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Imagine if ABC designed a Game Show based off Drives Like Crazy. Okay, now make contestants Hot-Blooded throw in some Car Fu, add a little Wipeout, and sprinkle liberally with exploding cars.

Yeah, it's that kind of a show.

Each show begins with five teams of two competing in various driving competitions. Basically, take every vehicle trope that exists, make it absurdly awesome, and make it a Crash Course event. Teams get eliminated until two remain, which take on an obstacle course to race for $50,000. Hosts Orlando Jones and Dan Cortese provide snarky commentary.


It's either So Bad, It's Good, awesome, or just insane car-related entertainment. Whatever you call it, it was the "Wipeout Lead-Out With a Slim Chance of Returning Next Season".

This show provides examples of:

  • Badass Driver: How many drivers can say they've successfully chased after a speeding semi, dodged falling barrels, then drove up the ramp and boarded the truck?
  • Captain Crash: Apparently contestants have driving licenses. It's hard to tell with some of them.
  • Car Fu: Car Dominoes, anyone?
  • Catchphrase: Orland is desperately trying to make "Two reds and a green" one.
  • Cool Car: Well, not exactly. The cars are modified with roll cages and lots of reinforcement, though.
  • "Die Hard" on an X: Wipeout with cars.
  • Drives Like Crazy: Those who don't end up becoming a Badass Driver do this.
  • Don't Try This at Home: Repeated ad naseum in case some moron decides to roll a car for fun.
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  • Even the Guys Want Him: Orlando had a "showmance" with one couple that never stopped smiling.
  • Every Car Is a Pinto: Purposely used. They love making cars "explode" with the magic of gasoline.
  • Exactly What It Says on the Tin: Besides the show's name, most of the games work this way. Like Car Bowling.
  • I Always Wanted to Say That: One contestant purposely drove off a truck ramp in attempt to flip his car. He nearly took out a few workers and a camera on a golf cart.
  • Made of Explodium: They probably spend half their budget on pyrotechnics.
  • Ramp Jump: All over the place, including the flip-your-car-upside-down-stunt-ramp variant.
  • Serial Escalation: How many cars will they crash? How many things will go up in flames? How many crazy drivers will drive their passenger to tears?
  • Those Two Guys: That's kinda what Orlando and Dan are there for.