The Hellion uses a variable burn engine powered by diverse liquid or compressed fuels—with portrenol being the most popular due to its low cost. This high-shift newton engine makes for a very fast vehicle, and is a versatile piece of engineering. Some veteran Hellion drivers claim it will run on anything, even a bottle of Scotty Bolger’s Old No. 8 Whiskey
When Hellions entered service, they came equipped with all-terrain tires capable of running flat for up to 100 km—supposedly enough to get out of a hot zone. Untraversable locations, however, proved the need for a better tire. The Raiders, who favor reconnaissance and guerrilla warfare, developed an armored, non-pneumatic tire with a high shock absorption index. Soon after, the Dominion—thanks to its network of spies—secured the blueprints and upgraded its entire Hellion motor pool.
The Infernal Flamethrower projects a burst of ignited plasma fuel, which is deadly against lightly armored targets. Two shielded tanks in the central area of the vehicle hold the volatile mixture, and offer an adequate supply of fuel for skirmishes. Yet, the unreliability of the ignition system meant Hellion drivers would have to use a lighter, or sometimes a cigarette, to ignite the weapon. This led to the development of a better fuel mix and the Infernal Pre-Igniter, which won’t go out even in poor weather conditions.
Though originally developed as an armored combat vehicle, the Hellion was deemed too cumbersome to be effective in its intended scout role. After it was stripped down to a bare-bones neosteel frame, engineers began reconstructing the Hellion as a lightly armored vehicle—focused on speed and mobility—that would eventually become one of the best Terran skirmishers in the sector and beyond.
Hellion drivers enjoy the comfort of a pressurized cabin, worn faux-leather seats—lined with fireproof material capable of stopping shrapnel—and a lot of straps and padding to keep them in place while they whiz through all sorts of rough terrain. Some drivers opt to personalize their space, hanging dice, adding bobbleheads to the dash, or simple photographs, to remind them of home sweet home.