If you're looking for the next big thing in motorsports television, you may have come across Netflix's inventive new competition show Hyperdrive. It's sort of like American Ninja Warrior mixed with Total Wipeout and Fast & Furious, only instead of fit bodies flying through the air, it's custom-built cars tackling insane obstacles.
Last summer, Rochester residents watched as a race course materialized among the industrial buildings of Eastman Business Park. The industrial complex once housed much of the world's film production and now hosts a series of 10 grueling obstacle racecourses in which contestants drive custom cars to maneuver their way through. After qualifying, knockout and a final round, one 'Hyperdrive' champion is crowned.
The 28 international off-the-grid racers that appear on the series arrive at the course with little advance information about what they're facing. They're given a list of mandatory safety equipment and told to bring a car with enough speed, acceleration, and drifting capabilities to complete the course.
Contestants also have to assume total liability for their cars during filming. And that's a lot to ask of someone who already works three jobs and goes to school for their automotive passion. That's why Fielding Shredder, who won the first season of Hyperdrive, says he peppered the stunt coordinator with questions before showing up to film.
He expected answers that spelled out how to set up his Nissan 240SX for the course's demands. But he got very little. The only details he got were the names of the 10 courses and that "the only safe way to do this is with the car you have."
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