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Best car shows and movies on Netflix

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March 30, 2020
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Feeling inundated by the sheer volume of shows you have to watch on Netflix? If you’re a motorhead, you’re sure to find something in our list of best car shows and movies on Netflix. These shows are perfect for passing the time in isolation right now.

Best car shows on Netflix

Looking for something with a few episodes so you can really sink your teeth in? If so, here are our top picks on the UK Netflix.

1. Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee

Comedians in Cars - Top Pick for Best Car Shows on Netflix

This show was a massive surprise to us. What started as a series on Crackle has now turned into a huge Netflix success. In essence, host and comedian Jerry Seinfeld drives around with another comedian as his guest. Much fun ensues.

Perhaps most surprising is Jerry Seinfeld’s car collection. Almost everyone knows about his love for all things Porsche, but there are also some other beauties on the show. Among them, a 1956 Chevrolet Corvette, 1976 Lamborghini Countach and even a 1966 Jaguar E-Type.

The guests are massive names in the industry, from Eddie Murphy and Ricky Gervais to Alec Baldwin and Jamie Foxx. We really couldn’t fault this show: it strikes the perfect balance between cars and comedy. A must see.

Watch the trailer here.

2. Formula 1: Drive to Survive

Have you ever wondered what goes on behind the scenes of Formula 1? This Netflix show provides exclusive interviews with drivers, managers, and team principals alike, giving us a glimpse into the emotions behind the often-ultra-calm facades that racers have. The series also documents how racers really feel about their rivals, making it an extremely humanising portrayal.

The first season covers the 2018 World Championship, while the second documents the 2019 World Championship. Not only does it focus on the drivers and other stakeholders, but it also highlights just how political Formula 1 can be. Even if you’re not a fan of the sport itself, this series could get you hooked.

Watch the trailer here.

3. Fastest Car

Fastest Car - one of the best car shows on Netflix

This is the ultimate battle between supercars and sleeper cars. This show has it all: drama, danger, and driving. Each episode follows a quarter-mile drag race between a couple of contestants from either category. If you’re thinking about pimping your ride or investing in a supercar, this is a great show to watch – and the results of each episode could surprise you!

You’ll come for the cars, but it’ll be the characters who steal your heart.

Watch the trailer here.

4. Car Masters: Rust to Riches

As car insurance specialists for modified and classic cars, we hold this show close to our heart. Car Masters follows the team at Gotham Garage, which has built numerous props for films and TV shows over the years. The aim is to modernise classic cars, all with a budget of up to $1,000. Surprisingly, the team are usually able to pull in a profit comfortably in the five and six-figure range.

This is quite a polarising show; you’ll probably either love it or hate it. Whilst some of the mods leave a lot to be desired, it’s a great way of learning what does and doesn’t work if you’re thinking about modifying your car.

Watch the trailer here.

5. Hyperdrive

Hyperdrive - one of the best car shows on Netflix

Another polarising programme. The premise of Hyperdrive is that it follows international drifting drivers who compete against one another on an automotive course. But it’s not just any course; it includes obstacles that require strong manoeuvring skills. The contestants are also given some air time before the contest begins, in a move that seems very similar to the X Factor.

Watch the trailer here.

Best car movies on Netflix

Here are our top picks for car movies on Netflix.

1. Rush

If you’re a fan of Formula 1, you’re probably aware of the rivalry between James Hunt and Niki Lauda. Rush focuses on their opposition in the 1976 F1 racing season. The biographical film stars Chris Hemsworth as Hunt and Daniel Brühl as Lauda.

Whilst this isn’t the most accurate portrayal, the movie is entertaining and insightful nonetheless. Information is Beautiful suggests that Rush is around 73.3% accurate.

Watch the film here.

2. Need for Speed

If you just want to relax and watch a great movie, Need for Speed is a fantastic choice. This film follows a character called Tobey Marshall who is framed by an ex-partner for a crime he didn’t commit. A custom-car builder and street-racer by trade, he enters himself into a race with high stakes to gain back his reputation, all while seeking revenge on his traitorous ex-partner.

Need for Speed includes a whole host of high-performance cars, including a Bugatti Veyron, McLaren P1, Koenigsegg Agera R and Lamborghini Sesto Elemento. Tune in for a tense movie with police chases, car crashes, and high-speed races.

Watch the film here.

3. The 24 Hour War

The 24 Hour War highlights another rivalry in the auto racing industry. This time it’s between Henry Ford II and Enzo Ferrari, paying close attention to their opposition in the 1960s. The documentary revolves around the fact that, after a business deal between the two tycoons goes wrong, Ford decides to compete with Ferrari in the famous Le Mans race.

There has been a recent spate of films documenting this rivalry, but The 24 Hour War was actually one of the inspirations for Ford v Ferrari.

Watch the film here.

4. Shelby American

Carroll Shelby is perhaps one of the most interesting characters in the auto industry. While the execution of this film isn’t to everybody’s taste, his varied career makes this movie a must-watch. Some of his occupations include:

  • Racecar driver
  • High-performance vehicle designer
  • Author
  • Businessman
  • Farmer
  • Flight instructor

Shelby American includes old footage and more recent interviews, all of which provide interesting insights into Shelby’s life and the legacy he left behind.

Watch the film here.

5. Apex: The Story of the Hypercar

If you’ve ever wondered how supercars from the likes of Ferrari, McLaren and Pagani are made, Apex is the film for you. The movie follows sports car enthusiast Christian von Koenigsegg on his quest to build a hypercar. Tracing his progress from the design studios to the racetrack, The Story of the Hypercar adds depth to a world that was almost entirely off-limits before this documentary.

Apex: The Story of the Hypercar also includes behind-the-scenes footage of the development facilities for the biggest names in the supercar space.

Watch the film here.

Has our list of the best car shows and movies on Netflix been the final push you needed to convince you that you should buy your own car? If so, we offer specialist and standard car insurance at great rates for modified, high-performance and first-buys alike. Call us on 0800 369 8590 for more details.


All images sourced via the Netflix Media Centre.

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