Hyperdrive on Netflix Should Be Your Next Binge Watch
It’s unlike any car show you’ve ever seenby Kirby, on
There’s a new show on Netflix called Hyperdrive, and if you haven’t been paying attention, it’s something that you need to binge-watch as soon as possible. Hyperdrive isn’t your typical car show. It’s not even a car show in the traditional sense. It’s a car competition with an outrageous obstacle course element. It is, according to one of its producers, a highly addictive mix between Fast and Furious and American Ninja Warriors. It has smoky burnouts, daredevil stunts, and real-life stories among a group of real-world contestants, each looking to become the first-ever Hyperdrive champion. Oh, and Fast and Furious star Charlize Theron is the executive producer of the show. That should be enough reason to watch this show, really.
What do you get when you bring in some of the best amateur racers from all over the world, fix them up with their custom cars, and throw them into an automotive obstacle course the likes of which you haven’t seen before? It’s hard to wrap our heads around such an environment, but Netflix’s new reality competition series, Hyperdrive, brings all of it to life.
The ten-episode reality competition is now streaming on Netflix, and no one should begrudge you for spending the next nine or 10 hours of your lives watching it.
The show features 28 off-the-grid racers bringing their custom-built vehicles to a 100-acre industrial complex in Rochester, New York. Inside the complex are ten of the craziest obstacle courses you’ll ever see anywhere, including a six-story seesaw called the Leveler. At first, I didn’t understand why it was called that, but it was made clear early in the series why six-story monstrosity bears the nickname. No spoilers here. Find out for yourselves. There’s also the Supernova, which requires contestants to pull what’s called a “Rockford turn” within a narrow lane marked off by tall plastic tubes. Then there’s Manji Alley, which involves drifting through a slalom-like course with the objective of hitting targets with the car’s tail.
While the course is a star of the show in itself, the real stars are the competitors, and there are a lot of them from vastly different backgrounds.
There’s a truck driver, a delivery guy, a law student, a model, a construction worker, a lumberjack, a full-time mother, and even a so-called millionaire who thought that using his Lamborghini Huracán in this competition amounted to a good idea.
Speaking of the cars, the show also features an eclectic mix of rides, too. There’s an old-school Dodge Charger, a Lamborghini Huracàn, a Nissan 350Z, and a Mercedes-AMG GT. There’s even a BMW E30 M3, driven by the law student, a young girl from Soweto, Africa.
The show is hosted by a quarter of personalities, each bringing something unique to the table as hosts. We all know Rutledge Wood from his time at Top Gear USA. Mike Hill and Lindsay Czarniak are staple sports personalities. Hill is currently with FS1 where he hosts America’s Pregame and Keeping it Real with Mike Hill. He also spent time at ESPN as a Sportscenter anchor. For her part, Czarniak currently covers NASCAR for Fox Sports, but like Hill, she traces her roots to ESPN where she spent time hosting NASCAR Now and Sportsnation. The fourth host is Michael Bisping, the former UFC middleweight champion and member of the UFC Hall of Fame.
As well-known as the hosts are, the show’s real face of the franchise is none other than Academy-award winner Charlize Theron. She’s an executive producer on the show, a fitting role for one of the biggest celebrities in the world who also happens to know a thing or two about the car world, specifically its aftermarket underbelly. There’s a reason, folks, that Theron has starred in movies like Mad Max and the Fast & Furious franchise. She’s a certified grease monkey who knows her way around a car. It’s not a surprise that when the show’s producers were looking for a high-profile executive producer, she was their first call.
All of this sets up a pretty entertaining reality competition series. Hyperdrive isn’t your typical reality TV show; it’s not your typical car racing show, either.
It is, for the most part, an amalgam of all these things, lumped together to create a visual spectacle that doesn’t disappoint.
There are some dragging parts in the whole series, but that’s expected for a show that needs to do a lot of table-setting before all the action and madness starts. Make no mistake: there’s a lot of action in Hyperdrive. There’s a fair bit of drama and suspense, too.
But for the most part, it’s an entertaining reality TV show that tugs at the heartstrings of auto aficionados of all kinds. Go spend your time watching the series. Binge it for nine hours straight or take your time with it. Rest assured, you’re not going to be disappointed by the show.