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Podracing is a fictional concept in the Star Wars universe. The concept of podracing seems to be inspired by chariot racing (cf Ben-Hur) and is done with fast-moving podracers, which are a generic term used to describe any of the small, one-man repulsorcraft composed of a floating anti-gravity pod propelled by dual (or sometimes quadruple) turbine engines. The engines are not physically connected to each other, but are linked by power couplings apparently consisting of plasma discharges of some kind; they are connected to the pods by long cables.


Each pod contains the driver, and is connected by Steelton control cables to the turbine engines. The pod contains a repulsorlift engine, that keeps the craft at a specific, low-level altitude. The turbine engines - from two to four per pod - are incredbily powerful, and are connected by an energy binder that keeps them from flying apart. Podracing was popularized in the Outer Rim during the last decades of the Old Republic. Because of the reflexes needed to react to the pod and the course, as well as the dexterity needed to control the pod racer, nearly all pod racers were non-humans. Sometimes, at least four hands were needed to maintain control of the ship, while sharp reflexes and quick thinking were needed to anticipate the course as the small craft are propelled forward at speeds reaching 900 kilometers per hour and more.


Podracing appears primarily in Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace, where the Boonta Eve Podrace sponsored by Jabba the Hutt is contended by Anakin Skywalker, Sebulba and others.


In Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones one of the monitors in the nightclub scene depicts podracing. This podrace is actually footage from the Podrace video game.


Podracing is also seen in the Expanded Universe, notably on Malastare, Oovo IV and other low gravity worlds. In The Phantom Menace, the podracing on Malastare was mentioned in passing by Qui-Gon Jinn.


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Podracing - Wookieepedia, the Star Wars Wiki (846 words)
Podracers were small, one-man repulsorcraft, composed of an anti-gravity pod propelled by one or more pairs of large turbine engines.
Podracing was popularized in the Outer Rim Territories during the last decades of the Galactic Republic.
Although technically illegal, Podracing flourished during the rule of the Galactic Republic, particularly among planets in the Outer Rim and on worlds such as Malastare and Ando Prime.
Podracing - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (431 words)
The concept of podracing seems to be inspired by chariot racing (of Ben-Hur) and is done with fast-moving podracer, which is a generic term used to describe any of the small, one-man repulsorcraft composed of a floating anti-gravity pod propelled by dual (or sometimes quadruple) turbine engines.
Podracing was popularized in the Outer Rim during the last decades of the Old Republic.
Podracing appears primarily in Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace, where the Boonta Eve Classic sponsored by Jabba the Hutt is entered by Anakin Skywalker, Sebulba and others.
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