Full Metal Challenge

Season 1 Episode 4


Aired Sunday 10:00 PM Nov 10, 2002 on TLC
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Teams: Ball and Chain Gang vs. Three Shades of Grey vs. Flying Horse Team
Games: Ten Pin, Hall of Mirrors, Rollercoaster, Sumo

A promising lineup this week, kicking off with the Ball and Chain Gang. These three U.S. brothers-in-law geared up with 4,850 pounds of raw power (175 brake horsepower, top speed of 100 mph), but Idiodyssey's weak axles had to be beefed up. Challenging them: Three Shades of Grey, three brothers from England with the Wild Thing — 6,172 pounds and a top speed of 30 mph. Handmade from scratch, this heavyweight tank boasted hydro-pneumatic suspensions designed to boost ground clearance and contra-rotating tracks that enabled it to spin on a penny. Last but not least, the Chinese father-and-sons team with the Flying Horse: two jeeps morphed into one mutant with a spare engine (5,070 pounds, two 85 brake horsepower engines).
The Ball and Chain Gang were confident they would win. Ready for anything, they'd turned their air cleaner into a snorkel and Tim, a former U.S. Special Ops, had even scouted the FMC site via an Internet satellite image. Who could beat this type of organization? The answer was the Flying Horse, which galloped straight into a lead in Ten Pin. Wild Thing posed no threat, it looked like it was moving in slo-mo.
"The Wild Thing works best in wet and mud," said driver Brian. But FMC ain't no county fair. And Roller Coaster proved it. The Flying Horse bolted on the wet track and pilot Tian Sun flew off. Wild Thing driver Brian was carried off on a stretcher after a bad thump in his suspension-less tank. The Ball and Chain Gang were home free in Coaster, and it could only go one way in Sumo. Or so they thought ...
In the end, Flying Horse kicked some serious ass and snapped Ball and Chain's drive shaft. 1.3 billion people cheered in China!moreless

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