Ali-A helps aeroplane enthusiast Joe transform his tired family car forever. But what will Joe's parents think of their car's high-flying 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 will be helping kids all over the UK transform their old
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...
How's that, Mohammed?
..and giving the outside of the car a spectacular new look.
It's absolutely awesome.
And the best part - their parents don't have a clue what it will look
like until it's too late.
I'm freaking out a little bit.
I am 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 wagon, both inside and out.
You might know me as a gamer
but I'm also car crazy.
So me and my team, mechanic Rebecca
and cool car nerd Sideways Sid,
are on a mission to supercharge family vehicles all across the UK.
And today we're helping a family in...
Cheshire, with an old banger they're relying on
for a very special reason.
Hi, I'm Joe and I'm ten years old and I love aeroplanes.
My favourite aeroplane is the Boeing 777X-8.
This is my...
-She's bunny crazy.
-This is Dad and he's a bell-ringer at our local church.
This is my bunny, Hugo, and he loves eating banana.
I also see my nan a lot.
-Say hi, Nan.
Another important part of our family is our car, Freddie.
We've had him since I was two.
Poor old Freddie's looking really tired.
He's got loads of bumps
This headlight doesn't come on and we have to give it a few whacks
for it to get going.
And then this seat here...
I may have when I was little kicked it through.
This is my grandpa and he's ill at the moment,
so we need our car, Freddie, to pay him lots of visits.
What would happen if Freddie broke down on us?
We'd be really stuck, wouldn't we? I wouldn't be to get work, you
wouldn't be able to get to school, it'd be an absolute nightmare.
What would be the worst thing I could do to Freddie?
Anything really loud, go-faster stripes, big spoilers.
Ali-A, please help me to supercharge our Freddie so we can keep him on
the road for years to come.
I've got loads of great ideas for how we can make him look fantastic.
But Mum and Dad don't have a clue
what I'm thinking about.
So, guys, welcome to Superchargers.
Now, Mum and Dad, this is going to be a big makeover
and you've given all the power to Joe.
-Are you scared?
-Yeah. And excited at the same time.
Fair enough. Let me just grab, I've got my vlogging camera here,
and we are going to do a little bit of a car tour.
OK, Joe. What is there on this car that you'd like to get changed here
the CD player always jumps when you're going over a bump.
That's not good at all. What have we got going on here?
Mum and my grandma have had a few altercations when this has come down
-on their head.
-Ooh! So this is a bit of a hazard.
So, Joe, you've pointed out many things we can work on on this car
already, but obviously we're going to make sure it's road-safe and in
working condition. I'm going to put the vlogging camera down for
a second and, Joe, we've got this awesome Superchargers app here.
You and I are going to do a little bit of design brainstorming.
What do you reckon to that?
Oh, yes! No, not feeling it?
The jellybean one I thought was just silly.
Just got absolutely no idea what
they were looking at, some of his faces were quite shocked
and surprised, so I'm just kind of wondering what was on there.
What do you reckon Mum would think about that one?
I think Mum would absolutely love it, Dad would absolutely hate it.
The worst thing Joe could do to the car is turn him pink and fluffy.
What are we feeling about this little design here?
I like that a lot.
You like this one a lot, OK.
Worst he could do, anything really garish, my worst nightmare.
My favourite one was definitely the aeroplane one, without a doubt.
Imagine we're in a plane, OK,
you know you've got the strip LEDs on either side on the walkway.
-I was thinking maybe we can incorporate that into the car.
Yeah, that'd be a brilliant idea.
And if we use your mood lighting,
-it can change colours at the same time.
Well, you guys have actually got the keys. Come on, hand them over.
OK, bam, Freddie is in our hands, Joe.
Time for Mum and Dad to say goodbye to Freddie as they know him.
Feel a little bit nervous, actually, about, you know, what's in store
for the car, what Joe's got planned.
From now on, his new look is totally under wraps.
I brought in my mate Sideways Sid...
-..a car vlogger and encyclopaedia of motors
to help Joe bring his aeroplane-themed car to life.
-Look, there's an aeroplane taking off.
-I know. I know.
He's only gone and got him an access all areas pass to an
airport! Nice one, Sid.
Only I think Joe knows more about this place than he does.
So, Joe, how does it feel being on the actual runway?
We're not actually on the runway yet, are we?
-Oh, is it not yet?
-No, not yet.
So, Joe, how does it feel being on the runway now?
So there's something coming in to land, do you reckon you can spot it?
-It's definitely a 737.
The one main thing that I've got a lot more certain about having today
is having a logo.
Was that cool or what?
I've arranged for Joe to see inside a plane to look for some features he
could transfer into Freddie.
I do like the look of the seats in here, I really do.
Gives you a lot more legroom. Is this something you'd like to have in
Also, I've noticed that this has a little net.
I think it'd be a very good idea
because it would help a lot with storage.
And because we have VIP access,
as a final treat, Joe's getting a tour of the cockpit.
There's the flaps, Joe, for landing and take-off.
Throttles, there's your two fuels levers there, for number one
-and number two engine.
-So I've got a question for you, Paul.
If you had the chance to actually make an aeroplane-themed car,
-what would it look like?
-You'd have to have like aircraft seats,
controls resembling aircraft controls.
Joe's been bombarded with great ideas,
but how many can he cram into Freddie
and is he brave enough to take them all the way?
At the moment, I'm freaking out a little bit about...
unveiling it to my parents.
At home, Joe's mum and dad are still in the dark about the bold theme he
is planning for their car, Freddie.
Joe is now in charge of doing the car up.
What he's going to do it, we've no idea.
Really starting to miss Freddie.
Just feels really strange not to see him out there on the driveway where
he usually is.
I can't wait to see what Mum thinks.
Wait, what if she doesn't like it?
Actually...I'm quite nervous.
Before Joe gets started on the secret transformation,
he needs to make family car Freddie safe to drive again.
Time to head down to the Superchargers workshop.
I've brought in my mechanic, Rebecca,
a car-mad racing driver
who loves to get her hands dirty fixing up motors.
Mechanics are a little bit like doctors for cars.
We have to thoroughly examine them to identify any problems that need
fixing. Are you up for that?
There's a few things I found wrong with Freddie today
and the first one we're going to fix is his boot, because it won't stay
open, and this is something you know all too well.
Whoa! Freddie's struts are worn out from being used over and over again,
so that's what we're going to replace today.
A car boot has two struts that are filled with a pressurised gas called
nitrogen. Lifting the boot forces the gas into the struts, which stops
it from falling down and bonking you on the head -
ouch - again.
To do the job, we've got two brand-new struts and a screwdriver.
That's all we need.
We need to remove this strut with the screwdriver.
Some things that go wrong on a car can be fixed easily,
but never try it on your own.
Rebecca is an expert.
-There we go.
Here's the new one. Now, which way up does it go?
Helping Rebecca fix the boot was really good fun.
-Get your muscle in it!
You can do it. Yeah!
Now I know how a boot works, I feel quite happy because I can help
Grandpa if anything breaks again.
Put it there.
That's not the end of Freddie's problems, though.
Check out these wonky windscreen washers, they're missing by miles.
-Look at that,
they're all over the place!
And if you can't wash that screen, you can't see where you're going,
so that's dangerous.
Luckily, it's a very easy fix and all we need is one of these.
Who knew that using a simple safety pin to move the jets would do the
-This way or that way?
A little bit towards me.
Let's see what they're like.
Yeah, that's much better.
The easiest thing about today
was making the jet point in the right direction.
I'm really looking forward to the next stage
of the supercharging process.
Grandpa and Dad have been mithering about answers for Freddie's design,
but I'm not telling them anything!
So, Freddie is now completely roadworthy
and it's time for Joe to finalise his car's new look and work out the
exact details he wants on the inside.
I can't wait to see what his parents say
when he unveils the finished car.
Here's a sneak peek at what's coming up.
Sid blows Joe's mind.
-What do you think?
-That is amazing.
And how will Mum and Dad react when he reveals his design?
Open the door!
Oh... Love it!
And if you're loving Ali-A Superchargers,
why not head over to the CBBC website and get involved
with some of this...
Bam! ..pit your wits against this
and try to beat Rebecca and Sid to the answer in our musical quiz
Honk A Song? Let's get playing.
BEEP HONKS TUNE
Sid thinks... It's right there.
Oh! Oh, it's...
It's... Yeah, I'm only human...
# I'm only human... #
-I got it.
-That's the thing, are you going to give it to Rebecca?
-Yeah, I'll give it to Rebecca.
-OK, Rebecca gets the point there.
And there is more hilarious song-honking action over
on the CBBC website so go and check it out!
With only a matter of hours until his makeover meeting with Sid,
Joe's getting his final ideas together for Freddie.
Since my trip to the airport with Sid,
I've been looking more and more at aeroplane designs, especially logos.
How could I get these amazing designs into my car?
That's something Sid's going to have to help me with next time I see him.
I hope he knows how.
The idea of an aeroplane-themed car is something very unique,
so I've sent Joe to my design team
to come up with something outstanding.
What do we think to this sort of thing?
Yeah, that looks really good.
Yeah, yeah. And what about some, like, rivets?
Oh, yeah, that would look really like an aeroplane, yeah.
So you want Freddie Airways written on the aeroplane in the logo,
-is that correct?
That's looking amazing.
OK, well, let's get it printed.
Mum said she didn't want anything too outrageous for Freddie's design.
Joe, you're a brave boy!
The longer he's away, the more I start thinking about what Joe's got
in store for him. Wondering what he's going to come up with.
What do you think of the design?
-I really like it.
-Is it everything that you expected it to be?
-Inside, Joe's imagination's gone into overdrive,
with Freddie's new seats inspired by his airport trip
and a logo he's been thinking so hard about.
So, Joe, why have you gone for black leather seats at the front
and red leather seats at the back?
At the back I want it to be like in the passenger cabin
and then at the front I want it to be like in the flight deck.
-It's a lot more comfy than the aeroplane seats.
I've even got more legroom as well, too!
It's all we talk about, what Freddie's going to look like,
and as the time gets closer, just getting more and more nervous,
wondering what we're going to be faced with.
Joe wanted to go with my idea of in-flight footwell lighting
so we've taken it to the next level.
-You've got a mood lighting system,
you've got this little remote here,
and you can pre-set any colour you'd like.
And you can even have disco-themed lights, too. What do you think?
That is amazing.
-My favourite part now has got to be the mood lighting.
It is incredible.
And your in-flight features keep on coming.
Check out those seat belt covers!
And who's that handsome chap on the passenger safety card?
Awesome. He's ready to fly.
He looks amazing.
But I'm not sure Mum will like it.
-No, not one.
I wanted to go full-out on the aeroplane theme
and that's exactly what I've done.
Joe had this idea and he stuck by it, so, respect to him.
Dad, I'm not so worried, but Mum, I am really freaking out
if she's going to like it or not.
Welcome back, everyone, to the Superchargers headquarters,
where today we're going to be taking a look at a supercharged
Freddiemobile. But first of all, Joe, I've got a certificate for you.
This is the Superchargers MOT,
so it's safe to drive, which is great news.
But let's remind ourselves, Joe,
what did Freddie look like originally when you brought him into
the Superchargers headquarters?
He was dark blue and there was a load of scratches on him.
How do you think Mum and Dad are going to react to your supercharged
-I have absolutely no idea whatsoever.
Mum and Dad, what about you guys? Are you unsure as well?
-Very, very uncertain.
-Are you ready?
-Good to go.
-Three, two, one...
-Open the door!
Oh, my goodness!
-Oh, he looks amazing!
-Don't believe it.
-Doesn't look like Freddie.
-Joe's car, Freddie,
has been turned from tired old motor to a first-class stunner,
who would look more at home on a runway than a road.
I've spotted an aeroplane on the bonnet.
Nice! What about you, Dad, what are you thinking at the moment?
-Speechless. All right, guys,
let's take a closer look at the supercharged Freddie.
Now that you can see up close, what's your initial reactions?
He's looks amazing, just looks nothing like Freddie at all.
-Nice, Joe's loving that.
Dad, what do you reckon? You were a little bit speechless outside.
It's now definitely a Joemobile.
Up front, there's plenty for Freddie's pilot to enjoy,
including a new entertainment system to replace that dodgy CD player
and Joe's favourite feature.
It's mood lighting, there's all different colours.
-Red, green, blue...
-Do you like that, parents?
-Love it, yeah.
-Pretty cool feature, isn't it?
-In the back,
Joe's taking the aeroplane theme to the max with tonnes of in-flight
features including a fantastic folding tray table.
That should stop him kicking the back of his brand-new seats.
There's a flight safety thing and...
What's this? Oh, Superchargers sick bags!
That's awesome. Literally feels like you're in a plane, doesn't it?
Now, you guys will be going and visiting your grandad a lot as well
and I'm sure, Joe, because you've designed it, he'll absolutely
-You've done such a great job.
-I think he will.
Definitely. Freddie is now ready for take-off.
I'm going to give you the keys.
-There you go.
-Thank you very much.
-Thank you very much.
That has been another successful supercharge.
Joe has managed to give Freddie a new lease of life
that his parents never thought possible.
And now all that's left to do is
let Freddie take off for his first flight.
-Welcome aboard Freddie Airways
Bye, guys, have a great flight.
I've never seen a plane on the roads before,
so we're definitely going to cause a sensation wherever we go, I think.
I absolutely love the mood lighting and the safety boarding card because
they're both so cool.
I don't think journeys will ever be the same again now we've got our
Ali-A safety card! I think we'll go through the safety checks before
-Thank you for choosing me to be in
the Superchargers experience.
I think it's really fantastic to have Freddie back,
-I'm really thrilled to have him, we really missed him.
-Yeah, me, too.
-Oh, pigeon, give it a toot!
SHE TOOTS HORN
It's caused a big stir, hasn't it?
-Ooh, you're not half kidding.
-Everybody wants to know what's
-happened to it.
-Everybody wants to know!
Freddie's superb to drive now.
And he looks great.
Seats are very comfy.
Thank you for those compliments.
Joe is a young plane enthusiast from Cheshire. The family car 'Freddie' is nearly as old as him and it's starting to show! One of the headlights needs whacking before it comes on, the boot door likes falling on peoples' heads and the car's body is covered in bumps and scratches. Freddie needs some serious TLC - that's where Ali-A and his team come in.
After meeting mum and dad, Ali-A introduces Joe to some wild new ideas for Freddie's outside look. mum and dad have absolutely no idea what Joe is planning to do to the car, and they are worried it may come back looking completely ridiculous. But this doesn't stop Joe - he decides on a bold theme. Ali-A brings in his mate Sideways Sid, a cool nerd who takes Joe to an airport to help him focus his ideas. The pair spend time out on the runway and inside an aeroplane to help Joe finalise his bold design. But will his parents be okay with all that attention?
After a good mechanical going over, Joe's family car is ready to be given a spectacular makeover both inside and out. How will mum and dad react when Ali-A reveals Freddie's high-flying new look?