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  • SUPER FACTORIES

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It rockets from 0-60mph in 5.6 seconds and reaches 155mph before an electronic speed limiter says “that's fast enough”. It handles so well, the G-forces might make you lose your lunch before the Z4 loses its grip on the road. To manufacture such an artful instrument of automotive pleasure requires three super factories.

The first factory, in the Bavarian heartland of Landshut, Germany, casts the automotive industry's first magnesium composite crankcase, which results in the world's lightest six-cylinder crankcase. The second factory is in Munich, Germany which takes the lightweight crankcase and precision assembles a 3.0-liter inline six-cylinder engine that delivers 255 horsepower. The lean German muscle is then shipped to a third factory – in Spartanburg County, South Carolina, USA. This last plant is a forerunner in environmental innovation, being the world's first automotive factory to recycle landfill methane gas from rotting trash to power its plant.

Now onto the sleek and raw power of the Corvette Z06, the fastest most powerful production Corvette every built. Visit the Corvette factory in Bowling Green, Kentucky, the only location in the world where a Z06 is built from start to finish in 36 hours.

The materials used to make the sports car's body and frame are more technologically advanced than what is commonly used in a racecar. Every Z06 engine is hand assembled by one builder and the structure of the sports car has been painstakingly crafted to be lightweight. It is the most aerodynamically efficient Corvette ever, travelling almost half a kilometer in less than 12 seconds at two hundred kilometers per hour.

All these components make the Corvette Z06 a fierce competitor in the sports car world, surpassing most in road performance and handling.

EPISODE GUIDE

  • Super Factories: Tetrapack
    Tetrapak is one of the world’s largest food processing & packaging solution providers. Join us as we go behind the scene of their new Super factory, and see how this manufacturing giant works.
  • Super Factories: Tetrapak
    Tetrapak is one of the world’s largest food processing & packaging solution providers. Join us as we go behind the scene of their new Super factory, and see how this manufacturing giant works.
  • Super Factories: Tetra Pak
    Tetra Pak is one of the world’s largest food processing & packaging solution providers. Join us as we go behind the scene of their new Super factory, and see how this manufacturing giant works.
  • Super Factories: BMW
    It rockets from 0-60mph in 5.6 seconds and reaches 155mph before an electronic speed limiter says "that's fast enough". 3 ultimate factories combine to deliver an ultimate - the BMW Z4 Roadster.
  • Super Factories: Corvette
    The Z06 is Corvette's fastest most powerful machine ever built. We'll visit the only location where a Z06 is built from start to finish in 36 hours.
  • Super Factories: Ups
  • Super Factories: Harley-Davidson
    The Harley-Davidson V-Rod is the first Harley-Davidson motorcycle to go from 0 to 96 kilometers per hour in just 3.52 seconds nearly twice as fast as any other Harley-Davidson bike.
  • Super Factories: Apache Helicopter
    The Apache is perhaps the most lethal attack helicopter in the world. MEGA FACTORIES takes you to the Boeing plant in Arizona, to see how this battle tank of the air is built and how it has evolved.
  • Super Factories: Ferrari
    Witness the birth of a prancing horse. MEGA FACTORIES shows the creation of the world's most famous sports car, Ferrari, and go on a test run.
  • Super Factories: Porsche
    Rolling of the assembly line and taking the world by storm in 1964, the Porsche 911 is now one of the worlds iconic sports cars. Still produced on the same grounds that gave birth to the first 911, this car has grown to 14 variations. From the "modest" 911 Carrera with a top track speed of 185 mph to the 911 GT3, a street legal racecar that tops out at 194 mph; this Ultimate Factory, in Stuttgart, Germany, can offer a color, style, and speed for even the most fastidious driver.
  • Super Factories: Fire Truck
    It takes a Super factory to build this ultimate fire truck. From high tech lasers to heavy lifters no one does it better than Pierce Manufacturing. Pierce Manufacturing has created the ultimate fire truck: The 100-Foot Heavy Duty Ladder model. This firefighting powerhouse is a jack-of-all-trades. It can reach 100 feet, and shoot water jet at a blaze-busting two thousand gallons a minute. Top it off with precision-point handling, breakthrough safety innovations, and superior suspension; and it's taking the fire truck to high-tech heights.
  • Super Factories: Caterpillar
    A truck the size of a two-story house, strong enough to carry 380 tons, at 25- feet tall 3550 horsepower, -more than 30 Ferraris - this is the biggest mining truck in the world, the colossal 797 B. Built in the USA in Decatur Illinois, It's job? Move material at high volume and low cost. But how do you build a two-story goliath. It requires a specialized factory were everything is super sized - from the plasma cutters and weld- guns to the torque tools and hand wrenches. Imagine installing a 12-foot wheel or an engine bigger than a car. From basic blue print to the completed mega truck, we'll follow the building of CAT's most colossal creation on Superfactories!
  • Super Factories: Winnebago
    Winnebago is America's motor home. People know to expect perfection from every motor home that is assembled in their 400,000 square foot factory in Forest City, Iowa. Here every inch of a Winnebago coach is built for life on the road. Inside and out it is carefully crafted and designed on a 1000 foot assembly line. Their newest cross-country colossus: The Vectra. Four hundred square feet of movable mansion, it's an RV revolution. With a new chassis design, this motorhome even has a 220 cubic foot basement. And it's a speed machine, cruising up to seventy-five miles an hour on the highway.
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