Top Gear: Series 14, Episode 3

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  • James goes flying in a airship caravan.
  • Richard drives the Lamborghini Gallardo LP550-2 Valentino Balboni.
  • Jeremy and Richard reveal why Lancia has made greatest number of great cars.
  • Jeremy tests a Hawk HF3000 (Lancia Stratos kit car).
  • Star in a Reasonably Priced Car: Chris Evans.

Episode Guide

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Review: Jeremy and Richard review different cars from the car company which they declared had the greatest number of great cars – Lancia. Despite the ruined reputation Lancia had because of the rusty Beta saloons, Jeremy and Richard loved the cars Lancia made. The Stig then did a power lap with a Hawk HF3000 (a continuation car of the Lancia Stratos), which broke down on its first attempt. When it was finally fixed, the car’s lack of traction and the very wet conditions combined to make the Stig spin out twice during the lap (in Chicago and the Second to the Last Corner), giving the Hawk Stratos the slowest power lap in the show’s history at 1:48.2.

News: Jeremy jokes about the Zenvo ST1 (without actually naming it).

Challenge: Because caravans are being made faster than Top Gear could destroy them, James proposed an ingenious solution to rid them from Britain’s roads once and for all – turn caravans into airships. He makes a caravan airship and attempts to fly it to a caravan park. However, because he doesn’t have a tow car, he asked Richard to drive a tow car for him to the caravan park. Richard then chose the new Lamborghini Gallardo LP550-2 Valentino Balboni as his car. Richard enjoyed his “caravan trip” in the Lambo, whereas James had a lot of trouble with winds blowing his airship in all directions. He went out of control and flew into the airspace of Norwich International Airport,got chased by police choppers, and later crashed. After the film, Richard said that the Lambo was not as good as the Ferrari F430, but at the same time, it was better.

Star in a Reasonably Priced Car: Chris Evans did a lap in 1:48.1 in the wet.

Some say…

“Some say that his new Christmas range of fragrances includes the great smell of ‘Wednesday’, and that he was turned down for the job of EU President because his face is just too recognizable. All we know is he’s called the Stig.”

Stig Power Laps

Hawk HF3000 (Lancia Stratos kit car)
1:48.20

Star in a Reasonably Priced Car

Chris Evans
1:48.10 (wet)

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Rating: 8.6/10 (45 votes cast)

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