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"Well, it looks like Quadinaros is having engine trouble also."
Fodesinbeed Annodue — (audio) Listen (file info)[4]

The BT310 Quadra was a model of podracer manufactured by Balta-Trabaat[2] that had four engines.[3] In the year 32 BBY,[5] the inexperienced Toong podracing pilot Ben Quadinaros[6] rented[7] a hastily put together[6] BT310 for use in the Boonta Eve Classic,[7] an annual podrace hosted on the planet Tatooine by the Hutts to commemorate the Boonta Eve holiday.[8] However, the quadra-Podracer suffered from an engine malfunction[9] that caused it to stall on the starting grid.[6] When its engines did ignite, the BT310's power couplings shorted out,[3] causing them to break loose and blast off in all directions[6] of Mos Espa Grand Arena,[3] destroying the podracer.[9] Despite this, Quadinaros continued piloting a BT310 and was depicted using one in The Sport's Greatest Rivalry, a poster pitting him against his arch-rival, Sebulba.[10]

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"Ben Quadinaros, in the "Explode-At-The-Starting-Line-Mobile.""
―Fodesinbeed Annodue[11]

The BT310 Quadra was created for the 1999 film Star Wars: Episode I The Phantom Menace.[4] It was first identified in Ben Quadinaros's entry in the now-discontinued Encyclopedia on StarWars.com.[1]

It is likely that the BT310's "quadra-Pod" racing engines factored in the naming of Ben Quadinaros. It was realized as a detailed concept model and then rendered as a computer-generated vehicle.[12]

In the LEGO Star Wars: The Freemaker Adventures episode "Race on Tatooine," Quadinaros piloted a BT310 during the 29th Annual Bricklayers' Classic on Tatooine; as he was about to win the race, its engines broke loose as a podracer piloted by Zander Freemaker collided with the quadra-Podracer, causing the Toong to lose.[13]


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