Netflix Greenlights Two New Car Shows, Renews ‘Fastest Car’
This marks the company’s fifth announcement on vehicle-based shows this year.
Netflix is pushing deeper into the world of automobiles, as well as unscripted television. The company announced on Tuesday that it would be debuting two brand new car-based series to its digital content streaming platform, as well as renewing one of its hits from earlier this year, Fastest Car.
The first title announced, Car Masters: Rust to Riches, is an eight-episode series which begs the question: "What does it take to turn $1,000 into $100,000?" According to Netflix, the series focuses on Mark Towel and his staff at Gotham Garage, an aptly-named company which focuses on more than just custom Batmobile replicas. The customs shop builds vehicles for movies and television use, as well as pretty spot-on replicas for personal use. Not many other details have been announced regarding this title just yet, but based off some of the work that the shop has produced, it appears to be a more niche crossover between shows like Fast N' Loud and Monster Garage. Expect the title to launch on September 14.
Its second title, Hyperdrive, is a competition series that pits drivers against one another on an automotive obstacle source that Netflix says is one of the largest ever created. There will be 10 episodes featuring cars and their drivers from around the world attempting to win a high-stakes tournament; perhaps like Fastest Car, but not in a straight line. Netflix has been caught filming this series over the past few months in Rochester, New York, prompting an outcry by locals over the noise produced while vehicles took to the course. A few videos have even been spotted around the internet showing a plethora of expensive, customized, or otherwise fun-looking cars engaging in general hoonery. This series is slated for release sometime in 2019.
Lastly, Netflix also announced another seven episodes of its documentary-style Fastest Car series, the company's first original automotive series. We expect that not much has changed from the first season, but no further information is available on the series at this time. Netflix has also previously announced their dive into an F1-focused docu-series, as well as an animated Fast and Furious show, to join its existing lineup of automotive programming.
“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," said Bela Bajaria, Vice President of Content for Netflix, "Fueled by that response, we're partnering with best-in-class producers to expand our unscripted programming for motor enthusiasts and novices alike.”