Smithsonian Channel in the US is driving into the new year with season two of its automotive series, Supercar Superbuild.
Eight hour-long episodes will delve deep into the creation and design of some of the world’s greatest car makers: Alfa Romeo, Rolls Royce, Jaguar, Porsche, Audi and more. It probes what makes each machine’s mechanical prowess stand out, and what contributes to the high performance and artistry of these engineering marvels. The Jaguar F-Type SVR charges from 0 to 60 miles per hour in just under four seconds and rages to a top speed of 200mph. More than 97 yards of aluminum welds make up an Audi R8’s frame. The sporty Rolls Royce Wraith, meanwhile, complete with exotic wood and sumptuous leather, is valued at upwards of $275,000.
The Smithsonian series immerses viewers behind the scenes with the fastest, most awe-inspiring luxury vehicles and sports cars, pulling back the curtain to capture a world fraught with high-stakes pressure, impossible deadlines, clandestine meetings, design challenges and dramatic styling. It’s all part of the process in realising bold new dreams and remarkable engineering – the epitome of high industrial art and high-performance edge. The show also visits the factories of these fabled brands, where dedicated teams of artisans, craftspeople, chief designers and engineers share stories of passion and personal involvement, putting their hearts and souls in the machines.