Top Gear: Series 10, Episode 3

  • James drives the Rolls-Royce Phantom Drophead Coupé.
  • Jeremy power tests the Ferrari 599 GTB Fiorano.
  • Richard tests the auto-parking feature of the Lexus LS600.
  • Jeremy drives the Peel P50; the smallest car in the world.
  • Richard races the Bugatti Veyron against a Eurofighter Typhoon.
  • Star in a Reasonably Priced Car: Ronnie Wood.

Episode Guide

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Introduction: Jeremy Clarkson reads another letter demanding that Top Gear review more cars that are affordable. The letter is purportedly signed “R. Abramovich of Chelsea.”

Review: James reviews the Rolls-Royce Phantom Drophead Coupé. He finds it to be his favourite car of the year, and admires it for being contemporary and stylish, much as he perceives himself, to the laughter of Jeremy and the audience.

News: Jeremy Clarkson attempts to demonstrate “Pay by mobile phone parking fees” in London. They also offer a peek at the Lamborghini Reventón.

Review: Hammond tests the auto-parking system in the Lexus LS600 without reading the manual, and finds the system “rather complicated to use”.

Main Review: Jeremy Clarkson reviews the Ferrari 599 GTB Fiorano, concluding that he respects its technology, but is not excited by it and would prefer a Ferrari 275 GTS. The Stig takes the 599 round the track in 1:21.22.

Star in a reasonably priced car: Rolling Stones’ Ronnie Wood posts a time of 1:49.4.

Review: Jeremy Clarkson reviews the Peel P50 to see whether it would be practical in daily life, highlighting its usefulness in office buildings. The car is small enough to be pulled into BBC White City, with the Top Gear team more excited by the tiny Peel than by a Koenigsegg or a Ferrari. Clarkson, late for a meeting, decides to drive into BBC Television Centre from inside the White City office, sitting in the car throughout his journey and the meeting. The segment features cameos of several BBC broadcasters including John Humphrys, Fiona Bruce and Dermot Murnaghan. At the end of the review, Clarkson even points out the “Sports” version, a Peel Trident.

Challenge: Richard Hammond races a Bugatti Veyron against a Eurofighter Typhoon to see which one can travel two miles (up and down a runway) faster. The Typhoon flies vertically for a mile, before returning to the start/finish point, while the Bugatti drives down the track for a mile before quickly turning around and accelerating back to the start/finish point. The Eurofighter Typhoon wins by about two seconds. This is Hammond’s first race on Top Gear after his accident.

Some say…

“Some say that he gets terrible eczema on his helmet, and that if he’d been the video ref in the World Cup rugby final he would have seen that of course it was a try you blind Australian half-wit. All we know is he’s called the Stig.”

Stig Power Laps

Ferrari 599 GTB Fiorano

Star in a Reasonably Priced Car

Ronnie Wood


Rating: 9.5/10. From 2 votes.
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