This is a four-seat sports car with a rotary engine hybrid power-train.
It’s 4.64m long, 1.85m across, and 1.4m in height and sits on a 3.1m wheelbase.
The rotary hybrid system uses a new direct-injection, two-rotor engine, combined with a motor, a generator, and a battery. The battery’s location between the engine and the firewall, combined with the compact rotary engine’s front-midship layout, helps create 50/50 weight distribution and a low center of gravity. This hybrid system also features an idling-stop system to boost economy and emissions.
The Senku has a seven-speed transmission and dry twin-plate clutch. The suspension consists of double wishbones at the front and a multilink rear setup.
The novel is set during World War II, from 1942 to 1944. It mainly follows the life of antihero Captain John Yossarian, a U.S. Army Air Forces B-25 bombardier. Most of the events in the book occur while the fictional 256th US Army Air Squadron is based on the island of Pianosa, in the Mediterranean Sea, west of Italy, though it also covers episodes from basic training at Lowry Field in Colorado and Air Corps training in Santa Ana, CA. The novel examines the absurdity of war and military life through the experiences of Yossarian and his cohorts, who attempt to maintain their sanity while fulfilling their service requirements so that they may return home.
Often cited as one of the most significant novels of the twentieth century, it uses a distinctive non-chronological third-person omniscient narration, describing events from the points of view of different characters. The separate story-lines are out of sequence so the timeline develops along with the plot.
For the TV series, there is a linear narrative of Captain John Yossarian. Played straight and not for laughs if fits the satire genre well. While most of it is light in tone, there are some very dramatic and intense scenes. One concerns a rape and others the deaths of military personnel. Most of the Military Command are portrayed as stupid of incompetent, including George Clooney as General Scheisskopf.
Veli Unveiled (Platoon F #8) by John P. Logsdon (2016)
Frexle has uncovered something interesting about Lord Overseer Veli, but he needs definitive proof before informing the council.
Veli, though, has different plans. He senses Frexle’s odd behavior and decides it’s time to send the man into permanent retirement.
It’s at this point that the intricacies of the plot overtake the humour of the story. There are far too many characters. Each has their own motivations and scheme and near the end it lost the spark of a comedic story. No interest in continuing.
Kidnap on Fantasy Planet (Platoon F #7) by John P. Logsdon (2015)
Love lost, cavemen found, and a kidnapping to cap it all off. Captain Don Harr has learned that love is not all it’s cracked up to be, especially when the woman he loves has decided to lead a sexual revolution on her home planet.
Fortunately, it’s hard staying depressed when you’ve got the Overseers as your employer.
Overseer Frexle tasks Harr and Geezer with stopping a couple of cavemen from going beyond the discovery of fire, which is insane but should prove enough to keep Harr’s mind off of lost love.
While dealing with the cavemen, an urgent message comes in from Fantasy Planet. It seems that Platoon F’s previous commanding officer, Stanley Parfait, has been kidnapped! The message reads that if the group of ruffians doesn’t get their demands met, they’ll kill the man.
Warped Conduit (Platoon F #6) by John P. Logsdon (2015)
A new master. A tug on the heartstrings. A mission to destroy a planet. After breaking away from the Segnal Space Marine Corps, the crew of The SSMC Reluctant is searching for what to do next. Unfortunately, a race of beings who call themselves “The Overseers” already have plans for them. It’s one of those deals they can’t refuse.
This story is longer (60k) than previous stories (20-30k). The novel length allows for better character development and a more intricate plot. The humour also changes from a reliance of witty jokes to people doing dumb things. Again, a better story than the previous one.
Synthetic DNA (Platoon F #5) by John P. Logsdon (2014)
After a close call in the year 2440 at the planet called “Earth,” the crew of The SSMC Reluctant makes a quick escape back to their home of Segnal. However, Geezer didn’t have time to set the clock on the GONE Drive to return them back to their own era, and things have changed greatly in the Segnal System over the past 500 years.
Again, this is better than the previous story. It takes on some science fiction themes. It’s a nice blend of humour and sci-fi.
Earthlings (Platoon F #4) by John P. Logsdon (2014)
After their last mission, the Segnal Space Marine Corps (SSMC) saw the value of the GONE Drive. The ability to move through space in a blink of an eye would be highly appealing to any military body, but specifically to Rear Admiral Parfait who has a bit of a thing for military bodies.
This one is a bit more fun, with interactions with earthlings. The crew can blend in, which makes you wonder just how different they are from Humans. There is is bit of time travelling which it just there to move the plot along.