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18th Sep '16 11:57:58 AM eroock
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[[quoteright:350:[[Film/SpeedRacer http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/overdrive.jpg]]]]
[[caption-width-right:350:Yes, that's the one for Overdrive!]]
11th May '16 7:55:09 PM GreatWyrmGold
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** Considering it was built from scrap parts, it [[WhatAPieceOfJunk wasn't exactly the most stable podracer around]], although it was capable of reaching very high speeds (one of the fastest in the film). Once Anakin got ahead of most of the other racers, it is likely that he did not want to strain the engines more than necessary. And considering he didn't even ''finish'' the race [[NoodleIncident the last time he tried]], he had good reason not to push it. This explanation is somewhat confirmed in ''VideoGame/StarWarsEpisodeIRacer'', where it's used as a gameplay mechanic (see Video Games).
** Podracing also requires [[PunyEarthlings inhuman]] reflexes. Though Anakin had [[AppliedPhlebotinum the Force]] going for him along with being a [[PlotArmor central character]], it's understandable he'd rather not go the full 560 mph (that's more than the length of the Empire State building every second) unless he really has to.
11th Dec '15 9:09:10 AM sturmovik
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** US Navy slang for the above action is "All ahead Bendix." The ship's speed is controlled by a device which was often made by the Bendix company and their logo was just beyond the maximum setting, so it appeared that "Bendix" was an option for higher speed.


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*Direct Current electric motors have a natural "balancing speed" where the applied voltage equals the counter-Voltage produced by the rotor itself turning in a magnetic field. A mode of operation known as "shunt" activates additional diverter resistances in parallel with the field winding, reducing the strength of the counter-Voltage and allowing the motor to turn even faster.
21st Nov '15 3:42:46 AM eroock
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->"The pod race in the film suffers from a common trope, in which characters needing to go somewhere really fast head off in their vehicle. At some point they realise they're not going to make it in time, so they open the throttle all the way and go even faster. The question of course being why weren't they going as fast as they possibly could already?"

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->"The ->''"The pod race in the film suffers from a common trope, in which characters needing to go somewhere really fast head off in their vehicle. At some point they realise they're not going to make it in time, so they open the throttle all the way and go even faster. The question of course being why weren't they going as fast as they possibly could already?"already?"''
21st Nov '15 2:32:34 AM Arivne
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** Podracing also requires [[PunyEarthlings inhuman]] reflexes. Though Anakin had [[AppliedPhlebotinum the force]] going for him along with being a [[PlotArmor central character]], it's understandable he'd rather not go the full 560 mph (that's more than the length of the Empire State building every second) unless he really has to.

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** Podracing also requires [[PunyEarthlings inhuman]] reflexes. Though Anakin had [[AppliedPhlebotinum the force]] Force]] going for him along with being a [[PlotArmor central character]], it's understandable he'd rather not go the full 560 mph (that's more than the length of the Empire State building every second) unless he really has to.
15th Nov '15 10:21:58 AM nombretomado
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* ''RomancingSaGa: Minstrel Song'' has Hasten Time and Overdrive, the ultimate [[MakingASplash Hydrology]] spells. Casting one of these babies lets the user instantly end the enemy's turn and either give themselves and all their allies a free turn to act -- or act ''five times in a row'' themselves, without any fear of interruption. However, the spell's big drawback is that it's a ''major'' drain on your MP, especially in Overdrive... is it worth having your caster attack five times uninterrupted when it will then take them several turns to recover?

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* ''RomancingSaGa: ''VideoGame/RomancingSaGa: Minstrel Song'' has Hasten Time and Overdrive, the ultimate [[MakingASplash Hydrology]] spells. Casting one of these babies lets the user instantly end the enemy's turn and either give themselves and all their allies a free turn to act -- or act ''five times in a row'' themselves, without any fear of interruption. However, the spell's big drawback is that it's a ''major'' drain on your MP, especially in Overdrive... is it worth having your caster attack five times uninterrupted when it will then take them several turns to recover?
11th Nov '15 7:31:16 PM MrUnderhill
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** Considering it was built from scrap parts, it [[WhatAPieceOfJunk wasn't exactly the most stable podracer around]], although it was capable of reaching very high speeds (one of the fastest in the film). Once Anakin got ahead of most of the other racers, it is likely that he did not want to strain the engines more than necessary. And considering he didn't even ''finish'' the race [[NoodleIncident the last time he tried]], he had good reason not to push it. This explanation is somewhat confirmed in ''VideoGame/StarWarsEpisode1Racer'', where it's used as a gameplay mechanic (see Video Games).

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** Considering it was built from scrap parts, it [[WhatAPieceOfJunk wasn't exactly the most stable podracer around]], although it was capable of reaching very high speeds (one of the fastest in the film). Once Anakin got ahead of most of the other racers, it is likely that he did not want to strain the engines more than necessary. And considering he didn't even ''finish'' the race [[NoodleIncident the last time he tried]], he had good reason not to push it. This explanation is somewhat confirmed in ''VideoGame/StarWarsEpisode1Racer'', ''VideoGame/StarWarsEpisodeIRacer'', where it's used as a gameplay mechanic (see Video Games).
11th Nov '15 7:30:57 PM MrUnderhill
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** Considering it was built from scrap parts, it wasn't exactly the most streamlined podracer around, although it was capable of reaching very high speeds (one of the fastest in the film). Once Anakin got ahead of most of the other racers, it is likely that he did not want to strain the engines more than necessary. (This is confirmed in the game.)

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** Considering it was built from scrap parts, it [[WhatAPieceOfJunk wasn't exactly the most streamlined stable podracer around, around]], although it was capable of reaching very high speeds (one of the fastest in the film). Once Anakin got ahead of most of the other racers, it is likely that he did not want to strain the engines more than necessary. (This And considering he didn't even ''finish'' the race [[NoodleIncident the last time he tried]], he had good reason not to push it. This explanation is somewhat confirmed in the game.)''VideoGame/StarWarsEpisode1Racer'', where it's used as a gameplay mechanic (see Video Games).
9th Aug '15 2:48:28 PM FlintTD
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* The US destroyer USS ''Samuel B. Roberts'' managed to do this during the Battle of Samar, by ordering the engine crew to push the twin boilers as hard as they would go. This managed to add 5 knots to the speed of the ship while it was under fire, going from the rated 23-24 knots (that the engines were said to max out at) to 28.7 knots. The ship was sunk by gunfire from a Japanese battleship during the battle, and managed to earn itself the title "the destroyer escort that fought like a battleship."


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* Humans (and many other animals) can do something like this. Between adrenalin increasing blood pressure to move more oxygen and fuel to muscle cells, and muscle cells over-performing at the potential cost of both tearing themselves apart ''and'' overheating to death, normal humans can manage to lift cars and outrun sprinters under duress. The reason your average person doesn't perform like an Olympian all the time? They would die very quickly if they kept that over-performance up for longer than a few hours, at best.
6th Aug '15 5:49:01 AM Prfnoff
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* Boost in the ''{{Motorstorm}}'' series works this way. You have an unlimited supply of Boost, but using it heats up your engine. if you don't lay off the boost, or drive through water to cool your engine down, it will blow out your engine, respawning you near last place.

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* Boost in the ''{{Motorstorm}}'' ''VideoGame/{{Motorstorm}}'' series works this way. You have an unlimited supply of Boost, but using it heats up your engine. if you don't lay off the boost, or drive through water to cool your engine down, it will blow out your engine, respawning you near last place.
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