As the world’s premiere auto racing league, the cars that compete in Formula One are technological marvels. But watching what goes into racing vehicles from the turn of the century gives you a greater appreciation for what our ancestors had to deal with to quench their need for speed.
In a recent list of the world's Ten Greatest Sporting Events, National Geographic ranked the 24 Hours Of Le Mans at number one. That's above the Super Bowl, the Olympics and the World Cup.
Los Angeles Dismantler is a business devoted to one function: gathering wrecked Porsches and reselling the parts that can be salvaged. National Geographic went inside the company for a glimpse at ripping apart fine German engineering.
National Geographic's Inside the Secret Service takes a rare peek inside the vehicles of the enigmatic government agency, highlighting everything from blazing fast J-Turns to the painstakingly thorough screening process for cars assigned to protect UN diplomats.
The portable GPS unit is yet another cheap, mass-Chinese-produced disposable piece of plastic electronica. Contrast that with this National Geographic "Close-Up U.S.A." map-and-box set from 1978. It has the detailed and thoughtful design of a prop from a Wes Anderson film.
The documentarians at National Geographic are turning their lenses towards the great factories of the world in a new Ultimate Factories series. First up is Lamborghini and if the still shots and video below are any indication, it's a must-see.