Engineering firm Furrion Exo-Bionics has built a massive, four-legged mech suit called Prosthesis, a 9,000 pound monstrosity straight out of “Pacific Rim” — and it wants you to pilot it.
The company recently put out a call on Kickstarter, asking enthusiasts if they’d like to help them build a “global racing league that would pit multiple world-class athletes in head-to-head competitions, through complex technical obstacle courses, wearing giant powered mech suits.”
Depending on the level of commitment, fans are able to receive “one-on-one mech pilot training,” or watch the action unfold in person at live events.
The first professional “mech sports” athlete was Cassie Hawrysh, a Canadian headfirst ice sledding champion, who picked up how to control the beast over a three-day training session.
As Tippett himself admits in a separate video profiling Hawrysh, the company had no idea how ice sledding would translate to piloting a 9,000 pound mech suit, if at all — but was excited to find out.