PHOENIX (June 22, 2011) — They'll be smelling burning rubber and nitro fumes as two teams of students and instructors from Universal Technical Institute Inc. (UTI) battle against each other in a test of skill, persistence and dedication to see who can build the fastest drag racing car with just 100 hours of build time in a new cable TV reality show set to air on MTV2.
Hosted by drag race legend Clay Millican and freestyle motocross and off-road racer Carey Hart, “Burnout: The Ultimate Drag Race Challenge” is a nine-part MTV2 reality series. It follows 20 UTI students and four instructors as they participate in challenges and work together to build a drag car from the ground up—all while working feverishly to source parts, keep up on schoolwork and maintain their everyday lives, according to the university. UTI, based in Scottsdale, Ariz., provides post-secondary education for students seeking careers as professional automotive, diesel, collision repair, motorcycle and marine technicians.
“Burnout” premieres at noon (EDT) on Saturday, June 25 on MTV2. The series leads up to a final race to determine the winning team, coming down to two cars and just 10 seconds on the strip. UTI said the competition is “fueled by competitive drive and bragging rights,” with each episode featuring the teams competing in various timed challenges—from unbolting engines to diagnosing clip cars—for the opportunity to add more time to their team clock. The premise is to win a challenge and win more build time for a team “or lose a challenge and along with it precious hours.”
The winning team will earn scholarships and cash prizes, while the losing team's car gets crushed.
UTI offers undergraduate degree, diploma and certificate programs at 11 campuses across the U.S., as well as manufacturer-specific training programs at dedicated training centers.