Video: /DRIVE on NBC Sports - Episode 1 "Monaco Special"
/Drive made history of sorts as the first automotive channel on YouTube to be given a slot in primetime television. It’s now a part of NBC Sports, which means that it has reached a level of cache not a lot of YouTube-born shows can boast of.
So here they are, /Drive’s Chris Harris, Mike Spinelli, and Matt Farah, all enjoying the spoils of having their own TV show in America. It’s not quite like Top Gear yet, but it is pretty cool seeing the boys from Drive in a platform that doesn’t require Internet connection.
The debut episode of "/Drive on NBC Sports" was pretty cool. It coincided with the Monaco Grand Prix so naturally, it had a certain Monaco theme to it.
Harris, Farah, and Spinelli embarked on the kind of epic joyride people only get to experience when they’re given supercars to drive. In this case, Harris received the Ferrari F12Berlinetta, while Farah got the Mercedes SLS AMG Black Series. For his part, Spinelli was given a McLaren 650S, which is just about as awesome as the F12Berlinetta and the SLS AMG Black Series.
The objective was pretty straightforward. All three had to embark from the home factories of the supercars they were driving and travel 1,500 miles to Monaco. The debut episode had a hint of Top Gear-like elements to it, but it was also nice to see that the people behind the production of /Drive decided to give its own identity. We’re not going to spoil what happens in the episode because there’s 22 minutes worth of show to digest. Spare some free time for this because it’s a change of pace from the typical automotive TV show.