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Season 17  "Sensible Electric Car Test"  17x6

Aired 8 years ago - Jul 31, 2011

Jeremy Clarkson and James May set out for the seaside in a pair of electric cars, the Nissan Leaf and the Peugeot iOn, stopping off in Lincoln along the way. Richard Hammond meets an extraordinary rally team in which everyone is an amputee with a military background, and finally the new Lamborghini Aventador is taken out on the track.

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Recap of Top Gear Season 17 Episode 6 (S17E06) - 1
Recap of Top Gear Season 17 Episode 6 (S17E06) - 2
A V12 is kind of its signature dish, it defines the car.
Recap of Top Gear Season 17 Episode 6 (S17E06) - 3
And now we're in corsa mode,
Recap of Top Gear Season 17 Episode 6 (S17E06) - 4
the steering is just...
Recap of Top Gear Season 17 Episode 6 (S17E06) - 5
Recap of Top Gear Season 17 Episode 6 (S17E06) - 6
Yes I do. Yes. What is Helsinki syndrome?
Recap of Top Gear Season 17 Episode 6 (S17E06) - 7
And that he spent all week waiting for a big cheque from the Germans,
Recap of Top Gear Season 17 Episode 6 (S17E06) - 8
He's doing a lot more than that now.
Recap of Top Gear Season 17 Episode 6 (S17E06) - 9
Right, it's time for us to do the news and we begin with this.
Recap of Top Gear Season 17 Episode 6 (S17E06) - 10
It's ridiculous! The ride is stupid.
Recap of Top Gear Season 17 Episode 6 (S17E06) - 11
a copy of a motorcycling magazine from 1976.
Recap of Top Gear Season 17 Episode 6 (S17E06) - 12
Lewis Hamilton has been in the news this week
Recap of Top Gear Season 17 Episode 6 (S17E06) - 13
So he gets up on the podium and...
Recap of Top Gear Season 17 Episode 6 (S17E06) - 14
I want to see what happens when it goes to minus one.
Recap of Top Gear Season 17 Episode 6 (S17E06) - 15
Recap of Top Gear Season 17 Episode 6 (S17E06) - 16
that did it in 59 seconds.
Recap of Top Gear Season 17 Episode 6 (S17E06) - 17
except the engine doesn't shout or bellow or roar.
Recap of Top Gear Season 17 Episode 6 (S17E06) - 18
to deflect air away from the mirrors.
Recap of Top Gear Season 17 Episode 6 (S17E06) - 19
Soon we pulled over to examine our cars more closely.
Recap of Top Gear Season 17 Episode 6 (S17E06) - 20
So far then, all seems well with these cars.
Recap of Top Gear Season 17 Episode 6 (S17E06) - 21
What does that mean? What's an eco-tree? What are you saying?
Recap of Top Gear Season 17 Episode 6 (S17E06) - 22
Well, a few hours I suppose. Is it?
Recap of Top Gear Season 17 Episode 6 (S17E06) - 23
'but they were all too far away.'
Recap of Top Gear Season 17 Episode 6 (S17E06) - 24
whatever the equivalent of empty is for a battery.
Recap of Top Gear Season 17 Episode 6 (S17E06) - 25
See that, blue light on the dashboard.
Recap of Top Gear Season 17 Episode 6 (S17E06) - 26
Basically, in the Ice Age,
Recap of Top Gear Season 17 Episode 6 (S17E06) - 27
Are you going to go? I can't go, actually.
Recap of Top Gear Season 17 Episode 6 (S17E06) - 28
That's £8.30 to do - it says - 100 miles.
Recap of Top Gear Season 17 Episode 6 (S17E06) - 29
Interesting. I've also done 26 miles but this is the bit you'll like,
Recap of Top Gear Season 17 Episode 6 (S17E06) - 30
Recap of Top Gear Season 17 Episode 6 (S17E06) - 31
These cars, then, are not the future.
Recap of Top Gear Season 17 Episode 6 (S17E06) - 32
I think that might catch on. But seriously,
Recap of Top Gear Season 17 Episode 6 (S17E06) - 33
Ladies and gentlemen, it's the other one from the X Factor, Louis Walsh.
Recap of Top Gear Season 17 Episode 6 (S17E06) - 34
No, Old Time Rock And Roll. Old Time Rock And Roll.
Recap of Top Gear Season 17 Episode 6 (S17E06) - 35
No. Absolutely not. I have Led Zeppelin albums at home.
Recap of Top Gear Season 17 Episode 6 (S17E06) - 36
"Because Louis and Simon..." Simon's not on this year.
Recap of Top Gear Season 17 Episode 6 (S17E06) - 37
I always think, but what could I do to improve myself?
Recap of Top Gear Season 17 Episode 6 (S17E06) - 38
Do you remember what period Mustang?
Recap of Top Gear Season 17 Episode 6 (S17E06) - 39
Yes, look, here you go. Foot still in it.
Recap of Top Gear Season 17 Episode 6 (S17E06) - 40
You really do need to get those gear-changes worked out.
Recap of Top Gear Season 17 Episode 6 (S17E06) - 41
Recap of Top Gear Season 17 Episode 6 (S17E06) - 42
who better to attend, we thought,
Recap of Top Gear Season 17 Episode 6 (S17E06) - 43
and ended up basically losing my left arm and having my legs amputated.
Recap of Top Gear Season 17 Episode 6 (S17E06) - 44
I know there's amputees all round the world
Recap of Top Gear Season 17 Episode 6 (S17E06) - 45
I'd like to see it function, for a start.
Recap of Top Gear Season 17 Episode 6 (S17E06) - 46
Go through, go through, go through.
Recap of Top Gear Season 17 Episode 6 (S17E06) - 47
Recap of Top Gear Season 17 Episode 6 (S17E06) - 48
Recap of Top Gear Season 17 Episode 6 (S17E06) - 49
'Tom uses 300% more energy than an able-bodied person, just to move around.'
Recap of Top Gear Season 17 Episode 6 (S17E06) - 50
The guy obviously had Manchester United shirts

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Recap of Top Gear Season 17 Episode 6 (S17E06) - 2
A V12 is kind of its signature dish, it defines the car.
#2
Recap of Top Gear Season 17 Episode 6 (S17E06) - 3
And now we're in corsa mode,
#3
Recap of Top Gear Season 17 Episode 6 (S17E06) - 4
the steering is just...
#4
Recap of Top Gear Season 17 Episode 6 (S17E06) - 5 #5 Recap of Top Gear Season 17 Episode 6 (S17E06) - 6
Yes I do. Yes. What is Helsinki syndrome?
#6
Recap of Top Gear Season 17 Episode 6 (S17E06) - 7
And that he spent all week waiting for a big cheque from the Germans,
#7
Recap of Top Gear Season 17 Episode 6 (S17E06) - 8
He's doing a lot more than that now.
#8
Recap of Top Gear Season 17 Episode 6 (S17E06) - 9
Right, it's time for us to do the news and we begin with this.
#9
Recap of Top Gear Season 17 Episode 6 (S17E06) - 10
It's ridiculous! The ride is stupid.
#10
Recap of Top Gear Season 17 Episode 6 (S17E06) - 11
a copy of a motorcycling magazine from 1976.
#11
Recap of Top Gear Season 17 Episode 6 (S17E06) - 12
Lewis Hamilton has been in the news this week
#12
Recap of Top Gear Season 17 Episode 6 (S17E06) - 13
So he gets up on the podium and...
#13
Recap of Top Gear Season 17 Episode 6 (S17E06) - 14
I want to see what happens when it goes to minus one.
#14
Recap of Top Gear Season 17 Episode 6 (S17E06) - 15 #15 Recap of Top Gear Season 17 Episode 6 (S17E06) - 16
that did it in 59 seconds.
#16
Recap of Top Gear Season 17 Episode 6 (S17E06) - 17
except the engine doesn't shout or bellow or roar.
#17
Recap of Top Gear Season 17 Episode 6 (S17E06) - 18
to deflect air away from the mirrors.
#18
Recap of Top Gear Season 17 Episode 6 (S17E06) - 19
Soon we pulled over to examine our cars more closely.
#19
Recap of Top Gear Season 17 Episode 6 (S17E06) - 20
So far then, all seems well with these cars.
#20
Recap of Top Gear Season 17 Episode 6 (S17E06) - 21
What does that mean? What's an eco-tree? What are you saying?
#21
Recap of Top Gear Season 17 Episode 6 (S17E06) - 22
Well, a few hours I suppose. Is it?
#22
Recap of Top Gear Season 17 Episode 6 (S17E06) - 23
'but they were all too far away.'
#23
Recap of Top Gear Season 17 Episode 6 (S17E06) - 24
whatever the equivalent of empty is for a battery.
#24
Recap of Top Gear Season 17 Episode 6 (S17E06) - 25
See that, blue light on the dashboard.
#25
Recap of Top Gear Season 17 Episode 6 (S17E06) - 26
Basically, in the Ice Age,
#26
Recap of Top Gear Season 17 Episode 6 (S17E06) - 27
Are you going to go? I can't go, actually.
#27
Recap of Top Gear Season 17 Episode 6 (S17E06) - 28
That's £8.30 to do - it says - 100 miles.
#28
Recap of Top Gear Season 17 Episode 6 (S17E06) - 29
Interesting. I've also done 26 miles but this is the bit you'll like,
#29
Recap of Top Gear Season 17 Episode 6 (S17E06) - 30 #30 Recap of Top Gear Season 17 Episode 6 (S17E06) - 31
These cars, then, are not the future.
#31
Recap of Top Gear Season 17 Episode 6 (S17E06) - 32
I think that might catch on. But seriously,
#32
Recap of Top Gear Season 17 Episode 6 (S17E06) - 33
Ladies and gentlemen, it's the other one from the X Factor, Louis Walsh.
#33
Recap of Top Gear Season 17 Episode 6 (S17E06) - 34
No, Old Time Rock And Roll. Old Time Rock And Roll.
#34
Recap of Top Gear Season 17 Episode 6 (S17E06) - 35
No. Absolutely not. I have Led Zeppelin albums at home.
#35
Recap of Top Gear Season 17 Episode 6 (S17E06) - 36
"Because Louis and Simon..." Simon's not on this year.
#36
Recap of Top Gear Season 17 Episode 6 (S17E06) - 37
I always think, but what could I do to improve myself?
#37
Recap of Top Gear Season 17 Episode 6 (S17E06) - 38
Do you remember what period Mustang?
#38
Recap of Top Gear Season 17 Episode 6 (S17E06) - 39
Yes, look, here you go. Foot still in it.
#39
Recap of Top Gear Season 17 Episode 6 (S17E06) - 40
You really do need to get those gear-changes worked out.
#40
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who better to attend, we thought,
#42
Recap of Top Gear Season 17 Episode 6 (S17E06) - 43
and ended up basically losing my left arm and having my legs amputated.
#43
Recap of Top Gear Season 17 Episode 6 (S17E06) - 44
I know there's amputees all round the world
#44
Recap of Top Gear Season 17 Episode 6 (S17E06) - 45
I'd like to see it function, for a start.
#45
Recap of Top Gear Season 17 Episode 6 (S17E06) - 46
Go through, go through, go through.
#46
Recap of Top Gear Season 17 Episode 6 (S17E06) - 47 #47 Recap of Top Gear Season 17 Episode 6 (S17E06) - 48 #48 Recap of Top Gear Season 17 Episode 6 (S17E06) - 49
'Tom uses 300% more energy than an able-bodied person, just to move around.'
#49
Recap of Top Gear Season 17 Episode 6 (S17E06) - 50
The guy obviously had Manchester United shirts
#50