On 12 March 1996 Bomben bei Kilometer 92, the pilot for Alarm für Cobra 11 – Die Autobahnpolizei was broadcast, marking the beginning of a fast-paced success story. Now, 15 years later, the Cobra 11 heroes have become a fixture on German television. Alarm für Cobra 11 is synonymous with action at the highest level and smashing stunts coupled with gripping, tricky cases and witty dialogue.
It takes 100 people ten hours on the set to produce two or three minutes of stunt material; their preparation involves mathematicians, physicists and engineers. ince 2005, the stunts and driving scenes have been shot on a special section of autobahn, Europe’s largest film set, in the district of Düren, North Rhine-Westphalia. In 15 years of Alarm für Cobra 11, 3750 cars have been totalled, some 900 gangsters arrested, and early 4500 kilometres of footage exposed –enough to stretch from the set to the North Pole.
Alarm für Cobra 11 – die Autobahnpolizei is produced by Action Concept Film- und Stuntproduktion on behalf of RTL Television. In recent years, the Action Concept team has won the Oscar of the stunt industry, the “Taurus World Stunt Award,” three times for their work on Alarm für Cobra 11. Germany’s most popular action series is an audience magnet abroad as well: Cobra 11 is broadcast in some 140 countries worldwide, including Mexico, China, Estonia, Poland, Hungary, Slovenia, Belgium and Italy.