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Netflix to launch Fastest Car, its first global original motor series, next month

Wednesday, March 21st 2018 by Phil Wilkinson-Jones

Netflix is to launch its first global original motor series in April and the show’s premise is a pretty simple one – which car is the fastest?

But rather than pit like-for-like cars against each other, the idea behind Fastest Car is to see whether a souped-up ‘sleeper’ car that’s been tinkered with and lovingly modified can beat an exotic supercar.

Having watched the trailer, it doesn’t look as if this show will be a direct rival to Amazon’s The Grand Tour or the BBC’s Top Gear, but it will certainly appeal to a similar audience.

The owners of the ‘sleepers’, described in the trailer as “a car that you look at saying ‘that can’t be that fast’,” appear to be the show’s self-proclaimed underdogs, while for the drivers of the Ferraris, McLarens and Lamborghinis this is going to be all about avoiding embarrassment.

Season one of Fastest Car will be available on Netflix from 6 April.

Netflix will certainly be hoping it can emulate the success of The Grand Tour, the first episode of which broke viewing records on Amazon Prime Video and, more importantly as far as Amazon is concerned, enticed record numbers of people to subscribe to the service.

The first season of the show, fronted by former Top Gear presenters Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May, even managed to make a profit according to reports, despite an outlay of £160m by Amazon.

Its second season finished in February and Clarkson has appeared to suggest on Twitter that rumours of its scheduled third season being its last are wide of the mark.

Other shows set to make their Netflix debuts in April include The Alienist, a psychological thriller based on the award-winning book of the same name, and Bobby Kennedy for President, a documentary from acclaimed director Dawn Porter.

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