• Oct 10th 2011 at 10:31AM
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The folks who bring you ABC's Wipeout have changed the network and the challengers for their next creation: called Whipped and airing on Speed in 2012, the new "automotive-based game and racing show" will put drivers in their own cars through "an intimidating automotive obstacle course."

There's an extra hook at the end, when the last challenger standing – who would normally be the winner-take-all – has to run a final obstacle course in the show's race-prepped car. Their mastery, or not, of that test "determines how much we trick out their ride." You'll find more information on the show in the press release after the jump.
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Wednesday, Oct. 5, 2011 -- Scott Larsen (Creator & Executive Producer) and Jonathan Arthur (Producer), who produce hit television show Wipeout, have another over-the-top series on the horizon. Whipped, presented by Castrol, is an automotive based game and racing show set to premiere on national cable television network SPEED in 2012.

The concept is simple; four contestants battle each other while driving around various metal contraptions and giant swinging objects that make up an intimidating automotive obstacle course. Then, the last challenger standing is prepped for one final hurdle – at speed. It's a new twist on an already popular formula, as the Whipped production team rethinks how a 'race track' could be constructed.

According to Arthur, "audiences should buckle up and enjoy the ride.

"Participants are going challenge by challenge with a single elimination per round, until there is one contestant left," said Arthur, executive producer on the show. "That last contestant then gets into our high-powered, race-prepped car to attempt the 'Ultimate Challenge.' How well they do, determines how much we trick out their ride."

What's the catch? The challengers have to use their own vehicles.

"People have been very willing to take a chance. They see the glory behind it, and the opportunity to get the car of their dreams," Arthur explains. "On the day we are explaining the first obstacle to them - and they are face to face with a menacing looking battering ram or a giant metal barrel - they may change their tune a little bit. It's going to make for great television when those contestants are introduced to the obstacles, and we watch their emotions change as they prepare.

"We've seen some well-equipped BMWs, high-powered Mercedes-Benz, Porsches, EVOs and some really nice vehicles," Arthur continued. "We've already had somebody with a $70,000 2011 Mercedes C63 AMG want to compete. It's somebody who's willing to take it through its paces on our course, willing to get it knocked around, have some paint scraped off or windows knocked out - in the name of being the best."

While Wipeout has become one of the most iconic shows within pop culture television, the Whipped series may speak a little more to the producers.

"Scott and I are both 'car enthusiasts' and have spent years behind the wheel, with different cars and even trucks," Arthur said. "So, it's a 'passion project' that we've put together here. For Scott, being the creator of Wipeout, it wasn't difficult for him to put this together conceptually, and I came on board shortly thereafter."

The project is produced by Scott Larsen and Jonathan Arthur for Hey Larsen, Inc., and Adam Rosenblatt, Christian Horner and Jamie Rosenblatt for H2R Productions.

About SPEED™
SPEED, anchored by its popular and wide-ranging coverage of NASCAR, is the nation's first and only cable television network dedicated to automotive and motorcycle racing, performance and lifestyle. Now available in nearly 84 million homes in North America, SPEED, a member of the FOX Sports Media Group, is among the industry leaders in interactive TV, video on demand, mobile initiatives and broadband services, including SPEED2, a groundbreaking new broadband network featuring live, streaming and on-demand events complementing offerings of the linear network. For more information, please visit SPEED.com, the online motor sports authority.

About FOX Sports Media Group
FOX Sports Media Group (FSMG) is the umbrella entity representing News Corporation's wide array of multi-platform US-based sports assets under Chairman & CEO David Hill. Built with brands that are capable of reaching more than 100 million viewers in a single weekend, FSMG includes ownership and interests in linear television networks, digital and mobile programming, broadband platforms, multiple web sites, joint-venture businesses and several licensing partnerships. FSMG now includes FOX Sports, the sports television arm of the FOX Broadcasting Company; Fox's 19 regional sports networks, their affiliated regional web sites and FSN national programming; SPEED and SPEED2; Fox Soccer Channel and Fox Soccer Plus; FUEL TV; and Fox College Sports. In addition, FSMG also includes FOX Sports Interactive Media, which comprises FOXSports.com on MSN, whatifsports.com and scout.com, reaching over 20 million unique visitors monthly. Also included are Fox's interests in joint-venture businesses FOX Deportes, Big Ten Network and STATS, LLC, as well as licensing agreements that establish the FOX Sports Radio Network, FOX Sports Skybox restaurants and FOX Sports Grills.

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      • 3 Years Ago
      This could be interesting. Wipeout is a hoot, and so are the hosts (and so is Jill Wagner).
      • 3 Years Ago
      i'm guessing.... no win = driving home own mangled car? ultimate "sucks to be you" loser
      • 3 Years Ago
      Saw 'Wipeout creators', thought SCE Studio Liverpool.Was disappointed
      • 3 Years Ago
      So they are taking the premise of Bull Run they had on for the past two years but turning it into a "stunt challenge" only show? Personally I liked Bull Run. The cars were driven and in some of the challenges you can even see the drivers cringe as they get into their car for a challenge knowing they are most likely going to do some damage.
        • 3 Years Ago
        I'm with you. Although Bull Run should have been kept to the actual Bull Run, the show was awesome to watch. One of my favorite game shows is The Amazing Race. So what Bull Run did, was add motorized vehicles to the mix.
        • 3 Years Ago
        I miss Bullrun (the reality show) too. This new 'Whipped' show sounds promising, though.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Wipeout is the WORST show ever. Watch Ninja Warrior to see how to do a show. Idiots falling and stupid unfunny lame commentary is funny for like the first 5 minutes and then it gets old quick.
      • 3 Years Ago
        tinted up
        • 3 Years Ago
        I told your mom I'd give here $7.70 an hour back at my place. She was alright so I gave her five bucks total and another $5 for a shower at the laundromat, she got dirty.
      Krishan Mistry
      • 3 Years Ago
      Wasn't there already an automotive equivalent to Wipeout in the show Crash Course? I realize it was a competitor, and for some reason only 3 episodes aired. But it makes much more sense to beat up old Crown Vics than people's own cars. You would end up with people who are wealthy enough that they wouldnt have any need for the prize money, if they are willing to destroy their expensive personal cars (the PR mentioned a guy willing to batter up his 2011 C63 AMG). I would not want to see an AMG being hit by a battering ram, and the owner wanting to win just to prove they have the most money to throw around. Better to use junker cars and have contestants who actually deserve to win the prize. You don't have professional athletes competing in Wipeout, it would take away some of the fun of watching ordinary people fall multiple times in the pursuit of $50,000, which would be almost a year's salary for most of the contestants.
      • 3 Years Ago
      • 3 Years Ago
      Looks like the Grassroots Motorsports 2011 challenge cars will have something to race in now that the challenge is over. I'm pretty sure 80% of those GRM Challenge cars would do just fine against the 70k AMG.
      Johnny Trailerpark
      • 3 Years Ago
      Somebody's gonna' die.
      • 3 Years Ago
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