Aired 10 years ago - Feb 27, 2011
Richard finally gets to drive his childhood supercar heroes, Jeremy races the new Jaguar XJ against the sun, James tests NASA's latest space exploration vehicle, and former deputy prime minister John Prescott hits the track.
Aired 10 years ago - Feb 20, 2011
Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May set out to end the chaos and misery that snowfall brings to Britain every year using a combine harvester, some basic engineering skills and a quick trip to Norway. Also, Jeremy is on the test track in
the new Audi RS5 and the latest BMW M3. Meanwhile, Amber Heard is the guest in the Reasonably Priced Car.
we have got Hammond in a car.
We are going to do a little experiment,
The good news is there is absolutely no sign
of the cold air returning in the near future,
Norwegians actually have a chart to say how much
weight you can put on various thicknesses of ice.
"As my guesswork was correct, we set to work".
"When the combine finally moved,
we could see the scale of the peril".
There is no reason why it was shut because
it is not difficult to clear a runway. It just is not.
"Pretty soon, the runway was finished.
Interestingly and unusually,
they have also sent us a description
# Daniel's girlfriend is bouncing around
on a man with an Aston v8...#
No, not endless time and space, Infinity,
the Japanese car maker. Oh, yeah.
Now, Ferrari. This year's F1 car they said
is going to be called the F150.
OK, I have got some news about
personalised number plates.
It is also not fair, because what if you
were a wholesaler of giant hold-alls
In a straight line, it is no faster
than the standard car.
Audi has even gone to the trouble of
fitting the engine with a device that
A machine born in the forests,
rough, brutal and exciting.
But listen. I have another problem with the
Audi apart from the ones we have already seen.
And that in a recent race,
even he was beaten by The King's Speech.
Two corners left. Here they come now on the braking,
I said, yes that is true, but she is bisexual.
And she likes guns and muscle cars. And I won.
I am watching it now.
You have just grown a third leg. He has.
Why haven't you gone down that route?
I grew up around guns, around gun owners and users.
The guy that ran it, I can remember watching,
They made me wear a helmet too, can you believe that?
Wow, that's how go through there!
Hammond! You have got good grit!
It is like a reversing light, this. kind of.
I was trying to clear that thing of snow
but it has got a car in it.
it will not take them very long to find us.
We are stuck.
Look at us carving a path. Look, that is ours.
"This time, we had come off the road
and into a massive snowdrift".
Aired 10 years ago - Feb 13, 2011
Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May set out to buy second hand convertibles and discover some of the unusual pitfalls to watch out for when picking up a used car bargain. Also, Jeremy is on the test track in the insanely powerful Pagani Zonda R. Meanwhile, Simon Pegg and Nick Frost are the stars in the Reasonably Priced Car.
We're always being asked, people come up to us and say is a Golf
They leach into dry rot, they leach into the system.
No concrete is the answer.
Well, your brakes are better.
'But the test they were doing went far beyond looking for old envelopes.'
Little balls in the footwell.
It's like driving around in a Moroccan prison, isn't it, really? In the front of his car.
Yeah, but even though... OK, he's in, but I think you'll find...
I did. Did you see if there were anybody else's bottom mushrooms growing in the carpet?
What about fatalities? Fatalities, there were none with the cameras on and none with the cameras off.
You might have seen in the news Formula One driver Robert Kubicainjured horribly in a rally crash.
That's not a superstition, you idiot, it's a bad idea.
You are? Do you know what we're talking about?
There we are, Top Gear Top Tip, kill all magpies and kill them now.
We've got it here in the studio and- this is the first time we've been able to have a proper look at it.
My only problem with this really is,- I like a supercar to look a bit crazy, a bit mad, like a Zonda.
But we were wrong.
SPEECH DROWNED OUT BY ENGINE
That makes the performance extremely dramatic!
"I really like the way they've got these air vents laid out."
and all you have to do when the fury runs out, pull the lever and it starts all over again.
It seems a shame that we wave goodbye to the Zonda with a car that is absolutely brilliant,
this too is a quietened down, softer version of the R.
Some say his nipples are explosive.
Cuts a steady throttle through the follow-through.
Yes. There's one more thing we have- to do, I'm afraid. Get rid of it.
They've ripped up my Golden Fajita Card.
We thought of the desert, then because of our nerd minds, we went straight to Area 51.
He's less alien than they are, really. They're two British guys out of their depth.
We had to learn how to drive. This is going to sound really BLEEP- but we had a driver.
Doing 80 mph. Stupid idiot. Anyway, so look, the lap, this is why you're here.
He does, yeah. Very... Ooh, you're not using all the road, though.
..I think we should have a look at Nick's lap.
Just like a bag of pigs.
That's dangerous, with me being on the right, too. That could have...
You are between Cameron and Tom. Now, Nick, obviously the heavyweight.
That is a remarkable performance. Have you done track? You've been here before.
setting a lap time in the modern-day equivalent of our cars.
I think this is Chicago.
'all of our ultimate driving machines had lost their edge.'
James is sitting in his car holding his breath, because his car is full of gas.
He's going to have to breathe. He's done it. Right.
Around 5,500. So ã2,000 less. Well done.
'It all looked terribly complicated- and that was a worry,
Right, here we go.
It's going to be magnificent. Right, let's do it.
Now, it is a shame we can't show you the rest of that film,
Aired 10 years ago - Feb 06, 2011
Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May head to Albania to test the super luxurious Rolls-Royce Ghost, Bentley Mulsanne and Mercedes S65 AMG. Back on home soil, Jeremy is out on the track in a trio of high-powered hatchbacks, the Ford Focus
RS500, the Prodrive Impreza CS400 and the one-off Volvo C30 PPC, whilst Jonathan Ross is the star in the reasonably priced car.
We do a car show.
Yes, but you can't say car or peach.
one there to tell me it's a 30 kilometre
an hour speed limit around here.
One man, who owned a cafe, got 18 years in jail
for telling a customer he didn't have a spoon.
ã220,000 for this. Oh, God, it's...
Mercedes. Mercedes. Mercedes.
This S Class has a
new system on board.
What are you going to do
with a submarine, Jeremy?
Come on, James, the police
could be on their way.
And even though he did fit in the
Bentley, there was still a problem.
on cross-border crime, and as a formality the Greek
police did a check on his car and it was nicked.
They say that hair transmits
neurological information. Yeah.
Yet she's still just known for having
a Reliant Scimitar. It must be annoying.
bit of dual carriageway, bit of
city driving, and it averaged 38mpg.
YOU are exactly the reason why I want
a camera on my helmet when I cycle.
There have been similar modifications elsewhere
- new wheels, tyres,
It's the Ford Focus RS500,
and let's not mess about...
So, what is it, then, this deafening,
electric-blue streak from the frozen North?
It has, I'm delighted to say on
a day like today, four-wheel-drive,
This car is epic, but there is
one quite large problem with it.
Some say he once tore a goat in half
This one is a gum disease
with a spoiler on it.
Very well. How are you? I'm good.
Have a seat.
You are paid to do certain things and feel you
should push things in a certain way and put it out.
Lovely. We might upset
beards and beardmen.
At least my hearing's still working!
What's wrong with you?!
It is quite stupid.
So you can get in fourth gear
in reverse. You can.
If you do have a problem,
write to us, at Jonathan Ross, ITV.
Right. Ooh, I say we're determined.
He wouldn't tell you to go off
on the grass. You are lost again.
we also have another little bi of footage to
demonstrate that you're not really a car man.
I assume it is.
to open this much, or a little bit
wider, assuming there's room, obviously.
'Or would he prefer one of the
others? We realised we didn't know.
'Meanwhile, in the Mulsanne... '
'In a Bentley, it's VERY stressy. '
Aired 10 years ago - Jan 30, 2011
Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May go head-to-head against their opposite numbers from Australian Top Gear in a car-based version of The Ashes. With disciplines including rallying, drifting and an Aussie version of double-decker car
racing it's an all-out grudge match that will almost certainly end in tears. Also in the show, Jeremy is on the test track in Ferrari's new 599 GTO and Boris Becker is the Star in a Reasonably Priced Car.
Strangely, none of them was very
happy about the prison lorry.
Is that any good? It doesn't make it
a commercial vehicle. Not really, no.
It even managed to beat you while
carrying an engine in the back.
We have both these.
Right. What's his name again?
What's the start? The klaxon thing?
Tell him to shut up and drive!
No! An Australian's come through!
This is the biggest car in the world, OK?
You might think this is a stubble field. It
It's got a carbotanium body, so that is
carbon fibre, but titanium woven in with
carbon fibre in it.
if you're driving fast...
I got that.
What? I'm going to have to pull you up on
that, as I think you'll find murderers
drive a Renault Espace.
Cars reflect national characteristics, so
German cars are very well built, efficient.
Oh, I'm a Mexican.
That's all I'm going to do all day.
It's never happened before.
It's an Alfa Romeo - it has!
And because the aluminium body panels
were hand-beaten over pieces of wood,
It doesn't even have a radio.
And this is just the same.
It's an F-22
It's just a limited-edition tweaked
version of the car Gordon Ramsay drives.
But, anyway, we must now find out how fast
this Chinese psychopath goes round our
Carbon ceramic, second generation, so the
Stig can brake very hard and very late, but
he's not braking now.
Yeah. First, for the younger members of the
audience, you were the first German to win
I was reading the papers the last
couple of days, I find it a bit harsh.
I thought I'd come with my
best weapon to impress you.
"and there's this highway from Milan down
to Geneva, three lanes, where we maybe give
it a go. "
Well... he's young, that's the look.
Those 21-year-olds wear it that way now.
This is the worst racing
driver excuses I've...!
Would anyone like to see that?
That was quite slow but if it
looks slow it's normally fast.
Pedals were somehow the
wrong way round, as well.
I made all of the mistakes in the book.
Sliding out, I didn't know how to
accelerate on the wrong side.
The judges, however, who had a much
clearer view of the action, disagreed.
You couldn't get two?
No, but it will be fine.
It did. But our guests were still
losing badly. So, to cheer them up,
But you were stationary
for an entire lap.
Why? Well, you made a
mistake, they're terrific.
How good are you
at riding off-road?
No! Bloody hell!
'The Aussies had been awarded 10 points and
we'd got minus 20 for losing all the sheep.
Hammond is the co-driver in this and
James is going to be driving it.
'Unfortunately, they'd saved their
pro racing driver for this event. '
Oh! That's just...
He's getting better!
Aired 10 years ago - Jan 23, 2011
The Ariel Atom, with a V8 engine, 900 bhp per tonne and a 0 - 60mph time under 2.3 seconds, is driven on the track by... James. Will it reach 60mph? Richard plays with a Porsche - again. This time, the new 911 Turbo S Cabriolet, which he races
against a VW Beetle. A race with a Top Gear twist... Jeremy drives a practical car that you can afford - the Skoda Yeti. And puts it through some rather unusual tests. John Bishop is the Star in a Reasonably Priced Car.
'And now we'd find out
exactly where "here" was. '
Good news. What? There is a
back-up car on this journey,
Well, I wouldn't have been able to
do it without those meddling kids.
creep in about one mile an
hour, checking the apex,
Shut up. Only a little
bit, but... Shut up.
'Baghdad was to the south
or blown up or beheaded
on the internet.
But this is a glorious little car.
I can honestly say I don't think I've
ever been anywhere more beautiful.
So we trundled onwards and soon we
arrived at the scary Turkish border.
♪ We three kings of Orient are
The next morning, we discovered
this wasn't the best day
Hammond's day was very miserable.
"The alarm will sound if
you don't back away. "
Well, we've got two passports.
Are you proposing we sneak
through Syria? Sneak across it.
because I need to see out, and open
the bonnet at some point probably,
Nobody will find us down here.
'and the radiator itself was
now hanging by a thread. '
I don't think the desert's doing your
Afrika Korps car any good at all.
Just pull him at a slight angle, we'll
tip him on to his wheels better.
and then in the middle of nowhere,
we came across something amazing.
You're a big cock.
'This time, though, the
problem was more serious. '
It's amazing to arrive at such
a place and just blend in.
I've finally seen a
present for Jeremy.
I had a bit of problem with myrrh.
Nobody, nobody knows what it is.
and into Jordan, a country famous
for not having Bethlehem in it.
This was a place of
entertainment, wasn't it, surely?
Why? Do you want to step out?
Here, allow me.
Yes! We're on the way to Bethlehem.
Come on, car, just go!
".. we still had enough food
left over to fill 12 baskets. "
we pulled over in a car
park on the Mount of Olives