The number of automotive shows blasting across your living room's flatscreen or floating around on your laptop and mobile device is pretty remarkable. In the past, a single weekend day dedicated to a time block of wrenching has since been completely overshadowed by a never-ending list of amateur and professional productions that can be accessed at a moment's notice with just a few finger taps. In the midst of all of the available content, the overwhelming majority of it focuses on the domestic side of things and while some of it may crossover and make an impact in our world, the need for more import-centric content is long overdue. The powers that be must have felt the same way and in light of that, Under Pressure: 9K was developed to help swing the scales back the other way.
Set to take place at 9K Racing, a recently relocated Socal performance shop staffed by owner Joey Grande, co-owner Felicia Bang, fabricator Greg Leone and technician and aero specialist Jesse Budano, the group handles all types of vehicles from street to race and everything in between - whether it's a few bolt-on parts, a built engine swap or a complete build from top to bottom.
The series will air on Motortrend On Demand and we were able to get a little intel on what some of the 8-10 minute episodes will be comprised of. The first few will revolve around a 9K customer looking to completely rework his Evo X—a job that the crew tackles head-on by further customizing an already rare widebody kit, addressing some engine concerns and adding some finishing touches before the car's owner finally gets a look at the finished product before hitting the hills of San Diego for an on-road impression.
Fabricator Greg Leone, hell-bent on building the s-chassis of his dreams gets going on a bare chassis with a goal of twin-charging (supercharger and turbocharger) his way to a one-of-a-kind set up. If the name sounds familiar or you've already done a Google search, yes, it's the same guy that was featured on MTV's True Life—I'm a Street Racer back in 2003, which has made its rounds on the web time and time again.
Joey, the shop's owner, gets motivated to work on his personal S13.5—a ground-up build with no corners cut. In the midst of personal builds are customers stopping by for various jobs to complete which include an NSX, Corolla, and more. Finally, a show dedicated to the cars we live and breathe. All episodes will be available to stream (or binge) May 16th! Start your 14-day free trial now to access all episodes on the MotorTrend app