The Beat Monster,[2] also known as the Tailgator,[3] is a vehicle that appears in the Sonic the Hedgehog series. It is Vector the Crocodile's personal sports car that is styled after Vector's own appearance.


The default car features a front grill resembling crocodile fangs and a pair of large speakers on its rear.[4] it also has three red spikes on its back, and is decorated with gold, similar to Vector's own attire.



The Beat Monster's base stats in Team Sonic Racing.

In Team Sonic Racing, the Beat Monster appears as Vector's race car. In this game, its basic statistics show it has high defense and boost, moderate speed, but poor handeling and acceleration. However, its statistics can be modified by replacing its parts. Its artistic design can also be modified.

During the events of the game, the Beat Monster was one of the cars Dodon Pa gave Vector and his friends so they could compete in his Grand Prix competition. Vector would afterward used it during the races and challenges he participated it. However, the Beat Monster was eventually destroyed when the heroes had to leave it aboard the crashing Final Fortress. Fortunately, Dodon Pa promised to replace it with a new one.


Team Sonic Racing - The Tailgator

An ad in Wisp Circuit, showing an earlier version of the Beat Monster.

  • Advertisements found on various tracks in Team Sonic Racing illustrate earlier concepts of the Beat Monster, with notable differences such as the car lacking its lower set of teeth, the spikes on the back of the car being white instead of red, the auto paint having different tones of green and is named "The Tailgator."
    • Tailgator is a wordplay on "tailgating", which commonly describes the behavior of driving dangerously close behind someone, not leaving them any space, and "alligator".
    • The advertisements also state that the Beat Monster is "from Donpa Motors".


Concept artwork



  1. Sonic Official - Season 3 Episode 3. YouTube. Sonic the Hedgehog Official Youtube (2 May 2019). Retrieved on 2 May 2019.
  2. Team Sonic Racing official website (Japanese). Characters. Sega. Archived from the original on 1 February 2019. Retrieved on 1 February 2019.
  3. Media:Team_Sonic_Racing_-_The_Tailgator.png
  4. 4gamer preview of Team Sonic Racing. Twitter (12 September 2018). Retrieved on 21 October 2018.

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