Vlogging star Ali-A helps transform the family van of a fellow petrolhead, 14-year-old Djim from London. What will Djim's parents think of the van's spectacular new look?
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I'm Ali-A, and this is Superchargers,
the show that puts you in the driving seat
to transform your boring and broken family car
into the ride of your dreams.
That was awesome!
My Superchargers team, mechanic Rebecca...
..and cool car nerd Sideways Sid...
It's like being a hamster!
..are as mad about motors as I am.
Look at that wing! Ironing boards aren't even as big as that.
Together, we'll be helping kids all over the UK
transform their old family bangers...
Look at the state of that!
You're hit by...not the best of smells.
..into wow-factor wagons.
CAR HORN TOOTS
-By fixing up problems under the bonnet...
This is the most intense thing in the world.
..funking up the inside with gadgets and gizmos...
How's that, Mohammed?
..and giving the outside of a car a spectacular new look.
It's absolutely awesome!
And the best part? Their parents don't have a clue
what it will look until it's too late.
I'm freaking out a little bit.
I'm not having that.
What could go wrong?
Three, two, one...
-Open the door!
-Look at it!
Hold on tight.
This is Superchargers!
Hello, and welcome to the show that puts you in charge of transforming
your family banger inside and out.
You might know me as a gamer,
but I am also
mad about motors,
so me and my team - mechanic Rebecca and cool car nerd Sideways Sid -
are supercharging family cars across the UK.
And today, we're helping a family in London
fix up their very hard-working vehicle
that has definitely seen better days.
I'm Djim. I'm 14
and I'm car-crazy.
In my spare time, I go out chasing supercars,
try to get awesome pictures of them.
I have a big family.
Say hello, Mum.
-This is my little sister, Roya.
This is my dad, who's also mad about cars.
-These are my brothers,
Ryan and Adam, and this is Faris -
the cheeky one.
Another part of our family is our car.
Every year, we travel to Algeria in North Africa.
That's where my parents are originally from.
Always travelling means the car has done about 200,000 miles.
That's the equivalent of driving to Australia and back ten times.
We really love our long trips together,
but this year, I don't think it'll get us to our destination,
because it's so old and coming to bits.
A lot of the hubcaps on the wheels have fallen off.
I don't know how that got there,
I think somebody had paint on the back of their head.
There's also a plant growing in the gap between the engine bay.
Why is the car so important to you?
Because I need it for the shopping, to take the kids to school.
To travel as well, on our holiday. It's very important.
We need that car.
Why is the car in such bad condition?
Kids - we have a large family.
You should know the answer.
Ali-A, please help us supercharge our car.
We need it to go on holiday again this year,
and without your help, I don't think it's going to make it.
So, guys, welcome to Superchargers.
Now, Mum and Dad, you are leaving your car
in the capable hands of Djim here.
-How are you feeling?
-What could go wrong?
-What could go wrong?
What could go wrong? Djim, I'm actually going to grab
my vlogging camera, which is right here.
You guys are all being filmed right now.
-Shall we start from the front of the car, Djim?
-Let's start with the bumper.
-As you can see...
-What's going on here?
-..it's sort of deteriorated,
because of my mum's terrible driving.
I'm not a bad driver. I don't know why he said that.
It wasn't me. I didn't say nothing.
The moment you jump in,
you're hit by...not the best of smells.
-Whose are these?
-Shall we put them on?
Yeah. Let's do it. Why not?
I like that. Those shades are awesome.
-What have we got behind?
-The back is the most boring place in the world.
We literally fight to not go in the back.
You know what, we have actually got our own mechanic, Rebecca,
who's going to make sure the car is road-safe.
This is actually the Superchargers app.
-We're going to go through a few designs with you.
-Let's do it.
What are we saying about this?
-That looks pretty cool.
-However, it is a bit too shouty.
OK. So I'm not sure my parents would like that.
The ones that are, sort of, more out there, they were...
They were out there.
-Sid's face on the middle of the car...
-A lovely face...but not quite what I'm looking for.
We'll leave it alone, leave it alone.
We've got a few more here.
-I hope they don't do crazy things to the car.
-Yeah, keep it simple.
-I hope they're going to keep it simple.
-That looks pretty cool, I'm not going to lie to you.
I really like the black camo colour that Ali showed me.
We don't know what his ideas are, but we trust him.
-We trust him, yeah.
-We just worry.
Tonnes and tonnes of stuff here.
I think that's been an amazing brainstorm session.
Parents, who's got the keys? Who's got the keys?
There they are! I'm going to have to take them from you.
Thank you very much. I'll look after it.
-Are you feeling a bit nervous right now?
-I'm a bit nervous.
We say goodbye to the car...
It is a mix between...worried and excited.
Next time Djim's parents see their van,
it will be completely transformed.
But there's no backing out of this one, Mum and Dad.
Djim is in the driving seat now.
I've brought in my mate, Sideways Sid...
..a car vlogger and encyclopaedia of motors...
Here we go.
..to help Djim turn his worn and whiffy wagon
into a super-smart supervan, ready for those family road trips.
-Check it out.
Today, Sid's sorted access to one of the UK's biggest car shows.
So this is where all the big boy stuff's kept.
And little brothers Adam and Ryan are tagging along.
That is mad!
I hope they can keep a secret.
When I walked into there, I was so overwhelmed.
-Look at that wing on the back.
-I love it.
As a supercar fan, it was like all my wishes had come true.
Look what's in front of us.
The ultimate of ultimate supercars.
Never seen anything like it.
-What do you guys think?
-Imagine driving in that.
It looks amazing.
I absolutely love the angles on that supercar.
I mean, it looked like an angry animal.
I wish I could do something like that with my van.
What do you think of it?
I don't think I've seen anything like it.
From a design point, it's something completely different
to any other car.
Looks like something out of Star Wars.
It is like a Formula 1 car.
I think we can all agree, this is the most exciting one here.
That car looks like an alien's built it.
It just shows that I need to be going out there with our family car.
I just need to think outside the box.
If Djim can get the family van looking anything like
these futuristic cars, his mum and dad are in for a shock.
But don't worry - it's not like your motor means much to your parents.
This car is everything.
This family without this car is a nightmare.
Uh-oh. I'm wrong.
I'm sure he's going to do something special.
-What is it?
-I don't know.
Back at the motor show, Djim and his brothers have shaken me off.
Right, guys, let's go and have a look about.
They've gone hunting for their dream seating.
They need to get it right, given the amount of hours
their backsides will spend sitting in that van.
So, as you can see, these seats are finished in a leather
with a white stitching.
This is the sort of thing we're looking for.
Nice and padded.
We're going to need a lot of entertainment,
because of how long the journey is we do.
How about TVs in the headrest?
-That would be awesome!
So, guys, how has today been for you?
We've looked around to see different kind of interiors,
how to make the car look better and be more comfortable,
and to have someone like you running us through
some of the most awesome cars on the planet,
I've really enjoyed it.
After today, I'll be thinking a lot more how I can take our family car
to another level.
I don't want to do anything boring.
I want to do something spectacular, which will get the car noticed.
All those amazing brand-new cars is my idea of heaven,
and it seems to have given Djim loads of design ideas
for creating his supervan.
But his parents still have no idea what he's planning.
Before he can put those thoughts into practice,
he needs to make his family van roadworthy again.
Get ready to buckle in for some hard work down at the workshop.
This van is really falling apart.
Good job mechanic Rebecca, a car-mad racing driver,
is always up for a challenge.
Time to get your hands dirty, Rebecca.
Welcome to the Superchargers workshop.
Look at this. I'm liking it.
Here's your people carrier.
There are some safety issues that we need to fix.
Remember, Rebecca is an expert,
so please don't try to fix your car on your own.
The most serious problem I've found with your car is the engine,
but don't worry.
It's not fatal.
An engine turns the car's fuel into energy,
and that's what makes it move.
But the amount of fuel it needs depends on the engine's temperature.
So every car needs to know whether its engine is hot or cold
for it to run properly.
There's a sensor just under there that does that job,
and on your car, it's not working.
-So let's get stuck in.
The broken sensor means Djim's car is using more fuel,
losing power and can be tricky to start.
What I need you to do is undo that bolt just there.
Working with Rebecca was awesome.
Fixing up the engine sensor was pretty cool.
-You're doing a great job, Djim.
There we go.
..time to uncover the engine.
Should be able to just pull it up fairly easily.
-Don't hit yourself in the face.
There we go.
With the last pieces out,
we can finally see the broken sensor.
Team effort here.
-But this isn't the bit that we're replacing.
This is what we're going to be changing.
So, say hello to the sensor.
-Well, say bye to it, in a minute.
-We will indeed.
Pop that in there.
I definitely want my car to be functioning well.
There's no point in having something that looks good which doesn't work.
I'm pleased to tell you that your car will now pass its MOT
with flying colours.
So, Djim's motor is now totally safe to drive,
and it's time for him to start changing
the inside and the outside look
from family van into a luxury long-distance ride
with a supercar look.
Mum and Dad don't have a clue what it's going to look like.
Will they be cheering or cringing
when Djim finally reveals the finished motor?
Here's a quick sneak peek of what's coming up.
Djim's parents are feeling anxious...
I'm worried about what they're going to do to my car.
I don't know if I can sleep tonight.
But how will they react when he finally reveals
his bold new design to the whole family?
ALL: Open the door!
Whoa! And if you want to see more
of Ali-A's Superchargers,
check out the CBBC website to see a bit of this...
..have a go at this...
Just say what you see.
..and play friends at this.
Three popular songs honked on a car horn
with these guys having to guess exactly what those songs are.
Ooh, Sid! What are you saying?
Is it JP Cooper, September Song?
Nice one, Sid.
And there is more song-honking action over on the CBBC website,
so go and check it out.
At home in London,
Djim is nailing down the final details
for his makeover meeting with Sid.
I keep thinking back to the designs
that me and Ali-A went through on the app.
The one that struck me the most was camouflage.
I don't quite want to go for the traditional,
you know, green/brown army look.
I want to go for something with different colours
and more angles.
So, yeah, I've got a design in mind and I can't wait to show Sid.
Djim's really been thinking hard about his supervan's new look.
I'm dying to hear what he's picked.
So I've gone for the grey, white and black design.
Almost like camo, but with more angles
and more of a supercar-inspired look.
That's quite a strong look.
Djim's unique camouflage pattern is created by sticking angled shapes
over the base colour.
I want a simple colour.
Yeah, black or white.
How about black and white and grey?
Less simple and more standout.
I've also decided that I want a matching roof box.
Just to help us with luggage.
Great idea for those long trips, Djim.
Now time for the stinky inside to get freshened up
with new black and blue seat covers.
The headrest paint is no more.
And talking of headrests...
Check this out.
-Look at that!
TV headrests - you won't get bored on long road trips.
-They are really awesome, right?
And not only that, are these seats as good as you had imagined?
Yeah. I think they're better, you know.
Right, let's move on to the final touches.
What are we waiting for?
I can't believe that I've designed my own car.
I'm really looking forward to seeing my parents' reaction.
To see them happy would show that I haven't done them wrong, really.
Nice, nice spot.
That's it, finished. What do you think?
I'm probably most worried about my mum's reaction.
Hopefully she'll be all right with it.
Not really sure how she's going to react.
For some reason, Djim's parents are feeling anxious.
I'm worried about what they're going to do to my car.
I can't wait to see the car tomorrow.
I don't know if I can sleep tonight.
And with less than 24 hours to go until the big reveal,
Djim's bold design choices are still playing on his mind.
So, after seeing the car, I am quite nervous
to see what my parents think.
You know, there's two ways that this could go.
We'll have to see tomorrow.
Welcome back, everyone, to the Superchargers headquarters
where we're going to be revealing a brand-new supercharged car
and I am so excited.
So I have here the Superchargers certificate.
That means the car is now safe to drive.
Remind us what the car was like when it first came in here.
It smelled really, really bad. It was in quite a state.
It was falling apart, basically.
How are you feeling about the transformed supercharged car?
I'm excited. Whether or not it will please my parents,
we'll let the reaction see.
Dad is sitting there, I can feel he's a little bit on edge.
Are you feeling as nervous as you look?
If there's one thing that you do not want to see, what would it be?
-Hopefully, they keep it simple.
-Simplicity we want for Mum.
Guys, are you ready for this?
Three, two, one.
-Open the door!
Dad, what are you thinking? What are you thinking?
-You like that? Mum, you like that as well?
-Oh, I love it!
Djim's van has gone from shabby to striking,
with a bold look worthy of a supercar,
and there's not a plant to be seen.
-Well done, Djim.
Everyone seems very, very happy.
-Guys, do you want to get a closer look?
So, we've gone for an almost camo wrap.
-We've gone for some supercar-like wheels.
We've got a massive roof box with a matching wrap,
just looks awesome.
-Looks cool, right?
-It's quite a car.
On the inside, Djim's car is looking fresh,
with brand-new seat covers and matching floor mats.
We've also got some camo glasses...over here.
Which look awesome.
It also smells a lot better.
And in the back, a must-have gadget for any family road trip.
We've got headrest-mounted TVs.
-That'll make long journeys a lot better.
Djim really has created something spectacular.
I've got the keys right here for the car, so, Dad,
I'll hand them over to you. Why don't you guys get inside
your brand-new supercharged car?
-Let's do it.
What an amazing transformation.
When the car first came here,
it was run-down and it was a little bit smelly.
But Djim has transformed it into the supervan of his dreams.
I'll see you very soon for even more Ali-A's Superchargers.
I'm really happy to have my car back, yeah.
I think it's unique.
I think what he did is just perfect.
So for the next holiday, we've got a massive trip planned
and you know, I can't wait.
We were relying on the car
and hopefully it will be an amazing trip.
So, Ali, for everything you've done,
I cannot thank you enough.
It's nice to have the car back.
I love this seat.
It's made for travelling, do you know what I mean?
We're going to have a nice holiday.
-Everyone's looking at it.
-We look famous now.
Thank you very much, Superchargers.
Well done, Djim. Well done.
Djim is a 14-year-old supercar fan from London with a family car that is overworked and has seen better days. His family's annual trip to Algeria has stacked up around 200,000 miles on the clock, and all this travelling means that the car is starting to fall apart. Djim is very worried that it is not going to get them through another holiday - he needs the help of Ali-A and his team of motor specialists.
At HQ, Ali-A talks with Djim through some ideas for his car's bold new look, but mum and dad are nervous - they don't know what kind of style Djim wants to go for. Djim joins Sideways Sid, a fellow car nerd, who helps Djim turn his worn and whiffy wagon into a smart supervan ready for the family road trips. They go to one of the UK's biggest car shows, where Djim falls in love with futuristic cars with lots of angles. But how can he incorporate that into his secret design?
Djim works with Rebecca, the Superchargers' mechanic, to fix the van's problems. But what will Djim's parents think of his striking design when Ali-A finally lets the car out onto the road?