Netflix is getting another car show that combines the survival elements of American Ninja Warrior with the incredible cars of Fast & Furious.
Netflix seems to have found a genre that people like. Their first car show, Fastest Car, is now getting a second season. That’s the show that pits supercars against personal project sleeper cars to see who wins in a quarter-mile drag race.
Their new show, however, is a little less documentary-style and a little more reality-TV-style with a dash of lunacy thrown in. It’s called Hyperdrive, and it arrives on Netflix on August 21st.
Hosted by Charlize Theron, since there's absolutely nobody else badass enough to qualify for the job, the show spans 10 episodes pitting 28 racers against each other in a 100-acre "proving ground" in Rochester, New York. Each of these race teams is plucked from around the world in all different categories, from drifters to rally cars to track-day performance vehicles.
What will they be doing in Rochester? Well, we’re not entirely sure, but executive producer Chris Cowan describes the show as “American Ninja Warrior meets Fast and Furious,” so we can imagine some very fast cars driving through some crazy obstacle courses.
"This is an homage, because it’s one of my all-time favorite competition series and I think there is DNA shared in there: We like to call it American Ninja Warrior meets Fast and Furious,” Cowan told Entertainment Weekly in an interview. "We wanted to create a groundbreaking spectacle that you could only find on Netflix—something that was too stupid to attempt anywhere else."
There’s no trailer yet, but we do have a sneak peek thanks to Optimation Technology Inc, which built some of the course’s obstacles, as well as the Rochester Democrat and Chronicle, which snapped some spy footage of filming. Autoblog reports that a first-gen Mustang, second-gen Camaro, and 1969 Dodge Challenger were all vehicles spotted on the course.
Get ready to binge Hyperdrive today by adding it to your Netflix watch list.