6 x 60'
They are breathtakingly fast, have gigantic proportions, or impressive powers: the most spectacular vehicles in the world. All of them are milestones of engineering that have changed land, water, and air transport for good. Some have helped to transcend borders, others to defend borders. Each vehicle’s history is a testament to boldness, inventiveness, and persistence. The six-part series will captivate audiences with its enormous variety. Each individual episode focuses on a different class of vehicle and features five preeminent examples. The vehicles range from flying giants, to ships unmatched for their cutting-edge technology, to dreaded tanks, muscular mega cars and exclusive trains.
Each vehicle is superlative in its own way and leads the viewer to another extraordinary part of the world. From the steppe of South Africa to the Norwegian tundra, from South American ports to Korean shipyards. In an open-pit mine in Siberia, a dump truck as big as a single-family home carries thousands of tons of rock day and night. Next to this monster truck, even tractor trailers look like play cars. What is it like to drive such a colossus, and what is behind its massive power? Off the Italian coast, a submarine glides almost silently through the depths of the sea. It’s fuel-cell propulsion makes it the world’s most modern sub. At an American Air Force base, a flying legend takes off on a training mission: the B-52 Stratofortress, the terror of the Cold War. It is scheduled to be used for 90 years, at which point it will be the oldest military aircraft in service the world over. What is the secret of its longevity? A hotly contested border in one of the most dangerous regions in the world: the Merkava IV is on patrol here. Why do many experts consider it the best tank on the globe? One airplane symbolizes China’s new wealth. The world’s most exclusive business jet can be booked for 700,000 dollars – per hour! But in exchange the customer flies on the most modern airplane in the world. A vehicle over 4 kilometers long rolls through the Northern Cape, in South Africa. It is the world’s longest train. But how do you drive a train several kilometers long, when at times one part of it is going downhill and another is going uphill simultaneously? They are all vehicles that push the limits of technology and physics, and that have much to tell us about the world we live in.
The documentary series shows how these technical masterworks were created and how they prove themselves on the job day in and day out. The engineers often broke new technological ground with their designs. They had to overcome obstacles, and they often reached a point where the whole project seemed likely to fail. But in the end they achieved things that others considered impossible. The product of their years of often arduous development work: the most powerful engines, the most extraordinary designs, the use of revolutionary materials. Seeing the fascination these ultimate vehicles evoke thus fills them with even greater pride today. We hear not only from the people who contributed significantly to developing these vehicles, but also from those who maintain them every day and know their quirks.
Operating them remains the privilege of the most experienced pilots, drivers, and captains, and it is often the crowning moment of their careers. The series looks behind the scenes to show their exotic daily routine. We see how these extraordinary vehicles are used on the job, the power they have, and the difficult terrain they master. Behind every vehicle is a technical masterwork that is responsible for its extraordinary performance. Elaborate 3D graphics reveal the secret of the design and give a glance inside the vehicle. Other graphic displays provide an overview of the most important facts about each vehicle. Archival footage helps to illustrate how these spectacular vehicles are produced. Archival footage is also used to make historically important missions of legendary vehicles come alive again. Gigantic packhorses, vehicles on track to break records, and the most luxurious type of transportation. Faster, bigger, further – “Ultimate Vehicles” features the most extraordinary vehicles in the world.
Episodes - Please go to extras for episode breakdown