Just when you thought you’ve seen it all. All the different types of car competition shows there are and then Netflix drops a brand new series titled Hyperdrive.
Some of the most worthy drivers from all over the globe meet in the US for a new competitive racing show, that consists mostly of drifting, burning tires and relentless revving. It is the first of its kind for the media-services provider, that is both really thrilling and entertaining.
The American production company is known for dropping some of the best car series in recent years. This was one of two series released in the month of August for gas monkeys to enjoy.
The other, “Rust Valley Restorers”. The second show mentioned is more for those that enjoy a good story and how a car goes from near “pancaked” in a car crusher, to possibly a best seller.
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The Hyperdrive – What’s It About?
It’s the ultimate driving contest. It probably could be compared to Ninja Warrior or even Netflix’s very own, Ultimate Beastmaster. Different challenges for each participant racing. A lot of sideways and loud revving can mean only one thing.
It’s all about the drift! Well that, skill and precision driving across a course. The object is to try to beat the time while not getting knocked with punishments.
How Does It Work?
Said to have 10 tracks set up on the show and that must be completed by each competitor individually (Not all tracks are revealed on episode 1). It starts off with a group of 12 drivers and thereafter each of the qualifying rounds a driver or drivers get eliminated.
Each qualifying round is made up of a certain amount of challenges which questions different skillsets from the drifters. Speed, precision, power and guts are the attributes needed to get through the challenges.
Some examples of challenges (don’t want to give too much away);
- Supernova – A 180 turn but starting in reverse and then whipping your car around to face forward. Knock any of the pylons/beacons and you’re hit with a time penalty.
- LightBox – Required to perform two 360 “doughnuts” without touching any part of the LightBox, as well as spinning in the correct box. There are four boxes to pick from.
- Walk On Water – A silly challenge and one you’d think would be a ride in light drizzle. Well, actually one of the most effective and costing obstacles before the dangerous “Leveler“. Many ways to get it wrong while walking on water, with only one outcome if you managed to accomplish one of them, failure just before the final part of the obstacle course.
This is one of the best car competitions I’ve seen and I’m happy it has global contestants, which could only have a positive effect on the sports of drifting. Rather daring and easy to spot some of the drivers’ weaknesses and strengths.
Dope and quite the innovative competition. Something taking us away from the traditional driving at speed, rallies, and turning in one direction for 100 or something laps.
One of the best parts about the series when they rerun some of the impressive drifts in slow motion. Something that looks like it was taken from Need for Speed the game. It’s a must-watch show and another banger from the front-runners, Netflix.