First series of National Geographic Channel’s Ultimate Factories for 2011 will showcase from Thursday, February 3 the Dodge Challenger, Dodge Viper, Maserati GranTurismo, Mercedes SLS AMG and Bentley Mulsanne.
National Geo goes under the hood to inspect today’s Dodge Challenger an American classic reborn 40 years after its inception. The episode shows how the Canadian assembly plant is capable to build 900 cars every day. Next, NGC treks to the Mexican factory that builds the Challengers’ famed Hemi engine. See the marriage of car and engine, as a synchronized process of human and robotic expertise ensures each Challenger passes a 30-point inspection.
Next, on February 10 at 10PM ET, NG takes us to the Maserati factory where viewers will understand how is build the ultimate Italian limousine. It takes 22 days for a Maserati to be assembled and considered road ready — and the Maserati GranTurismo Convertible, a $135,000 convertible that tops out at more than 170 mph, is the new pinnacle of performance and comfort.
The last episode from this series is about the process of building “Detroit’s only hand-built production car,” the now-dormant Dodge Viper, and venture overseas again to show production of the Mercedes SLS AMG and the Bentley Mulsanne.
Computers control everything in a Mercedes with more than a mile of wiring in each car, but to create the fastest Mercedes to date — topping out at 197 mph — it takes some of the best engineers in the world to mold a light yet strong supercar in 15 hours.
As about the Mulsanne, it takes more than 550 hours and nine weeks for artisans and technicians to create this masterpiece.
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