Wednesday, September 20th, 2017

SUV Superbuild (10×60) – Discovery International

It is a machine that put Land Rover on the map, the ride that saved Porsche from disaster, and the cornerstone to Jaguars’ most recent revival — Welcome the new age of the SUV!

Some haul tons of material, others battle for supermarket parking lot supremacy, a few fly down racetracks at remarkable speeds, and a handful harken back to the genres truck like roots. All told there is no genre in the automotive world that is more versatile or contested.

Yet no matter whether they’re climbing the highest peak or wading through traffic on the way to school, every single SUV shares an ability to move a family of four in comfort while also being Swiss-Army knife for daily life.
The Sport Utility Vehicle phenomenon is so strong that it’s not only altering our culture but also the automotive world itself. Today, if you sell cars on the world stage you simply can’t survive without an awesome SUV in your line up.

To win the hearts and minds of consumers these monster people haulers are transforming into technological wonders replete with the latest innovations, ultra extreme engineering, and mind blowing high-performance that would have been unimaginable in this type of machine just twenty years ago.

“SUV Superbuild” is a ten part series that dives deep into the rich history behind these machines, the unique design challenges they face, and the extreme engineering solutions they require, while showcasing the unique national pride and heartfelt passion that brings them to life.

Monday, February 6th, 2017

Bugatti Chiron Super Car Build – National Geographic International

In two thousand and five Bugatti debuts the Veyron. It is a technological masterstroke and the most expensive, most exclusive, and fastest production supercar ever made!

Ten years later times have changed and competitors have closed the gap. Now Bugatti must build a new machine, called the Chiron, in order to hold on to their World Record as the fastest production super sports car ever made.

Tuesday, February 9th, 2016

Supercar Superbuild (8×60) – Season 2 – Discovery International & Smithsonian Channel

“Supercar Superbuild” is the story of mankind’s mechanical dreams coming to life.

Dreams that start with singularly unique visions from creative individuals and ultimately result in lust worthy automobiles we can touch. Machines that live at the very intersection of industrial art and high-performance automotive technic.

But chasing great dreams doesn’t come without a price. Each machine faces unique challenges and incredible pressures along the way. Every dream, and every machine, has a unique story to tell…

No two brands stories are alike and each underscores the importance behind their newest machine.

Season 2 of Supercar Superbuild will go even deeper into the process of creation for some of the world’s greatest automobiles. We’ll delve deeper into the beauty of each marque. Discover what makes each machine’s mechanical prowess unique. Soak in the mechanical beauty, discover the surprising take-home facts hidden within their builds at the factory, and revel in the craftsmanship required to bring them to life. Then we’ll hear from the very people who put their passion into each and every machine on the final assembly line. From affordable fast to outlandish speed this is the passionate story of sporty four-wheeled machines!

Monday, September 28th, 2015

Inside the ‘Ring – National Geographic Asia

“Inside the ‘Ring” — How the Nürburgring has Evolved the Automotive World

Inside the ‘Ring is the extraordinary tale of how a few country racers’ quest for speed gave rise to a world famous grand prix circuit, and ultimately, how the ‘Ring found new life as the ultimate automotive testing venue in the world.

This is the inside story of how automotive manufacturers push modern machines to the very limits of physics and a key to understanding mankind’s relentless quest to push it harder, go faster and brake later in the endless evolution of the automobile.

With unprecedented access we uncover what happens behind the normally locked doors of the latest top-secret state-of-the-art facilities, and follow the development behind a new cutting edge high-performance machine.

[National Geographic Channel Asia // Fox International Channels © 2015]

Thursday, January 15th, 2015

Playboy Garage Web Series

Let professional Indy Car driver Ryan Phinny, Miss August 2004 Pilar Lastra and Playboy Contributing Editor A.J. Baime take you for a ride in some of the most exotic sports cars in the world. The Playboy Garage video series will be be showcasing the best of what the automotive industry has to offer today.

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Monday, November 10th, 2014

Supercar Superbuild (8×60) – Discovery International & Smithsonian Channel

An 8 X 60 Series showcasing the Passion, Artistry, and Engineering behind some of the fastest and most lust-worthy Supercars in the world.

They’re rare. They’re beautiful. They’re expensive. And they not only push the performance envelope – but rip it wide open….

Yet every Supercar shares one thing in common – Each machine has a unique story to tell.
A narrative that is often times fraught with high-stakes pressure, impossible deadlines, clandestine meetings, remarkable engineering challenges, and of course, dramatic styling.

Behind each of these stories lies a dedicated team of passionate automotive artisans that overcome tremendous obstacles as they dream big dreams and think outside of the box in order to create the ultimate automotive fantasies for car fans around the world.

Supercar Superbuild aims to go behind the inherent beauty, amazing mechanical prowess, and basic building process of some of the most desirable four-wheeled machines on the planet in order to delve into the soul of each machine…

What were the challenges? Who was the strong-willed personality that led the charge? Where did the inspiration come from? What makes each supercar exclusive and distinctive?

Season 1:
Aston Martin V-12 Vantage S
Bentley Continental
Dodge SRT Viper
Maserati Ghibli
Ford Mustang
Lamborghini Huracan
Pagani Huayra
Porsche 918

Monday, April 23rd, 2012

Mega Factories Ferrari FF

A rare look inside the new Ferrari factory where they are building the Ferrari FF, the first four-wheel drive Ferrari with four full size seats.

The FF’s 12 cylinder engine is one of the most powerful engine ever built at the factory in Marnello with 651 Horsepower. The engine block is actually cast there and must go through multiple quality checks before it’s ready to join the final assembly line.

The FF’s unique four-wheel drive system uses a seven speed dual-clutch manual transmission which sits at the back of the car to off set the weight of the V12 engine and achieve better total balance for this unique vehicle.

There is a second transmission at the front of the engine and this is the unit that makes the Ferrari FF’s four wheel drive system revolutionary. Ferrari emphasizes that its four wheel drive system is intended primarily for all weather capability. Normally the FF sends power from its from mounted V12 just to the rear wheels.

Friday, March 16th, 2012

Mega Factories Porsche 911

The challenge of redesigning the Porsche 911, an automotive icon.

This is the 7th generation of the car and while it clearly looks like a 911 it is virtually brand new in terms of size, design, and performance. It may just be the best Porsche 911 ever.

Designers and engineers faced a double challenge. Not only did the have to redesign the car but they had to redesign part of the original Porsche factory in which the car is built.

It wasn’t easy to do either. The legendary 911 has a league of loyal fans who don’t like change and the factory is located in the middle of an officially declared historic district and nothing could be changed on the outside of the complex that would change the way it looks.

Friday, March 16th, 2012

Mega Factories Ford Mustang

Go inside Ford’s Mustang Factory where the latest versions of the original pony car are built.

Amazingly, both the cars and the factory are designed to produce 4 different models, from the base V6 to a 650HP fire breathing V8.

In terms of horsepower, the 650HP V8 is the most powerful V8 built anywhere in the world.

And in terms of speed for your dollar, the top of the line Mustang, the Shelby 550 GT, has a top speed of 200 miles an hour yet a base price of approximately $65,000.

There’s no other car available that comes close in terms of bang for your buck in top speed.

Friday, March 16th, 2012

Mega Factories Corvette ZR1

A rare look inside the Corvette Mega Factory which produces the ZR1—a genuine American Super Car. It is the fastest, most powerful Corvette ever built.

It can compete and out perform some of the best that Europe has to offer. The ZR1 actually set a lower lap time at the world famous Nurburgring circuit in Germany than the lap times of the newest Ferraris and Lamborghinis.

The ZR1 has 638 Horsepower and is fitted out with Carbon fiber body parts, ceramic disc brakes, and an all aluminum powertrain.

Design and Built under the code name ‘Blue Devil’, the ZR1 was actually developed not as part of an approved company plan but as a secret project based on an off handed comment by the head of General Motors.

The Corvette ZR1 is not simply an American Sports car. It is a world class supercar and with a price tag of more than $111,000 thousand dollars it is by far the most expensive Corvette ever built.

Saturday, November 26th, 2011

Mega Factories Michelin Tires

Inside the factories and R & D facilities for one of the largest tire companies in the world: Michelin tires. Founded in the late 1800’s by two brothers, the company designs and manufactures everything from car and motorcycle tires to the tires on Jumbo Jets and even the Space Shuttle. Their newest goal is to create a new type of tire that will actually increase fuel mileage on cars and since one out of every five cars in the World wears Michelin tires what happens inside the company’s huge facility in
Clermont-Ferrand, France, can impact us all.

Saturday, July 9th, 2011

Ultimate Factories Porsche Panamera

Its badge is legendary in both automotive circles and corporate boardrooms. It’s price exclusive. And its moxie? Unquestioned.

Only now it has four-doors and fits full-sized adults in the back seats comfortably.

Welcome to the brand new Porsche Panamera.

A four-door, four-seat sedan filled with copious amounts of luxury and a vim and vigor that pushes the concept of what a sedan can be forward in a way that only a company such as Porsche could manage to create.

For a mere $173,050 you can buy four movies tickets at the local cineplex and a rocket of a way to get your family to the movies in style.

(That’s $173,000 for the machine & $50 for the tickets if you were wondering).

It is a shockingly new take on what a machine from Zuffenhausen, Germany can be – after all the name Porsche has been synonymous with automotive evolution not exactly complete automotive revolution.

Monday, April 25th, 2011

Ultimate Factories Ford F150

The most popular selling vehicle in the United States isn’t a car, but rather a truck — The Ford F150!

From the basic ‘work truck’ to the super luxurious ‘Platinum’ edition, and now a factory built Baja racer called the ‘Raptor SVT’, there is an almost endless number of applications and uses for every single F150. You don’t become the best selling vehicle in America any other way.

Inside the Dearborn Truck Plant, one of the most modern Ford Factories in the World, each machine is crafted and created!

Saturday, July 3rd, 2010

Ultimate Factories: Dodge Viper

The Viper is an American icon. An American Supercar that holds the fastest lap records for production sports cars at Germany’s famous Nürburgring and California’s legendary Laguna Seca racetracks.

It is a 600 Horsepower V-10 Monster whose name, shape, and sound evoke visceral reactions in everyone but the dead… And you don’t even have to be a car fan to understand what a Viper is about… Classic American Muscle…

Monday, April 19th, 2010

Ultimate Factories: Maserati

There were six Italian brothers, all born in the late 1800’s. Five of them became obsessed with a new invention called the automobile. The sixth brother was an artist. He would create a ‘Trident’ logo that would become world famous for cars carrying the family name — The name of Maserati.

Today Maserati occupies a unique place in the world of high performance Italian sports cars: The only marque whose cars are all four passenger super cars. Cars built in a factory that uniquely combines the very latest in high technology with tradition, history, and the classic Italian passion for things that look sexy and go fast!

Monday, April 19th, 2010

Ultimate Factories: Mercedes Benz AMG SLS

There are cool cars. There are fast cars. And there are Super Cars… But there are only a handful of Automotive Icons… And fewer cars still that achieve eternal fame.

The Mercedes Benz 300SL Gullwing has done both.

Introduced in 1954, the 300SL was quickly proclaimed as the fastest production car in the World – In 1999, it was voted ‘Sportscar of the Century’– And it is widely considered ‘the first modern sports car’…

And now, it’s being reborn — As the Mercedes Benz AMG SLS!

A state-of-the-art sports car that retains the famous Gullwing doors of the original and heralds Mercedes-Benz return to the Super Car World!

Saturday, August 8th, 2009

Man Made: Bugatti Super Car – National Geographic

Man Made: Bugatti Super Car Premiere’s February 11th at 8PM!

Bugatti’s goal was simple—they didn’t want to build just another ‘Super Car’. Bugatti wanted to go ‘Beyond The Super Car’ and build the impossible– the Bugatti Veyron 16.4– the fastest, most powerful, most expensive production car ever built. Top speed, an unbelievable 253 miles per hour. Price tag, an incredible $1.7 million dollars.

But the engineering and design challenges would be the automotive version of climbing Mount Everest or landing on the Moon. The question to be answered was could it be done.

To check out some video and find out more, head on over to the National Geographic Website Page for the Show!

Saturday, December 1st, 2007

Amazing Machines – Discovery Turbo

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Every automotive fan – whether they’re into supercars, sportcars, muscle cars, classic cars, concept cars, pick-up trucks, or even one of the many variants of a motorcycle – shares one fundamental trait in common, as a group they all have an unquenchable thirst, some might even say an addiction, to anything with an engine.

And they always want to find out more– what’s new, what’s cool, what’s fun, the remarkable histories behind the Amazing Machines they love or lust for, and what’s coming next in the world of machines with engines!

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Sunday, April 8th, 2007

Top Marques – Discovery Turbo

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The names say it all; Ferrari, Lamborghini, Bentley, Rolls Royce, Porsche, Jaguar, BMW, Mercedes Benz, Pagani, Land Rover, Ruf… But the stories are even better… Top Marques is a whirlwind trip to some of the most prestigious and famed automotive brands in the world, taking you inside their factories, to their private design studios and finally, letting you catch a glimpse of their latest, greatest achievement…

Bentley – Part 1
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Porsche – Part 1
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Ruf – Part 3
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Thursday, March 8th, 2007

Inside the Hidden Garages of Mercedes Benz – Discovery Turbo

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Take a trip inside the most exclusive and hard to find car collection in the World — “The Hidden Garages” of Mercedes Benz!

Follow the remarkable history of the world’s oldest car company by focusing on the one of a kind cars that make up the company’s private collection—many of them rarely if ever seen in public. And it’s quite a collection. Mercedes is the world’s oldest car company and their machines forever changed the automobile landscape, if not the world…

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Wednesday, February 2nd, 2005

Classic Car Hunters – The Science Channel

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Join us as we enter the world of classic car hunting and restoration, from a classic ‘barn find’ all the way to the 2004 Concours D’Elegance at Pebble Beach. This is the story of how forgotten, hidden or destroyed unique one of a kind automoblies are being brought back to life using cutting edge science, artisan craftmanship and sheer determination.

Sunday, May 2nd, 2004

Driving Design – The Science Channel

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There’s a unique relationship between computer science and the creative human spirit. A relationship that is the driving force behind the automobile design of today and tomorrow. Go inside some of the world’s most influential Automotive Design Studios around the world. You’ll meet the people whose work influences the entire automotive world. You’ll also learn first hand how designers team with computer programmers and engineers to develop and use new and emerging technologies in order to design and build tomorrow’s cars today. Finallly, you’ll discover how the most futuristic designs of the next decade and beyond are being influenced by the current, day-to-day lives of ordinary peopple, especially those who live, work and drive in Southern California.

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