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The Kamata Angelus (also known as the "White Angel") is a Special Machine , driven by "Angel". It is, along with the Crinale, one of the most prevalent of the Special Machines in Ridge Racer history. Its qualities from game to game include its extreme speed and its superb maneuverability. 

In Ridge Racer Revolution and Ridge Racer V, the car somewhat resembles a Ferrari F50 or a McLaren F1. In Ridge Racer 7, the car has a bizarre, six-wheeled design, and very small windows. There also appears to be a camera on the front grille.

Generally, the "White Angel" has been rumored to have practically no weaknesses, and is deemed to be exceptionally difficult to defeat.

The Angelus also has a distinctive emblem depicting an angel holding a staff or a spear, with the blue number 0 as its racing number.

The Angelus is replaced in RRVita by the Zihua Archangel.

Variants

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The Medal received after defeating Angel in RRV

The Angelus has appeared in most games with a different design.

1995 Angelus

Zihua Archangel

The Angelus' latest incarnation, the Zihua Archangel

The original Angelus. It had first appeared in 1995's Ridge Racer Revolution as one of the three unlockable cars of the game, alongside the 13th Racing and the 13th Racing Kid.

  • In RR5, it had the naturally aspirated, Craymel KA-CLMX W18 DOHC engine producing 1450 hp, 7-speed transmission, and a top speed of 592 kph (368 mph); it was also the only time the Angelus was labeled as a Grip-type car. Plus, the headlights and taillights were re-designed from its original incarnation in Ridge Racer Revolution.
  • A super-deformed (SD) version of the car, along with the original, also appeared in the arcade-only Pocket Racer.

Description in Ridge Racer V (as stated by the announcer):

"Kamata's Angelus is a work of art on wheels. The beauty of this exterior hides the breathtaking performance beast that lies within."

2005 Angelus (Ridge Racer 6)

Ridge Racer 6's iteration of the Angelus retains its prototype racer/supercar profile and its white paint with an updated look. Compared to Ridge Racer V, the top speed is significantly slower at 345 km/h. A unique feature of this car is that it has pop-up nitrous boosters if the player uses two or more boosts. In this iteration, the car's a good all-rounder with excellent top speed rating. It is powered by a 6.8 liter V10 engine and resembles the Maserati MC12 with elements of the Mercedes Benz CLK GTR, or perhaps, the Fittipaldi EF7, although foreshadowed.

2004 Angelus Concept

The Angelus in Ridge Racer (PSP). It has been dramatically changed from it's first form, which resembles that of a battle-tank, or more specifically, a "gun barrel" machine, and according to the car info it requires the driver to sit in a motorcycle-riding fashion, and is also turbine-powered. There is also no backfire from the exhaust as well, which could potentially hint to the use of electric motors to aid the turbine in acceleration.

Because of its aggressive, futuristic and streamlined shape, in which the wheels are not visibly seen, as they are covered through aerodynamic cowling, rear-mounted airbrakes have been installed (which open as the car is steering/drifting) and that when the brakes are being used, there are lights on the side panels that will glow red.

Specs:

  • Ridge Racers Kamata Angelus

    The Angelus in RRPSP

    Made In: Japan
  • Drift Type: Special
  • Max Speed: 216 mph
  • Description: Angelus is Kamata's outrageous gun barrel-shaped dream concept machine powered by a gas turbine jet engine. Due to its odd shape, the driver must take a unique motorcycle-like riding form.

2006 Angelus Mk. 0.

The Angelus in Ridge Racer 7. It has a similar appearance to the version from RRPSP, but is overall more rounded and aerodynamic, and actually has visible wheels on the rear, with the car now featuring up to six wheels, with four extra wheels on the front, covered by cowling that surrounds the wheels. It also replaces the single headlight in the middle turbine for two on the sides, with one bigger turbine occupying the middle. Unlike the Ridge Racer PSP version which requires a superbike-like riding fashion, this Angelus has a usual and traditional driving form like all the other cars.

Despite it being turbine-powered, it still retains a combustion engine-like sound. The same is said for the Assoluto Pronzione's RR7 incarnation.

When using single nitrous, it is fired from the back, near its taillights, while with double nitrous, it is fired near its rear fenders. Using triple nitrous will reveal secret flaps near its rear fenders and are fired from the secret exhaust tips hidden from within.

The Angelus is statistically one of the best performing cars in the game. It is similar to the Soldat Crinale in top speed and acceleration, but it is much grippier, its nitrous shots lasts longer, it also has a very good standard charge although it has a somewhat weak ultimate charge.

It is one of the most controllable cars in the game, easily befitting that of cars with the "Mild" drift type, and its description notes that it has very high-tech safety features, making it easy to drive in the hands of anyone. This is a polar opposite of the Crinale, which is "deadly in the hands of an unskilled driver".

The Angelus does however not perform very good inertia drifts, and can be difficult to swing around sharp corners fast enough. Even with the incredible stability, its driver still needs absolute control and knowledge of the course.

The Kamata Angelus is unlocked in the "Angelus Extreme Battle", where the player must race their Class 1 Machine against it in a one-on-one duel on Harborline 765. While any Class 1 machine can be used, it is recommended to use a vehicle with top-tier performance in top speed and acceleration, such as the Soldat Crinale, Soldat Raggio or Assoluto Fatalita.

2011 ANGL Concept.

In Ridge Racer 3D for Nintendo 3DS, the RR7 version of the Angelus reappears as the ANGL Concept. It retains its grippy and controllable driving style, although this version saw a top speed increase from 345km/h to 353km/h.

Appears in

Kamata Angelus Mk III

The Angelus of RR7

Angelus Rear

Trivia

  • Kamata Angelus also can be found racing with the Soldat Crinale on a track in Ridge Racer 6.
  • The RRV incarnation of the Kamata Angelus holds the highest top speed out of all cars in the entire series, and even without nitrous, boasting a top speed of 591 km/h (367 mph).
  • The last four letters after the "KA-" prefix in the RRV's Angelus' engine suggests that it is the "climax", due to being the most advanced engine in the game.
  • The Craymel KA-CLMX's name is a reference to the Tales of RPG series, which is also made by Namco. However the engine's name is often misspelled in the game as either "Claimer" or "Clemel".
  • The RRV incarnation of the car is the only vehicle known to use a "W" engine. This means the car essentially has two engines laid out either next to or opposite each other. Its engine is also notable for having the most number of cylinders out of any cars in the series, as it is an 18-cylinder engine, referencing early Volkswagen-era Bugatti concepts.
  • The text on the medal received after defeating Angelus in RRV says "Honi soit qui mal y pense". It is the motto of the British chivalric Order of the Garter, and it can be translated as "May he be shamed who thinks badly of it".
  • The RR7 Angelus resembles the Thrust2,a British-designed land speed record vehicle that is also turbine-powered like the one in Ridge Racer (PSP). It is also the only vehicle with more than four wheels in the entire series (as it has six wheels).
  • Given the streamlined shape of both the Ridge Racer (PSP) and 7 incarnations of the Angelus, as well as the cowling on the wheels, it references the Audi Auto Union V16 Type C Streamliner, a pre-war Grand Prix car.
  • As the Ridge Racer (PSP) incarnation of the Angelus requires the driver to take a motorcycle-like riding position, it makes it very similar to that of the McLaren Ultimate Vision Gran Turismo, which also requires the same method in order to drive it. However, the Ridge Racer 7 incarnation of the Angelus uses the traditional driving form instead of the futuristic superbike riding form.
  • Also, if looked closely, the Angelus in Ridge Racer (PSP) has a winged ornament on its hood, similar to the "Spirit of Ecstasy" symbol of Rolls-Royce. This makes sense as the Ridge Racer (PSP) incarnation of the Angelus is turbine-powered and that Rolls-Royce also, to this day, creates aircraft engines (especially jet turbines), in addition to cars.
  • The fact that the Ridge Racer (PSP) version of the Angelus is turbine powered and requires a motorcycle-like riding fashion may be an allusion to the MTT Turbine Superbike, an extremely fast motorcycle powered by a jet engine salvaged from a helicopter.

See also

Cars in Ridge Racer V
Regular cars Kamata Fiaro · Danver Toreador · Rivelta Solare · Kamata Fortune · Rivelta Mercurio · Himmel E.O.
Duel cars Danver Spectra · Rivelta Crinale · Soldat Rumeur · Kamata Angelus
Pac-Man cars Pac-Man · Pac-Man's Ghosts (Blinky, Inky, Pinky, Clyde)
See also: Jeger · VECT Engineering
Cars in Ridge Racer (PSP) and Ridge Racer 2 (PSP)
Class 1/4 Kamata Fiera · Age Prophetie · Danver Bayonet
Class 2/5 Age Abeille · Gnade Esperanza · Assoluto Bisonte
Class 3/6 Assoluto Fatalita · Himmel E.O. · Soldat Raggio
Specials Kamata Angelus* · Soldat Crinale* · Rally-X Car' · Namco Pac-Man* · Danver Hijack^ · Terrazi Wild Gang^ · Age Angelus Kid^ · Age Crinale Kid^ · Yamasa Raggio^
* indicate cars in both games but with different designs, ' indicate cars only in 1, ^ indicate cars only in 2