Street Outlaws is one of the fastest growing and popular shows on the Discovery channel; where you follow a few of the Midwest United States' most notorious street racers on their journey of becoming the fastest on the street.
For the Discovery channel to work on getting these real-life street racers in front of the camera, that is a feat on its own. However, there are many things that go into the making of Street Outlaws. Some of which are a bit more obvious than others, however, this is a full-fledged production and has continued to thrive as a series for many seasons over.
Combining fast cars, explosive personalities and great entertainment are just a few of the challenges, but at the end of the day, this creates some of the best reality television that you can find right now.
Things ranging from how much it takes to build a street outlaws car, to taming a real street racer, and even the transition from illegal street racing to the Discovery channel; Street Outlaws has a few little-known facts that might surprise you.
20 Origins Of The Street Outlaws
Like you read earlier, the Street Outlaws actually came from street racing in the Oklahoma area, dominating the streets and working on taking on anyone who crosses their path in the Midwest.
From real cash days which there is thousands of dollars put on the line, to evading police going from spot to spot to get grudge races finished and make extra cash. The Street Outlaws are no strangers to actually putting it down on the street, and that might be overshadowed by the show.
19 The Background Of The Cars
Each of the cars started from somewhere. As the last section, the cars weren't always the Pro-Mod style cars that the show has now. Most of these were regular street cars that each of the members of the Street Outlaws modified slowly to get to the point they are now.
With the competition of some of the shops, each has evolved over the years to keep up with the next, or even to be faster. But each has a story behind the car, the driver and even the shop.
18 Street Racing Origins
Little people know that the Street Outlaws really are street racers. These are a bunch of guys from Oklahoma that would always get together and put big money on the line on the streets.
For them to be able to showcase this onto the now TV show is simply amazing, but the guys still are street racers to the bone and would like nothing more than to put it all on the street, for big money or just to be with their closest friends.
17 Taking It To The Track
The transition for the Street Outlaws to go to the track is still surprising, however, there is a new style of racing that is supposed to simulate the surface of the track. We will go into this a bit more later.
No Prep racing is where the track surface isn't treated with the chemicals to help tires grip, and for the Street Outlaws, it is a kind of racing that is still close to their heart, even if it doesn't have the mystique of the streets.
16 Still Street Racing
Even off screen, you still can find many members of the Street Outlaws racing in the Oklahoma area of the country. Certain channels on YouTube such as 1320 Video, have showcased this for years as well.
This ties back into the fact that each of the Street Outlaws is willing to put it down on the street, not behind the camera or scripted, but right on the line for no one to watch but the participants.
15 The Evolution Of Murder Nova
Murder Nova is arguably one of the most well-known cars that the show has. It has been an absolute beast of a car for many years to date.
However, it has gone through many different transformations to get to the state that it is in today. Ranging from a nitrous car to different sized engines and even the turbo setup that you can see on the latest version of the car. It is safe to say, that the car has adapted to the competition around it.
14 The Heart Of Farmtruck
Now here is something that many people always wonder, what really does the Farmtruck have under the hood that makes it the ultimate sleeper?
Well, after quite a few transformations, the latest setup consists of a massive big block Chevy at around 632 cubic inches and a huge kit of nitrous that makes this unsuspecting truck extremely quick, despite its all-steel construction.
13 Safe Street Racing
Believe it or not, since the Street Outlaws have transitioned to the Discovery channel, they have become a ton more safe than in their old style of racing.
The Discovery channel has made the Street Outlaws become a ton safer when it comes to racing, starting with helmets and roll cages which are required for every car and driver. However, there are also trained medical staff on the site in case of an emergency.
12 The Dung Beetle
Quite frankly one of the most hilarious vehicles that you can find on Street Outlaws is the dung beetle driven by the one and only AZN.
Don't let the looks fool you, this little 60s VW Beetle is nothing to sleep on, it actually runs a 10-second quarter mile or faster. This little car has given a humorous light to the friendly rivalry of Farmtruck and AZN as well, which is always a hit when you see it on the show or anywhere else that the duo goes.
11 Finding Success As A Street Racer
Being a successful street racer isn't as easy as you might see on the show or in the movies. Each of the guys have been friends for many years, and some have even been rivaling shops for many years. Just like finding success in anything, each of the Street Outlaws had to work for it.
It didn't just come to where they were spending $100,000 on a new build, they started with what they had, and slowly worked their way up to the Pro-Mod style cars they can be seen racing in each episode.
10 Closing Off Streets
Unlike regular street racing, when on the show, the Street Outlaws have the streets closed for the racing of the night.
That is a big change that Discovery did when they took over the show. However, what happens on each of the streets with the high horsepower cars can be very unpredictable. Which is why the network opted to ensure they could be as safe as possible, by closing off the streets for filming and racing.
9 Times The Street Outlaws Lost
One of the most controversial things that the show offers is whether or not each race is staged. To the surprise of some, yes the races are staged.
There have been many times where, for dramatic effect, the opposing drivers have let the outlaws pass them just before the finish line. Where it might not be noticeable, you can tell especially if you've seen some of these cars before in other environments.
Fortunately it does make for great television, however, it doesn't add to the realism of street racing.
8 Trying To Tame A Street Racer
One of the biggest gripes about the Street Outlaws show in general, is the language. Each of these drivers and crews is extremely passionate about this sport and often have the mouth of a sailor.
However, these guys aren't actors. They are real guys that have transitioned to the TV show. Trying to tame a street racer is one of the things that the Discovery network has struggled with, and certain members of the audience have continuously disagreed about. This sport is dangerous, and the guys behind the wheel are relentless.
7 Real Cash Days Street Racing
Some might not know, but the cash days racing that you see on the show has an actual street racing counterpart.
The Street Outlaws have been "Cash Days" racing for many years and continue to do so off of the set. You can find some of the real deal Cash Days racing on channels such as 1320 Video, which they showcase the real-life street racing that isn't staged, plus the Street Outlaws are regular participants in nearly any of the Cash Days that are hosted in the Oklahoma area.
6 Farmtruck And AZN
One of the most screen-friendly rivalries that you can see on the show is that of Farmtruck and AZN. These two have been going at it for years, with their off-the-wall builds.
Both are very good friends and you can see that in just how competitive they get when it comes to racing each other, even if it is a serious race.
However, this friendly rivalry of Farmtruck and AZN is one that is a nice change when it comes to the raw energy of the Street Outlaws show.
5 The First Look At The Street Outlaws
The Street Outlaws didn't start street racing just because of the show, they always have been on the street laying down money, and risking it all.
However, even before the Discovery channel show, you could find the Street Outlaws on YouTube and various other places, racing for big money. If you were to see the first look at any of the drivers before you've seen the show, you know how intense this business can get, and Discovery is still trying to put that onto the screen.
4 Putting Street Racing On The Map
Street racing has always been one of those things that were really frowned upon. Shows like Street Outlaws have made street racing a bit more accessible than it has been in recent years. It also has popularized this sport which is a very hit-or-miss topic to many people.
If anything, the Street Outlaws TV show has made Oklahoma street racing popular around the world, not just in the States shown on the show. You've been able to see a ton more street racing online and even other networks attempting to tap into this huge audience.
3 The Twist That Isn't Scripted
You will always find a twist when you are dealing with a lot of money, and street racing. Which is why the energy of each episode is always high. The one thing that you cannot script is how the drivers react, and how the cars function.
That part is completely legit, from the crashes, to the blown motors, and the high tension races. There are some things as a producer and director that you cannot fully control when you are dealing with something like street racing.
2 How Fast The Cars Really Are
It is one thing to see the cars on screen and try to grasp if they are going fast or not. Discovery does a decent job at trying to capture the speed of the cars, but how fast they really are is something that you cannot tell unless you see them in person.
If you have been around a "fast" car, meaning 400+ horsepower, you can somewhat understand how fast a fast car is, but keep in mind, these cars are anywhere from 900 horsepower to 2,000 horsepower. It is safe to say that these are no joke; keep in mind your average car has around 150 horsepower.
1 How Much Money Is Put Into The Builds
Being in the racing industry, you have to expect to spend a ton of money. The Street Outlaws cars are no different. From custom fabrication, to engine builds and parts, to ECU components and more. Each of the cars is a totally different build as well, so you can't just reuse parts either.
They have sponsors for some of the parts, but overall each of these builds is in the $100,000 range overall, if not more, for some such as the Pro-Mod The Crow 2.0. So if you expect to just go and build a car on the same level, be prepared to have extremely deep pockets, because racing is not a cheap hobby/sport.
Sources: Motor Trend, YouTube, Richmond Times Dispatch, Dragzine, Discovery, Hot Rod Network