Top Gear: Series 18, Episode 7

  • Richard power tests the new BMW M5.
  • James drives his childhood dream car, the Ferrari 250 California.
  • Jeremy, Richard and James set out to discover if you can go motor racing for less than it costs to play golf.
  • Stars in a Reasonably Priced Car: Slash, Kimi Räikkönen.

Episode Guide

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Review: Hammond reviews the BMW M5 F10. He compares it to a BMW M1 and discusses the advances made between both models. Although not shown on screen, Clarkson informs the audience that it completed a lap of the test track in wet conditions in 1:29.2.

News: Clarkson discusses a new Bentley 4×4 which he believes is ideal for the premiership footballer, the trio discuss the new Lamborghini Aventador J, which has no roof or windscreen, and Clarkson views his outrage on how loud emergency sirens can be.

F1 Star in a Reasonably Priced Car: Kimi Räikkönen talks about his return to F1, and then completes a wet lap of the track in the Suzuki Liana in 1:46.1.

Feature: May’s childhood dreams come true when he is given the chance to drive a £5.6 million Ferrari 250 GT California, which is owned by radio DJ Chris Evans. He takes it for a drive in Windsor Park, and claims that after all the years he has waited, driving it was not a disappointment.

Star in a Reasonably Priced Car: Ex-Guns N’ Roses guitarist Slash completes a lap of the track in 1:49.1 (slow, according to Clarkson, but actually a relatively fast time in the wet). He is also present at the end of the show, standing on the Toyota Hilux plinth playing the series out with his version of the Top Gear theme song.

Challenge: The trio attempt to prove you can go Rallycross motor racing for less than it costs to play golf. Clarkson invests in a BMW 328i, Hammond a Citroën Saxo VTS and May a Toyota MR2. Hammond is the most successful out of the three, coming third in two heats and coming second in his final. Clarkson finishes last and second last in his two heats, before winning the first final and being allowed to take part in Hammond’s final, where he finished third after a battle with Hammond. May is the least successful, coming last in his two heats and finishing third in his final.

Stig Power Laps

1:29.20 (very wet)

Star in a Reasonably Priced Car

Kimi Räikkönen
1:49.80 (wet)


Rating: 8.8/10. From 71 votes.
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