- Richard races an Aston Martin V8 Vantage Roadster against a rocket man.
- Jeremy power tests the Caparo T1.
- London Race – Car vs. Bike vs. Public Transport vs. Speedboat.
- Star in a Reasonably Priced Car: Simon Cowell.
Main review: The Caparo T1 is tested around the track by Clarkson. However, due to the Caparo’s violent mechanical history and insurance company concerns, he is forced to suit up and is observed through the segment by a fleet of ambulances, fire engines, an air ambulance, and other safety personnel located around the test track. It gets round the track in 1:10.6 but is not allowed on the board as its ride height is too low to drive over a speed bump.
News: The presenters discuss the new Mitsubishi i and Hammond announces that he is shipping “Oliver” (his Opel Kadett from the previous episode) to England. His announcement is accompanied by May playing the theme from Romeo and Juliet by Nino Rota on his portable keyboard.
Challenge: The presenters race each other across London to try and beat the London rush hour traffic towards London City Airport. Clarkson drives a powerboat on the Thames, but had to go slowly first; Hammond uses a Specialized Sirrus Limited carbon fibre bicycle; May drives a Mercedes-Benz GL 500, ending up paying the congestion charge; and the Stig used public transport (buses, the Tube and the DLR). Hammond comes first, Clarkson a close second, the Stig third and May last. Fearful that this result would ruin the reputation of cars and Top Gear in general, the presenters therefore facetiously disregard the results, claiming things like that Clarkson had died in a violent crash, and that London doesn’t even have a river.
Star in a Reasonably Priced car: Simon Cowell returns to the top of the leaderboard with a time of 1.45.9, filmed two weeks before the rest of the show because of Simon’s busy schedule.
Review: The Aston Martin V8 Vantage Roadster, driven by Hammond, takes on, and defeats, a German on roller skates with a 300 hp (220 kW) turbo powered rocket backpack in a straight half-mile drag race.
“Some say that to unlock him you have to run your finger down his face, like that. And that if he’d been getting divorced from Paul McCartney he’d keep his stupid whining mouth shut. All we know is he’s called the Stig.”
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