World Race? Been there. Now it's time for the true hardships to begin. In this first installment of four movies, we re-enter the endavors of Vert Wheeler, Kurt and Markie Wylde and Taro Kitano, but this time they come back with new teams and more races. Enter the Metal Maniacs and Teku racing teams. Two rivals in every way. The Metal Maniacs are burly drivers (except their resident mechanical wizard Mitch "Monkey" McClurg, that is), and their cars are all wrapped in chains, spikes and fireballs, and that includes not just Tork Maddox, Mitch "Monkey" McClurg and Deezel "Porkchop" Riggs, but their more recent additions, Taro and Markie, now known simply as "Wylde". Then there's their polar opposite, the Teku. Brash, young and flashy, the Teku tend to show off in races than just win. That rule holds true to Nolo Passaro and Shirako Takamoto, not so much to Karma Eiss (who will show off, but only in very scare situations), as well as Vert and Kurt. And believe me, there's more to the two teams than what's on the surface.
Enter the rivalry that is Tork Maddox, leader of the Metal Maniacs, against Nolo Passaro, leader of the Teku. Tork and Nolo's brother, Tone Passaro, were in a race, and during the race, Tone crashed and died. From the Teku's perspective, the Maniacs messed with Tone's car to make it crash. From the Maniacs' perspective, it was a freak accident. Either way, Tone's dead, and Nolo's putting the blame squarely on Tork's shoulders.
Anyway, on to the actual movie. You'd think that it was just any average night. The Teku are all hanging out on a cliffside road. Shirako's got his music pumping like a second heart and Nolo, Kurt and Vert are discussing who should race. Enter Tork, Taro and Monkey. Oh, and Wylde. After a race along the cliffside track (and Nolo trying to kill Tork for revenge), Wylde busts up the race and puts both Tork and Nolo's cars out of commission, then nearly sends HIS car off a cliff after nearly nailing...Gig? And of course, that means that ol' Dr. Tezla's up to something. Gig tells them about a new race. Everyone (except Karma) goes because of the race, save Monkey who's in it for the money (because he heard from Wylde that Tezla's put in millions of dollars on drivers).
At Tezla's old workshop, the racers meet up with another familiar face from the World Race, Kadeem. He takes them to Tezla's new headquarters, the AcceleDrome. There, they meet up with another World Race competitor and Tezla's assistant, Lani Tam. At Tezla's headquarters, they find out that the Wheel Of Power did more than give off power. They found out it actually unlocked new racetracks which Gelorum and her Racing Drones have been going on and winning uncontested! So of course the racers head into the first of many realms, the Storm Realm.
In the Storm Realm, lightning is always striking above a track miles above any real land. And of course, the results are disasterous. Taro's car is junked, Monkey's car is blown into a million pieces, Kurt's car is wrecked, the guys lose and Vert nearly doesn't make it out of the realm! Fortunately, Monkey's called in some help after the race. But for some reason, Shirako and Nolo show up! Apparently, Kurt made a phone call too. Well, Tork shows up afterwards. After some more confrontation between Nolo and Tork, the party gets busted up by a loud truck horn. From Porkchop, of course. And he's thought ahead and brought more than his car. He brought a spare car for Monkey and Taro. Fortunately, everything gets fixed up and done before the next realm, the Swamp Realm, opens.
In the Swamp Realm, the road splits into about 50 other sections of track. If you watch closely, you might find another World Race competitor's car...
Anyway, at the end of the track, a giant swamp beast captures most of the cars on the track! Not Nolo, however. After he rips through the track, driven by memories of his brother, everyone manages to get out in time. And of course, Tork and Nolo continue to sling zingers at each other.
In truth, the series would've been better if they had done more realms. But for what they did, they did it right. Anything that you saw in the Highway 35 series gets smoked by this new series, and it'll blow your mind. If you're curious about this series, check it out and you'll be blown away like the Highway 35 sign in the beginning of the movie.