In the not too distant future the criminal element made some pretty big advancements. With the first Retrofitted “Hover cars” rolling out of the chop shops, and the introduction of particle weapons filtering onto the streets, the police required a new vehicle to keep up with the criminals.
The project was bid on by three major vehicle makers and one small company specializing in R.H.R.S. (Rapid Hydraulic Reaction Systems) The three vehicle makers presented three very similar Hummer-type vehicles boasting, boosters, nitros, and all kinds of weaponry. The committee in charge of the project was unimpressed. The R.H.R.S. company presented a completely new type of vehicle. They presented a three-wheeled pod type vehicle. the vehicle was controlled by two massive arms and powered by a single wide track back tire. The pilot would control it by moving his or her arms inside force resistance harnesses within the pod. This innovation made the vehicles highly maneuverable. That combined with a heavily reinforced pod and engine compartment won the contract for the R.H.R.S. team. the first “Mandrill Interceptor” rolled off the line on March 15 2055.
Members of law enforcement lined up to be in the first Mandrill Program. But, the controls proved to be difficult to master, and most volunteers were quickly weeded out. The second phase of the program involved intense reflex, balance and cognitive skill tests. The pool of qualified shrunk greatly. With that came an elite class of law enforcement, skilled enough to helm a Mandrill. These elite were dubbed the Mandrill Wranglers. When fully trained they could use the Mandrill’s hydraulics systems to jump up to 20 feet vertically, balance on only the back tire and one front tire and even flip over and drive while the vehicle is inverted.
The Mandrill Project was plagued with property claims, as the vehicles were often required to go off-road to stay in pursuit of criminals. This only cemented the Wrangler name, and perpetuated the notion that the Mandrill Project was full of cowboy cops, with no regard for the law or citizens. But there was no question of their value when called to take down the bad guys.