Top Gear (2002) s25e01 Episode Script

Series 25, Episode 1

CHEERING AND APPLAUSE Hello, and welcome to Top Gear.
Thank you! Thank you, thank you, thank you And thank YOU in particular, yes.
All right, we are back and we have been busy driving a whole lot of cars.
Here's what we've got coming up for you in this series.
Who says we don't do serious car reviews? Here! Noooo! Whoohoo! How good is that?! - Scare me! - Scare you?! - Scare me! - I'm trying! That's what I'm talking about! Yahoo! That, my friend, is panache.
CAR ALARM WAILS Imola! Incoming car.
Come on! CHEERING AND APPLAUSE All that to look forward to over the next six weeks, OK? But first up, you ask any car lover what their favourite noise in the world is, and they will immediately say The V8 engine.
And with this year being, as you all know, the 116th anniversary of the V8 car The big 116! .
we decided it was time for a little celebration.
Yeah, so the producers told us three each to pick a new V8 sports car that could do anything.
And head to America's Wild West for a mystery road trip.
The United States - spiritual home of the V8 and land of the great American road trip.
Ours would begin at a remote location in Utah, where we'd been told to show up with the best all-around sports car we could find, powered by that most iconic of all engines.
ENGINE PURRS Yeah, baby.
And since I had the home advantage, I took the producer's brief and well, I nailed it.
The Ford Mustang.
The original American V8 performance icon, huh? And this isn't just any Ford Mustang - no, no, no, no, no, no.
This is the raciest Mustang Ford makes, the GT350R.
Carbon fibre wheels, a 5.
2-litre V8 motor that makes 520 horsepower.
Only this onedoesn't.
Because in the finest Mustang tradition of taking a fast thing and making it even faster, this particular GT350R has been lightly enhanced by a man from Texas.
A man called Mr Hennessey.
Ssh, ssh.
OK, here we go.
And while I had embraced the V8 brief and used my imagination Oh, yeah! That's right.
it appeared Roryhadn't.
The Jaguar F-Type SVR.
- Yeah.
- Yeah, isn't this great? I mean, you brought a V8 muscle car, I brought a V8 muscle car.
No, no.
No, I brought a V8 muscle car, you brought .
a Jaguar.
Well, this is Britain's answer to the muscle car.
We had a look at your rough sketch and we refined it.
This is muscle car 2.
How much power does it make? 575 horsepower.
Wow, impressive! Yeah.
Wow! How about yours? I don't know, really.
I don't know.
Mustang What do you mean you don't know? This is a supercharged version.
Wait a minute - is this the Hennessey? - Is it? - This thing makes 850 horsepower! Does it?! Ooh! Lucky me! Then along came Chris Well, well, well.
with HIS idea of a great all-rounder.
Absolute shambles.
4 million miles of paved road in America, and they tell us to meet in a pit full of rocks.
Worse still, it sounded like a 1980s arcade.
DOOR CHIMES Gentlemen! Behold the McLaren 570GT.
How's the, er, ground clearance? Absolutely terrible.
When they said "road trip," I thought it might involve actual roads.
Chris, this is the Wild West.
You've got to be prepared for anything! Well, I suppose I am, because this is basically two cars for the price of one, isn't it? On the one hand, it is still a proper supercar, crazy fast.
But it's also a comfortable GT car.
In fact it's three cars - check this out It's also an estate car! Look at this! Wow.
You could seriously fit a couple of sheets of A4 in there.
And not that flimsy stuff, I'm talking about the thick The stuff you use, like, for a cover page, the good stuff? We're supposed to be celebrating the evolution, OK, - of the V8 sports car.
- Right.
You've brought a car that desperately wants it to be 1965.
- Yeah.
- And you've also brought a car that desperately wants it to be 1965.
- So? - I'm in the present day, you're in the past, as is confirmed by your shirt.
What are you laughing at? Let's not get on shirts! LAUGHTER Let's not get on shirts! I look good! You do look good.
- You look You're on fire.
- I've never seen a label riveted to a T-shirt before.
That's remarkable, that is.
But before we could get to the bottom of who looked least awful, a local turned up in an old Ford pick-up.
Ooh, that sounds a bit V8-y, what's that? They do burble nicely, V8s, don't they? Burble, burble.
- How are you? - Here you go.
Oh, thank you.
Nice ride.
"You and your V8 sports cars will now drive "to America's fastest race track on the Nevada border.
"Along the way, you will undertake a series of challenges "to discover which of your V8s is best.
" So, with the Nevada border a couple of days ahead of us, we had some road to cover.
But, of course, first, that meant finding it.
This is the quintessential American V8 right here, the Mustang.
HE WHINNIES Oh, yeah! Buying it is just the start.
Then you get busy giving it more power, bigger brakes, probably even more power.
It's the American way! The 570GT is the most relaxed car that McLaren makes, right? It's got softer suspension and it's quieter on the road - or at least it would be if I was on a road! - CLATTER - Oh! Oh-ho-ho! ENGINE ROARS There is a very good reason why I chose the Jaguar F-Type SVR.
I chose this because it has all-wheel drive, and that means it's ready for anything.
It's unflappable.
Like me.
But soon, it was time to find out just how unflappable our V8s really were .
because getting out of this valley would take a bit of a climb.
This looks like a very bad idea.
Dear Lord! One mistake up here, and you're looking at a very, very painful accident.
Look at the remnants of that car there! But none of that seemed to trouble the cowboy and his Mustang.
Careful, Matt, what the hell are you doing?! HE LAUGHS Coming round the top, boys! Whoo! Supposed to be a road trip! God, look what we've just come up! That would be a beautiful death! With the valley behind us, waiting at the top Hey, a paved road! Look at this! Yes! Finally, our V8s could stretch their legs.
This is where the real test begins.
Ho-ho! Whoo! ENGINE ROARS HE LAUGHS Do you hear that, boys? That is the sound of an American V8 in the wild - the greatest noise in the world! I don't mean to be pernickety here, but that's not an American V8, really, is it, Matt? Because that's a flat-plane V8 sound, and most American V8s are cross-plane V8s, so what you've got there is a European V8 in an American body shell.
That's about as American as Silvio Berlusconi! Who is she? HE LAUGHS This is the coupe version of the car that I drove from Coventry to Geneva a couple of years ago.
At the time, I said that was the fastest Jaguar ever, but that's not quite true, because THIS is the fastest Jag ever.
This will do 200mph.
The fixed roof actually improves top speed by 5mph.
It's the same reason Chris Harris is so fast.
It's all down to his dome! Most supercars, they're a pain to live with, they really are.
But the 570GT, it just isn't.
This car is supple, it's comfortable, it's practical, and on this road I'm in the firm suspension setting now - if I go to comfort Oh, yes! Oh, yes! Whoa! Oh, that McLaren is quick! Hey, Chris, what's the 0-60 on that? About three and a half seconds.
About the same as mine.
Matt? Yeah, about three and a half seconds maybe.
Maybe less, I don't know, - right around there.
- OK, OK - how about a shoot-out? - A what? - Take the next left.
Next left.
And suddenly we were off-road again.
Oh, you're going to love this.
There's nothing about this I'm going to love.
Right, here's how this is going to work.
Quickest on the draw, like in those old cowboy films.
When I say go, you two head off, opposite directions, slow as you can, but no touching the brakes.
When I come on the radio and say draw, spin around and head back.
First one across the line is the winner.
This is completely childish.
You don't have to play.
Oh, I'm going to play.
Yeah, I'm going to win as well.
Buffalo LeBlanc, you ready? Ready.
Crazy Eyes Harris, are you ready? Crazy Eyes, who has? Stupid nicknames.
Yeah, I'm ready! Three, two .
one Go! He's not even moving! Two can play at that game, LeBlanc.
I saw brake lights, Harris.
No brakes.
A duel in the dirt - this is basically what this car was designed to do.
He's got a locking differential.
He can turn on a sixpence if he just does a little half-doughnut, whereas I can't.
Curse you, McLaren, and your lack of locking differentials! V8 muscle car is a tool, as good or as bad as the man handling it.
Remember that.
I'm going to get over to one side now.
Wait for it.
Wait for it.
Come on, come on, come on, come on, say it, say it, say it! Draw! Ho-ho! Whoo-hoo-hoo! Yes, baby! - Chris is the winner! - Ha-ha-ha! Damn it, he got me! Oh! - Oh! - Chris has taken it! Chris, in the McLaren! Well done, mate.
HE COUGHS Thanks for that! Cheers! HE SPLUTTERS So, with the Mustang out of the game, would the Jag be any quicker on the draw? OK, Crazy Eyes Harris, are you ready? - I'm ready.
- Rory Odd Taste In Clothing - are you ready? Never been readier! Three, two, one Go! OK, we're off.
Oh, he's had to creep away faster than me.
Man, this is so counterintuitive.
I've got 570-odd horsepower and I can only use about three right now! Who will it be? Four-wheel drive, a massive advantage for him when it comes to heading back towards the finish line.
But I'm not convinced that he can turn as well as me, cos I can spin turn, and he can't.
All right, come on, Reid, come on, come on, come on.
- He's moving to one side - Get ready, get ready, get ready.
And draw! Come on! Come on, baby! Made it! Oh-ho-ho! Whoo! Come on! Oh, I think I got duffed up there.
Rory by a mile! I think, yes, an actual mile! - Oh! - Ha-ha! That, gentlemen, is what you call a spectacular win.
- Here it comes.
- I just beat a McLaren, in a Jag! I didn't stand a chance.
All-wheel drive Jag - wasn't going to beat that.
You were gone.
HE LAUGHS Are you doing the dance IN the car? Yeah, a little bit.
A little bit.
Just to confirm, er, I'm not done winning.
So, as Rory took winning the challenge he'd just made up with his typical good grace Oh, it feels good to be a winner! .
we got back on the road.
The Jaguar F-Type.
Know what that says about you, Rory? What does it say about me? - It says you couldn't afford an Aston Martin.
- Oh! HE CHUCKLES Soon, we were told to head to a mystery location for our first proper tribute to the V8.
What is this place? I don't know.
But it looks kind of creepy.
- Who's he? - It appears to be a challenge, gentlemen.
Thank you.
It says here, "The V8 sports car can trace its roots back to the prohibition era, "when moonshine runners needed speed and performance to evade the police.
"To prove the speed and performance of your V8s, "you will now each run a crate of moonshine to the state line.
" So, this tribute to the V8 moonshine runners of old would be a chase through a sprawling industrial complex, finishing at a hastily knocked together .
border post.
"PS - get a move on.
"As soon as Officer Block finishes his doughnut, "he'll be in hot pursuit.
" Wait, wait, wait, wait.
Officer Block? Ken Block?! Yes.
Because no chase would be complete without a bit of company, we'd be pursued by legendary Sheriff of the Slide, Ken Block.
My buddy! Me and Ken, we go way back! Yeah! K-Dog! K-Money! Big-K Special-K is what I call him.
Very heart-warming story, Matt, but Officer Block appears to have turned to the dark side.
He's a member of the law now.
Let's load up and get out of here, OK? - Copy that.
- Shine time! Go, go, go, go, go! - Are you ready? - Hit it! Go! POLICE SIREN Which way are we going? This is sketchy.
He's coming! He's right behind you, Rory! With the pursuit gathering momentum, it seemed like a good opportunity to assess our cars' handling.
Ah, this four-wheel drive is perfect for this! This thing just grips! I can throw it into a corner, get on the power super early .
and it just goes! God, this thing is so fast.
But it's small and it's nimble.
That's what McLaren is all about, it's about handling.
I've got handling to spare here.
One-handage! One-handed shine escape! Whoo-hoo-hoo! BOTTLES CLINK It's got so much grip! And the steering is like a razor.
So aggressive.
OK I mean, I don't like running from the law, but .
this is awesome! Whoa! - Go, Chris - go, go, go! - He's right behind me! SIREN WAILS Man, this guy really wants my moonshine! All right, we've got to lose him, you guys.
We need to split up.
Rory, you go right, we'll go left.
- Go right, go right.
- Good idea, good idea.
No, no, no, no.
Bad idea, bad idea! How do I get out, how do I get out? Argh! Hey, Ken.
You know what rhymes with block? C - Oh-ho-ho - Harris, where are you going? SIREN WAILS Relentless.
REVERSE ALARM BEEPING Oh, oh, oh, oh, oh! Hey, buddy! Whoa! That's not friendly at all.
How far have I got to go? Where is he? Oh, my Lord.
He's so much quicker than me.
He can go across the grass, I can't.
Oh, my God! Oh, ho-ho! I can see a border! Oh, it's sketchy, the tyres are going.
Get through the border, get through the border Whoo-hoo-hoo-hoo! CHEERING AND APPLAUSE OK, we'll pick that up later in the show.
But now it's time to put a star in our reasonably fast car.
He's one of Britain's best loved comedians, he's had a number one hit single, and, most impressively, once owned a Mitsubishi Carisma.
And earlier today, he got some training out on the track with Mr Charisma himself, Chris Harris.
- Yeah, I've missed you.
- Ladies and gentlemen, please welcome to the sofa Rob Brydon.
- Nice to see you.
- Hello.
- How are you, buddy? Nice to see you, Rob.
Great to meet you.
Welcome, welcome.
Thank you.
Thank you.
All right.
Now you've driven round the track here before, how did you like the new GT 86? Before we say anything else, it's soaking wet.
It is wetter than the worst day of Noah and Mrs Noah when they're saying, "Have we got enough wood?" That is so wet.
It was wet, wasn't it? - It was wet.
- So, the time is not going to be great, Matt.
So you're saying it's wet.
It was moist! OK.
And how was Chris as a teacher? He's, yeah, I mean, an acquired taste, you know.
You know that saying? Oh, you don't have to tell me! Yeah.
No, he was good.
He was good.
Well, let's take a look at how the training went, what do you think? I've never noticed before, at the start - Yeah? - You see the ambulance and the fire thing.
We always keep those there just to remind you - of the importance of your own safety.
- All right, count me down.
Three, two, one, go.
It's a great launch.
And we're going to the left of those tyres.
Left, left, left, left.
- What? Oh, BLEEP.
- Left of those tyres there.
- What? LEFT of those tyres? Yeah, right now, right now, right now.
- What are you talking about? - Right! Go right there.
- Where? - Right there.
- There?! - Yeah, turn - What, by the? - By the aeroplanes? - No, no, before the aeroplanes.
Did you do the medical before you came on? - Shut up.
- Left here now, left here.
- There's, there's your two white lines.
And then to the right.
- Oh! - Now it's coming back.
- Now it's flowing.
Oh, Lord Almighty, we're fast.
OK, left here, left here.
Oh, oh, oh! HE CHUCKLES Fourth.
Fourth, fourth, fourth.
- Fourth.
- That's sixth.
That's sixth.
- Really, you want to be fourth here? - That's sixth, that's sixth, that's sixth.
- Oh.
- That's second.
- LAUGHTER - That's fourth! - We've got to fourth.
- That's good, you've got some feel for this now, - haven't you? - Oh, lordy.
- But can you feel - Whoa! I'm not sure you know how close you are - to a massive accident.
- ROB LAUGHS - But let's just go through here - Oh, sugary! Oh.
I don't like that.
That is scary.
Full beans, full beans, over the line.
- Over the line! - That is so frustrating.
I want your honest opinion - Yeah - .
on the level of support you've received - during your training.
- Very poor.
Very poor.
I would say my coach is more interested in himself than in his young his young apprentice.
Well, I don't know.
Looks like you did pretty good considering it's a lake out there.
But cars are in your blood, your dad sold cars? Yeah, my dad was a car salesman.
So when I grew up in south Wales, in Port Talbot, he'd often bring different cars back every day.
So I got used to seeing these different ones coming back and forth to the house.
And then years later, he worked for Mitsubishi.
Hence the Carisma.
- Ah, there it is.
- Is that known as being a very bad car, then? - Oh, it's terrible.
- Is it? - Yeah.
- Oh, is that it? - That's it right there.
- Look at the way the indicator on the left isn't flush with the headlight, but the one on the right is.
You see? I mean, they couldn't even be bothered to get a good one for the press photo.
I think, I think what you're encountering here for the first time, Chris, is called perspective.
Ah! You know how on the left side, it looks bigger? Yeah, it's just closer.
And what do you drive now? At the moment, I have a Jaguar XJ, and a Land Rover Discovery.
- Oh, dear.
- The new one? - Oh, dear.
- Yeah, what's the problem? What have I done now?! The new Discovery? - Yeah.
- So you've seen it? - Oh, boy.
- You've seen it from the outside? - Oh, you're talking? - I know, I noticed.
- You've opened a can of worms - The back of it.
I'm talking about all of it.
Let's start with the sides.
- We'll leave the worst bit till last.
- The sides are OK.
- What's wrong with that? - Look how much metal there is - above the rear wheel.
Look at it.
- Is that an issue for normal people? - It is! - LAUGHTER Let's move round to the back.
Now, look at the lack of symmetry here.
- Yeah, I agree.
- So, they designed the whole thing, at the last minute someone's run in and gone, "We've got to put the number plate somewhere!" So they've just slapped it there.
And the design inspiration for it, here we go.
LAUGHTER It's designed as an homage to Geoffrey Boycott's mouth.
It It is curious, but sometimes innovation startles us at first.
- It does, it does.
- Where do you stand? Er Well, I think it's hideous.
- The Trip.
Let's talk about The Trip.
- Yes.
Tell us about The Trip.
Oh, I'm a huge fan.
Who's a fan of The Trip here? AUDIENCE: Yeah.
- It's fantastic.
- Thank you very much.
Thank you.
- Very funny.
- We drove - Does that bring back good memories? Yeah, that was The Trip To Italy, which was the second one.
Why choose a Mini Cooper convertible? Oh! The Mini was That was lovely.
Especially, you know, you had a lot of windy country roads, especially on the Amalfi coast.
It was lovely to drive.
In fact, I liked it so much, I actually bought one when we came back.
- Ooh.
What?! - What's wrong with that? Why would you do that? Cos it was It was a really nice drive.
Was it like that rose you have when you go on holiday? You know, the four euro rose.
And it's great when you're there And you crack a bottle open three weeks later back in the UK, - and it tastes like vinegar.
- It's not It's not quite the same driving it around Twickenham, or, you know, as it was on the Amalfi coast, - but no, look, I'm going to It was a lovely car.
- One question.
- Do you still own it? - No.
How long did you own it for? I don't know, I had it for a year and a bit, something like that.
Why so long? LAUGHTER I think it's time to see your lap.
Let's move on to that.
Can I Did I mention it was wet? You did mention it was wet.
- But you had fun? - Oh It's a blast, right? It's fantastic.
It's really fun.
OK, let's take a look.
Hey, you know what, why don't you commentate on it? OK, all right.
Here we go.
Well, perfect conditions for the youthful Rob Brydon.
It's a nice start.
Oh-ho-ho-ho! Something is flashing on the dashboard.
I don't know what it means.
That classic Roman profile gripping the wheel with assuredness and a strange sensuality.
And he takes that corner with ease.
Look at the way he's going.
And have you noticed it's wet? Ooh, hoo, hoo, hoo, hoo Difficult corner, difficult corner, difficult to see the white lines there, but he's done it beautifully.
The inquest heard that although he took the corner smoothly, Brydon hadn't anticipated the .
group of nuns visiting the aerodrome.
He took out six of them.
Thoughts with the families.
Yes, you don't want to hear the word "inquest" in your head when you're doing this lap.
I have to say, Gav, it's a lot quicker than the Picasso.
This bit, now, I think I got speed up here, and look at that.
That's not bad, is it? This looks narrower .
every time you go through it! BLEEP! Oh, bloody hell.
That was scary.
Oh, Robert! There's no need for that sort of language, - you - BLEEP - idiot.
Oh, you! Damn it.
And he comes now to his jinx, his nemesis, this penultimate Oh, no, he didn't.
That was the end! CHEERING That shows you how well I know the course, right? - That's wet.
- Ah.
I've never seen it that wet.
That's monsoon conditions.
I've never seen it that wet.
Well, there we are, then, whatever the time was - Well, I have it right here.
- Ah.
- What do you think? - I just want to beat Tinie Tempah, really.
- You do? - I just feel in the world of rap, I feel Tinie is always, you know, threatening my territory.
So, I just want to let him know.
I'm a big rap star in this country, you wouldn't know this, Matt, but, er, I want to beat him.
It was definitely wetter for you than it was for Tinie.
I think we're going to call your time, not just with a W, we're going to put a VW.
VW, thank you.
Very wet, yeah.
Thank you.
OK, Rob Brydon, are you ready? Mmm-hmm.
You went around the track in one minute .
50 Oh, for heaven's sake, so I'm already down the bottom section.
- So I'm just! - Oh! It's tough! Sorry, boss.
- Great effort.
- Yeah, well, I tried.
It was very wet.
I tried.
It was very, very wet.
Ladies and gentlemen, Rob Brydon.
CHEERING AND APPLAUSE - Fantastic, thanks so much.
- Ah Earlier on, you remember we were celebrating the V8 engine with a classic American road trip.
We'd escaped from a big pit, staged a good old-fashioned Wild West shoot out and had a run-in with the law.
Standard road trip stuff.
Now it's time to head back to Utah and pick up the story.
The next morning, we were back on the road again.
And heading towards our destination on the Nevada border, we had time to reflect on what we were really here to celebrate.
There's a personality about the V8 that no other engine configuration can match, OK? A V12 is the most exotic engine configuration.
If you say I've got a V12, you think of the most expensive, exotic Italian supercars.
If you think, got a V6, you're better than ordinary, but ultimately you're not the really fast model.
If you say your car's got a V8 it automatically makes it sound like it's It's the one you want.
Petrol engines are dying out, there's no debate about that.
And I can see pros and cons to that.
But it really would be a shame to lose the V8.
For me .
the V8 is sacred.
I remember when I was a kid, I was 16 and a half, and my cousin, he had saved up his money to buy a car.
And he bought a 1968 Chevy Camaro with a 327 V8 in it.
So I had my license before him, and he really wanted to drive the car but he couldn't.
So I talked him into, "Well, let's take the car out.
"I'll drive.
" It was like my first experience with a V8.
That thing was great.
By the time he got his licence, the transmission needed a rebuild - cos I beat the - BLEEP - out of it.
You're welcome.
Eager to continue our V8 celebration, we were told to head to a local racetrack.
Rocky Mountain Raceways.
An oval circuit, which could only mean one thing .
Wow! You know where we are? - Where? - It was 1957, the final race of the Nascar season.
Bubba Passwater's got to finish third to secure the title.
OK, on the last lap, he's third coming out of the final corner, right over there.
As he gets onto the straightaway, he gets tapped, he corrects, clips the wall - boom! The car goes up in a ball of flames.
He is out of control.
He spins across the line backwards, takes the title by a single point.
Really? No, I have no idea where we are.
Luckily, a local man on a golf buggy did.
Here we go.
- Hello.
- Hello.
- Hello.
- There you go.
- Thank you very much.
ENGINE STRUGGLING Ooh Ooh! It's a challenge.
"In a tribute to America's favourite motorsport, "you will each attempt to set the fastest time over five flying laps.
" And we'd each get some help from the real deal.
Born back in the '40s, when moonshine runners took their outlaw V8s and started to race them .
70 years on, Nascar remains America's most popular V8 motor sport.
Big on noise .
if a little short on variety.
Wait, wait, so let me get this straight.
We just go up there, take a left There.
And then what, it's a left? Over there.
- Rory - And then left - .
these are simple people, OK? - You've met Matt.
Let's go.
Come on.
- He's right.
That's cold.
For this Nascar-inspired test, we would each be timed over five laps of the track.
For the first two laps, we would pick up some extra speed by slipstreaming the pace car before overtaking for a three-lap sprint to the finish.
I'll try and explain it.
The car in front is bashing a great big hole in the air, OK? So you nudge in behind that car, you get the benefit of that hole.
So you've got less air resistance, ergo, you travel faster.
That's quick.
That's loud.
THEY LAUGH I've got to judge when to duck out to get my maximum aero advantage.
Time it right, and it's called the slingshot.
I'm going! It's quite physical.
You have to really brace yourself.
Whoa! Thatis tiring.
So, with Chris having demonstrated the theory .
Rory was up next.
I'm following a Nascar.
Dear Lord.
When Jaguar developed the F-type SVR, do you think they thought about bringing it to an oval in Utah? Probably not.
Wait for it, wait for it, wait for it, wait for it.
- And once he cleared the pace car - NOW! .
Rory found driving round in circles much more difficult than he thought.
OK, late apex, late apex.
That's got to be the secret, right? Oh, that's too high.
Turn it in, turn it in, turn it in.
He's just added about a quarter of a mile to his lap there.
But what he lacked in technique Bravery, bravery, bravery.
he made up for in recklessness.
That is close to the wall! That is close to the wall.
Whoa! Yes! Oh, my God! Now I'm no mind-reader, but it seemed like he was pleased with his run.
That was quite a proficient doughnut.
Finally, it was time to unleash the 850-horsepower beast.
Which was a bit of a handful.
The thing has got so much power that I don't dare pin it until I get it straightened out.
All right, here he goes, I'm going.
- That sounds fantastic.
- Mega.
The grip in the front end of this thing is awesome.
It's like King Kong.
- Well, it sounded good.
- It did.
I mean, look at him.
He's just been following a Nascar, he's in a hopped-up Mustang, in Utah, on a short oval - he's basically in American heaven, isn't he? Give that man a foot-long wiener and he's complete.
Ah, this must be the times! - Here we go.
- Bring it.
Thank you.
Yeah, go back that way, it's easier.
"Matt LeBlanc.
You did it in one minute "30.
You did it in one minute 30 ".
one" It might get better.
point four.
" - So, it doesn't.
- You got closer to him.
- I gotcha.
- But you did have 200 more horsepower than me, but well done.
Oh, God, here we go, here we go.
- Yeah, yeah.
"Chris Harris.
" - Come on.
- "You did it" - Come on.
in one minute" - Come on.
- What do you want to do for dinner? - Just! "Chris Harris, you did it in one minute" Yep, next word, next word.
- ".
20" - Yes! - ".
" - Congratulations.
- Yes! - Way to go.
- You see? - Mr McLaren.
- Upholding Woking's honour.
Said no-one ever.
THEY LAUGH - Well done, well done.
- Thank you.
- Congratulations.
- I'm pleased with that.
- Now "Your prize "is to take part in one of America's most exciting race events" Do I get to drive that? ".
chain car figure of eight racing.
" - What? - What? - Chain car figure of eight racing.
Says it right there.
What's that? How do I know? Let me see those times.
I don't want to do it.
- But you have to.
- I don't want to.
- But you have to.
- Well, I don't want to.
- But you have to.
- So I have to I don't HAVE to do anything! I'm sitting in a 1977 Pontiac wondering why on earth I tried to win that last challenge, cos this is not a prize, this is a punishment.
Yes! Figure of eight racing - the greatest motorsport we'd just heard of.
Three cars chained together racing around a track shaped like the number eight.
Which, of course, means a crossover in the middle.
Better still, with Harris in the rear car, only controlling the brakes, and the middle car just an empty shell, the driver in the front car would be in charge of both the steering and the acceleration.
So, it was essential that Chris had a responsible, safety-conscious team-mate.
SABINE: Hey, buddy! - Oh, God, no.
- Let's smash some stuff! No, let's not smash some stuff, Sabine! Lining up on the grid, and with Chris still adjusting to his new role Brake, Harris! Yeah.
- Oh, boom.
- Sorry.
Team Top Gear would be starting at the back of the field.
This is ridiculous, it really is.
One of those cars is a hearse! Perfect.
SHE LAUGHS She just sounds demented.
- Woohoo! - It's on! Go, go, go, go! Apparently it would be a six-lap race, assuming, that is, they'd last that long.
Whoa, Harris! What's she doing? Oh, my God! - Whoo! - I've been in a car with Sabine, and it was one of the scariest things I've ever done, but I think this tops it.
Oh! Ow! Ow! Nevertheless, by the end of the first lap, Sabine had somehow dragged them up to fifth place.
- Yeah! - You're all right, Chris, hang in there.
It looks like she knows what she's doing.
- No, we don't know.
- We don't.
But then - Oh, my - SABINE SCREAMS Ow! Whoa! Scheisse! Snared up by another chain car, the rest of the field started to pull away.
And by the time Sabine broke them free Yeah! Nice move, Sabine, way to go! .
the rest of the pack were half a lap ahead.
Which, in figure of eight racing, is a bit of a problem.
Ow! Whoo! Ow! Oh, my God.
This is the worst thing I've ever done.
Unfortunately for Chris, though, Sabine is no quitter.
Brake, Harris.
Whoo! Yeah! We got them! Go, go, go, go, go, go! Ow! Oh, my God! And by now, the competition were having problems of their own.
- Oh! There's a wreck up there.
- Whoa, Harris! I can't see anything.
This is terrifying.
THEY LAUGH With two laps to go, Sabine had clawed them back up to fourth.
But things were about to get uglier.
- Ow! - Chris, where are you? BLEEP! Oh, not again.
Ow! This is carnage.
This is awesome! Entering the final lap, Sabine could sense a podium finish.
Yeah! I do! I do! I do! And with just the final corner left, she'd go through the hearse to get it.
- On three! - Not through there, Sabine! Not through there! Whoo! Yes! Push, push, push! - Yeah! Way to go! Way to go! - Whoo! Go, go, go, go, go, go, go, go, go, go, go! Yeah! Woohoo! Chequered flag.
You're in third.
Way to go! Way to go! Way to go! Woohoo! Yee-ha! SHE LAUGHS CHRIS GROANS Chris, good job! Are you still there? Just.
You total lunatic.
SHE LAUGHS With Chris choosing not to stick around to see what the prize for third place was, we got back on the road.
I think the greatest thing America has given to planet Earth is chain car racing.
That was great.
It's one of our proudest moments, really.
Sensing Chris didn't wholly agree, and I hate seeing the little guy upset, I had an idea to cheer him up.
Hey, you know what? I've got a game we could play.
It's called Nascar or Nas-can't.
So, I'm going to say a name and you tell me if it's a real Nascar driver or just someone that I've made up.
How about Lake Speed? That sounds more like a place than a person.
That's a real Nascar driver.
Lake Speed is Nascar driver? Yes, it is.
How about Dick Trickle? THAT'S a real Nascar driver.
He's real, yeah.
OK, here's another one.
- Patty Grossman.
- Yeah, he sounds very Nascar.
That's my mother! LAUGHTER With Harris feeling better, soon we all had a reason to smile.
Because our goal at the Nevada border .
was finally within reach.
Oh, I know where we're going.
I think I know where we're going too.
Yeah Where are we going? I think we're headed to Bonneville.
America's fastest race track.
For over a century, pilgrims of extreme speed have been drawn here from all over the world .
to 46 square miles of pristine unbroken salt flats.
This is where the 300, the 400, the 500, even the 600mph land speed barriers were broken.
Thisis Bonneville.
I can't believe I'm here.
As we pulled onto the salt, though, the dry lake bed did have a bit of a problem.
Oh, no.
Well, this ismoist.
Freak rain had blown in, flooding the flats and washing away any chance of a top speed run.
What the hell? I'm absolutely gutted.
I've waited 30-odd years to come to the Mecca of speed and when I finally get here it's a lake.
What are we going to do? Hi.
- How are you? - Good.
- Thank you.
- Sorry.
- Hey, it's not your fault.
Or is it? - No, no.
- OK.
"Chin up.
"Your celebration of V8s isn't over yet.
"Just up the road is a race track "where your new final challenge awaits.
" But it's not Bonneville, is it? Well, yeah, but it's a racetrack, so at least we'll be able to go fast.
Well, it's got to be better than this.
Come on.
Really? So that was Bonneville? 35 years waiting, and I stand in front of a puddle and go again.
Well, you can get in if you want.
I suppose I've now got one of the worst Bonneville stories of anyone I know.
Rory, how are you feeling about it? Yeah, I wanted to smash through that 200mph barrier in this thing, - but it wasn't to be.
- What is the top speed of that car, Rory? Just over 200.
- How about you? - What is it exactly? So, how exactly were you going to "smash through" the 200mph barrier? I was hoping for a bit of a tailwind.
Good answer.
But then, just up the road Whoa, whoa, whoa.
Look at this.
Chris spotted an opportunity.
I'm turning in here.
Follow me in here.
Come on.
Dude, the sign says "no trespassing.
" An open gate is an invitation, and I have an itch to scratch.
Oh, yeah.
We'd stumbled across a very quiet, very long runway.
This looks great.
All right, so what are we thinking? - Drag race? - Yes, please! It's time to let the big dog eat.
Here we go.
Here we go.
How much power have you got again? 850 horsepower.
You may have 850, but I want to know how much you can use in the first - three gears.
- What are you saying? You can use more of your power than I can use of mine? I can use all of my power in the first three gears.
I don't think you can use even a small percentage of yours, and hopefully by the time you get going, I'm gone.
I'll tell you what, Chris, you pull out yours and I'll pull out just enough to beat you.
HE LAUGHS All right, are we doing this, or what? OK, I'll call it.
We go on "go.
" Three, two .
one, go.
Oh, the Jag is gone! I'm winning! I'm winning! Whoo! I'm winning! OK, no, I'm not.
Bye-bye, Mr Reid.
Where's the yellow car? That's the one that's worrying me.
There's the red one.
Oh! OK, 160.
I still can't see the yellow car.
Come on! Hya! Hya! Hya! 199.
203 over the line.
Damn it! This is the baby McLaren.
This is the Ford Fiesta of the McLaren range and it just did 203 and smoked an 850-horsepower Mustang.
Boy, that McLaren is fast.
So, as we hurried on our way again, our impromptu drag race had taught us that naturally my McLaren is devastatingly quick, that Matt's Mustang can't actually use 850 horsepower, and that Rory had his own unique take on the result.
Chris and Matt, do you know what the speed limit is in the UK? - Yes.
- It's 70mph, and I'd like to point out that in that drag race up to 90mph the F-Type SVR was in the lead, therefore, in real-world situations, this car is quicker than the McLaren and an 850-horsepower Mustang.
Even by your standards, Rory, you're fumbling around for a false glory.
No, no, no, no, no.
I'm about 300 kilos heavier than that McLaren, and about the same thing as that giant fridge on wheels that you're driving.
But I think I acquitted myself pretty well.
This is a great all-round car.
Yeah, I think I drove by you like you forgot where the accelerator was.
Listen, guys, come on, I think this car did surprise you a little bit.
You might look at this car and think, it's no McLaren, it's no Hennessy, but it's hanging in there.
I wasn't thinking that, no.
THEY LAUGH And before Rory could come up with more ways in which his Jag wasn't as quick, we reached our V8s' new final playground.
I see flags.
I see flags.
Yeah, I see grandstands.
I see grandstands.
Could this be the scene of another McLaren victory? I hear you ask.
Could this be the scene of another McLaren victory? I hear you Now we're talking.
Whoo! Look at the view.
Oh, yeah, look at that! That is a GT40.
- Yeah.
- That is beautiful.
Yes, the GT40.
1960s icon, and ground-breaking, Ferrari-beating, Le Mans-winning masterpiece.
That is a legendary V8, right there.
Hey, how are you? Oh, cool.
Right on, thank you.
"For your final challenge, you will now take on "one of the greatest V8s of all time.
" That's true.
That is really true.
Which won't be a problem, I don't think, because we've got more power, better brakes, better Uh-oh.
That changes things.
Does he have the correct visa? Is he allowed to be here? Unfortunately, he was.
That is a magnificent sound.
The Stig would set a time for six laps of the circuit, a time which we would have to then beat as a team.
Pros and cons.
We have more power, more modern tyres and brakes.
- Cons - He has him.
- Yeah.
And all too soon, Stig's six laps were up.
10 minutes 11.
OK, that's the combined time to beat.
So, to pit our V8s against the GT40 we'd be running a relay of two laps each.
And with a standing start for the first leg, we needed the best car for pure off-the-line acceleration.
All right, Rory, are you ready? Never been readier.
Three, two .
one, go! Whoo! Sounds quick.
All-wheel drive .
for the win.
Spot your apex, Reid.
Spot your apex.
There she is.
On that power.
Oh, that's good.
So good.
The engine is still making noise.
- That's a good sign.
- This means that he's not rolled it.
Yes! Yes! Oh, that's messy, Reid.
Come on, tidier, tidier.
All right, so, I need a 1:42 average lap time.
- Yeah, he's kind of missed that one.
- He's overcooked that one.
Oh, no, this is looking like a 1:45.
Argh! - Focus, Rory.
- I'm focusing! I'm focusing! Come on, Rory.
Here he comes.
You should get in the car, maybe.
- Oh.
- I don't know if this is good enough.
I don't know.
Come on, guys.
Come on, guys.
- Here we go.
- Come on.
Go, go, go, go, go! Push, Harris! Push! Two laps down, and Rory's run in the Jag had left us six seconds off the pace.
To beat the GT40 Smooth, Chris.
Smooth! .
Chris and his McLaren needed their A-game.
This is a car that was doing 200mph in a straight line but it's now agile and fast here.
Oh, good line through there.
Nice! Nice! Just floor it.
Push, push, push! OK, that's a 1:38.
- We've got a shot here.
- OK, that's good.
I'm buying us some time now.
Now just three seconds behind All right, Chris, one more clean one.
One more clean one.
we were back in the hunt.
OK, we're at 5:58, 5:59, six minutes.
Chris, come on.
Push, push, push! Let's do it for America.
Don't let me down, girl.
Go on, Matt.
Go on, Matt.
Come on, Matt.
Launch it! All right, here we go.
Here we go.
This was it, the last leg.
And however this tribute to the greatest of all engines would end .
at least one thing was certain.
That's it.
That's the stuff.
The V8 engine is a fighter, and one that still packs a serious punch.
- Where are we at? - 7:30.
- Are we ahead of time, or.
? - We're on the edge.
Come on, baby.
Come on.
Come on.
Come on.
Come on.
Come on.
Oh, it's got so much freaking power.
Come on! All right, last lap.
He's got to do the lap of his life.
Come on, Mustang! Come on, LeBlanc, give it your best.
I want your best.
Come on, Matt.
Push! There we go.
Come on.
That's it, that's it, that's it.
OK, here we go.
Come on! CHEERING AND APPLAUSE So, the big question - did our exquisite array of state-of-the-art V8 sports cars open up a can of whupass on the old days? Well, we'll never know.
OK, on next week's show - Hold on, Matthew.
- What? What? - What? - You've got to give them the answer.
No, I don't got to give them the answer.
That's why they're here.
They want to know the times.
Come on! Yes.
OK, fine.
We were two seconds slower.
And I'm very disappointed in you, Chris.
- I was quicker than him.
- Yeah, but I don't expect anything from him.
What?! OK, that's fair.
- Fine.
- Yeah.
- But what we're telling the viewers is that the best V8 sports car money can buy is a 50-year-old V8 sports car that's not actually for sale? Exactly, yeah.
And on that essential piece of consumer advice we must end the show.
- See you next week.
- Goodnight.