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Season 12  "Economy Run"  12x4

Aired 11 years ago - Nov 23, 2008

Jeremy, Richard and James are challenged to drive from the heart of Switzerland to the north-western coast of England on just one tank of fuel, with the winner switching on the Blackpool illuminations. James also power tests the Pagani Zonda F Roadster, and the Stig sets a lap time in the Bugatti Veyron. Grand Designs presenter Harry Enfield is the Star in a Reasonably Priced Car.

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Recap of Top Gear Season 12 Episode 4 (S12E04) - 1
And my eyeballs are back in the correct position on the front of my face.
Recap of Top Gear Season 12 Episode 4 (S12E04) - 2
Pagani is still very much here still today, getting up Ferrari's nose.
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TYRES SCREECH
Recap of Top Gear Season 12 Episode 4 (S12E04) - 4
Since I'd got my eye in with the Zonda, I took that.
Recap of Top Gear Season 12 Episode 4 (S12E04) - 5
I wasn't kidding. I do actually mean it.
Recap of Top Gear Season 12 Episode 4 (S12E04) - 6
I think it was that you stepped out of the Panda, into the Zonda,
Recap of Top Gear Season 12 Episode 4 (S12E04) - 7
Recap of Top Gear Season 12 Episode 4 (S12E04) - 8
No, really, apart from being given one, I can't think of a reason.
Recap of Top Gear Season 12 Episode 4 (S12E04) - 9
What sort of band are those kids in?
Recap of Top Gear Season 12 Episode 4 (S12E04) - 10
Thank God for that.
Recap of Top Gear Season 12 Episode 4 (S12E04) - 11
It's like people that say you've got to eat natural yoghurt because it's good for you.
Recap of Top Gear Season 12 Episode 4 (S12E04) - 12
First one there would get their name in the history books.
Recap of Top Gear Season 12 Episode 4 (S12E04) - 13
Yes, it's a big four-wheel-drive estate, but it has a large fuel tank which gives good range.
Recap of Top Gear Season 12 Episode 4 (S12E04) - 14
How many miles per gallon...? You see, this is a VW Polo... We know what it is!
Recap of Top Gear Season 12 Episode 4 (S12E04) - 15
Well, theoretical range, 706 miles.
Recap of Top Gear Season 12 Episode 4 (S12E04) - 16
But what if you need one of these? What if you need a wishbone?
Recap of Top Gear Season 12 Episode 4 (S12E04) - 17
looking forward to 17 hours of mental arithmetic.
Recap of Top Gear Season 12 Episode 4 (S12E04) - 18
but there's fewer hills
Recap of Top Gear Season 12 Episode 4 (S12E04) - 19
Recap of Top Gear Season 12 Episode 4 (S12E04) - 20
I had to use my brakes, and then I've got to accelerate again, which uses more fuel.
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The only problem was boredom, and that was made worse by a phone call from James.
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So, I'm gonna spend a bit more fuel- to get there on time.
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Recap of Top Gear Season 12 Episode 4 (S12E04) - 26
But now, if you've always fancied a supercar
Recap of Top Gear Season 12 Episode 4 (S12E04) - 27
Because that, they've got a supercar, 911 nose on the front,
Recap of Top Gear Season 12 Episode 4 (S12E04) - 28
Which is? Which is that when I came- on, I did the round in the car,
Recap of Top Gear Season 12 Episode 4 (S12E04) - 29
LAUGHTER
Recap of Top Gear Season 12 Episode 4 (S12E04) - 30
Clarkson Island has the greatest number of Clarksons in the world.
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You're coming too soon, Enfield.
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what we want to do and we'll find it funny, and I think it sort of helped our relationship, too.
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Prince Harry, Prince whatever he's called, the other one. William.
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There you go, ladies and gentlemen.
Recap of Top Gear Season 12 Episode 4 (S12E04) - 37
Jeremy meanwhile had decided the whole thing was impossible.
Recap of Top Gear Season 12 Episode 4 (S12E04) - 38
as once again we'd all chosen different routes.
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Our man on the ground was preparing by having an afternoon nap.
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Since Birmingham, neither had I.
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Recap of Top Gear Season 12 Episode 4 (S12E04) - 47
How you kept that... I thought, there's no way he can do it.
Recap of Top Gear Season 12 Episode 4 (S12E04) - 48
OK, I did make the mistake of going too slowly, but nevertheless, I got 63 miles to the gallon out of that.
Recap of Top Gear Season 12 Episode 4 (S12E04) - 49
Recap of Top Gear Season 12 Episode 4 (S12E04) - 50
Right, now the Stig can really wind up all 16 cylinders, all four turbos, all 987 horsepower.

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Recap of Top Gear Season 12 Episode 4 (S12E04) - 2
Pagani is still very much here still today, getting up Ferrari's nose.
#2
Recap of Top Gear Season 12 Episode 4 (S12E04) - 3
TYRES SCREECH
#3
Recap of Top Gear Season 12 Episode 4 (S12E04) - 4
Since I'd got my eye in with the Zonda, I took that.
#4
Recap of Top Gear Season 12 Episode 4 (S12E04) - 5
I wasn't kidding. I do actually mean it.
#5
Recap of Top Gear Season 12 Episode 4 (S12E04) - 6
I think it was that you stepped out of the Panda, into the Zonda,
#6
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No, really, apart from being given one, I can't think of a reason.
#8
Recap of Top Gear Season 12 Episode 4 (S12E04) - 9
What sort of band are those kids in?
#9
Recap of Top Gear Season 12 Episode 4 (S12E04) - 10
Thank God for that.
#10
Recap of Top Gear Season 12 Episode 4 (S12E04) - 11
It's like people that say you've got to eat natural yoghurt because it's good for you.
#11
Recap of Top Gear Season 12 Episode 4 (S12E04) - 12
First one there would get their name in the history books.
#12
Recap of Top Gear Season 12 Episode 4 (S12E04) - 13
Yes, it's a big four-wheel-drive estate, but it has a large fuel tank which gives good range.
#13
Recap of Top Gear Season 12 Episode 4 (S12E04) - 14
How many miles per gallon...? You see, this is a VW Polo... We know what it is!
#14
Recap of Top Gear Season 12 Episode 4 (S12E04) - 15
Well, theoretical range, 706 miles.
#15
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But what if you need one of these? What if you need a wishbone?
#16
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looking forward to 17 hours of mental arithmetic.
#17
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but there's fewer hills
#18
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I had to use my brakes, and then I've got to accelerate again, which uses more fuel.
#20
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The only problem was boredom, and that was made worse by a phone call from James.
#23
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So, I'm gonna spend a bit more fuel- to get there on time.
#24
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But now, if you've always fancied a supercar
#26
Recap of Top Gear Season 12 Episode 4 (S12E04) - 27
Because that, they've got a supercar, 911 nose on the front,
#27
Recap of Top Gear Season 12 Episode 4 (S12E04) - 28
Which is? Which is that when I came- on, I did the round in the car,
#28
Recap of Top Gear Season 12 Episode 4 (S12E04) - 29
LAUGHTER
#29
Recap of Top Gear Season 12 Episode 4 (S12E04) - 30
Clarkson Island has the greatest number of Clarksons in the world.
#30
Recap of Top Gear Season 12 Episode 4 (S12E04) - 31
You're coming too soon, Enfield.
#31
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what we want to do and we'll find it funny, and I think it sort of helped our relationship, too.
#32
Recap of Top Gear Season 12 Episode 4 (S12E04) - 33
Prince Harry, Prince whatever he's called, the other one. William.
#33
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There you go, ladies and gentlemen.
#36
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Jeremy meanwhile had decided the whole thing was impossible.
#37
Recap of Top Gear Season 12 Episode 4 (S12E04) - 38
as once again we'd all chosen different routes.
#38
Recap of Top Gear Season 12 Episode 4 (S12E04) - 39
Our man on the ground was preparing by having an afternoon nap.
#39
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Since Birmingham, neither had I.
#44
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How you kept that... I thought, there's no way he can do it.
#47
Recap of Top Gear Season 12 Episode 4 (S12E04) - 48
OK, I did make the mistake of going too slowly, but nevertheless, I got 63 miles to the gallon out of that.
#48
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Right, now the Stig can really wind up all 16 cylinders, all four turbos, all 987 horsepower.
#50