Flight of the
There's nothing more that can be said
except... in 60 minutes, you will believe that a car can fly.
So far, Hollywood Hot Rods and ES
Motorsports proved that they can take whatever you give them and turn it
into something sleek, sophisticated, and sexy. But can they take to the
sky with something meant for the road? Watch as they try to earn their
wings and a spot in the National Finals.
The teams for the Battle of Los
Hollywood Hot Rods
Troy Ladd, owner
Eric Stewart, owner
class one racers
This week, Lou, ACP, and
Chip will judge as both teams try to turn a Firebird into a
remote-controlled car that can fly. Troy's boys got the 83 model, while
ES takes a '79 model. For the competition, you'll get up to speed, then
launch over a 200-foot cliff. You have four days, $3000
cash, and a credit at Summit Racing to accomplish your task. Scoring will be based
25% on visual design (it has to
look the part) and 75% on performance and handling (it has to act the
part), distance and style.
Winner moves on to the next
round. You have 40 hours to build, and 24 hours to paint a bird... FROM NOW!
Hollywood Hot Rodder Ryan is
the only one who ever flew a plane in this shop, so he's the driving
force. First, he has to find a tech who hasn't gone to lunch.
- Shedding weight
- 350 CI small block engine
- Install wings and tail
ES Motorsports starts by
figuring out how to power their bird. The first thing to do... Gut the
- 403 big block engine
- Installing wings and tails
- Shedding weight
- Mounting propellor
Each team will be supplied
with an aeronautics expert and a remote-control engineer. While HHR has
shed most of its weight, ES Motorsports has gone to Mojave to find their
Getting close to the end of
Day 1, and the wings put the car at 2300 pounds at ES Motorsports. They
need to gut 500 pounds. Over at HHR, Eric couldn't find wings, setting
the team back a bit.
Ryan finally finds some
wings, and ironically, they're in the same salvage yard at Mojave. Their
selections... slim pickens. But they find what they're looking for. And
hey, they have a tail to match. Over at ES Motorsports, the front
suspension is gone. Joe calls in a favor and gets a prop for the car. At
HHR... they discover that Ryan got two right wings. This is beyond a
major screw-up. It cost them $500 and four build-hours. Troy & Barry
head back to Mojave. At ES... the Firebird is starting to look like a
Despite being a day behind,
HHR has their motors running, but what about the flying. ES Motorsports
is going to try to mount their propeller, but what about the drive? Both
shops are modding their wings for a little added lift. While HHR is
mounting their tail (a prebought one makes up a lot of time), ES
Motorsports is rigging up their wings. Now that their cars look like
planes, the shops are going to concentrate on the drive.
Ryan convinces his team to
call it a night even though wings are on the ground and time is still on
the clock. ES discovers that their prop is going to hit a wing unless
something is done.
Laziness won't win you 100
grand, we gotta get those wings on, HHR. They've stripped EVERYTHING out
of the car, so they're trying to find a way to keep it cool in the
half-a-mile drive. The prop problem is solved, but with three hours left
in the build, they need to pick up the pace. Meanwhile, HHR needs to
find the motion in their steering box. Both shops are starting to feel
confident about their machines, but the proof of the pudding... is in
the flying. Now that you're done, time to test.
... and TIME! Let's paint
it. Handling the honors are the Shop for HHR, and Expect-a-Lot for ES.
Time to take to the air.
Remember, it's 10 points for design, and 30 for the flying. Each team
has 30 minutes to get airborne. Most points wins. Simple.
The scores are...
Hollywood Hot Rods
as judged by Chip
With no engine or
radiator, the team is left to push the bird off the cliff
themselves. The plane goes nowhere...
... and falls quickly.
The damn thing flew.
29-8 in favor of ES MOTORSPORTS.
Just goes to show you... Super Chickens don't fly. They're on their way
to meet the best from Detroit and Atlanta.
Next week, the Ultimate Car
Build-Off goes to Motown, where Alternative Auto and Team Z leave your
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teams and the tournament, go to