Battle cars

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There’s a new show coming to the Discovery Chanel called Weaponizers. Brought to you by the same people who brought you Mythbusters, this show centers around weaponizing and remote controlling cars. They’ll be building them with several different types of competition in mind, including defense of an object and all out warfare. You’ll note in the press release that they keep mentioning their special effects backgrounds. Judging by the picture above, we should expect to see them shooting lots of fireworks, maybe some flame throwers thrown in. Generally, we think we’ll see lots of flashy stuff that really isn’t effective at destroying an unmanned car. They do mention live ammunition, so maybe they’ll actually try to make these things able to harm each other. Let’s hope they don’t let us down.

41 thoughts on “Battle cars

  1. Not that “from the producers of” does not mean “with the hosts of”. I predict the series essentially aping that one Scrapheap Challange episode: cars will bang into each other at about 15-20mph max, with very little actual structural damage done to them.

  2. So, a COOL version of the failed show “Battle Bots” and everything like it? Those shows were so bad because they used melee weapons… but they were ROBOTS! BLOW CRAP UP!

    Very nice, I will be looking forward to this.

  3. i’m sorry but discovery has been a big fail as of lately IMHO. instead of making a show and actually putting interesting stuff into it they pull out the good and put in BS typical i want airtime idiots. A perfect example of this would be doing divinci, that program could be sweet, but they have total idiots on there and they hardly show any construction or thought process at all, it is all look at me on the camera woooohoooo. the best show on there right now is how its made and that is because they have no people on that show.

  4. Mayday is pretty good too. No annoying host, just the narrator. But yeah, Discovery has been pretty fail recently.

  5. I’m surprised no one is excited about the prospect of a Twisted Metal showdown. I for one can’t wait to see if they have an ice cream truck that plays it’s music as it wrecks havoc on everyone.

  6. i’m with h_2_o, discovery has been really going down hill. It’s kind of like MTV…and now they play anything but music…

    Bring back the good stuff, also, hows its made is so flippin addictive to watch!

  7. About 1997 or so, when Robot Wars was self-destructing (due to in-fighting over profits, one of the promoters wanted 100% of the money for himself) there was a Thread on the RobotWars Forum about Radio Controlling cars with (almost) any weapon you wanted; they were going to control the cars from a mile away for safety.

    I’m looking forward to this show, but I suspect I’d enjoy it more WITHOUT special effects.

    PS: BattleBots is coming back, they just finished taping a show; see http://BattleBots.com

  8. >I wonder if it would be cooler to do something more “productive” with those cars?

    They are producing something, they are producing a TV show.

  9. Could be worse, could be the train wreck once called SciFi channel. They were never forgiven for beating the even worse shows that USA network (parent co) carried.

    All that said, I think the potential’s gonna be wasted from the opening credits. Shooting night pyrotechnics in daylight doesn’t look good for “quality production”.

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    fnfg hes in my hosefdghgss help oiooo 8,{}AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!jdyk

  11. the sci-fi channel is awesome for a couple of reasons: x-files, twilight zone, and campy movies (what other channel plays pumpkinhead?!). if it weren’t for the sci-fi channel, we wouldn’t have quality entertainment like savage planet.

  12. I looks like this is going to be another horridly unwatchable show like smashlab which I already declared the absolute worst. Lets see if I was wrong and if this actually beats Smashlab in suckyness.

  13. didn’t battlebots get three seasons? hardly a fail, much less a massive one. sure, the announcers were ultra bad.

    Robot wars was just plain crap.

    This show sounds like a refit of Junkyard wars with RC. and perhaps kersplosions. I agree with most everyone else here: if you are going to do it, do it right. lets see some rocket propelled grenades. thermite and machine guns.

    but seriously, whats with all the remote control cars? Prototype this did it, adam and jamie do it all the time (granted, they have a good scientific or at least experiemental reason for it). Id like to see something ELSE.. like… smart cars smashing into each other. How about scaling up automated minibot sumo to snowplow proportions?

    Discovery channel’s science department is failing as of late as well. last time I was back in the states (december-ish) I remember watching a show where a crack team of 4 or 5 scientists get together and solve some problem. In the two episodes I saw, the group made several obvious, glaring, retarded, first grade mistakes. Like, for example, doing something one way during your proof of concept, and getting acceptable results, only to completely change your method during the final project test application to a method that *failed* during the proof of concept tests.
    then, they were dumbfounded as to why it didn’t work as expected.

    Thats not only dumb, that’s downright retarded.
    In all three of the episodes I saw, with my inferior eduction, I could have gotten phenomenally better results. I imagined most had readers screaming at the TV, as was I.

  14. ohh.. and the reason how its made rocks is because its originally a japanese show.
    here they have a segment where they film the factory workers doing something, only the product isn’t on the line… they are just miming their motions, and you have to guess what it is they are ‘making / doing’
    Like, laundering and folding towels… or sorting chickens…

  15. less and less actual SCIENCE on discovery channel :( all they show latelly is RETARDED crap, junkyard wars US was total turd compared to UK version, why stupid unfunny presenters? Dinosaur wars with morons playing hydraulic jaws eating melons? please …

    How about a SCIENSE show that teaches something?

  16. Gross spelling errors aside, I agree with rasz: Discovery needs to focus more on discovery and learning, less on blowing shit up. I can accept Mythbusters because it tries to do both.

    For example, a show about the design process of a ubiquitous success, such as the iPhone, with lots of attention to the prototypes and early rejected design ideas, to show the progression of the design and familiarize the general public with the possibilities associated with modern, commercial technologies.

  17. @ryan: I’m with you on the ice cream truck!

    @everyone else especially rasz: Discovery channel is not the science channel. If you want science watch the science channel, or watch nasa tv.

  18. I wish they would bring back junkyard wars, i watched nearly every episode and i dont even watch tv at all. Hopefully this turns out to be some real carnage, I’ve thought of the prospect of a show like this a few times.

  19. I get on my cable something called Discovery Science, turning in on right now gives me some shite called “great crashes” composed of old youtube car accidents.

  20. >I wish they would bring back junkyard wars

    You guys do know that Junkyard Wars was scripted, don’t you? One guy explained to me how they actually had a week to do the build; it was actually indoors with LOTS of indirect lighting and used lens filters to give the effect of morning, afternoon and evening lighting (you never saw the sun, and you never saw a single cloud in the sky – I know, I looked.)

    This guy’s team was way ahead and the director wanted more action, so he ordered an assistant to stab the radiator with a screwdriver. Looked cool on TV; lots of smoke, and the guys had to collect water from the hole in the radiator pouring it back in the top (burning their hands in the process.)

    Good TV, maybe; a contest, no!

  21. The WEAPONIZERS fire thousands of rounds each episode. Each vehicle is outfitted with several different machine guns and real rocket launchers and the cars are completely oblitereated. The fireworks were for a victory celebration. Only one of the cast has a special effects backround and that is Cowboy who also worked for NASA. Andrew McLaren is a former mercenary who street races Lamborghini’s for big time cash, Jimmy Shine his partner is a Hot Rodding legend who holds a land speed record at Bonneville, he set the record in a car he built himself. Rusty is an Underground celebrity in Seattle who built a 40 foot robot that throws fireballs.

  22. WATCH OUT, the linked site has multiple bot/virus warnings on AVG, possibly its been remote exploited…

    -A

  23. this was very disappointing. machine guns do not cause cars to explode, and the damage are remarkably unspectacular. most of the carnage is executed by well placed pyro charges.

    the most dramatic thing to occur in the episodes is that one of the cars ill-thought out armoury or weaponry gets stuck on a rock, whilst the other team sits and uses that week’s special weapon to blow them up. seriously – most of the damage is done by the pyro team, not the competitors.

    there’s no interesting engineering content, just dull, scripted rubbish.

    square root of minus one stars.

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