Supercar Megabuild

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Supercar Megabuild
GenreDocumentary
Motoring
StarringAfzal Kahn
Ralph Hosier
Ranen Rudra
Steve Whitaker
Alex Prindiville
Shaun Lynch
Dan Baruffo
Narrated byDom Joly
Country of origin United Kingdom
No. of seasons2
No. of episodes18
Production
Executive producer(s)Rick Murray
Producer(s)Ben Smith
Production location(s)
Running time60 minutes
Production company(s)Shine North TV
Release
Original networkNational Geographic Channel
Original release US February 17, 2016 –
present
External links
Website

Supercar Megabuild is a UK-based Factual Entertainment program aired on the National Geographic Channel. It follows the work of independent car designers Afzal Kahn (Season 1) and Alex Prindiville (Season 2) (former owner of Prindiville PLC, which is in liquidation and no longer fit and proper according to the Financial Conduct Authority) as they task their best mechanics in creating, designing and building extraordinary vehicles that will exceed their clients' expectations.[1]

In the Season 1 of the show, design guru Afzal Kahn hires experimental engineers Ralph Hosier and Ranen Rudra; and in Season 2, former supercar magnate Alex Prindiville gives master mechanics Shane Lynch and Dan Baruffo "the chance of a lifetime". They are tasked with one purpose: to re-engineer supercars that are already engineered to the max and improve their performance, power and looks.

Plot[edit]

Season 1[edit]

Afzal Kahn hires two professional engineers to create challenging one-off and prototype cars in very short timescales. Ralph and Ranen are both free-thinking engineers, which results in unique solutions that Mr. Kahn does not always like to start with. Ralph and Ranen sometimes have to travel to other countries to learn something new.

From the National Geographic web page:

"In every episode our British motor-mad mechanics will embark on an ambitious mission to transform an ordinary car into extraordinary supercar, fit for the racetrack.

But with limited time and other inevitable roadblocks piling on the pressure, will they succeed in creating the ultimate supercars?"[1]

Season 2[edit]

London-based supercar tycoon Alex Prindiville, owner of now being liquidated Prindiville PLC, employs professional racing driver & mechanic Shane Lynch and master builder Dan Baruffo to get them involved in his most extreme projects, and to design and re-engineer cars to fit his customers' needs.

Episodes[edit]

Season 1[edit]

Episode number Car type First aired Description
01 Aston Martin Vantage 17 February 2016 Ralph and Ranen are tasked to make a GT-inspired Aston Martin Vantage.
02 Rolls Royce Silver Shadow 24 February 2016 Ralph and Ranen are tasked to make a luxury Rolls Royce Silver Shadow into a drift car for Japspeed drifter Shane Lynch.
03 Range Rover Evoque 2 March 2016 Ralph and Ranen are tasked to make a Dakar Rally version of the Range Rover Evoque.
04 Mercedes G-Wagen 9 March 2016 Ralph and Ranen are tasked to build a safe and bulletproof car for a VIP client of Mr. Kahn out of a Mercedes-Benz G-Wagen.
05 Jeep Wrangler 16 March 2016 In an attempt to break to the US market, Mr. Kahn tasked Ralph and Ranen to convert a Jeep Wrangler into a pickup truck.
06 Nissan GT-R 23 March 2016 Ralph and Ranen are given a challenge by Mr. Kahn to build a car that is faster than a Bugatti Veyron and with only a 1/10 the cost. They went to Japan to buy an R35 Nissan GT-R, to Mr. Kahn's disappointment both in the car (due to it being a Japanese car, in which he explicitly says that he only focuses on European cars), and the project itself, after the duo experiences tough challenges along the way.
07 Porsche Panamera S Hybrid 30 March 2016 In order to impress the Chinese Delegates, and a reluctant Mr. Kahn, Ralph and Ranen are tasked to make an eco-friendly luxury sports saloon out of a Porsche Panamera S Hybrid.
08 Bentley Mulsanne 6 April 2016 A great friend of Mr. Kahn wants to go hunting in his Bentley Mulsanne, so Ralph and Ranen are tasked to modify it to have hunting capability without sacrificing comfort and luxury.
09 Chevrolet Camaro 13 April 2016 Ralph and Ranen are given a task to convert an American Muscle car into a European one. They are sent to the United States to choose a perfect Muscle car for the job, in which they picked the 2015 Chevrolet Camaro SS.
10 Audi A8 20 April 2016 Ralph and Ranen are given a task to build an executive all-terrain Audi A8. They install caterpillar tracks onto it and test in an indoor snow centre, much to the client's delight.

Season 2[edit]

Episode
number
Car type First aired Description
01 Le Mans Maserati 25/5/17 Jodie Kidd challenges Prindiville to create a 200 mph Maserati Ghibli in homage to the Maserati Tipo 61 Le Mans racer. The project is passed onto Dan and Shane.
02 DeLorean Reboot 1/6/17 Prindiville is asked to redesign the DeLorean for the 21st century. Dan and Shane are tasked with redesigning the car to make it futuristic, but still keep the essence of the original DeLorean.
03 Sub-Zero Porsche 8/6/17 Prindiville has asked a journalist to do a publicity shoot. He orders Shane and Dan to modify a VW-Porsche 914-6 for an ice rally in only four weeks in Sweden. Dan and Shane pull out all the stops to pull it off.
04 Monster Bentley GT 15/6/17 A client, Mark Chapman, wants a Bentley Continental GT that can tackled extreme terrain in luxury. Dan and Shane has to create a Mad Max-style vehicle from the ultra-luxury Grand Tourer car in just four weeks.
05 Audi R8 Drifter 22/6/17 Shane and Dan pitches the idea of creating a drift car for the Gymkhana Grid. Alex Prindiville gives them an Audi R8 and they completely reengineer the AWD supercar into a RWD drifter in three weeks. They hope for an internet hit, but Prindiville is quite unimpressed with the final design.
06 Jaguar Dragster 29/6/17 Prindiville takes up the job of creating an homage to the iconic Supermarine Spitfire that can also beat a modern Chevrolet Corvette C7 in a drag race, with the client specifically asking him to make one from a vintage European Jaguar because it will complement the British-made airplane very well. Dan and Shane came to Victor Toys in Tijuana, Mexico and, after having a hard time looking for a suitable Jaguar for the job, ended up with a beat-up banger, a 1976 XJ-S convertible. They have just three weeks before the Jag is showcased beside the Commemorative Air Force's Spitfire. Dan supervises the build, while Shane heads to Tucson Dragway in Arizona to hone his reaction time off the line at the dragstrip.
07 McLaren P1 Superbike 6/7/17 A £2 million deal is a prospect for Prindiville, if he can create a superbike that matches the style of the McLaren P1 hypercar and beats it in a timed lap. Dan and Shane take a stock Ducati 1299 Panigale S and shed weight from the already light bike, as well as tuning it for better power-to-weight ratio. They then race it against the P1 in Rockingham Motor Speedway to see if it has what it takes to smash the multi-million Euro hypercar's lap time.
08 Lamborghini Transporter 13/7/17 A US client who wants to conserve the welfare of his Lamborghini Huracan commissions Prindiville to create a car transporter/tow truck to transport his Lamborghini anywhere, including off-road. Dan and Shane go to the enthusiastic Victor Toys in the hopes of turning a battered old Ford F-250 Custom rollback tow truck into the blinded-up go-anywhere supercar transporter. They were going to use a Hummer H2 as a body when a manical Mr. Prindiville shows up unexpectedly and tells them to clean up the mess.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Supercar Megabuild". National Geographic Channel - Videos, TV Shows & Photos - UK. Retrieved 2016-03-28.