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Urban Challenge Bumps and Scrapes 4: Terramax

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Terramax, with its comically ginormous size, was definitely a crowd favorite. Someone even told me that it got the loudest cheer at the start. But as much as we wanted to see Terramax succeed, we also wanted to see Terramax destroy.

I was confronted with a sad sight as I walked past the A-course parking mission. Terramax was stranded in the middle of the lot as VT's Odin breezed through and completed a mission. The engine noise that Terramax made as it sat idling in the middle of the lot was akin to a trapped animal or visually like a beached whale.

After several minutes, the noises changed. Terramax had made a decision: forward. Slowly it rolled over the median. Slowly it crossed the road. Slowly it rolled up the entrance to the Exchange and bonk -- pillar. I'm not sure why the DARPA chase car didn't stop this Fish-Called-Wanda-esque, slow-motion collision, but as a photographer I appreciate it.

The damage to Terramax was minimal -- not even a building is worthy of more than scratched bumper paint.

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