Speed is a universal language, and how we achieve it can differ from country to country and culture to culture. But no matter the race or the stakes involved, it all comes down to that extra mile per hour or extra RPM - whatever it takes to shave a second off our time and make us faster than the last guy. We go behind the driver's seat and profile the personalities who push the limits to end up on the podium at the world's most iconic motorsports events. We are not a sports show. Race results always take a backseat to the story behind the story. Our focus is on the racer's journey in getting to the event, the behind-the-scenes drama of the high-speed competition leading up to the race itself.
S01:E01 - Bonneville Salt Flats
On this episode, we follow the Vesco family as they try to set a new land speed record on the Bonneville Salt Flats. The Vescos has been racing on the flats for three generations and they've held the land speed record since 2001, but the competition is closing in on their record and this year they'll have to fend off their arch rivals, Speed Demon.
S01:E02 - European Rally Championship
Rookies Craig Breen and Lara Venneste are determined to make a name for themselves on the European Rally Championship Series, but they'll have to do it on the toughest track on the circuit. The San Remo Rally winds through the dangerous mountains of San Remo overnight with only headlights to guide the way. It will take everything Breen has to pilot his car to the finish line.
S01:E03 - Big Rig Racing
Big Rig Racing, five-ton vehicles jockeying for position on a track built for normal race cars. It's a lot like a demolition derby as the giants of the track bump and pushes each other around the track in search of the checkered flag. Veteran Jim Bennett will do his best to fend off upstart Simon Reid.
S01:E04 - Mojave Mile
Virgil Benton wants to become the first driver to go 200 miles per hour in a Shelby Cobra. The San Diego gear head bought his 1965 Shelby in parts from the world famous manufacturer, built it himself, and now he's taking it the Mojave Mile. The Mile in the middle of the Mojave Desert is the place to go if you think you're fast.
S01:E05 - Goodwood/Lawnmowers
The Goodwood Vintage Revival is one of the most prestigious events on the motorsport calendar; the British Lawnmower Championship isn't. Although they both attract a different cliental, each event features wheel to wheel racing, engineering excellence, and an unmatched competitive spirit. The only difference is about a ton of mud.
S01:E06 - Baja 1000
Bryce Menzies has won almost every off-road event he's entered but there is one race that has always eluded him, The Baja 1000. Bryce and his co-driver Pete Mortensen are determined to conquer whatever the desert throws at them this year and cross the finish line first in the iconic event. It won't be easy, of the 240 trucks that will start, less than 10 percent will survive.
S01:E07 - Indy 500
The Indianapolis 500 is one of the most iconic racing events on the planet, it's a race everyone wants to win and James Hinchcliffe is no exception. But with just one week before qualifying, the Oakville, Ontario native is in a hospital bed recovering from a severe concussion.
S01:E08 - NW 200
The North West 200 in Northern Ireland is one of the world's fastest and most dangerous road circuits. Alastair Seeley is a local hero, and the 34 year-old desperately wants to break the record of 15 career wins at the North West. He'll have a chance to win at least five more times on the weekend of racing if he can avoid crashing.
S01:E09 - Targa NFLD
Targa Newfoundland rally is one of those events that every racer puts on their bucket list. Not only is the race extremely challenging as it weaves through narrow village roads, but it's also one of the most picturesque races as it hugs the Atlantic Ocean on Canada's most rugged province. It's not necessarily the fastest driver who wins, it's the one with the car still moving at the end.
S01:E10 - Pikes Peak
When it comes to Pikes Peak the numbers are staggering; 156 turns, 12-miles of zig-zags, a starting position at over 9000 feet, and a summit finish line at 14,115 feet. The Pikes Peak international Hill Climb is unlike any other race in the world; it's not just racing against other drivers - it's competing against the mountain.
S01:E11 - 24Hrs of Nurburgring
Nurburgring is regarded as the most dangerous racetrack in the world - 170 turns spread out over 25 kilometers in Northwest Germany. Every year, more than 200 cars, in four classes, attempt to tame the track in the 24 hours of Nurburgring. This year the Aston Martin 007 team will attempt to crack the podium usually dominated by Audi, Mercedes and Porsche.
S01:E12 - Air Strip Attack
On an air strip at a Colorado airport the world's fastest street cars duke it out in an attempt to break the world record of 219 miles an hour over a half mile. Lucas English is the current record holder in his beefed up Nissan GTR, but his competition is in his rear view mirror and gaining ground.
S01:E13 - Rolex 24
The Rolex 24 hours of Daytona is the first auto race on the North American racing calendar, and the drivers and their teams better be ready. The race, two times around the clock, is a test of endurance, perseverance, and mental toughness with 67 cars sharing the narrow high banked tri-oval of the Daytona International Speedway.
S01:E14 - Jamwest
Normally Negril, Jamaica is a tranquil oasis, but when the Caribbean Motor Racing Championship comes to town, soothing is replaced with speeding. Bragging rights are up for grabs in a showdown between the top racers from Trinidad, Guyana, Jamaica and Barbados.
S01:E15 - Mint 400
The Mint 400 is a bone jarring, kidney bruising off-road romp in the Nevada desert featuring North America's top all-wheeled racers. The Mint is a flat out race over some of the toughest terrain known to man.
S01:E16 - New Orleans Indy
It's the first ever Indy race in the Big Easy, but staging a race during raining season in New Orleans will be anything but easy. Three-time Indy 500 Champ Helio Castroneves is anxious to make his mark on the brand new track, but heavy rains will provide a supreme challenge. The track is below sea level so drainage is almost non-existent.
S01:E17 - Winter Nationals
The NHRA Winter Nationals is like Christmas for drag racing fans. They wait all year for the season kick-off, and hopefully they're rewarded with the gift of new speed records on the quarter mile. John Force is the face of the National Hot Rod Association with multiple championships between him and his two racing daughters, but the Force family has its hands full this year.
S01:E18 - Formula E
Formula E racing has all the trappings of a world-class series, beautiful cars, beautiful circuits, and beautiful people. The only thing missing is the sound. It's the inaugural Formula E series and you can be excused if you didn't hear it coming. The all electric cars are just as fast as their Formula One cousins, but they sound like golf carts; really quick golf carts.
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