Looks like we have our first look at Netflix’s new car show, Hyperdrive, and the trailer seems absolutely insane.
Earlier this week, we found out that Netflix was launching another car show to go along with Fastest Car, the docu-series that pitted sleeper cars against modern supercars to see which was the fastest. That series was a little slow for some people’s tastes, but Hyperdrive promises to be all action, all the time.
The series has been described by executive producer Chris Cowan as “American Ninja Warrior meets Fast and Furious,” and it’s not hard to see why. The format is very much along the lines of Ninja Warrior, with 28 racers from all sorts of different backgrounds compete in a series of giant obstacle courses to crown a single champion.
There’s quite the variety of both cars and people showcased in the trailer. Starting with the cars, we saw at least one older Mustang, a newer-model ‘Stang, a second-gen Camaro, a ‘69 Dodge Charger, an E30 BMW 3-Series, a Nissan Silvia drifter, a Ford Interceptor based on the old Probe, a modern Mercedes, and a Lamborghini Huracan.
As for the people, they call from all walks of life. There’s a student, a truck driver, a millionaire, a model (who isn’t the same person as the millionaire, although she might also be a millionaire), a construction worker, a stay-at-home mom, and 22 more.
It looks like the show will be broken into two parts. The first bit will be a deeper interview with the contestants with show producer Charlize Theron. We get to see her scared out of her wits thanks to the driver of the old E30 Bimmer. Then the rest of the show will feature the obstacle courses and be hosted by former MMA fighter Michael Bisping, former Top Gear USA host Rutledge Wood, and Fox Sports broadcasters Lindsay Czarniak and Mike Hill.
The obstacle course is situated in a 100-acre business park in Rochester New York that has been made up to look like a crazy industrial complex from a Need for Speed video game. The Leveler, in particular, is a giant car-sized teeter-totter that will test a car’s… traction? We’re not really sure, but it looks awesome.
Hyperdrive drops on Netflix August 21st, so mark your calendars and add it to your watch list.