Welcome to Cleveland, where the pursuit of liberty won’t pass the annual state inspection.

Looking for really bad good times? Alright then – combine the optimism and ambition of the 80s with some high-flyin’, good-natured illegality, spice liberally with comedic sociopathy and splatter it all over the state of Ohio in a world where the electronic computer was never invented.

Lake City Hyperdrive is an exotic car manufacturer staffed by borderline-sociopath car designer Sara Norwood, ex-con redneck mad scientist Bill Howard and born-again Christian sales specialist Janey Ragsdale. The company is known for its sole current offering: the handmade, carbon-bodied, turbine-powered LH1 Phantasm and produces vehicles for a global clientele.

Sara loves building and driving cars, but her true calling seems to be letting her adamantine will paint her into corners. Bill is driven by an overpowering curiosity about physics and engineering, but dismisses safety as a fundamentally-irrational concept. Janey loves to chat up prospective clients and act the fire-and-brimstone Baptist minister to make a point, but she doesn’t do mornings.

These three trying to run a business would be tough enough by itself, but throw cops, local bureaucrats, street racers, concerned citizens, car thieves and one seriously obnoxious, rocket-powered ape into the mix and it’s a wonder they can get anything done at all.

Hyperdrive’s story opens in 2015, during the testing of the company’s upcoming second model: the revolutionary, transonic, nuclear-powered LH2 Vrykolak, which’ll have the highway-safety advocates wetting their beds all the way through the mattress when it hits the streets.