The BEST Episodes of Ultimate Factories
Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!
Last Updated: Nov 22, 2019
Network: National Geographic
Ultimate Factories also known as Megafactories is an American documentary television series that premiered in 2006 on the National Geographic Channel. The program explores the inner workings of factories worldwide. Each episode profiles the machinery and manpower behind each factory's main product, featuring close-ups, breakdowns, interviews, and side stories to show the sequence of events to produce the product in the factory. Hoff Productions was one of the principal producers of this highly successful series. It also airs in non-US markets as Megafactories.
#1 - Tesla Model S
Season 7 - Episode 10
Tesla Motors founder Elon Musk is out to create the world's first manufacturing plant for the fully electric car.
#2 - Williams F1 Car
Season 6 - Episode 2
With unprecedented access to the Williams F1 futuristic development factory, we reveal the ins and outs of the phenomenal FW33 F1 Car.
#3 - The Mini Coupe
Season 7 - Episode 1
Follow the Mini Coupe – the Oxford plant's first ever two-seater sports vehicle – as it makes its way through the state-of-the-art Mini factory.
#4 - Lamborghini Aventador
Season 7 - Episode 15
Explore the production process of Lamborghini’s staggering Aventador LP 700-4, a ground-breaking speedster capable of doing 0-100kph in less than three seconds.
#5 - Porsche
Season 3 - Episode 3
Get inside the famous House of Porsche and see how they create the Porsche 911, one of the most influential and recognizable vehicles in the world. Every distinctive element is manufactured at the Zuffenhausen factory in Stuttgart, Germany, a historical industrial monument. We'll examine the Porsche factory's innovative system of lifts, elevators and bridges, which conveys car bodies 50 feet above a public highway.
#6 - Swiss Army Knife
Season 6 - Episode 5
At the Victorinox factory in Switzerland, raw steel is fashioned into the most iconic multi-purpose tool invented – the Swiss Army Knife.
#7 - Aston Martin
Season 6 - Episode 7
A look behind-the-scenes at Aston Martin HQ in Warwickshire to reveal how the customised and coveted One-77 is designed and manufactured.
#8 - Apache Helicopter
Season 1 - Episode 7
NGC heads to the Boeing plant in Mesa, Arizona -- where cameras are rarely allowed -- for an in-depth look at the world's most lethal attack helicopter and its sophisticated technology.
#9 - Learjet
Season 7 - Episode 3
The construction of the Learjet 60XR in Kansas, a multimillion-pound private plane that combines jet-fighter performance with yacht-style luxury.
#10 - M-1 Tank
Season 1 - Episode 2
NGC takes you into the factories responsible for completely rebuilding the decades-old Abrams M-1 tank into one of the world's most powerful land weapons systems.
#11 - Bentley
Season 4 - Episode 5
It's been 50 years since Rolls Royce created a new Bentley fit for royalty and rock stars, and it's a challenge for Bentley's ultimate factories to construct the Mulsanne, a new design of the luxury car. It takes more than 550 hours and nine weeks for artisans and technicians to create this masterpiece. Precision robots ensure that this two-and-a-half-ton luxury car's body is flawlessly molded, but the finest leather is hand-sewn for Bentley's lavish upholstery.
#12 - Heineken
Season 5 - Episode 10
A tour of Heineken's 250-acre flagship brewery in Zoeterwoude, Netherlands
#13 - Boeing 747
Season 7 - Episode 2
How the popular Boeing 747 is being upgraded to challenge new models such as the Airbus A380, which has proved tough competition for the American company.
#14 - Pyrotechnics
Season 7 - Episode 5
Australia's Howard and Sons have been making fireworks for almost 100 years, now the reigns have been handed down and they are breaking with tradition.
#15 - Nissan GT-R
Season 7 - Episode 17
#16 - Ferrari
Season 1 - Episode 1
Inside Ferrari's closely-guarded factory in Maranello, Italy, you'll see how the newest, most powerful model is created from start to finish, learn its design secrets -- and take a test drive at 200 mph.
#17 - Mack Truck
Season 5 - Episode 4
A Mack Truck factory in Macungie, Pa., is visited for a look at the making of the Titan, which features a high level of customization, making automating the production process nearly impossible
#18 - Lamborghini
Season 2 - Episode 6
Lamborghinis factory in SantAgata Bolognese, Italy [ALT: 20 miles/30 kilometers north of Bologna) is building its fastest car ever the Murcielago SV, of which just 350 will be made. The $450,000 Murcielago SV launches from 0 to 62 miles per hour in just 3.2 seconds and can achieve a top speed of 212 miles per hour. The factory builds the car almost entirely by hand including its engine and body. The car is also painted and assembled by hand, including installation of the famous Lamborghini scissor doors. Every car is custom-built to order, and only 2.7 cars are completed per day.
#19 - Corvette
Season 2 - Episode 2
NGC takes you to Bowling Green, Kentucky, where GM is developing the new Corvette Z06, a high-performance street machine that is fantastically aerodynamically efficient.
#20 - Fire Trucks
Season 2 - Episode 5
Go inside fire trucks mammoth 800,000 sq.ft. operation, where over 1,500 highly skilled workers mix muscle and high-tech tools to create made-to-order rigs in approximately 45 days.
#21 - Maserati
Season 4 - Episode 2
An exotic car built to push performance to the edge while blending Italian elegance is crafted inside Maserati's ultimate factory. It takes 22 days for a Maserati to be assembled and considered road ready and the Maserati GranTurismo Convertible, a $135,000 convertible that tops out at more than 170 mph, is the new pinnacle of performance and comfort.
#22 - Caterpillar
Season 3 - Episode 5
The Caterpillar 797B is so large that assembly takes place at six different locations. Tour all of the factories that build this mining Goliath.
#23 - Jack Daniel's
Season 4 - Episode 6
The Jack Daniel's Distillery in Lynchburg, Tennessee is visited to see how the famous whiskey is made.
#24 - Rolls-Royce
Season 3 - Episode 1
The Phantom is the first Rolls-Royce motorcar to be introduced since the company was acquired by BMW in 1998. Each Phantom is a unique combination of state-of-the-art technology and old-world craftsmanship, constructed with meticulous attention to detail. Manufacture of the Phantom begins in Unterhallerau, Germany, where its strong, stiff and lightweight space frame chassis is built. Each space frame and body shell assembly is then sent to BMWs factory in Dingolfing, Germany for corrosion-resistance treatment and primer paint. Next, each Phantom is shipped to a manufacturing facility constructed by BMW specifically to build the new generation of Rolls-Royce motorcars. It takes an average of 450 hours and the skills of hundreds of dedicated craftspeople, artisans, designers, engineers, mechanics, painters, sewing machinists and others to hand-build each car. At a base price of $380,000, the Phantom comes equipped with an impressive list of standard amenities including 90 square yards (75 sq meters) of A-grade Bavarian leather upholstery and book matched interior wood trim, hand-crafted from exotic veneers, all of which are fashioned right in the main assembly building of the Goodwood plant. With the Rolls-Royce customization, or bespoke program, however, the options are limited only by the boundaries of the buyers bankroll and imagination.
#25 - IKEA
Season 3 - Episode 4
In 36 countries, in 296 stores IKEA represents a distinct design and an affordable price. Each year nearly 600 million customers choose IKEA. From teaspoons to living rooms, the entire contents of a home are designed, manufactured and supplied in a huge variety of styles, colors and models... almost 10,000 items. To get the job done, suppliers in 54 countries carry out IKEAs vision. In Zbaszynek, Poland, IKEAs largest wood production plant in the world, creates 2 million tables, chairs, sofas and recliners each year. Nearby, in Nowe Skalmmierzyce, IKEAs the companys textile supplier builds over 500 pieces of upholstered furniture daily. In southern Sweden, three ultimate factories create IKEA staples. In Almhult, the prototype for every product is born and an advanced mass produced carpentry factory creates state of the art kitchens. In Kattilstorp, the classic Billy Bookcase is manufactured. And in Hultsfred, the foundation of most IKEA furnishings, the strong, hardwearing particle board is born.