Rapier is a speed class that is featured in the Wipeout series, debuting in Wipeout. It was the speed class that sits in between Venom and Phantom, until the introduction of Flash class, which is slower than this class.
In Rapier class, you start to have an idea of the potential speed of these craft. After upgrading from Venom or Flash (depending on the game), you start to really refine your skills as a pilot, and start thinking about the course as the whole picture, not just a series of corners. Hence, this was the fastest speed class in the original Wipeout, until the introduction of Phantom in 2097/XL.
This class must be unlocked first, by winning the the Venom Championship.
This class is available at the start of the game. However, you will be only able to race on the expert circuits (Gare d'Europa and Odessa Keys). Completing the Phantom Challenge will unlock this speed class for the other tracks. Completing the Piranha Challenge will unlock this class for Vostok Island and Spilskinanke. The race length in this class is 4 laps.
This class is available from the start of the game, and is recommended for advanced players. The race length in this class is 4 laps.
This class must be unlocked first, by winning the Flash Ascension Tournament. Races in this class have 4 laps.
Rapier is the third speed class available in these two games. This speed class is suitable for advanced players. Races in this class typically have 4 laps. Ships in this class have a top speed of up to 657 km/h (408 mph).