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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, specially created by Dodon Pa for Vector to let him participate in his Grand Prix competition.

Description

Personalized specifically for Vector, the default Beat Monster features a front grill resembling crocodile fangs and a pair of large speakers on its rear.[4] It is as well decorated with various details that are derived from Vector's own appearance and attire, such as its gold linings and three red spikes on the back.

Like other cars in Team Sonic Racing, its appearance can be customized with different paint jobs, Performance Parts and decals. Its horn can also be changed.

Game appearances

Team Sonic Racing

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

In Team Sonic Racing, the Beat Monster appears as Vector's race car, specially created by Dodon Pa for Vector. 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.

In this game, the Beat Monster's basic statistics show it has high defense and boost, moderate top speed, and poor handling and acceleration. However, its statistics, as well as its artistic design, can be modified by replacing its parts.

The Beat Monster has the following exclusive Performance Parts that can be used to modify it:

Image Name Stat modification
Increase Decrease
Vector Snapper Hood Front.png Snapper Hood Boost
Defense
Acceleration
Top Speed
Vector Splash Engine Front.png Splash Engine Top Speed Acceleration
Defense
Vector Rythmic Accelerator Front.png Rhythmic Accelerator Acceleration
Handling
Boost
Defense
Vector Legendary Snapper Hood.png Legendary Snapper Hood Boost
Defense
Acceleration
Top Speed
Vector Legendary Splash Engine.png Legendary Splash Engine Top Speed Acceleration
Defense
Vector Legendary Rhythmic Accelerator Front.png Legendary Rhythmic Accelerator Acceleration
Handling
Boost
Defense

Image Name Stat modification
Increase Decrease
Vector Chain Thrusters Rear.png Chain Thrusters Boost
Defense
Acceleration
Handling
Vector Sickle Tail Rear.png Stickle Tail Boost Defense
Vector Bass Blasters Rear.png Bass Blasters Acceleration
Defense
Top Speed
Vector Legendary Chain Thrusters Rear.png Legendary Chain Thrusters Boost
Defense
Acceleration
Handling
Vector Legendary Stickle Tail Rear.png Legendary Stickle Tail Boost Defense
Vector Legendary Bass Blasters Rear.png Legendary Bass Blasters Acceleration
Defense
Top Speed

Image Name Stat modification
Increase Decrease
Vector Boom Wheels.png Boom Wheels Defense Handling
Vector Razor Hubs Wheels.png Razor Hubs Acceleration
Top Speed
Boost
Defense
Vector Tempo Tires.png Tempo Tires Handling Boost
Vector Legendary Boom Wheels Wheels.png Legendary Boom Wheels Defense Handling
Vector Legendary Razor Hubs Wheels.png Legendary Razor Hubs Acceleration
Top Speed
Boost
Defense
Vector Legendary Tempo Tires Wheels.png Legendary Tempo Tires Handling Boost

Sonic Racing

The Beat Monster appears as a race car used by Vector in Sonic Racing.

In other media

IDW Publishing

Main article: Beat Monster (IDW)

The Chaotix in the Beat Monster, from Sonic the Hedgehog #43.

In the Sonic the Hedgehog comic series and its spin-offs published by IDW Publishing, the Beat Monster is a car used by the Chaotix.

Trivia

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 instead being 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".

Gallery

Concept artwork

Artwork

Gallery

References

  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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