The /DRIVE network is still on hiatus — except for Chris Harris. As producers gear up for a new run of shows, let's look back at the top ten most watched /DRIVE shows of the past year.
[Above: #10) BMW M135i v Audi RS3: Road, Track, Drag Race — CHRIS HARRIS ON CARS]
It's clear the YouTube kids have particularly dug Monkey Harris's delicious accent, forthrightness and massive slides, Matt Farah's goofy laugh and "what hath these horsepower-crazed bastards wrought" incredulousness, and Mike "Patina" Musto's never-ending quest for that particularly American combination of mechanical muscle and tire smoke.
Among those shows — Chris Harris on Cars, Tuned and Big Muscle — are the most-watched episodes on /DRIVE, some of which reflect the biggest automotive stories of the past year. Like the release of the Toyobaru twins, the emergence of Horacio Pagani's latest no-expense-spared supercar, the Huayra, and the first videoed test drive (ever) of the altogether batshit Hennessey Venom GT.
Others are just about unadulterated craziness, like that of the World's Fastest Lotus (shown in happier times), an 1,160-hp 1972 Chevy Nova that looks like a shitbox, but is actually insanely well prepped, and, of course, those always-popular driven-and-drifted comparisons. Naturally, one's about the Mercedes-Benz G-Wagen. Because G-Wagen.
It's been a helluva year. A lot's been learned — much of it by trial and error — and while this three-month absence has been fraught with uncertainty for both viewers and producers, /DRIVE is indeed alive and will return soon with new videos. More to come on that.
But first, here are /DRIVE's nine other most watched videos:
#9) G63 AMG: Super Sports Utility — CHRIS HARRIS ON CARS
#8) Muscle Cars and Road Courses Make Unlikely Partners — TUNED
#7) Super Sleeper 1972 Nova — BIG MUSCLE
#6) Pagani Huayra: Test Drive in Italy — CHRIS HARRIS ON CARS
#5) 2012 BMW M5 vs Nissan GT-R: Driven & Drifted — CHRIS HARRIS ON CARS
#4) The Toyota FT-86, GT-86, Scion FRS — CHRIS HARRIS ON CARS
#3) The World's Fastest Lotus? — TUNED
#2) Porsche GT3 RS 4.0 v BMW M3 GTS v Mercedes C63 AMG Black Series — CHRIS HARRIS ON CARS
#1) Hennessey Venom GT: The World's Fastest Tuned Car — TUNED