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Season 12  "Tesla Roadster"  12x7

Aired 10 years ago - Dec 14, 2008

James visits California to learn about the hydrogen-fuelled Honda Clarity, and Jeremy assesses the performance of Tesla's battery-powered supercar the Roadster. Richard looks back over 50 years of British touring car racing, and singer Tom Jones is the Star in a Reasonably Priced Car.

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the racing was incredible.
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that didn't stop them crashing.
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and now fighting his way from the back, drove out of his skin.
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100% of British people want the BTCC to become the Burning Touring Car Championship.
Recap of Top Gear Season 12 Episode 7 (S12E07) - 7
"I will send the BBC an email and I don't care if they don't read it."
Recap of Top Gear Season 12 Episode 7 (S12E07) - 8
It's that new helicopter piano removal company that moved in next door.
Recap of Top Gear Season 12 Episode 7 (S12E07) - 9
I think some people just find this sort of thing comes more naturally to them.
Recap of Top Gear Season 12 Episode 7 (S12E07) - 10
Earlier in the week, we decided to try them out by seeing how high up the side of the BBC
Recap of Top Gear Season 12 Episode 7 (S12E07) - 11
(Laughter)
Recap of Top Gear Season 12 Episode 7 (S12E07) - 12
As if they imagine that those of us who have had one for years,
Recap of Top Gear Season 12 Episode 7 (S12E07) - 13
- (Laughter) - No, we are. Who'd like to see that?
Recap of Top Gear Season 12 Episode 7 (S12E07) - 14
Right, back to it. Actually, can I just make a point?
Recap of Top Gear Season 12 Episode 7 (S12E07) - 15
- This wizard's sleeve, for instance. - (Laughter)
Recap of Top Gear Season 12 Episode 7 (S12E07) - 16
It's made in California, it's based on the Lotus Elise...
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The volt head has overtaken the petrol head.
Recap of Top Gear Season 12 Episode 7 (S12E07) - 21
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They are three times more expensive than Elises.
Recap of Top Gear Season 12 Episode 7 (S12E07) - 23
The first electric car that you might actually want to buy.
Recap of Top Gear Season 12 Episode 7 (S12E07) - 24
Some say that he doesn't like to get his helmet wet.
Recap of Top Gear Season 12 Episode 7 (S12E07) - 25
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Can't reach. So they have to build up enough momentum in their rocking chair
Recap of Top Gear Season 12 Episode 7 (S12E07) - 27
and the old lady can effortlessly make Adrian Chiles go away.
Recap of Top Gear Season 12 Episode 7 (S12E07) - 28
Recap of Top Gear Season 12 Episode 7 (S12E07) - 29
"Oh, Christ!" Blood pouring out my ears and so on.
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Now, you've got a new album out, which of course is why you're here, to tell us all about it.
Recap of Top Gear Season 12 Episode 7 (S12E07) - 31
- What, when you were a kid? - Yeah, when I was a teenager.
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- You're well to look frightened. - Yeah, I bet.
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- Ooh, I used to have one of those. - AMG.
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Ooh, yeah!
Recap of Top Gear Season 12 Episode 7 (S12E07) - 35
- (Tom) Here's the fast one coming up. - Are they driving gloves?
Recap of Top Gear Season 12 Episode 7 (S12E07) - 36
in 1:52.2, which puts you...
Recap of Top Gear Season 12 Episode 7 (S12E07) - 37
The V8 bellow of the new Mercedes CLK Black.
Recap of Top Gear Season 12 Episode 7 (S12E07) - 38
And now the John Sergeant Award.
Recap of Top Gear Season 12 Episode 7 (S12E07) - 39
Can I just ask, a couple of weeks ago - were you watching when Kevin McCloud came here
Recap of Top Gear Season 12 Episode 7 (S12E07) - 40
Aah!
Recap of Top Gear Season 12 Episode 7 (S12E07) - 41
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Jeremy Clarkson interviewing Will Young and here he is.
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The Ford Fiesta.
Recap of Top Gear Season 12 Episode 7 (S12E07) - 44
Look at the way it corners, this is proper, old-fashioned racing car handling.
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Recap of Top Gear Season 12 Episode 7 (S12E07) - 46
Recap of Top Gear Season 12 Episode 7 (S12E07) - 47
Ahem!
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Terribly important. If you don't do that you get hydrogen all over your shoes.
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I'm trying to come up with a bit of a setup like this next to my house.

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Recap of Top Gear Season 12 Episode 7 (S12E07) - 2
that didn't stop them crashing.
#2
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and now fighting his way from the back, drove out of his skin.
#4
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100% of British people want the BTCC to become the Burning Touring Car Championship.
#6
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"I will send the BBC an email and I don't care if they don't read it."
#7
Recap of Top Gear Season 12 Episode 7 (S12E07) - 8
It's that new helicopter piano removal company that moved in next door.
#8
Recap of Top Gear Season 12 Episode 7 (S12E07) - 9
I think some people just find this sort of thing comes more naturally to them.
#9
Recap of Top Gear Season 12 Episode 7 (S12E07) - 10
Earlier in the week, we decided to try them out by seeing how high up the side of the BBC
#10
Recap of Top Gear Season 12 Episode 7 (S12E07) - 11
(Laughter)
#11
Recap of Top Gear Season 12 Episode 7 (S12E07) - 12
As if they imagine that those of us who have had one for years,
#12
Recap of Top Gear Season 12 Episode 7 (S12E07) - 13
- (Laughter) - No, we are. Who'd like to see that?
#13
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Right, back to it. Actually, can I just make a point?
#14
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- This wizard's sleeve, for instance. - (Laughter)
#15
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It's made in California, it's based on the Lotus Elise...
#16
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The volt head has overtaken the petrol head.
#20
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They are three times more expensive than Elises.
#22
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The first electric car that you might actually want to buy.
#23
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Some say that he doesn't like to get his helmet wet.
#24
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Can't reach. So they have to build up enough momentum in their rocking chair
#26
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and the old lady can effortlessly make Adrian Chiles go away.
#27
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"Oh, Christ!" Blood pouring out my ears and so on.
#29
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Now, you've got a new album out, which of course is why you're here, to tell us all about it.
#30
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- What, when you were a kid? - Yeah, when I was a teenager.
#31
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- You're well to look frightened. - Yeah, I bet.
#32
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- Ooh, I used to have one of those. - AMG.
#33
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Ooh, yeah!
#34
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- (Tom) Here's the fast one coming up. - Are they driving gloves?
#35
Recap of Top Gear Season 12 Episode 7 (S12E07) - 36
in 1:52.2, which puts you...
#36
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The V8 bellow of the new Mercedes CLK Black.
#37
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And now the John Sergeant Award.
#38
Recap of Top Gear Season 12 Episode 7 (S12E07) - 39
Can I just ask, a couple of weeks ago - were you watching when Kevin McCloud came here
#39
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Aah!
#40
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Jeremy Clarkson interviewing Will Young and here he is.
#42
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The Ford Fiesta.
#43
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Look at the way it corners, this is proper, old-fashioned racing car handling.
#44
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Ahem!
#47
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Terribly important. If you don't do that you get hydrogen all over your shoes.
#48
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I'm trying to come up with a bit of a setup like this next to my house.
#50