The race did not happen.
I have heard that Yucie’s corporation was recently stolen from, perhaps she went planet-side prior to the entries coming in because of the fallout. I obtained this information from a second hand source so I may be simply mistaken as to why the race did not take place.
In the interest of promoting my newly developed and named racing ship HOTBLACK DESIATO, and as a benchmark for other pilots to measure I will share the speeds I was able to achieve in the one test flight under extremely dangerous conditions as well as on the practice runs leading up to it.
TOP SPEED OF HOTBLACK DESIATO UNDER RACE RULES:
above 15km/s -cap stable, cold
above 22km/s -hot
TOP SPEED OF HOTBLACK DESIATO IN UNLIMITED CONDITIONS:
above 145km/s [unsustainable]
Even though Yucie was not present to host the race today I would still like to thank her and the other entrants for presenting the challenge and inspiring a very interesting project in ship development and theory-crafting. I would additionally like to thank Pandemic Legion, Propel Dynamics, Itsukame Innovations, Duvolle Laboratories, Lai Dai, their partners Carthum Conglomerate, and Kaalakiota for their contribution of engineers, systems, and testing equipment.
While we did not get to race I feel as though the effort all involved put forward developing HOTBLACK DESIATO in such a short time payed off more than any ISK reward. Our test flight was a resounding success and I believe the ship will hold the speed record until new technological breakthroughs.
I greatly look forward to putting HOTBLACK DESIATO to the test in future races or demonstrations, though in truth I may not fly this ship again myself, it was not an experience I wish to repeat soon.
I sincerely hope that one day in a future race some other team and their pilot will cause me to redefine speed in the way that this challenge already has, either in partnership in the mutual goal of absolute speed of modified warships, engineering development, or in defeat.