The Drivesuit is a type of body armor used to interface with the Jaeger and protect the body of the Ranger from injury sustained during battle with a Kaiju. Rangers are taken to the Drivesuit Room to be outfitted into his or her Drivesuit by a technician.
The circuitry suit is a black bodysuit designed to interface with the nervous system of the pilot, based closely on the theory of acupuncture. The circuitry suit was designed or likened to a wetsuit and laced with a type of synaptic processor mesh. The pattern of processor relays was designed to resemble that of a circuitry board on the inside of the computer, sewn into black polymer material.
The circuitry design on the suit is designed to read electrical impulses of the body's muscles like an electromyograph. The circuitry suit then relays the impulses directly to the Jaeger, as fast as the pilot’s brain can generate them; lag time is said to be "close to zero".
The circuitry of the suit allows the pilot to feel everything the Jaeger does. The suit transmits pain signals to the pilot's nervous system when Jaegers sustain damage. Though the pain is dulled, this was considered to be the best way to minimize reaction times and fight properly.
The second layer of the Drivesuit, the battle armor, is a "precision-engineered" polycarbonate shell that enables the pilot to survive the intense physical requirements of piloting a Jaeger.
The battle armor contains life support and magnetic interfaces at the spine, feet, and all major limb joints. It relays incoming and outgoing neural signals. The battle armor also includes a "recorder" that automatically preserves sensory impressions. Battle armor was also designed to be bulletproof.
A similarity shared between some Drivesuits are transparent or tinted helmet visors. When connected to the Jaeger, the helmets provide oxygen to the Rangers and have communicators in the circular point that meets the jaw.
Variations in design between Drivesuits appear to be dependent on the country or the Ranger that wears them while on active duty. Drivesuits worn by Cherno Alpha's pilots are bulkier with a faceplate, a monocle-like eyepiece over the right eye, and a two-pronged eyepiece over the left. Gipsy Danger's original pilots, stationed in the United States, wore bulky and white armor. Australia's Drivesuits, similar to the United States' in shape and design, are visually more reflective of traditional camouflage gear used by the military and bear the number of Kaiju killed by Striker Eureka. The Wei Tang Brothers' Drivesuits are red and bear the emblem of Crimson Typhoon on its chest, while their suits' gauntlets are accented with long and curved spikes.
When Gipsy Danger is reinstated for active combat duty, Raleigh Becket and Mako Mori wear black Drivesuits akin to the one Stacker Pentecost is outfitted with when he decides to pilot Striker Eureka alongside Chuck Hansen. Both the white and the black Drivesuits are representative of the United States Jaeger pilots, white being the earlier version, and black being the more recent model.
Behind the Scenes
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 Pan Pacific Defense Corps: Drivesuit Room
- ↑ 2.0 2.1 2.2 Pacific Rim: A History of Jaegers
- ↑ 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 Pacific Rim: The Official Movie Novelization
- ↑ PACIFIC RIM Behind The Scenes: The Helmets - Legacy Effects
- ↑ PACIFIC RIM Behind The Scenes: The Pilot Suits - Legacy Effects