A story setting where vehicles are a center focus, usually involving car chases or auto racing.
Rolling Updates * Do We Have This * Early Development Phase
Rughead: You lose the race, you lose your car! Agreed?!Twenty Minutes into the Future, where society hasn't collapsed but has a love for the high performance engine. Heavy on chase sequences and high octane action sequences, these stories generally force reason to take a backseat to marshal law. Often in these stories The Cops Are Useless. Another example of petrolpunk is the alternate reality timelines where technology stopped progressing after 1979, right before the 80s. Because of the time period, the reason technology stopped progressing is usually the end of the cultured world (meteorite smashes into earth, world war 3, disease makes men sterile, whatever) and because of this, all we have are combustible and compression engines. Diesel, kerosene, gas, methane, propane... this is the lifeforce of the world. And fuel is VERY hard to come by, so hard most people would kill for it. Most if not all vehicles are engines that are easy to work on, with many hot swappable parts and easy to fabricate parts. So, in short, V8s, motorcycles, and Volkswagens. The only electricity on a massive basis will come from combustion generators. Even some of the weapons are fuel based, such as miniguns built from chainsaw motors and camshaft piston cannons. This isn't exclusively limited to alternate realities, but in many cases to dystopian or Scavenger World futures, such as The Apunkalypse. This genre isn't to be confused with Diesel Punk.
- Mad Max, arguably the Trope Codifer.
- Wheels of Fire
- Exterminators in the Year 3000
- Deathrace 2000
- The New Barbarians
- Equalizer 2000
- Gone in Sixty Seconds; the original, not the remake.
- The past and underground world of the future in Demolition Man.
- White Lightning
- Death Proof
- Vanishing Point
- Running on Empty
- Black Dog
- The Running Man film, not so much in the novel. Especially with Buzzsaw's bike and choice of weapon.
- City Limits: A favorite of Mystery Science Theatre 3000 fans, features your standard plague-ridden, motorcycle gang-dominated dystopian Teenage Wasteland future.
- The Wraith
- The Fast and the Furious film series.
- Circuitry Man
- Gears of War
- The video game series Road Rash.
- The Super Nintendo game Outlander, based on the Mad Max films.
- The Fallout games, to a point. The series contains elements of the genre, but instead of gasoline radioactive elements are used as the main source of fuel for vehicles. However, everything else is based on gasoline; even the robots run on petrol.
- Twisted Metal
- Vigilante 8
- Death Rally
- Gas Guzzlers Extreme
- Dirt Showdown
- Red Faction Battlegrounds
- Blood Drive
- Rogue Trip
- There is an entire car culture devoted to this trope, especially in the motorcycle world, known as "Survival". Similar in style to rat rods, these particular cars are usually held together with cheap welds and duct tape, sometimes using custom made parts, sometimes out of household junk like door latches and beer cans, to keep them running. These cars generally don't fix rust or dents or any structural damage until it's absolutely necessary. They never get painted; in fact, the more surface rust the better the car or bike looks to them. Additional modifications to the cars or bikes to give them that petrolpunk feel include skulls, rivets, spikes, exhaust flamers, and (of course) fuel guzzling high performance engines.
Hello, Unknown Troper. You'll need to get known to lend a hand here.