Ali-A helps Lancashire lad Brandan transform his family car forever, both inside and out. But what will Brandan's mum think of the car's sporty modifications?
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I'm Ali A. 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...
-You're doing a grand job.
-..and cool car nerd, Sideways Sid...
-No, this is too cold.
-..are as mad about motors as I am.
Look at what's in front of us, the ultimate super car.
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 the car a spectacular new look.
Wow, it's perfect.
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... ALL:
-Open the doors!
Look at it!
Hold on tight, this is Superchargers.
Hello, and welcome to the show that puts you in charge
of transforming your set of wheels from bonnet to exhaust.
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 make over family cars across the UK.
And today, we're helping a family
funk up their family wheels.
Hi, my name is Brandan. I'm 12 years old.
I love vlogging and my inspiration is Ali A.
I like him because he's really fun and his content is entertaining.
So this is my mum, she's starred in most of my videos,
-and what crazy things have I got you to do?
-Eating those sour sweets.
But what would I not catch you doing?
You will not get me eating a chilli.
-Are you sure?
So, this is my brother, Chris.
He doesn't live with us, but we always like playing games
and I generally always win, cos I'm obviously the best!
-No, you're really not.
-Do you want to play now, then?
Along with gaming, I really love scooters,
and I also like cars.
Cars that have been modified, that's why I think my car is really boring.
These plastic grilles are really discoloured.
Mum knocked off the mirror and so that's why there's tape around it.
All the interior, terrible.
Even though I don't like this car, it is a big part of our family.
My mum takes me to the school, to the skate park,
and if this car broke down, everyone would be devastated.
Have you been able to look after it?
Oh, yeah, I always look after it, keep it well maintained.
Ali A, please help us supercharge my car.
I've got plenty of ideas, my mum does not know what I've got planned,
which makes her nervous and that just makes it more fun!
So, guys, welcome to Superchargers.
Brandan, you are actually a man after my own heart.
-What got you into vlogging?
-Basically, you're my inspiration.
Awesome, that's so cool.
Now, Mum, you're putting all the power in Brandan's hands.
-Are you a little bit nervous at the moment?
-Very nervous, yeah.
Is there anything you definitely don't want done to this car?
I don't want a big 4ft spoiler on it.
-You don't want a big spoiler.
If you don't know already know, a spoiler is a fin on the back
of a car that gives it a sporty, racing look.
But more on that later.
I don't want a big, wide exhaust pipe.
I don't want to be heard coming down the road.
Well, we've talked a little bit about the car, but I'm actually
going to grab my vlogging camera.
Brandan, let's take a look at your car.
So the car is really dirty, as you can see,
and the colour is absolutely disgusting.
-You don't like the colour?
-The wheels, I don't like these,
they're all rusty and stuff.
-I see what you mean.
-The seats are really uncomfortable.
OK. So many things we can improve here.
So, Brandan, we are actually going to be doing some design
brainstorming right here, right now.
Obviously, your mum and your brother can't see it,
so they're just going to have to imagine what we are looking at,
cos it's only us two right now.
So, let's kick it off with this one, what do you reckon?
-No. Not really.
-Not into that, OK.
-Can you imagine that colour? What do you reckon?
My mum would probably ground me for like ten years!
OK, we've got to be careful, we don't want to get you grounded,
that's going a little bit too far.
I hope he's just going to keep it not too over the top.
-You like that colour?
Just not too much.
Mum and Chris, let's just imagine you threw on a big spoiler
on the back and a big exhaust and you didn't like the colours,
what would you feel having to drive the car then?
I just don't want people pointing and laughing at me as I'm driving
down the road. Just keep it sensible, please.
If Brandan puts a massive spoiler on the car, I think it'll be awesome.
Now, it is time for me to take the keys,
because this is the last time you're going to see your car before it is
transformed. You have to pass them over.
Here we go. Brandan, you can keep hold of them. There you go.
Next time Mum sees her car,
it will have been completely supercharged.
Handing over the keys to Brandan
makes me feel a little bit apprehensive, really.
From now on, Brandan is in the driving seat.
I'm excited that the car is in my hands, but
it's a shame because I have to walk to school now!
I've brought in my mate, Sideways Sid...
-..a car vlogger and encyclopaedia of motors,
to build on the secret ideas Brandan already has for his mum's car.
Today, Sid's brought him to a motor festival in Lancashire...
-So we've got a few exhausts there.
-They look quite cool, don't they?
..where car fanatics come to show off their pride and joy
and their loud exhausts.
So, Brandan, when you're with Ali A, you talked about some of the
different colours that you was going to do on the car?
I picked yellow for the main colour and black.
So you're trying to make it look boy racer like?
Not really. I'm just trying to make it look casual.
And then have you got a design for it, I suppose?
Yeah, I've got a design here.
What's that on the back? It says, "Keep out, Mum!"
So this is like a top secret file.
-Go on, let's have a look, let's see what you've got.
You want a black spoiler?
-So you want the wheels done in black and you want slightly tinted
windows and you want twin exhausts?
-Are you sure it's not a boy racer look?!
This festival is full of motors with lots of modifications, or mods.
Special features the owners have put in
to make them stand out in a crowd.
All of the modified cars look really cool and how much money
they've put into it, making it sound great and look awesome.
And there's one mod Brandan's really got his eye on.
So in case you don't know what a spoiler is.
Normally sat on the rear wing of a car,
and I'll try and explain this in the most simple fashion.
It's what keeps the car on the ground.
It gives you plenty of downforce.
The bigger the spoiler, the bigger the downforce.
Sid, that was far from simple.
-What do you think of it?
-I think it's quite cool.
I like the spoiler, but I don't think that would fit on mum's car.
-So the rear spoiler on this is a bit too big?
This boy really knows his mind.
Let's see if I can turn his head with some sweet seats.
Pop inside, what do you think? Quite cool, isn't it?
I love this car, yeah. It's absolutely luxury.
The seats are really comfy.
They are. I mean this is diamond-quilted leather seating.
It just feels and smells expensive.
The interiors on the Bentley were really nice.
They were like a limousine.
As soon as you go in, it were pure luxury.
-How does it feel sitting in this?
-It feels like I'm a VIP.
It feels like I'm a billionaire who lives in a mansion!
I want to have a go on one of these.
-Do you want to have a go?
-Yeah, sounds fun.
-Let's do this.
It's like being a hamster!
Time to change your name to Upside Down Sid.
From luxury seats to giant spoilers, Brandan's seen it all.
But at home, his mum is still in the dark about his ideas.
I'm dreading what Brandan's going to be doing to it.
All the neighbours are going to say,
"What has that woman done to her car?"
People staring at it every time you're walking past.
I think it will be a little bit embarrassing.
Spoiler alert, Mum, if Brandan sticks to his secret design,
you could be the talk of the town.
Wow! That zorbing looked like so much fun.
I really, really want to give that a go now.
But before Brandan totally finalises his secret design,
he needs to make his family wagon roadworthy again.
His mum is convinced the car is well maintained, but Rebecca has some
This is my mechanic, a car-mad racing driver...
..who loves getting her hands dirty fixing up motors.
I'm afraid to say my team of mechanics and I have found
quite a lot wrong with your car under the bonnet.
So we're going to have to really get stuck in today.
-Are you up for the challenge?
-Yeah, let's get into it.
From a broken exhaust to dodgy censors,
Brandan's car has loads of issues
to choose from.
But we're starting with a simple
safety fix he can really get stuck into.
You don't have to be a genius to work out that there's something
wrong here. What happened, Brandan?
My mum accidentally hit it with the shopping trolley!
-Shall we change it?
-Yeah, let's do it.
First up, removing the interior panel.
Very good, you're a natural.
Some fixes on your car are simple, but don't try them on your own.
Stick with an expert like Rebecca.
-Would you like to keep that?
That looks good. We've got a new mirror fitted.
-And, hopefully, my mum doesn't knock it off.
-Let's hope not.
I felt nervous before I came to the workshop,
because I didn't know what I was in for.
But it were fun working with Rebecca, because she's really cool.
That is an alternator belt and yours is old
-and so we need to replace it with a new one.
-Yeah, sounds good.
The alternator belt uses the engine's power
to drive the car's alternator,
that's the part of the car that recharges its battery.
No battery would mean no power,
so you couldn't even start the engine.
Let's get it in the air. Press that button.
Working on the belt were quite hard cos you had to loosen up
three bolts, one at the top and a few under the bottom.
Can you see all of the cracks in the rubber?
-And if you compare it to the new one,
it's all nice and supple and soft?
And that's the old one, so it needs changing.
-The belt is on. That's better, isn't it?
I didn't realise my car had so many safety issues.
I thought, like, the only safety thing you needed was the seat belt
and a good driver.
Thank you, loads for today, Rebecca.
You've made our mum's car road legal.
Aww, you've been brilliant.
So, it's time for Brandan to turn his thoughts back
to his final design.
I can't wait to see the final car
and how his mum will react if he gives it that boy racer look.
Will it be the design of her dreams or nightmares?
Here's a quick sneak peak of what's coming up.
Sid's got a surprise for Brandan...
..and how will his mum react when he unveils his secret design?
-Open the door!
And if you want more Superchargers action,
then 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 our musical quiz, Honk a Song.
Let's see what it is...
Do you know what it is?
If you do, then you're better than these two.
It reminds me of a fair ground ride.
Yeah, I can hear that.
They all do, really!
Guys we got to the end of the song, no-one guessed it,
-it was Touch by Little Mix.
Rebecca's annoyed she didn't get that one, aren't you?
-I like Little Mix.
-Oh, so close.
And there is more song-honking action,
over on the CBBC website,
so go and check it out.
At home in Lancashire,
Brandan's getting prepped for his makeover meeting with Sid.
One of the things I hate most about my car is the seats.
Because the seats are really uncomfortable and boring.
So that's why I'm using this online seat designer
to design my own personal seats.
I just need to change the stitching to yellow.
Oh, yeah, it looks awesome.
So it's decision time and I've sent Brandan to work with my design team
and finalise the outside look of his mum's car.
-What colours have you got in mind?
-Yellow and black.
-So is this the sort of yellow you're thinking?
Black on like the windows and across the sides and stuff.
Brandan's getting on really well with the designer,
he knows exactly what he wants.
Could you put some black stripes up there?
Oh, yeah, I want the wheels black as well.
Yeah, looks quite cool, that.
I think the car looks absolutely mega.
This is well up my street.
Sid loves it, but what will Mum think?
He keeps winding me up, saying your car's going to be this colour,
that colour, which is making me more nervous every day.
Those bold colours will certainly be a shock.
Brandan has decided to replace his rusty old wheels
with some flashy new ones.
These rims are really cool,
gloss black, but what will really set them off are these, rim blades.
They sit on the edge and this will give it a nice contrast between the
black and the yellow.
Yeah, it looks cool. These wheels definitely stand out.
I've still got this big wide exhaust at the back of me mind, the spoiler.
Do you think he'll really do that to me car?
Er, yes, mum, he most definitely would.
And the luxurious seat covers Brandan designed
are proving an excellent choice.
I tell you what, Brandan, it's really nice in here.
It's a massive transformation and it works really well with the exterior
-of the car.
-Yeah, I agree.
The seats are really comfy now. So I like the diamond stitching.
I'm liking the look of Brandan's motor,
but I know he loves being on two wheels as well,
so Sid's got a surprise.
Check this out.
-A brand-new scooter there for you.
There's even a special scooter rack that completely matches Brandan's
-Yeah, love it.
Enough chat, you've got work to do.
I'm really proud of myself.
Cos I never thought I could make a car that looks as good as this.
And as Brandan's told me he's my superfan,
I've given him something to make the car unique.
I got Ali A to sign this and I want to stick it on the car there.
No-one else in the whole world will have Ali A's signature
on the back of the car. My own special edition.
Where's my Sideways Sid one, Brandan, what's that all about?
Jealousy's a terrible thing, my friend, but how is Brandan
feeling about showing his supercharged car to his mum?
I don't know how she's going to react, but she says she doesn't want
a massive exhaust and a massive spoiler, so I'm getting really
worried about that, because I don't want to get grounded.
Welcome back, everyone, to the Superchargers' headquarters,
where today we will be revealing Brandan's brand-new supercharged car
to his mum. But, first of all, Brandan,
I'd like to present you with a Superchargers MOT certificate...
-..which means that your car is now safe to drive.
Do you remember, Brandan, what your car used to look like?
The colour's ugly, the car was boring,
the car was absolutely embarrassing.
Is there anything you're thinking, "Oh, I've done this,
"and maybe Mum won't like it?"
Just probably hearing about two things she might not like
-So, Mum, are you a little bit nervous?
I'm very nervous.
He keeps saying he's put a big 4ft spoiler on the back
-and a big wide exhaust.
All that there is left to do is to take a look at the car.
-So, guys, why don't we... ALL:
-Open the door!
Oh, what are we thinking, Mum?
-She doesn't know what to say!
-Is that my car?
-That is your car. Can you believe it, that is your car?
It's fantastic. I love it.
Brandan's car has gone from ordinary,
to outstanding with a bold black and yellow colour scheme,
mini spoiler and matching wheel trim.
-Guys, want to get a closer look?
What do you think of the colour?
I love yellow. It's just big, bright, yellow.
-Sunflower. I love it.
-You put this on yourself, didn't you?
-Do you like them, Mum?
-Absolutely fantastic. I love them.
-And, I've just noticed...
-That spoiler is absolutely brilliant!
-I love it.
-Do you like it? It's not too big, cos you worried it
-would be a huge spoiler.
-I thought it would be big.
That is really nice.
Brandan has made his mum's car unique with my signature on the back
and a phat new exhaust.
-Wow, it's not big.
-OK. Not too bad.
-That is brilliant.
On the inside, Brandan has added matching accessories
and his old seats have been replaced, with a bit of leathery
luxury inspired by his trip to the car festival.
The seats are yellow and black with diamond stitching,
so it's like a VIP car.
-Oh, I'm overwhelmed with it. High five.
Mum, I think that all that's left to do is to give you the keys
so you can drive your brand-new supercharged car
for the very first time.
-So, I'm going to jump out and let you guys get comfy.
So this has been another successful transformation
by my Superchargers team.
Brandan now has the mod-ed car of his dreams.
And Mum absolutely loves it.
She even liked the spoiler and the exhaust.
CAR REVS I'll see you next time
on more Ali A Superchargers.
Woohoo! Listen to that exhaust!
The very first moment I saw it, I nearly burst into tears,
I was just so over the moon.
Absolutely nothing I don't like about my car.
It's 100% perfect.
Ali A, thanks for helping me design my car
and helping me through this journey.
It just feels like a brand-new car.
I think it's an alloyed, Brandan.
SHE HONKS HORN
I don't have to beep in me car now,
everybody just looks at it, don't they?
I think it's a little bit of a boy racer.
It's more of a girl racer car now, Brandan.
-CAR PURRS SMOOTHLY
-Oh, listen to that!
Brandan is a young vlogger from Lancashire whose online inspiration is none other than Ali-A. Who better then to turn to for motoring help than his hero? Brandan loves cars that have been modified, so naturally he finds his mum's run-down car really boring. But Ali-A's team can soon fix that.
Brandan, along with his mum and brother Chris, meet Ali-A at Superchargers HQ. It's not long before Brandan is buzzing with ideas for the new car design - but mum says she doesn't want anything too over the top! She's not allowed to see Brandan's favourite colours on the app but begs him to think 'sensible' rather than 'spoiler'. But Brandan is not going to waste this opportunity to give the family car the modification he's always dreamed of.