10 Automotive YouTube Channels to Watch While You’re at Home

YouTube is a bottomless ocean of content. Try as we might, it’s nearly impossible to stop watching. Lucky for you, in between clicking the “Skip Ads” button, we’ve put together a list of must-watch channels centered around the best automotive options. It’s not as fun as attending an actual track day, but watching someone do it is a lot cheaper. Here’s what to watch when it comes to engineering questions, automotive history, and off-road carnage.

Car and Driver Window Shop

We understand this is a like asking Michael Jordan about his favorite basketball team, but hear us out. Our Window Shop series is about finding cars that meet a different criteria each week, and then watching guests like The Smoking Tire’s Matt Farah, Engineering Explained’s Jason Fenske, or 24 Hours of Lemons founder Jay Lamm explain themselves. Some of the past challenges include Super-luxury Cars for Under $10,000, Best European Cars Never Sold in the U.S., and an episode where our own editor-in-chief, Sharon Carty, talks about her very first car. Who knows, maybe one day we’ll book Dennis Rodman.

3DBotMaker Die-cast Racing League

Get your motorsports fix on the 3Dbotmaker channel. This channel features 1/64-scale car racing. Yes, you read that right. There are three series: stock-car tournament, die-cast rally championship, and the king of the mountain, the modified-car series. The races are even come with play-by-play.

Ronny Dahl 4Wheeling Australia

Overlanding might be new to us yankees, but it’s something Australians like Ronny Dahl have been doing for over a decade. Thankfully, when Ronny drives through windshield-deep rivers in the Outback he uploads it for our viewing pleasure. He’s also expanded his coverage to include answers to any 4×4 questions you might have, gear comparison tests, how locked differentials work, and multi-episode travel adventures. It’s also a fun place to learn about vehicles not sold in the U.S., like the Toyota Hilux, Nissan Patrol, and more.

Petrolicious

Petrolicious is full of documentary-style videos of gearheads and their classic cars. These videos aren’t low budget, either. Watch everything from air-cooled Porsches to a Ferrari 330 P4 and a 1991 Toyota Previa. It’s okay if the cinematography makes you drool. We think they do it on purpose.

Engineering Explained Answers Everything

Any question you’ve ever had about how a car works is explained on the Engineering Explained YouTube channel. You’ve got more time at home these days; why not get the YouTube equivalent of a mechanical engineering degree while you’re at it?

Jimmy Broadbent Sim Racing

Sim racing has become so big in recent years, even professional Formula 1 drivers like Charles Leclerc, Lando Norris, and Max Verstappen are in on it. Jimmy Broadbent races Formula 1 too, but in a casual-sense. In 2018 he was hired as an English-speaking commentator for the FIA-backed Sim Racing Champions for Gran Turismo, and has since gained a large following live-streaming his own video game driving experiences. Where else could you find a guy driving a WRC rally car with a Guitar Hero controller?

Gumbal Supercars

Someone, somewhere has probably suggested meditation as a healthy quarantine activity. So check out Gumbal‘s channel to watch and listen to cars accelerating. Same thing.

Matt’s Off Road Recovery

Watching compilations of driving fails is addicting, but have you ever wondered what happened next? Matt’s Off Road Recovery and his team of helpers unstuck things for a living in southern Utah. Matt’s channel is raw, there’s no cast or pretend scenario, and the drama unfolds naturally while the GoPros keep recording. The group uses all sorts of tools from recovery straps to lifted Jeep Cherokee XJs. Sometimes the first Jeep Cherokee XJ will break, so they’ll daisy-chain the stranded vehicle attached to the first XJ with another XJ out to a flatbed. Stuff happens. There’s never a dull moment when it comes to off-roading in Utah.

DailyDrivenExotics Lifestyle VLOG

DailyDrivenExotics is a lifestyle vlog about high-end cars. Well, let us rephrase that: high-end cars that actually get driven. If you have the toys, use them.

Stauffer Garage Car Detailing and Cleaning Tips

Watching someone detail unbelievably nasty cars is extremely satisfying. And Stauffer Garage has seen it all, including a Pontiac Fiero project. But beware: these videos can become a black hole with no return. Enjoy.

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