 2010
Quoting Yuri Fassio (I am finally making one)
I'm preparing myself to be put to shame :)
  January 6, 2010
(I am finally making one)
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  January 2, 2010
Quoting Gringat and Xalos On the Bionicle RolePlay Club, Gideon here made a Veloco-Nui story thread, see? http://www.mocpages.com/group_conversation.php?id=7893&topicid=38857 Want to join and have your own Bio-Racer? it IS your island after all. You could be mayor :D I shall send you another invite.
Thank you very much for the invite, Gringat. I think I shall join :)
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  January 2, 2010
On the Bionicle RolePlay Club, Gideon here made a Veloco-Nui story thread, see? http://www.mocpages.com/group_conversation.php?id=7893&topicid=38857 Want to join and have your own Bio-Racer? it IS your island after all. You could be mayor :D I shall send you another invite.
  December 19, 2009
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  December 18, 2009
Quoting John the Imaginative One question, do Racers have to be in a humanoid position when racing?
Nope, the only positioning limits for racers is that they must be able to assume a humanoid position at some point, not necessarily while racing.
  December 17, 2009
One question, do Racers have to be in a humanoid position when racing?
  December 16, 2009
Hey Greyhein, look at this: http://www.mocpages.com/moc.php/172061
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  December 13, 2009
Yes
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  December 13, 2009
Quoting Supreme commander Gideon Fucci Xenith (shiva V2 combat form is about to be posted)
Excellent, I'm looking forward to seeing what you and John can cook up! :) Incidentally, should I create a group for this theme?
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  December 12, 2009
Xenith (shiva V2 combat form is about to be posted)
  December 12, 2009
Think I'll make me a combat racer. Heh heh heh. Beware though, With no limit on the weaponry, things might feel a little unfair.
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  December 12, 2009
She is up but Its not my best work she is in for some major changes
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  December 12, 2009
Quoting Supreme commander Gideon Fucci I must question in this universe of yours is there combat racing and are there female racers.
There is indeed combat racing, however it falls into a different category entirely: Combat racers are equipped with weaponry (no limitations on what kind) and the races themselves are MUCH shorter. And yes, there are female racers. Female racers tend to be much sleeker and faster, more streamlined with a high-tech look to them.
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  December 11, 2009
I must question in this universe of yours is there combat racing and are there female racers.
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  November 14, 2009
Quoting Yuri Fassio I LOVE this theme. Although I remember I saw a previous one and I can't remember who made it. You did well and deserve 3 points :)
I did some scouting after this comment, and I believe that Berial created a bicycle-wheeled bionicle before this post :S But thank you!
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  November 14, 2009
I LOVE this theme. Although I remember I saw a previous one and I can't remember who made it. You did well and deserve 3 points :)
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  November 8, 2009
Great theme, very interesting. And the MOcs are awesome!
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  November 7, 2009
That is an awesome sounding theme, I wanna build a Bio-Racer straight away! :P
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  November 7, 2009
its cool
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  November 6, 2009
A very interesting theme indeed.
 
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