The Best Episodes of Ultimate Factories
Last Updated: Mar 30, 2019
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 - Lexus LFA
Season 7 - Episode 16
For 20 years, Lexus has been synonymous with quiet, efficient, luxury. Now they have launched their first petrol sucking supercar - the Lexus LFA. 325kph and 0-100kph in 3.8 seconds, it's anything but understated. This is the construction story behind the ultimate Japanese supercar. Hand built at the LFA Works in Toyota City, Japan, this car is 65% carbon fibre and powered by the highest revving production engine on the road. At $375,000 it's also the most expensive Japanese road car ever.
#2 - 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.
#3 - 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.
#4 - EA Sports: FIFA 12
Season 6 - Episode 3
Enter the EA factory in Burnaby, Canada, to learn how video game creators took football off the field and turned it into a virtual masterpiece.
#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 - 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.
#8 - Nissan GT-R
Season 7 - Episode 17
#9 - 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.
#11 - 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.
#12 - 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.
#13 - Lego
Season 5 - Episode 5
As simple as it is successful, LEGO is without doubt one of the most popular toys of all time. This eye-opening trip to the company's high-tech factory reveals how robots and tricky test markets are behind the company's ever-popular police station set.
#15 - Guinness
Season 6 - Episode 4
A look behind the scenes at the biggest dark beer brewery in the world, the 48-acre St James Gate Brewery, located right in the middle of Dublin.
#16 - Eurofighter
Season 5 - Episode 11
The construction of the Eurofighter Typhoon, an advanced multi-role combat aircraft, is chronicled in three factories across three countries.
#17 - 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.
#18 - 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.
#20 - Speed Rail
Season 7 - Episode 13
Follows the production of the "Automotrice à grande vitesse" (Alstorm AGV); the standard gauge high-speed electric multiple unit train designed and built by Alstorm, running all around Europe.
#21 - 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
#22 - 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.
#23 - 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.
#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 - Heineken
Season 5 - Episode 10
A tour of Heineken's 250-acre flagship brewery in Zoeterwoude, Netherlands