Top 10: best car documentaries

Sam Bisby

By: Sam Bisby

Car documentaries telling the true stories behind drivers, motorsports and their cars attract petrolheads and even their non-driving counterparts with the danger, adventure and passion portrayed. These are our top ten best car documentaries.


Released in 2010, Senna charts the F1 career of Ayrton Senna throughout his partnerships with Toleman, Lotus, McLaren and Williams, as well as his fierce rivalry with fellow F1 driver Alain Prost. Unfortunately, we all know how this one ends.

1: Life on the Limit

1: Life on the Limit depicts the history of Formula 1 from the 1950s until Ayrton Senna’s death in 1994 and is narrated by Michael Fassbender. Along the way, drivers question the safety of the sport and the FIA doubling the Formula 1 car engine sizes.

Love the Beast

Love the Beast follows the 25 year journey of Eric Bana’s first car, a hardtop 1974 Ford XB Falcon that he bought when he was a kid at the age of 15. The documentary also features the likes of Jeremy Clarkson and Jay Leno providing their opinions on the connection people have with their cars.

Urban Outlaw

Urban Outlaw tracks Magnus Walker, a Brit in Los Angeles and a Porsche customiser who works on vintage Porsche 911s to create utterly unique designs.

Super Speedway

Follows Mario and Michael Andretti and the Newman-Haas Indy car racing team for four years and the process of preparing for a racing season. The documentary also details Mario restoring a roadster.

NASCAR: The Ride of their Lives

NASCAR: The Ride of their Lives documents the history of NASCAR from the 1950s to the 21st Century, including its origins, technology changes and competition adaptations.

Easier Said than Done

Spanning 18 months and 8 countries, Easier Said than Done depicts intense stories about car rallying and features rally drivers from the world over.

Boys of Bonneville: Racing on a Ribbon of Salt

The Boys of Bonneville honours the legacy of speed, outlining the history of the Bonneville Salt Flats as a land speed record location and car racing pioneer Ab Jenkins.

Dust to Glory

Charting the 2003 Baja 1000 off-road race, the documentary Dust to Glory depicts the dangers and adventures of the Mexico-based race that many dream of. Dust to Glory stars racers Mario Andretti, Mike McCoy, Robby Gordon and Larry Roeseler.

Truth in 24 

The 2008 documentary Truth in 24 follows Audi’s preparation for the 2008 24 Hours of Le Mans race and features interviews with Audi’s racing team drivers Allan McNish, Dindo Capello and ‘Mr Le Mans’ himself, Tom Kristensen.

Coming soon- McQueen: The Man and Le Mans

McQueen: The Man and Le Mans charts the untold history of Steve McQueen’s ‘Le Mans’ film. The documentary will delve into how the film impacted on McQueen’s salary and relationships. 

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