Amazon has approved two motorsports TV shows for its Prime Video platform, one following the McLaren Formula One team across the 2017 season, and the other covering the 2017 24 Hours of Le Mans race in June.
Le Mans: Racing is Everything was greenlit last month by Amazon and will receive what Amazon calls “unprecedented access” to the entire 24-hour race later this year. Film crews embedded with the Porsche, Audi, Nissan, Toyota, Aston Martin, and Rebellion teams for the 2015 race, and followed a number of high-profile drivers including Mark Webber, André Lotterer, Nico Prost, and Englishman Jann Mardenborough, a 19-year-old who won a racing slot through the company’s GT Academy e-sports competition.
The Formula One series, which has yet to be named, will follow the McLaren racing team on 20 stops across the F1 calendar as McLaren tries to compete after two years of poor results following a new engine deal with Honda. The series will include video of how McLaren builds and tests its cars, as well as behind-the-scenes access to how sponsor and partnership deals are made.
Though Amazon isn’t streaming live sports on Prime Video like some internet services, it is finding a way into sports with these behind-the-scenes documentaries. The two shows join The Grand Tour, which debuted last year on Amazon with former Top Gear hosts Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond, and James May and Top Gear producer Andy Wilman at the helm, as high-profile car shows on Amazon’s streaming service.