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Season 11  "Sumo"  11x6

Aired 11 years ago - Jul 27, 2008

It's an epic age-old rivalry: Britain versus Germany - but this time it's serious. Germany's equivalent of Top Gear - D Motor - is up against dear old Blighty's magnificent original in a series of challenges. Richard drives a new Mazda concept car and James chauffeurs two sumo wrestlers in a rather odd Japanese car.

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But at a nice, un-Rolls-Royce-ish price, because it cost an agreeable £32,000.
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Only a real expert can tell the difference.
Recap of Top Gear Season 11 Episode 6 (S11E06) - 3
Recap of Top Gear Season 11 Episode 6 (S11E06) - 4
Like those bands, it knows it's not the real thing,
Recap of Top Gear Season 11 Episode 6 (S11E06) - 5
Apparently, KTM say it is quite a handful,
Recap of Top Gear Season 11 Episode 6 (S11E06) - 6
Fair enough. Every year, the Scouts make a series of awards, which are relevant to them.
Recap of Top Gear Season 11 Episode 6 (S11E06) - 7
It's awkward, that. It turns out he's terrified of Scouts.
Recap of Top Gear Season 11 Episode 6 (S11E06) - 8
Does anybody here think...?
Recap of Top Gear Season 11 Episode 6 (S11E06) - 9
with the best ride of any car under a Rolls-Royce.
Recap of Top Gear Season 11 Episode 6 (S11E06) - 10
It's a very good car, so long as you want something that's equipped like a Romanian jail.
Recap of Top Gear Season 11 Episode 6 (S11E06) - 11
You're the sort of person I could show you a picture of Paris Hilton
Recap of Top Gear Season 11 Episode 6 (S11E06) - 12
2.6 miles to the gallon.
Recap of Top Gear Season 11 Episode 6 (S11E06) - 13
Really, no.
Recap of Top Gear Season 11 Episode 6 (S11E06) - 14
Options on the Gumpert are things like this - the traction control.
Recap of Top Gear Season 11 Episode 6 (S11E06) - 15
Recap of Top Gear Season 11 Episode 6 (S11E06) - 16
I suppose they'd call it the Popular Plus - 700 brake horsepower.
Recap of Top Gear Season 11 Episode 6 (S11E06) - 17
300 kilometres an hour.
Recap of Top Gear Season 11 Episode 6 (S11E06) - 18
But the Gumpert guys in their little German factory have gone down another path.
Recap of Top Gear Season 11 Episode 6 (S11E06) - 19
And the tunnel? And they found a tunnel they can do it in.
Recap of Top Gear Season 11 Episode 6 (S11E06) - 20
First corner now, hopefully he will be going faster to get that downforce working.
Recap of Top Gear Season 11 Episode 6 (S11E06) - 21
The Gumbert did it in it 1.17.1!
Recap of Top Gear Season 11 Episode 6 (S11E06) - 22
and Simon Cowell has now been at the top for the last two series, which we think is long enough.
Recap of Top Gear Season 11 Episode 6 (S11E06) - 23
"When will I beat the man with the codpiece?" Oh, Simon?
Recap of Top Gear Season 11 Episode 6 (S11E06) - 24
They don't have little flags and swastikas on!
Recap of Top Gear Season 11 Episode 6 (S11E06) - 25
then I got into a GT2 the other day, the new GT2. The Turbo, yeah.
Recap of Top Gear Season 11 Episode 6 (S11E06) - 26
When I get in it, I just cover myself in No.5.
Recap of Top Gear Season 11 Episode 6 (S11E06) - 27
I have been out with the new Stig. He's in the master class, isn't he?
Recap of Top Gear Season 11 Episode 6 (S11E06) - 28
"When are you going to beat Simon Cowell." They don't give a BLEEP about the music!
Recap of Top Gear Season 11 Episode 6 (S11E06) - 29
You're cutting that corner, we allow that because it's slippery there.
Recap of Top Gear Season 11 Episode 6 (S11E06) - 30
What was he? 145.9. 145.9.
Recap of Top Gear Season 11 Episode 6 (S11E06) - 31
five...
Recap of Top Gear Season 11 Episode 6 (S11E06) - 32
Thank you very much. CHEERING
Recap of Top Gear Season 11 Episode 6 (S11E06) - 33
And at precisely 9.00am, our Germans arrived in their impressive German cars.
Recap of Top Gear Season 11 Episode 6 (S11E06) - 34
Recap of Top Gear Season 11 Episode 6 (S11E06) - 35
It is called double decker racing and the idea is simple.
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James, will you promise to use the throttle and not just the brake?
Recap of Top Gear Season 11 Episode 6 (S11E06) - 37
Whereas in the Metro squadron...
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This was our darkest hour.
Recap of Top Gear Season 11 Episode 6 (S11E06) - 39
That is giving them something to think about.
Recap of Top Gear Season 11 Episode 6 (S11E06) - 40
I did. It is brilliantly simple. A drag race.
Recap of Top Gear Season 11 Episode 6 (S11E06) - 41
If the race is quarter of a mile this is still gonna be sitting here spinning its wheels. Yeah.
Recap of Top Gear Season 11 Episode 6 (S11E06) - 42
James, don't forget to turn your traction control off, mate.
Recap of Top Gear Season 11 Episode 6 (S11E06) - 43
So we were first. Let's just say that again, make it clear - first.
Recap of Top Gear Season 11 Episode 6 (S11E06) - 44
You can't get more British than a Mini!
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lap race around the Zolder circuit, the winner would be the first one to get their towel on the sunbed.
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I'm not talking, this matters.
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But, as always, with a Bowler, it can do that anywhere on anything.
Recap of Top Gear Season 11 Episode 6 (S11E06) - 49
Meanwhile, back at base...
Recap of Top Gear Season 11 Episode 6 (S11E06) - 50
Cooler! Eight weeks!

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Recap of Top Gear Season 11 Episode 6 (S11E06) - 2
Only a real expert can tell the difference.
#2
Recap of Top Gear Season 11 Episode 6 (S11E06) - 3 #3 Recap of Top Gear Season 11 Episode 6 (S11E06) - 4
Like those bands, it knows it's not the real thing,
#4
Recap of Top Gear Season 11 Episode 6 (S11E06) - 5
Apparently, KTM say it is quite a handful,
#5
Recap of Top Gear Season 11 Episode 6 (S11E06) - 6
Fair enough. Every year, the Scouts make a series of awards, which are relevant to them.
#6
Recap of Top Gear Season 11 Episode 6 (S11E06) - 7
It's awkward, that. It turns out he's terrified of Scouts.
#7
Recap of Top Gear Season 11 Episode 6 (S11E06) - 8
Does anybody here think...?
#8
Recap of Top Gear Season 11 Episode 6 (S11E06) - 9
with the best ride of any car under a Rolls-Royce.
#9
Recap of Top Gear Season 11 Episode 6 (S11E06) - 10
It's a very good car, so long as you want something that's equipped like a Romanian jail.
#10
Recap of Top Gear Season 11 Episode 6 (S11E06) - 11
You're the sort of person I could show you a picture of Paris Hilton
#11
Recap of Top Gear Season 11 Episode 6 (S11E06) - 12
2.6 miles to the gallon.
#12
Recap of Top Gear Season 11 Episode 6 (S11E06) - 13
Really, no.
#13
Recap of Top Gear Season 11 Episode 6 (S11E06) - 14
Options on the Gumpert are things like this - the traction control.
#14
Recap of Top Gear Season 11 Episode 6 (S11E06) - 15 #15 Recap of Top Gear Season 11 Episode 6 (S11E06) - 16
I suppose they'd call it the Popular Plus - 700 brake horsepower.
#16
Recap of Top Gear Season 11 Episode 6 (S11E06) - 17
300 kilometres an hour.
#17
Recap of Top Gear Season 11 Episode 6 (S11E06) - 18
But the Gumpert guys in their little German factory have gone down another path.
#18
Recap of Top Gear Season 11 Episode 6 (S11E06) - 19
And the tunnel? And they found a tunnel they can do it in.
#19
Recap of Top Gear Season 11 Episode 6 (S11E06) - 20
First corner now, hopefully he will be going faster to get that downforce working.
#20
Recap of Top Gear Season 11 Episode 6 (S11E06) - 21
The Gumbert did it in it 1.17.1!
#21
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and Simon Cowell has now been at the top for the last two series, which we think is long enough.
#22
Recap of Top Gear Season 11 Episode 6 (S11E06) - 23
"When will I beat the man with the codpiece?" Oh, Simon?
#23
Recap of Top Gear Season 11 Episode 6 (S11E06) - 24
They don't have little flags and swastikas on!
#24
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then I got into a GT2 the other day, the new GT2. The Turbo, yeah.
#25
Recap of Top Gear Season 11 Episode 6 (S11E06) - 26
When I get in it, I just cover myself in No.5.
#26
Recap of Top Gear Season 11 Episode 6 (S11E06) - 27
I have been out with the new Stig. He's in the master class, isn't he?
#27
Recap of Top Gear Season 11 Episode 6 (S11E06) - 28
"When are you going to beat Simon Cowell." They don't give a BLEEP about the music!
#28
Recap of Top Gear Season 11 Episode 6 (S11E06) - 29
You're cutting that corner, we allow that because it's slippery there.
#29
Recap of Top Gear Season 11 Episode 6 (S11E06) - 30
What was he? 145.9. 145.9.
#30
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five...
#31
Recap of Top Gear Season 11 Episode 6 (S11E06) - 32
Thank you very much. CHEERING
#32
Recap of Top Gear Season 11 Episode 6 (S11E06) - 33
And at precisely 9.00am, our Germans arrived in their impressive German cars.
#33
Recap of Top Gear Season 11 Episode 6 (S11E06) - 34 #34 Recap of Top Gear Season 11 Episode 6 (S11E06) - 35
It is called double decker racing and the idea is simple.
#35
Recap of Top Gear Season 11 Episode 6 (S11E06) - 36
James, will you promise to use the throttle and not just the brake?
#36
Recap of Top Gear Season 11 Episode 6 (S11E06) - 37
Whereas in the Metro squadron...
#37
Recap of Top Gear Season 11 Episode 6 (S11E06) - 38
This was our darkest hour.
#38
Recap of Top Gear Season 11 Episode 6 (S11E06) - 39
That is giving them something to think about.
#39
Recap of Top Gear Season 11 Episode 6 (S11E06) - 40
I did. It is brilliantly simple. A drag race.
#40
Recap of Top Gear Season 11 Episode 6 (S11E06) - 41
If the race is quarter of a mile this is still gonna be sitting here spinning its wheels. Yeah.
#41
Recap of Top Gear Season 11 Episode 6 (S11E06) - 42
James, don't forget to turn your traction control off, mate.
#42
Recap of Top Gear Season 11 Episode 6 (S11E06) - 43
So we were first. Let's just say that again, make it clear - first.
#43
Recap of Top Gear Season 11 Episode 6 (S11E06) - 44
You can't get more British than a Mini!
#44
Recap of Top Gear Season 11 Episode 6 (S11E06) - 45 #45 Recap of Top Gear Season 11 Episode 6 (S11E06) - 46
lap race around the Zolder circuit, the winner would be the first one to get their towel on the sunbed.
#46
Recap of Top Gear Season 11 Episode 6 (S11E06) - 47
I'm not talking, this matters.
#47
Recap of Top Gear Season 11 Episode 6 (S11E06) - 48
But, as always, with a Bowler, it can do that anywhere on anything.
#48
Recap of Top Gear Season 11 Episode 6 (S11E06) - 49
Meanwhile, back at base...
#49
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Cooler! Eight weeks!
#50