Top Gear: Series 21, Episode 3

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  • The boys drive three small cars to Ukraine.
  • The cars chosen: Volkswagen Up!, Ford Fiesta, Dacia Sandero.
  • Jeremy power tests the 1086bhp Zenvo STI.
  • Star in a Reasonably Priced Car: James Blunt.

Episode Guide

Watch this episode on Amazon Instant VideoReview: Jeremy begins his review of the Zenvo STI by reflecting on some of Denmark’s contributions to the world at large. He then drives it around the Top Gear test track where he notes the difficult driving dynamics of the car as well as its questionable build quality. After several mishaps involving the rear brakes and the clutch, the car is serviced and returns to the track, only to suffer from a broken cooling fan and catch fire. The Stig was able to post a wet lap for the car, nevertheless – a dismal 1:29.9.

News: Hammond teases his test of the new Porsche 918 which will be on a future show; Miranda Hart is to blame for flooding in Britain; the new Lamborghini Huracan is bland (for a Lambo); Nitrogen Dioxide pollution.

Challenge: The team attempt to prove that small, underpowered hatchbacks geared for fuel efficiency on thin fuel-saving tires can be fun to drive (despite their relative lack of power) by travelling 750 miles from the Livadia Palace in the Crimean Peninsula all the way to the northern border of Ukraine with Belarus. Richard drove the Ford Fiesta 1.0 EcoBoost, Jeremy drove the Volkswagen Up!, James drove the Dacia Sandero. The segment reaches its climax with a race to see who can run out of fuel faster on the road between the city of Kiev and the radiation contaminated Chernobyl Exclusion Zone. Hammond runs out of fuel just a few miles from the 30-kilometre checkpoint, leaving Clarkson and May to enter the Zone after the rest of the film crew drive back to Kiev. Clarkson runs out of fuel a short distance from the remains of Reactor Number 4, where the radiation indicator exceeded 200 counts per second. May’s car running out of fuel isn’t shown.

Star in a Reasonably Priced Car: James Blunt talked about his role as a British Army Captain in the Pristina Airport incident during his deployment in the Kosovo War and his new album. He then drove the Astra in torrential conditions, and achieved a time of 1:49:4.

Some say…

“Some say that this week he’s wearing two layers of nomex, and that one a recent trip to Cornwall he stopped off for one of his special big wees in Somerset. But all we know is he’s the Stig!”

Stig Power Laps

Zenvo STI
1:29.90 (wet)

Star in a Reasonably Priced Car

James Blunt
1:49.40 (very wet)

Screenshots

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Rating: 9.3/10 (145 votes cast)

9 COMMENTS

  1. Holy cow this episode was amazing!!!! Chernobyl was possibly the coolest place the guys have ever gone. This so far has been the best series in years!!!!

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