• Apr 22, 2010
The Driver animated series – Click above to watch video after the jump

There's a reason we still stand behind the OG Speed Racer. Yes, the animation was about a half-shade above what we could crank out flip-book style, and yes, to call the plot repetitive would be gracious at best. But the series also featured what we loved most as young auto-obsessed creatures – insane cars doing insane things fender to fender every Saturday morning. That series likely drove some of us to bust our own knuckles and put our first cars through the kind of hell that can only be attributed to a proper learning curve.

Now it looks like a new animated series has come along to whet our appetite for well-drawn cars, and judging from the trailer, it should make Speed Racer look like the half-effort it was. It's called The Driver, and so far, we know next to nothing about it other than the creators are beyond obsessed. Everything from the metering on a DSLR camera to car interiors, physics and damage all drip with the kind of detail we aren't used to seeing from the cartoon world. It's delicious. The best part? It looks like our hero drives a Nissan GT-R.

Don't be fooled into thinking this is a 'toon you can sit down and enjoy with your young ones, though. From tobacco use to blatant street racing, it's clear this one is more likely to show up on Adult Swim than Nick Jr., and that's just fine by us. The Driver site says it should launch by summer of this year, so we don't have too long to wait to find out more. Until then, hop the jump to check out the trailer.

[Source: The Driver via YouTube]



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      • 4 Years Ago
      I dig his nismo shirt haha
      • 4 Years Ago
      I wanna see Yenko Camaros, NSXs, 930 Turbos n stuff

      Otherwise!
      Rock on!
      An inital D without all that crap anime.
      • 4 Years Ago
      So this is basically fast n the furious............animated.
      • 4 Years Ago
      there's also a green lambo gallardo in there... you'll see it chugging about slowly when you see the AE86!
      • 4 Years Ago
      I will so be watching this.....
      • 4 Years Ago
      I'm liking how the GT-R is acting like the Night Fury from "How to Train Your Dragon". Silly reference I know but obvious parallels... Lol
        • 4 Years Ago
        I noticed that too! Awesome.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Well, at least the Elwood Blues parking job was nice.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Nissan sponsored cartoon?
      • 4 Years Ago
      I Found A Comment From Youtube , That Fellow Have Shape Eyes Because He Saw Lots Of Car ... And , The GT-R Is Pretty Amazing Because He Remember R35 Is Auto ...

      It's pretty sweet, the amount of detail is EPIC, look, the Z interior, the traffic (Corvette Z06, Gallardo, CLS, Smart Fortwo, AE86, Range Rover Sport, Audi A4) on the highway, the sound of the 350Z, Evo 9 and S2000 and the Audi S4, Camaro and VW Golf which are parked. Even when the GTR is shifting into drive, it goes through PRND where the reverse light light switch on when the gear lever is at R.
      Simply, I'll be watching, that's for sure
      • 4 Years Ago
      I think I may have spoiled myself on Wangan Midnight and Initial D. This looks meh...
      • 4 Years Ago
      can't wait... but the animation of the people look kind of strange...

      PS yeeaaa first comment!
        • 4 Years Ago
        so you're thinking hooded cape (I wasn't talking about the giant flapping shadow but the smaller one around the head, that's why I said short hair). that's possible. guess we'll all see.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Japanese propaganda!

        I mean, I find it odd that the ignorant (racing in traffic) street racers who can't drive (the AE86 wrecked) are all severely obese white ppl who can barely fit in their Nissans, while the hero appears to be a small-framed guy packing the latest in electronic gadgetry (he's not packing a polaroid, and that was def a telephoto lense).

        or is it a girl??? the hair sure is moving a lot, tho it would be a short cut for a girl....again stereotypical asian. Not to mention...high tech camera...GTR....so someone with a tech job...

        Sorry, I'm white, I don't get to play the race card often. ;)
        • 4 Years Ago
        @Corner49

        I'm pretty sure that was a cape.

        Also; nobody should be playing "the race card".
        • 4 Years Ago
        It looks more like a mix between Initial D with a comic. I didn't like that both of the cars in the videos were Nissans.
        • 4 Years Ago
        neve mind. somone posted while i was writing. dam
        • 4 Years Ago
        jeez, guys, it was a joke.

        looks entertaining enough. the dual animation is odd, but not a deal breaker.
        • 4 Years Ago
        "Sorry, I'm white".

        That's why you don't get to "play the race card", lol.
      hks118
      • 4 Years Ago
      Uhh, does this have anything to do with Alex Roy's book, also called "The Driver"? Because it follows what looks to be pretty much the same premise...
        • 4 Years Ago
        @hks118
        Doesn't "The Driver", Alex Roy's book, follow his journey into the endurance/cross country rally racing scene?

        This looks like it's more of a street racing movie with a stig-like mysterious driver.
        • 4 Years Ago
        @hks118
        im reading "the driver" as i type! well, not literally. ive been doing a chapter here and there for a couple of weeks. what a great read for a car person. his writing style is a bit hit and miss as its apparent he is not a writer, but the fact that the book is overall a true story with color photos to back up a lot of his outlandish claims... just really really cool. i suggest it to anyone.

        but i digress...
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