Mega Factories

NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC – Tuesday 6 April, 6.30pm

Follow the creation of the car that moves millions. The R-160 Subway car is the newest member of the New York City Transit fleet – bringing 21st century safety and technological innovations to a mass transit system over 100 years old. These innovations include LCD screen maps, a passenger emergency intercom system, soundproofing and a braking system that actually generates electricity and returns power to the third rail. It starts as sheets of metal in Sao Paulo, Brazil, where human skill, fire and steel come together to build the body shell. After a month-long voyage, the body arrives in Hornell, NY, for final assembly, motor installation and testing. Once assembled the R-160 weighs nearly 85,000 lbs and contains 24 miles of wiring. This car is built to last 40 years, to withstand the force of 1.6 billion riders per year, and survive in one of the world’s toughest environments – New York City.

NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC – Tuesday 30 March, 7.30pm

Follow the creation of the car that moves millions. The R-160 Subway car is the newest member of the New York City Transit fleet – bringing 21st century safety and technological innovations to a mass transit system over 100 years old. These innovations include LCD screen maps, a passenger emergency intercom system, soundproofing and a braking system that actually generates electricity and returns power to the third rail. It starts as sheets of metal in Sao Paulo, Brazil, where human skill, fire and steel come together to build the body shell. After a month-long voyage, the body arrives in Hornell, NY, for final assembly, motor installation and testing. Once assembled the R-160 weighs nearly 85,000 lbs and contains 24 miles of wiring. This car is built to last 40 years, to withstand the force of 1.6 billion riders per year, and survive in one of the world’s toughest environments – New York City.

NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC – Tuesday 30 March, 6.30pm

Rolling off the assembly line and taking the world by storm in 1964, the Porsche 911 is now one of the world’s iconic sports cars. Still produced on the same grounds that gave birth to the first 911, this car has grown to 14 variations. From the “modest” 911 Carrera with a top track speed of 185 mph to the 911 GT3, a street legal race car that tops out at 194 mph; this factory in Stuttgart, Germany, can offer a colour, style and speed for even the most fastidious driver.

NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC – Tuesday 16 March, 7.30pm

The Phantom is the first Rolls-Royce motorcar to be introduced since the company was acquired by BMW in 1998. Each Phantom is a unique combination of state-of-the-art technology and old-world craftsmanship, constructed with meticulous attention to detail. Manufacture of the Phantom begins in Unterhallerau, Germany, where its strong, stiff and lightweight space frame chassis is built. Each space frame and body shell assembly is then sent to BMW’s factory in Dingolfing, Germany, for corrosion-resistance treatment and primer paint. Next, each Phantom is shipped to a manufacturing facility constructed by BMW specifically to build the new generation of Rolls-Royce motorcars. It takes an average of 450 hours and the skills of hundreds of dedicated craftspeople, artisans, designers, engineers, mechanics, painters, sewing machinists and others to hand-build each car. At a base price of USD$380,000, the Phantom comes equipped with an impressive list of standard amenities including 75 square metres of A-grade Bavarian leather upholstery and “book matched” interior wood trim, hand-crafted from exotic veneers, all of which are fashioned right in the main assembly building of the Goodwood plant. With the Rolls-Royce customisation, or “bespoke” program however, the options are limited only by the boundaries of the buyer’s bankroll and imagination.