Car Vs America


Car Vs America dives helmet-first into the world of car culture across America.

The two young car-obsessed hosts, Michael Ballaban and Raphael Orlove, travel from town to town on an epic road trip. In each episode the boys visit a new town where they accept a crazy, loud, dangerous (or all three) driving challenge and explore modern American automotive culture.

The series sees Michael and Raphael travel to many places such as North Carolina, New York City and Pennsylvania as the duo takes on incredible and fun automotive activities, from skidplate racing to school bus demolition derbies.

Some say the millennials do not care about driving and the open road and that car culture is dying, but in this series, Michael and Raphael hit the road to prove them wrong by showing what today’s youth car culture looks like... and doing crazy things in awesome vehicles along the way.

Episodic Synopsis:

Episode 1: Skidplate Schmucks
With the help of local experts the Moser brothers, Mike and Raph learn about skidplate racing, and help convert a normal car into a skidplate racer. Afterwards, the guys participate in their first skidplate race.

Episode 2: Race Around the City
Using their own vehicles, the guys race across their home turf of New York City as they explore the trials and tribulations of owning a car in the Big Apple.

Episode 3: Wheeling In Pennsyltucky
Mike and Raph discover - and learn to appreciate - all that offroading has to offer in Pennsylvania when they take on muddy trails and rock walls at slow speed - and drive an 850 horsepower tough truck over jumps at full blast.

Episode 4: Long Island Smashup
Long Island has a rich tradition of automobile history - and the guys experience this first-hand when they check out a 1909 Alco, which won that year’s Vanderbilt Cup. They also check out the current car culture by attending a school bus demolition derby.

Episode 5: New Hampshire Nerds
Mike and Raph are in New Hampshire to learn tactical driving. To complete their training they’ll take America’s last great sedan, the Ford Crown Victoria, through a head-to-head time trial, testing all they have learned.

Episode 6: Drifting Dunces
Mike and Raph head to Raceway Park in New Jersey to experience one of the hottest motor sports around: drifting. But when they try it themselves, will they become drift champions or hit the proverbial wall?

Episode 7: Motor City Morons
The guys are in Detroit to see if car culture is still alive and thriving in the Motor City. To find out, they will talk to locals with cool cars, learn industry secrets with car spy photographers and in the grand finale, drag race against each other.

Episode 8: H20 No You Didn’t
The guys check out stanced cars at H20i, the most ticketed show in America. Despite the official event being cancelled, enthusiasts still take over the normally quiet town of Ocean City, MD, where the local cops have their citations at the ready.

Episode 9: Quirky Cars in La La Land
Los Angeles, the birthplace of hotrodding, created a breeding ground for all things weird in the automotive world. From digitized Ramblers to offroad Porsches, Mike and Raph explore how these quirky traditions are still alive today.

Episode 10: Future Freaks
The future of the car industry is being decided in Silicon Valley, so Mike and Raph hit the area to investigate; they check out the futuristic capabilities of a Tesla Model X, take a solar car out for a spin and stop by the famous A1 Springs shop.

Episode 11: Rally Cross Rubes
The guys head to Seattle for a Rallycross battle at the Dirtfish Rally School; it's every kind of terrain, crammed onto a single track in a sport invented to thrill TV audiences; two Jalopniks enter but only one leaves a Rally Cross champion.

Episode 12: Rally Cats
Rallying is one of the most exciting motor sports in America; it's about racing against the clock on real roads, but it's also largely about teamwork; Raph and Mike try to achieve success by working together as a team.



  • 12 x 30'


  • Factual Entertainment
  • Sport
  • Travel


  • NorthSouth Productions

Commissioning Broadcaster

  • Fusion Network

Territories Produced In

  • US

Year of production

  • 2017