This red and yellow truck is a holosphere camera vehicle recording the Martian Polar Pavonis Rally for ESPN-8.
The race takes place annually between Schmidt Ice Base at the Southern pole and the MSA Research station at Pavonis Mons, near the Martian equator. The race is a martian tradition commemorating the emergency transport of oxygen to the base in the first years of settlement.
Like all martian vehicles the truck is powered by Hydro-Carbons mined by on Saturn's moon Titan. Current Terra-forming estimates are that it will take another five centuries of heavy industry and ultra fuel burning cars for Mars to reach a level of atmospheric pressure where liquid water can exist on the surface.
These utility trucks have proved remarkably versatile and have been converted into thousands of varieties. This camera truck proved tough enough to cover the race every year for thirty-two martian years (a martian year is 687 days), from the six race until the thirty-eighth. It would probably have kept going, but the owner/cameraman retired!
This thing has a decidedly “Casey Jones” feel to it. It looks like a diesel electric locomotive…and I dig it! I assume that this resemblance is intentional. The red housing on the rear of the vehicle makes this conclusion almost inescapable. It’s awesome. Like the locomotive of a Martian Trackless Train. I would love to see it pulling some trailers. I’m also becoming a big fan of the way you use the trapezoidal exhaust unit on the real panel of many of your vehicles. Perfect. Attack!