Aired 7 years ago - Jun 28, 2015
This episode of Top Gear features two films that were shot for the last series. In the first film, Jeremy, Richard and James immerse themselves in the lifestyle of the traditional classic car enthusiast. Armed with affordable classics including a
Fiat 124 Spyder, a Peugeot 304 Cabriolet and an MGB GT, the trio set off on an adventure that includes brown beer, breakdowns and a hair-raising classic car show.
In the second film, Clarkson, Hammond and May try to become lifestyle leisure enthusiasts with the help of some incredibly cheap lifestyle leisure vehicles. Restricted to a maximum budget of £250, the trio buy three massive mileage SUVs - a Vauxhall Frontera, a Jeep Cherokee and a Mitsubishi Shogun - and then embark on a series of action-packed challenges that include battling with the Stig's 'Leisure Activity Cousin' and a race with terrifying consequences for the loser.
Cos he's old and he never
goes faster than one.
Which way are you going to,
oh... Through the gate.
so to get comfortable, your arms
have to be the same length
Right. No faster than this,
or the wheels will fall off.
The Peugeot is getting better. It's
responding to sympathetic treatment.
but not on the top, it's
also a shower cap.
Yes, the producers told us, after
we'd modified our classic cars,
Stalls selling tea towels
with Morris Minors on them.
The engine, though, is
an absolute cracker.
'to see how much horsepower
they'd lost over the years.'
You're applauding lawnmower power.
Er, stickers in the window, flags,
and it calls itself a tavern. Go.
~ Being the fastest.
~ Yeah, around the track, you get ten.
'The jammy sod had got himself a ride
Why didn't I pick a Fiat?
And experts are predicting
that very soon
in a place like this on a day like
today. There's a bit of rust.
Well, no, it's the loudest car
in the world, is what it is.
the previous owner has thrown in,
for free, these air fresheners,
Rear view mirror is... not
there. Head rests have gone.
'At this state-of-the-art facility,
such an enormous...?
Look at the size of it.
I mustn't be overtaken or I'm out.
when he had that forestation
job done? You have a look.
Holy mother of God, that
was close! Oh, no.
~ He was determined to reach 60.
with every conceivable leisure
activity piece of equipment.
"The man whose back ripples
like a sack of pythons."
Ow!... of its own!
There you go.
I'm stuck in a sheep pen.
Gate, that's a gate.
It doesn't go all the way to
the hall but it will get me
Ah. Oh, yeah!
Please don't do that!
Oh, this farm track is the most
beautiful road I've ever seen.
Aired 7 years ago - Mar 08, 2015
James May is taken far outside his comfort zone as he straps into an insanely fast, highly tuned, 600-horsepower hatchback and is thrown into the lion's den of World Rallycross racing with Top Gear USA host and professional driver Tanner Foust
teaming up with him. As well as trying to fend off a pack of top-flight professional drivers, May's life is made harder by his support crew, the distinctively unsupportive Jeremy Clarkson and Richard Hammond.
Also in this show, Clarkson is at the track in the latest Jaguar F-type R and a sensational, modernised E-type called the Eagle Low Drag GT, while Hammond is in Spain to test the brand new version of the legendary Mazda MX-5.
Finally, Brit Pack acting star Nicholas Hoult tries his hand in the Reasonably Priced Car.
And that's half throttle.
And then there's the control
system, which is touch screen.
and the spirit of the original
and then brought them up to date.
They're fabulous and somebody
had to make them and the bracket
Rah, rah! With opinions and noise.
♪ Got the sun in my eyes... ♪
~ This is...
~ I'm letting you know what
it's like to sleep with me.
Well, they made 918.
~ The Tories aren't much better, are they?
~ Nice balancing work.
Which, incidentally, is not
representative of midwifery.
~ they had Victor.
And you end up with a car that
actually looks like this.
But what puzzles me is they've
chosen to put an image
.. they take away the
only thing in the world
But now there's a new MX5 and I
went to Humberside to drive it.
and this is still in the top five
all-time great gear changes...
which is absolutely fine.
So Mazda have made holes and
taken out pieces of that glass.
I said so in the film.
Now, my guest tonight
came to fame as a boy,
and they turned and saw that coming
that they'd specially
made for the shoot,
You are quite accident prone
on films, are you not?
in your driving...?
And she did set a new
record of 22 practice
~ That does look quick through there.
~ It felt like I was going as fast as I could.
But that is a very...
and our cars were plucked from
the pages of the classifieds
One of them is the son of the
bloke who owns this track,
complexities of the racing.'
It's quite a responsible
job, the spotter, then.
He stayed in a Ramada Inn
last night with Lenny Henry.
~ Does that happen a lot in this?
~ I don't think it's ever happened.
Turn the radio down, you're
blowing my ears out.
'No thanks to my colleagues,
I managed to finish
'I decided to get my joker
out of the way on lap one...'
Aired 7 years ago - Mar 01, 2015
Richard Hammond is dropped into the remote, frozen wastes of Canada to test a watch with a built-in emergency beacon. Normally, activating the device would summon a vast international rescue crew, but in Hammond's case, the distress signal is sent
directly to Jeremy Clarkson and James May who are disorganised, disinterested and very many miles away. Eventually, the pair get their hands on two machines they believe are suitable for the job and set off on an epic adventure to find their colleague.
Also in this show, Clarkson is on the track in the new 471-horsepower Lexus RC F coupe whilst star of The Fall and The X-Files Gillian Anderson tries her hand in the Reasonably Priced Car.
I don't need the electronic
stuff, I can manage.
And look at the
difference in styling.
CHEERING AND APPLAUSE
~ Well, is that not a Fiat 500?
~ No, that's an Alfa Romeo.
~ Is it?
Astons, McLarens, Porches, BMWs,
Nissan GT-Rs, fabulous series.
and I think it's rather a good point,
Well, the interesting thing
is, all of us are programmed,
are going to be programmed
to do the maths and say,
"Let's go and watch the Earl
of Bradford's head come off."
Which they aren't, cos they're
playing golf and doing business.
wherever the hell here is.
~ and B, there'd be a seat to get him back in.
~ OK, you've actually just missed
the last flight out today.
~ Have we?
In the morning I was cold and
exhausted from lack of sleep,
Well, I... I remember he
was on something called...
'And with my supplies dwindling,
I also needed to think about food.'
'Unfortunately, we were a little
bit delayed at Vancouver Airport...'
I've got a big warm coat,
I've got a massive car,
because we hardly ever do big American
pick-up trucks on Top Gear.
Excellent. Thank you
so much for coming!
Well, when we were living
in London we had a Beetle,
I was trying to parallel
park and swung out and
Well, I'm sure that the budget,
uh, restricted me to a degree.
Anyway, it's time now to
talk about your lap. Cos...
Whoa, that's a lot of power
on the... on the start there.
in a downtown Vancouver hotel.
The reason it sells so well
is simple - it's cheap.
AS LORRAINE KELLY:
Well, what you need
That's 212 more than standard.
nowhere in sight, I was resorting
to extreme measures to find food.
It opens beer! Yes, we want them!
It's all rubbish! Nothing works!
when we were just ten
miles from Hammond,
the corpse of Richard Hammond
will be around here somewhere.
Hammond will have been having
a lovely time looking at this.
Good news, Hammond, the Velociraptor
works well in these conditions.
I do NOT want to drive
back to Vancouver
Faced with the prospect of having to
rescue the world's angriest man...
Aired 7 years ago - Feb 22, 2015
Jeremy Clarkson and James May encounter artillery shells, corsets and classic hot hatchbacks as they take a nostalgic look at one of the world's most interesting and varied companies - Peugeot.
Meanwhile, Richard Hammond is at the test track to
compare the crisp precision engineering of the new Porsche Cayman GTS with the thunderous all-American muscle of the latest Chevrolet Corvette.
Also in this show, James tests the sensational 950-horsepower LaFerrari hypercar hybrid on glorious Italian roads, and singer Olly Murs is the Star in the Reasonably Priced Car.
you're looking at this.
'As I said, absolutely pointless.'
"The Corvette looks brilliant,
great value, lots of fun, but..."
'This means that the cornering is...'
or everyone would just think
you were a dreadful show-off.
'Seems to be reversing
round in the Corvette.
Look at that, same as
a Porsche Carrera GT.
It's just me -
It's not been easy but we've done it.
~ Yes, I suspect it is.
~ Yeah, but, yeah, but
you can be seen as a man,
How annoying are they?
a long time to work out.
and Porsche gave us the
equally fantastic 918.
Well, this is also very clever.
works a bit like the kinetic energy
recovery system in an F1 car.
Ferrari has ever made.
and that's quite intimidating,
but it's not a widowmaker.
Well, hang on - our track
is also McLaren's track.
lends us a Ferrari a Ferrari,
What, as in... Bin Laden?
Ladies and gentlemen, Olly Murs!
No, it's 10 million
in total, but, um...
950 quid on the sound system for it.
LAUGHING: No, no - they probably
could have got me done for that!
You see, I think the convertible
makes you look stupid.
So there we go.
You did it!
in the vast, dusty
heat of North Africa.
A turbo-charged four-wheel drive
version of the 205 called the T16
And le engine tres 'orrible.
and in came tosh like this...
But, if you do that, you're going
to trap your arm in this gap here.
to let me know he was coming past.
Bloody council not mending
the bloody roads.
a double mini-roundabout.
we needed hot sweet tea
to calm our nerves,
But The Mail said it
was toma... tomatoes.
Aired 7 years ago - Feb 15, 2015
Jeremy Clarkson tests the new BMW M3 at the track before switching to another BMW, the space-age, hybrid powered i8, for a revealing trip up the A1 to Whitby. When he gets there, and fuelled by a portion of fish and chips, Clarkson must decide which
of the two he would rather take for the drive home.
Also in this programme, Richard Hammond marks the imminent demise of the legendary Land Rover Defender with a heart stopping attempt to drive one straight up the side of a dam.
Meanwhile, James May makes a rare trip to the Top Gear track to test the brand new, 500 horsepower Mercedes-AMG GT.
The stars in the Reasonably Priced Car are actress Margot Robbie and Hollywood superstar Will Smith.
Normally, turbochargers would
be bolted onto the outside of
In fact, the whole thing is quite
pretty. Quite classic, even.
When you turn all that off, it turns
into this incredibly civilised,
Some say that last week, he won
a BAFTA for Best Original Smell.
that James suffers
from being a moron.
This is the biggest news we've
had in a long time, I would say.
~ It doesn't sound right. It's the same.
~ Exactly, it is.
~ Which is much nicer than you'd think.
It says "Dennis" on the front.
round our track than the old car.
It's not just hard to hold the slide,
it's loyal, it's cute,
it doesn't chase sheep,
That doesn't sound
like much of a recipe.
Then, if you move the
gear lever over here,
brake and Ken Bruce on the radio.
If I push that, I can
set the air conditioning
So, let's find out.
It's nearly as
breathtaking as that view.
'Then I faced an even
more difficult choice.
And other i8 owners are reporting
the same sort of thing
~ Is it really fantastic?
~ This is great.
What's his name, Guy Pearce was
another one. Kylie is another one.
~ I believe we have a clip,
which we can show now.
~ This just got awkward.
~ It did.
And I remember being nine years old
~ Who's the kid in the drop?
~ Who else?
~ OK, yeah.
~ How did you enjoy it out there?
~ It was really fun.
It's the landing light you hit.
Still on all four wheels,
unlike some people,
Right, now we must move
on to some very sad news.
The sketch was done by a
chap called Maurice Wilks
adventurers wanted to conquer terrain
that was unconquerable...
And the public clearly agreed.
I must now try to make amends
by giving it a fitting sendoff.
we are going to redo
that stunt properly.
Problem, because we need the
engine to power the winch.
Um... I'd love to think of
something else to say or do.
Oh! It's jerking.
I can feel the front wheels
now going very light...
Aired 7 years ago - Feb 08, 2015
Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May attempt to improve the ambulance. F1 driver Daniel Ricciardo is the star in the Reasonably Priced Car.
This? About £5,000.
Why is every single car you ever
buy for one of these challenges
All very interesting, James.
You did very good indeed.
~ Shall we just do it and see?
~ That's the sort of point.
if you're standing in a
field with a severed arm,
no cow was hurt in the
making of that film.
Let's open it to all the viewers.
Make yourselves at home. We
hope you're very happy here.
Exactly. We travel an awful
lot, as I'm sure you know.
Yeah, next up probably
will be the E17.
It's the Stig driving along in a
diesel-powered Vauxhall Insignia.
and James was the first to arrive.
~ Hydraulic handbrake.
~ You often hear ambulance drivers saying,
What I've fitted...
~ Oh, I say!
~ Wheels deployed.
"which, to make it more real, has
been fitted with three speed humps.
I'm really sorry, mate, just try
and put your guts back in the...
'on both the Chevy's
brakes and Dr Hammond.'
'Eventually, though, the
ape was in position.'
I then apply the handbrake,
hydraulic, the car swings round,
And, er, ready? Good, fire!
~ If you insist there's
something wrong with it...
Well, not by choice.
~ In fact, how come you're not there?
~ the same machine.
~ Same equipment, different
day, one could argue.
Race face on! Grr!
~ Ooh, that was...
~ Then just fling it in and
there we are across the line!
Start with a one at least.
the producer said we had to go off
Oh, gentlemen, incoming message.
I'm power-sliding in an ambulance!
Four minutes call-out time, Hatzolah
are the people to beat.
~ This is absolutely amazing.
'even if it meant incurring
a few ten-second penalties.'
Oh, no, I've got a Porsche
ambulance behind me.
We're getting near the hospital
now. Stay with me, stay with me!
~ In the pub, I imagine.
~ He can't be in the pub,
Now, remember, you get a point
for every second your ambulance
No, I was. I went round one corner,
it nearly went in my mouth.
Aired 7 years ago - Feb 01, 2015
Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May embark on a grand road trip across Australia's Northern Territory.
Tasked with picking a fast, luxurious GT for the trip, Clarkson chooses a BMW M6 Gran Coupe, Hammond a Bentley Continental GT V8 and
May a Nissan GT-R, as the trio set out on an adventure that takes in crocodile-infested rivers, a race around a vast open-cast mine, an encounter with the world's longest lorries and the majestic scenery of one of the world's least-inhabited landscapes. Their dusty endeavour concludes with an unusual challenge involving a farm, their cars and 4,000 cows.
Also in this episode, Hollywood legend Kiefer Sutherland is the star in the Reasonably Priced Car.
But while we're on the subject
of styling... a-hem, a-hem, a-hem!
What's he done, what?
'with this vast,
superheated dust bowl?'
because it's more stable
than atmospheric air.
You know the Datsun you're driving
is unbelievably fast, yes?
I have a four-litre twin-turbo V8
This is a tiresome formality.
This is a serious test,
actually, of these cars,
Welcome to Top Gear.
~ complete with the man in it?
~ Yes, but it spat the Bentley out.
I was doing a documentary
with a friend.
~ we now take as the binge-viewing box set?
~ It sort of was.
"watching the next 12 hours."
And I was flattered by that.
He would hold the reins and he would
kind of act his way out of that.
and I wanted to get to Los Angeles,
and I did a print ad for Levis.
Well, first of all, you know,
it's an amazing experience,
And - oh, yeah, that's very
well done in that weather.
a crocodile-infested swamp, trying
to catch fish for our supper.
Oh, that hurt my face!
~ you should be allowed to go 140... 210mph.
some of the magic has sort of gone.
~ Like Goodwood.
~ Yeah, it is.
~ It's not exactly like...
~ Not exactly, no.
won the World Rally Championship?
Come on, Beemer, give
me that 575 horsepower!
~ Um...that was a racing
line, there, did you see?
weighing the best part
of two and a half tonnes.
~ What are you doing now?
~ What's the best way of starting a fire?
'and had decided to try
and reach it in one day.
'We were actually quite looking
forward to the peril.'
'But...it took another
two hours to reach
Ring our campsite with claymores.
So another 200,000 acres
just slipped in there?
Good work, Hammond, good work.
Aired 7 years ago - Jan 25, 2015
The world's biggest car programme returns for an explosive and extra-long run of brand new programmes. In this first episode of the series, Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May are in Russia for an incredible race across the vast and very
beautiful urban landscape of St Petersburg. May defends the honour of the car in a very small Renault, Hammond tries to prove that pedaling is faster by saddling up a bicycle, whilst Clarkson attempts to demonstrate that water is the quickest way across town, especially if you're in a hovercraft. To make matters more complicated, all three presenters are racing not only each other but also The Stig, who is silently making his way towards the finish line on public transport.
Also in this episode, Richard Hammond is at the test track to find out if the dramatic new Lamborghini Huracan is as flamboyant and fun as an Italian supercar should be.
Plus, celebrity guest Ed Sheeran tests his steely eyed driving skills as the star in the Reasonably Priced Car.
So, Jeremy got a map and a
pin and because he's very tall
Now, it is expensive.
Yes, thank you, Dr Clarkson.
~ 72 horsepower?
this frame, and there are plastic
panels hung all over it.
and around the drinking bottle, so
it doesn't hit the rider's shins,
Oh, hang on, I think that's
him. Oh, no, there he is.
Making a lane... Yes!
The derailleur's come off.
James, hang on.
Hertfordshire Police said, "It's
not in the public interest
Everybody loves that song. You can't
trust someone who doesn't like it.
right in the middle of London. I've
got the graph here from the week
~ That goes on the road.
~ Yeah, but you can drive
a tractor on the road
~ They'll fit it with a burglar
alarm that will go off every time
and I'm deeply, deeply sorry.
And there's more hi-tech weaponry
at this car's disposal.
It's almost undefeatable.
Basically - bear with me
on this - it's the looks.
So, would you drive a car
designed by Weatherspoons?
Stig using a very delicate
steer. No whiff of understeer.
and serious stuff should live
and Lamborghinis should be here,
~ on the London Underground!
~ No, it was... Yeah, it was just...
~ working your bottom off.
~ I haven't stopped yet. It's still...
I was more nervous about today, doing
the lap. Genuinely, genuinely.
Now, we'd better get on, I'm afraid,
to the elephant in the room.
bonus on things you should spend
your bonus on - his family.
Who'd like to see Ed's first-ever
driving lesson on television?
How do you actually walk
about when they're that big?
cos if you get it wrong
that's what happens.
And you, Ed Sheeran...
Things wide enough for a horse.
~ Really, can we?
Two ferries and a water taxi.
They were much quieter, but
there was now another problem.
While James sat motionless, I was
now entering the city centre...
on his stolen mountain bike.