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Lamborghini Factory in Sant'Agata - Click above for high-res image gallery

There's a reason cable is kicking so much network butt these days. No, not Deadliest Catch. Well, okay, Deadliest Catch and shows like the National Geographic Channel's Ultimate Factories. What is Ultimate Factories you ask? It's a show where a camera crew runs around the world checking out some really cool factories, that's what. Think Budweiser, Ikea and the place where they build M1 tanks. However, the show spends most of its time (and rightly so) on cars.

For example, we chose the Lamborghini picture as the lead for this post because A) that's the (drool) LP670-4 SV B) the Lambo factory episode already aired last week. From all accounts, it was super fantastic good, especially if you're into raging bulls. Missed it? Do not fear, however, as reruns are currently (re)running. But even if you missed the Lamborghini episode, there are some upcoming shows that will certainly pique your interest.

This Thursday, October 8, is the Rolls-Royce factory where Nat Geo explores the Rolls-Royce Phantom, a car that takes 450 hours to build. On October 15 they visit the Oshawa plant where the new Chevrolet Camaro is built. Unlike the largely hand-built Phantom, it takes 734 robots (plus a human or two) just 18 hours to build a Camaro, with one coming off the line every minutes. Check this out: every Camaro produced so far has an owner.

On October 22, Ultimate Factories visits Stuttgart to spend some time with the Porsche 911. Turns out that National Geographic is smarter than they look because the very next week – October 29 – they visit Bowling Green, Kentucky where the Corvette is made. Why smart? Would you want eleventy billion Corvette owners writing you hate mail all stating, "OMG. My C5 can smoke that Volkswagen. LOL?" Make the jump to watch some previews – including one with a guest appearance by our pal Valentino Balboni.



[Source: National Geographic]

Lamborghini - Scissor Doors


Lamborghini - Paint Shop


Lamborghini - Drivetrain


Rolls-Royce - Made to Order


Rolls-Royce - Custom Interior Craftsmanship


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      • 5 Years Ago
      There was previously one about Ferrari and building the 599 GTB Fiorano. Although in that episode I remember there were plenty of shots of body panels belonging to the 430 they tried to pass off as being for the 599 anyway. These things are interesting to watch anyway, but often they seem to cater to the most casual of car enthusiasts. The over-simplifications and sometimes incorrect statements can seem a little condescending. For example the special on the Nissan GT-R from a while ago was like this. Still fun to watch though.
      • 5 Years Ago
      little sidenote... only the Murcielago gets painted in Italy... the Lamborghini Gallardo chassie and body is build in Germany by Thyssen Krupp in Heilbronn (Audi space frame technology) and gets painted in the Audi plant in Neckarsulm in south Germany befor the complete painted chassie and body parts are delivered to Italy were they stick together the parts (the Gallardo engine comes from the Audi engine plant in Gyor)
      • 5 Years Ago
      A new Camaro every minutes?!

      Holy crap that's fast!

      ;-)
      • 5 Years Ago
      I saw the ones on the 'Vette & the Ferrari & it's like night & day. One company had a clean , pro style set up, the workers LOOKED like car builders. All had on clean uniforms there were no tools laying around no dirt & grime. While the other sports car maker had fat workers, with guts hang out of their shirts that looked like the have not changes in a decade. The place was a wreck, no uniforms, or a pro style work place. Now guess which is which? And oh yeah for those who are gonna say " Well Ferrari sells cars that run over 100K" Well I went on youtube & searched import car assembly lines & even Tata, Honda, VW ALL had clean run plants with workers looking like WORKERS. Now if you were buying a car & was shown a vid of a US Based car maker like ford or gm with workers looking like they just rolled out of bed vs clean all white uniforms who in the hell would you buy a car from? Maybe that's one reason imports have had a long time as making better cars then us. Hell even AT&T stores have guys in clean uniforms cmon GM/FORD !!
      • 5 Years Ago
      The Rolls Royce factory has been profiled before. A few years ago, the show on A&E titled Behind Closed Doors paid a visit. All I can remember is that the hand-stitched steering wheel takes 15 hours to create - almost as much as the entire Camaro.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I'm looking forward to the show and buying the DVD when it comes out. But why mention Deadliest Catch and leave out Ice Raod Truckers and Ax Men?
      • 5 Years Ago
      It wasn't until RIGHT NOW that I realized the LP670-4 Superveloce uses an engine cover with styling similar to the Reventón's body... even though the Reventón uses the SAME engine cover as the regular LP640 and '01 - '06 Murcielago. Hmmm...
        • 5 Years Ago
        Believe me, it looks much cooler in person. There was one of these (along with about 8 other Lambos) at the University of Washington yesterday. Just parked on the grass for all to see and paw. Lamborghini opened a new crash test and carbon fibre research lab yesterday at UW and wanted to show off their wares. No Reventon though. Unfortunately.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Nat Geo also have a series called Megafactories which has already shown the corvette production (over a year ago).
      • 5 Years Ago
      I think I need to go check and see if I have this channel. Maybe set up the DVR to record some of these shows....
        • 5 Years Ago
        Ultimate Factories.....hmmmmm.

        So figuratively speaking, the GM/NUMMI would be included by Nat Geo since it will be the "final/last" or '"ultimate" California automobile factory...

        ;p
      • 5 Years Ago
      They've done a Ferrari one before on the building of a 599 GTB Fiorano.
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      • 5 Years Ago
      Now only if somebody would torrent these
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