“Absolutely nothing compares to the spectacle you are about to see.” That’s the sound of Netflix taking an understated approach to its new original series, Hyperdrive, a contest that looks to do for cars what Ultimate Beastmaster did for, erm, mastering beasts.
The high-stakes tournament sees daring drivers from across the globe compete for the glory on one of the largest automotive obstacle courses ever constructed. Driving prowess, mechanical ingenuity and emotional resilience will be tested in this open invitation, build and race tournament.
The show is produced by Whalerock Industries, Denver & Delilah Productions, with Aaron Catling as showrunner and exec producers including Lloyd Braun, Chris Cowan, Charlize Theron, Beth Kono and AJ Dix.
All 10 episodes premiere on 21st August. Here’s the trailer:
Hyperdrive is available on Netflix UK, as part of an £8.99 monthly subscription.
Netflix fuels up two new original motoring series
15th August 2018
Netflix is revving up its motoring plans, with the order to fuel up two new car-themed series.
What does it take to turn $1000 into $100,000? In Car Masters: Rust To Riches, Mark Towle and his team at Gotham Garage have perfected the upgrade and trade model, using sweat equity and sheer car genius to turn rusty wrecks into six-figure paydays.
The series, produced by MAK Pictures, has been greenlit for eight episodes, with Mark Kadin, Will Ehbrecht, Rob Hammersley, Michael Lutz, John Stokel and Scott Popjes on board as exec producers. It will premiere on Friday 14th September.
In the starting grid alongside it is Hyperdrive, a high-stakes tournament series where daring drivers from across the globe compete for the glory on one of the largest automotive obstacle courses ever constructed. Netflix has ordered 10 episodes from Whalerock Industries, Denver & Delilah Productions, with Aaron Catling as showrunner and exec producers including Lloyd Braun, Chris Cowan, Charlize Theron, Beth Kono and AJ Dix.
The series is currently filming in Rochester, NY and will launch in 2019.
They join Faster Car (pictured above), Netflix’s first global original motor series, which has been renewed for a second season of seven more episodes.
Also on the way is the previously announced 10-episode docu-series following the 2018 FIA Formula One World Championship, to be released in 2019. This Netflix original series will be the first to truly immerse the audience inside the cockpits, the paddock and the lives of the key players in Formula 1, granting unparalleled and exclusive access to the world’s fastest drivers, team principals and owners, as well as Formula 1’s own management team. This series will be executive-produced by Academy-Award winner James Gay Rees (Senna) and Paul Martin for Box to Box Films. Sophie Todd will be the showrunner.
Bela Bajaria, Vice President of Content for Netflix, says: “Netflix drove full-speed into the genre of car culture and competition this year with the debut of Fastest Car, and audiences around the world connected with the compelling stories of these cars and the people who love them. Fueled by that response, we’re partnering with best-in-class producers to expand our unscripted programming for motor enthusiasts and novices alike.”