MTV UK and eBay are bringing iconic noughties makeover series Pimp My Ride back to British screens this month. Hosted by British rapper, Lady Leshurr, the new six-part series premieres on MTV UK’s YouTube channel on Friday 19th August.
For 2022, Pimp My Ride will highlight to would-be DIY motorists the cost and environmental benefits of buying pre-loved ‘green’ parts from eBay’s Certified Recycled Hub, which hosts an extensive range of recycled Original Equipment automotive parts.
The transformations, undertaken by Surrey-based one-stop-auto-shop, Wrench Studios, will include everything from a restored 1966 Volkswagen Beetle to a Fast & Furious-inspired 1992 Mitsubishi GTO. Viewers will see classic restorations completed alongside extreme modifications, featuring trademark Pimp My Ride sound systems and screens.
Whether motivated by costs, sustainability, or a general passion for motors, an eBay study of 1,919 parts and accessories buyers in the UK this year found 69% were planning to fit them themselves. The Pimp My Ride partnership provides a platform to connect these budding mechanics with the inspiration they need, demonstrating that anyone can source and install parts for their cars.
Wrench Studios is run by two brothers who were huge fans of the original series.
Hamid Iqbal, CEO Wrench Studios, said: “We grew up watching Pimp My Ride. Doing jobs on our own cars on the driveway is what got us into custom work and modifying. More and more people are doing jobs on vehicles themselves now and, like many of them, we use eBay to source parts, so it was natural for us to get involved in the new series. It’s been 15 years since it was last on air and we’re going to make sure it lives up to expectations.”