Whichever brand enthusiasts may be loyal to, in any sport from drag racing to skydiving, to jet skiing, daredevils are notorious for chasing an insatiable need for speed on land, water and in the air. Now, Travel Channel brings enthusiasts a high-octane special documenting the exhilarating adrenaline rush of pushing the limits to see just how fast we can go.
Some of the speed-infused stories you can look forward to include AMA Pro Motorcycle racer Melissa Paris and Motorcyclist magazine Road Test Editor, Ari Henning’s attempt to articulate how it feels to go 170 mph on the Contidrom, the Continental Tires test track in Hannover, Germany, as well as SIM compatriot magazine Motor Trend’s Editor-in-Chief Ed Loh’s attempt to enter the mind of Yves Rossi, a former pilot with the Swiss Air Force who built a self-powered wing and flies in formation with other planes – incredibly using himself as the fuselage of his homemade jet.
Legendary high performance engine designer Gale Banks will introduce viewers to the world of Ed Shadle, who is chasing the land speed record by chopping the wings off of a military jet and turning it into a Jet Car. Motor Trend’s Jessi Lang, Producer and Host of The J-Turn contextualizes Eric Baronne’s exciting and death defying downhill bike adventures – on a steaming, active volcano in Nicaragua. The Bonneville Salt Flats in Utah will be visited during the show to explain what amateurs experience while pushing it to the limit at Bonneville Speedway – the most revered place to go fast in the United States.
Jean Yves Blondeau is the “Rollerman,” a kind of human skateboard who wears a full metal suit covered in wheels, which he uses to rocket down mountains at insane speeds. Troy Hartman invented and flies a personal jet pack and Alexander Polli jumps from a helicopter donning a wingsuit, and attempts to fly through a man-sized hole in the side of a mountain. Motor Trend Editor-at-Large Angus MacKenzie will give his thoughts on the 250+ mph Bugati Veyron Grand Sport Vitesse convertible, while in Walvis Bay, Namibia, Paul Larson will talk about being the skipper and team leader for the Sail Rocket, a wind-powered bullet of a sailboat. Other SIM compatriot Hot Rod magazine’s Staff Editor and champion Drag Boat racer, Mike Finnegan, takes the show to Chandler, Arizona, for the world Drag Boat Championships and chronicles the white-knuckle inside track on open cockpit bracket racing.
You’ll see British speed enthusiast Colin Furze explain his souped-up mobility scooter’s ability to go 80mph and also watch as Associate Road Test Editor for Motor Trend, Carlos Lago tests out the new Tesla S electric car and shows how fast the award-winning sedan can go. Stunt pilot Skip Stewart accomplishes the heart-pounding “knife-edge” maneuver in his beefed-up bi-plane, only inches from a petal-to-the-metal Lamborghini Gillardo, and you’ll also see the Formula Rossa roller coaster at Ferrari World in Abu Dabi in action. In Emerson, Arkansas, viewers can watch super-fast rototiller racing at the Purple Pea Festival Rotary Tiller Championships, and Scottish Entrepreneur Richard Noble will introduce the future of speed in the high-tech supersonic Bloodhound SSC – an incredible car that will attempt to break the land speed record in 2014 by going a mind-boggling 1,000mph.
So there you have it: A pretty in-depth view of what you have to look forward to on “F’ing Speed,” which premieres on Tuesday, August 20, at 10/9c. Be sure to tune in!