A Unique Behind-the-Scenes Pass – WORLD’S TOP 5 Returns to Discovery Science with the Most Extraordinary Machines Ever Built

— April 1st, 2014

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TORONTO (April 1, 2014) –  The global search for the ultimate giants of engineering genius continues as WORLD’S TOP 5 returns for its second season Wednesday, April 30 at 8 p.m. ET/10 p.m. PT on Discovery Science. The 10-part series tests and analyzes the “World’s Top 5” examples of a particular kind of machine, ranking them in five key categories.


The ultimate giants of engineering: WORLD’S TOP 5 S2 premieres April 30 on Discovery Science

Along the way, top engineering talent go behind the scenes to reveal the sheer engineering brilliance powering ships, firefighters, railways, giant aircrafts, transporters, trucks, cranes, mighty planes, sea machines, and helicopters. Season 2 is filled with genius machines like an oil tanker carving its way through arctic ice; a plane putting out a forest fire; and a submarine diving 300 metres below the waves. The series reveals how these mechanical titans measure up to the rest of the competition and the secrets to their success.

Episode highlights from WORLD’S TOP 5 include:

WORLD’S TOP 5: “World’s Top 5 Massive Ships”

Wednesday April 30 at 8 p.m. ET/ 10 p.m. PT

In the global search for the ultimate engineering genius in massive ships, this episode shortlists five outstanding ships: the state-of-the-art safety vessel The Esvagt Aurora; the ice-breaking oil tanker the The MVTonsberg; the world’s largest bulk carrier Vale Brasil; the undersea construction vessel Lewek Connector; and the deep-water drillship, Ocean Black Hawk. All are engineering wonders in their own right – but how will they fare when against each other in five key categories? And which will be the ultimate massive ship?

WORLD’S TOP 5: “World’s Top 5 Monster Fire Fighters”

Wednesday May 7 at 8 p.m. ET/ 10 p.m. PT

Episode 2 highlights five incredible fire fighters: The Superscooper, a plane built to water-bomb fires; the Oshkosh 4500, the airport fire truck that thinks it’s a racing car; the Windhoff train, built to handle a blaze in the world’s longest land tunnel; the Bronto Skylift, the ultimate rescue platform; and Fireboat 343, the guardian of  Manhattan. Each a titan, how will they fare in head-to-head battles in five key firefighting categories?

WORLD’S TOP 5: “World’s Top 5 Extreme Railways”

Wednesday May 14 at 8 p.m. ET/10 p.m. PT

All mechanical marvels, five outstanding extreme railways are shortlisted in Episode 3. The bright-red, high-speed Ferrari-inspired Italo  railway, running from Rome to Naples; the 5 km Transnet, carrying iron ore across South Africa; the subterranean Marmaray, connecting Europe and Asia under Istanbul; the mountain-climbing MRS in Sao Paolo, Brazil; and the Lotschberg base tunnel, the world’s longest land tunnel, buried deep in the Swiss Alps.  Under the spotlight and competing for best of the best, which will be titled the ultimate extreme railway?

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Elysia Circelli, Discovery Science, 416.384.5166 or elysia.circelli@ellmedia.ca

Jodi Cook, Discovery Science, 416.384.4603 or jodi.cook@bellmedia.ca