Ali-A helps young photographer Oliver transform his family car forever, both inside and out. But what will Oliver's parents think of the car's unique new look?
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I am 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 is awesome.
My Superchargers team, mechanic Rebecca...
You're doing a grand job.
..and cool car nerd Sideways Sid...
Nah, this is too cold...
..are as mad about motors as I am.
Look what's in front of us.
The ultimate supercar.
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...
..by fixing up problems under the bonnet...
This is the most intense thing in the world.
..funking up the inside with gadgets and gizmos...
That is amazing.
..and giving the outside of a car a spectacular new look...
..and the best part?
Their parents don't have a clue what it will look like
until it's too late.
He's got to remember he has to go to school in this.
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 set of wheels inside and out.
You might know me as a gamer,
but I'm also mad about motors.
So, I've put together a supercharging team -
my mechanic Rebecca
and cool car nerd Sideways Sid,
to makeover family cars across the UK -
and today we're helping a family in...
save their old faithful
from the scrapheap.
Hi, I'm Oliver. I'm 12 years old
and I love taking photos.
This is my camera.
I take it everywhere I go -
I especially like taking snaps of the beach near our house.
This is my family.
There's my mum there, my dad, my older sister...Zoe
and my big brother Andrew.
This is Kit Kat and, a few weeks ago,
she gave birth to a litter of kittens.
This is Fury and he's my favourite.
Another huge part of our family is the car.
My mum and dad bought it 13 years ago, so it's even older than me.
On this side of the car, apparently, a wheelie bin jumped out on Dad...
..and my mum crashed the car into a wall at my friend's birthday party.
Why is our car covered in scratches and bumps?
Mum and Dad just can't drive!
My worst nightmare, if Oliver was going to supercharge the car,
would be to turn it into a pea.
I hate green.
Imagine turning up to school, Oliver, in a pea.
Ali-A, please help us supercharge our car.
My family don't have any idea of what I'm planning,
but I've got a real eye for what looks good.
I just can't wait to get creative.
So, guys, welcome to Superchargers.
Now, parents, how are you feeling about Oliver supercharging your car?
-Ooh! Is there anything you want him to avoid
when it comes to this whole supercharging process?
-Pink and fluffy.
No pink. What about you guys? Zoe and Andrew,
is there anything you do or don't want Oliver to do to the car?
I want him to do everything.
-Really? Just go for it!
-Go for it!
You're giving Oliver all the power. I like it.
The two older ones are feeding far too many ideas
-into Oliver's head here.
And that's a little bit scary.
I've got my vlogging camera right here.
So, is there anything going on at the front of the car
that we should be noting, that's not too good?
On that bit, there, the paint's started to flake away
-because we have got a lot of seagulls.
The seagulls have messed up the front a little bit.
Three of the windows don't work.
OK, that's not great.
Let's take a close look at this dent, Oliver, what's going on here?
Who's been driving the car, is it Mum or Dad?
-It's Mum, OK! OK, blaming Mum.
OK, come over here, Oliver,
because, on this tablet right here, we have our own Superchargers app.
The rest of the family won't be able to see this.
It's just between us.
This is one of my favourites - let me know what you think of it.
-You kind of like it?
Yeah? OK. You're one of the first people to actually like that,
so I appreciate it.
I think it would be very embarrassing
having Ali-A's face all over the car,
but I don't want to sound rude to him.
What do you reckon about this one?
Yeah - if we had a cannon up top, it would look the part, wouldn't it?
If I were to make a green car, my mum would probably cry.
I'm very nervous of what's happening over there!
What about... Bam!
-Do you like that one?
That's really, really cool.
I'd like to create summat that my parents would like -
but I'm also doing it for me, as well.
Look at them. They have no idea what is going on.
This is amazing.
Mum's super-nervous, which is the best thing to watch.
I think we need to incorporate your pictures somehow into the car.
Maybe like a drop-down picture frame or something.
-I love that.
-I love that.
-Zoe's liking it.
I'd dread it if there was photographs outside, or...
-..a lion on the bonnet, or something like that.
So, guys, can we take the keys?
Bam. It is all over to us.
Next time the family see their car,
it will have been Olivered to the max...
-Go big, go better.
..and it's too late for regrets.
He's got to remember that Mum's taxi takes them everywhere.
He just has to bear that in mind with his ideas.
At home, Oliver's still buzzing from our brainstorming session together.
I was excited to meet Ali-A,
and I also loved the faces that Mum and Dad were pulling
when me and Ali-A were coming up with new ideas.
They were really worried.
I am really worried of the designs that was on the tablet.
There was a certain glint in Oliver's eye.
He worries me.
Do you know what?
I think she's worried.
I've lined up my mate Sideways Sid...
..a car vlogger and encyclopaedia of motors,
to help photo fanatic Oliver turn his heap into the car of his dreams.
So, Oliver, you might be wondering
why I've brought you here to this empty airstrip.
Well, this is Chris.
He does pictures for websites and car magazines.
-How are you doing, are you OK?
Professional snapper Chris Frosin's incredible car images
have been published all over the world.
He's here today for a motor magazine photoshoot,
and to give Oliver a masterclass in what he does best.
-That's the car we're going to be shooting.
When I first saw the car,
I was really excited, because I've never seen anything like it.
Let's have a look at the car, then.
This is called an American muscle car
because of its powerful engine and beefed-up shape.
All that, plus tinted windows,
makes it look like a car from the movies.
Look at that wing! Ironing boards aren't even as big as that.
-I like the exhausts.
-You like the exhausts.
I reckon that staring at this incredible car through a lens
is going to inspire Oliver's own design.
One of the things I look at when I'm photographing a car
is the outline of the car, the silhouette of the car
-and the roofline has got to be in a nice, clean position.
So, if you have a look through there, is that central?
-You've got a nice, clean roofline?
Take your shot.
Wow, that's really good, actually.
Something that I didn't know before
is that light is really important to making a car look good.
I want you to pay real attention to that reflection.
Different paints will give, like, different lights -
so it's really important to pick the right colour for the car,
to make it look even better.
That's the last static shot that we're going to do, OK?
So, we're going to pick the camera up now.
If you help me with the tripod.
We're going to go over there and do some details.
It suits you.
My favourite part of the day
was probably doing the close-ups inside the car...
..because I got to sit inside a really posh car.
Oliver's photographed every inch of this mega motor -
but has its amazing look given him ideas for his own secret design?
After today's masterclass,
I think I could make the car stand out, like, really good, in a crowd.
I'm going to take home some brilliant ideas for the car.
Give me a little bit. Brilliant.
That was a total dream come true for Oliver.
I could just tell by the smile on his face -
but before Oliver can take what he learned from his masterclass
and put it into his family car's surprise design,
he needs to make it roadworthy again -
and Rebecca has some surprising news for him.
Your car is by far the worst we've ever had
-in the Superchargers workshop - so let's get going.
Er, it's not good news for your car, Oliver.
There are loads of issues with your car to choose from,
but the worst, in terms of safety, by far, are your brakes.
A car's brakes are made up of pads and discs.
The pad squeezes the disc
which slows the wheel down and eventually stops the car...
..but Oliver's brakes aren't working properly.
The brakes are hidden, so we need to take the wheel off.
-Are you ready to have a go?
Pop it on there.
Rebecca is an expert...
..so, please, don't try to fix your car on your own.
The brakes are really bad, so it wouldn't surprise me
if, when your mum or dad are braking,
the car is going, "Erghh..."
I just thought it was my dad's bad driving.
It was really good fixing the brakes with Rebecca...
We need to undo these two bolts here.
..but it was a bit fiddly, because there were lots of small parts.
If the brakes didn't work, then your car wouldn't stop.
Look at the state of that!
This is the new one...
-..and this is the old one.
We have to line them up.
Brilliant work, Oliver.
Underneath here, you can see the engine mount -
and what it does is it keeps your engine stable.
Yours needs replacing - because look at me move it.
-I should not be able to do that.
-There we are. Shall we put the new one on?
I was really shocked
when I heard, like, the things that were wrong with it.
There we go.
I kind of expected some of them, but not all of them.
Your exhaust runs the full length of the car, and it's not attached.
-Shall we fix it?
Some were really bad.
The hardest bit was probably holding up the exhaust,
because it was really heavy.
There we are.
Well, Oliver, I'm pleased to say
your car is now safe and ready for the next stage
of the Superchargers process.
Well done, you did a grand job.
So, it's time for Oliver to transform his family car
from clapped-out banger into a standout set of wheels.
Will Mum and Dad love it or loathe it?
It could be a shocker.
Here's a quick sneak peek of what's coming up.
Oliver's mum and dad are scared...
He's come back from the makeover
saying that the car wouldn't be out of place at a fancy dress party.
-Open the door!
..but what will happen when his family's worst fears come true?
I'm seeing pink - and green.
If you can't get enough of Superchargers,
check out the CBBC website, where you'll see a bit of this...
Have a go at this...
Just say what you see.
..and play your friends at this.
Welcome back to Honk-A-Song where we have to name three songs
that are going to be honked out through car horns.
HORNS HONK A TUNE
I feel like Sid's on the edge of breakthrough here.
Is it Sax by Fleur East?
-Oh, Fleur East, Sax!
-Hey, well done.
Cheers! Thank you very much.
I felt like all of the cogs were...
-..ticking in his head - yeah!
And there's more song-honking action over on the CBBC website,
so go and check it out.
At home in Scarborough, Oliver's getting busy.
The day I spent with Chris the photographer
really made me think about the photos I've taken.
This picture I really like,
because you can see all the colours of the chalets.
Ali-A mentioned getting photos in the car design.
I'm not going to use that one.
Too much green.
I thought he meant putting them on the outside.
This one I'd really like -
but I think I've found a way of putting them on the inside.
I'm glad to hear Oliver's taken my idea on board.
I can't wait to see what else he's come up with.
From the inspiration day,
I learnt that light can change the colour of the car and how it looks.
I really like the wrap, it changed colour where you're standing.
OK. So, something like this?
Yeah. Well, I'm not really into that one...
Ooh, I like that one.
Ooh, sophisticated choice!
Depending on the light,
this wrap changes subtly from one colour to the next.
What didn't you want again, Mum and Dad?
-Anything pink, basically.
Oh, it's both - and more!
This could be interesting.
Oliver's picked smart black and blue seat covers, shiny new black wheels,
and he's also decided to tint his windows black
just like the car he photographed.
We've got our little film.
Here's the liquid solution gun.
You're going to spray it at the window.
Get it nice and wet.
This spray is a mixture of water and baby shampoo...
Spray that, too.
..so you can tint your windows, and then wash your hair!
I really did like wrapping the tinted windows.
I'll hold them in place, and you're going to wipe it down.
A little bit fiddly, but I really liked doing it.
Good job, Oliver -
but Sid's got a special surprise for our photo fan.
It's a camera case, so you can keep it nice and safe.
What do you reckon?
I'm a bit shocked.
-Do you like it?
-You seem a little bit speechless.
Let's move on to the final touches.
Ah, so that's how Oliver is using his photos!
Nice idea, my friend.
I really can't believe I've designed my own car.
I never thought it would come out like this.
Another nice touch is this - an Ali-A air freshener.
Does it smell like Ali-A?
I really think Dad's going to like the colour-changing wrap -
but I'm a bit worried about what Mum might think.
Back home, Oliver and the kittens are fine...
..but Mum has something on her mind.
He's come back from the makeover saying that the car is very unique,
and it wouldn't be out of place at a fancy dress party.
Now, that has got us really worried.
I think he's winding you up.
It's just going to be so crazy!
Mum's face is going to be a picture.
-I can't wait for it.
Welcome back, guys, to the Superchargers headquarters
where today we're going to be revealing Oliver's brand-new car -
and I'm very excited.
Now, Oliver, this is a Superchargers certificate.
The car is all good to hit the road -
but what was your family car like when you first brought it here
to the Superchargers headquarters?
It was chipped, it was rusting.
It needed a bit of work, basically, didn't it?
How do you feel about the final supercharged car?
-I really like it.
So, Mum and Dad, what do you really not want to see on the car
-when we take a look at it?
-I don't want it to be green.
Dad, what about you, what are you thinking?
As long as it's not pink and fluffy.
Well, we are ready.
OK. Three, two, one...
-Open the door!
-Oh! It's pink.
-What are you guys thinking?
I'm seeing pink and green.
I know, I said I didn't want pink - but that's all right.
Oliver's car has gone from falling apart...
with a gorgeous colour-changing wrap.
Let's get a closer look.
Can you see the sort of colours changing as you move around?
-Yeah. It's beautiful.
It's beautiful, yeah, it's really nice.
We've got some nice new wheels.
-Oh, wow, look at that.
On the inside, Oliver's made-over motor is completely transformed.
He's smartened up the seats...
-We have leather seats!
Let's see what the family think of Oliver's photo idea.
-We've got three...
-Look at them.
Oh, they're so nice, Oliver.
..and our photo fanatic has one final surprise in the boot.
-Look, a little camera bag.
That's amazing, Oliver.
-Imagine taking that to photography club.
Oliver really has created something special his family will love.
There are the keys.
Jump in, grab your seats,
and get inside your brand-new supercharged car.
When Oliver brought the car here, it was close to the scrapheap -
but he's turned it around with this amazing transformation.
It's time to say goodbye.
Everyone's going to be looking at them on the road
with a wrap like that.
I think the colour-change wrap is absolutely brilliant -
and there is a little bit of green in it, but it's acceptable.
I like the leather seats in the car.
It's very good.
Also, easy to clean in the back, as well,
when he's spilling his crisps and his drinks.
The cushions are genuinely my favourite thing about the car.
-Having a bit of Oliver and his ideas is just amazing.
That's the part I'm most proud of.
Ali-A, thank you so much for supercharging our car.
It's good to have the car back.
I really missed it.
It does stand out. People notice it.
Oh, look at that car there!
I just love the colour -
and everybody sees it differently.
I really like the tinted windows.
That just adds a little bit of class.
Yeah, I think it's going to become a classic car,
and we're going to look after it forever.
Oliver, a budding young photographer from Scarborough, has a family car that's older than him! It's covered in bumps and scratches from Oliver's parents' interesting driving decisions and the paint is flaking off from seagulls pooing on it. Thankfully, Ali-A and his team are ready to give the car a much-needed makeover, and Oliver is confident that he has an eye for what will look good. Ali-A meets Oliver and family at Superchargers HQ where Oliver points out everything that needs sorting with the car, and then the pair discuss some potential ideas for how to make the outside catch the attention of all passers-by. Car vlogger Sideways Sid sorts out a photography masterclass for Oliver with professional car photographer Chris Frosin - a dream come true for Oliver. As part of the masterclass, Oliver takes some amazing pictures of an American muscle car, and learns what an important role light plays in making a car look good. But Oliver's idea of what 'good' is may be very different to mum and dad's. Before any design work can be done, Oliver's car needs a thorough mechanical seeing-to. Mechanic Rebecca reveals that this is the worst car she's had on the Superchargers ramp - from the wobbly engine, to the falling down exhaust to the worn out brake pads, so she and Oliver fix them together. Once the car is safe to drive again, Sideways Sid returns to bring his design idea to life. But what will mum and dad think when Ali-A unveils their car's attention-grabbing new look?