- Richard investigates Airport vehicle racing.
- Jeremy tests the BMW X5 M, Audi Q7 V12 and Range Rover (2010MY).
- Jeremy takes a Renault Twingo 133 on a “cheap & simple” road test.
- Star in a Reasonably Priced Car: Guy Ritchie.
Review: Jeremy reviews the Audi Q7 V12, the BMW X5 M and a new Range Rover Overfinch 580 S. He is not a fan of any of them, claiming they are all silly and impractical owing to their weight and unnecessarily-powerful engines. Anyhow the Audi Q7 V12 diesel did it in 1.33.3 and the BMW X5 M did it in 1.28.2, both in the wet.
News: The presenters rebutted a report in the Daily Mirror, which claimed that homosexual people were banned from the Top Gear studio. While this was happening, a group of Village People impersonators were featured prominently behind the presenters.
Review: After receiving another letter from a disgruntled viewer, Jeremy conducts a “thorough” road test of the Renault Twingo in Belfast that variously sees the Renault parked atop a dockyard crane, Ross Kemp in the rear luggage compartment for most of the review and ends with Clarkson driving the car off the end of a ferry pier in an attempt to catch the departing ferry back to England (And he failed to catch the ferry and drown the car).
Challenge: In an attempt to solve the problems caused by slow airport staff and after quite possibly seeing the Cadbury’s advert, Richard invents the sport of airport vehicle racing with the help of several touring car drivers, similar to his motorhome and bus racing sports with the winner to become the basis of all airport vehicles. Hammond’s airport fire truck wins the race after most of the competition – a catering truck, the mobile stairs, an articulated shuttle bus, a baggage train and an aircraft tug – variously take themselves and each other out of the race. This sequence was filmed for series 13, but was delayed for unknown reasons. Richard claims that the airfield used to film the challenge was in fact Heathrow Airport and that the aircraft and the terminal buildings ‘had been moved off to one side’. During the race Hammond’s fire truck sheds weight by operating the water-cannon to remove 8-tonnes of water although this causes Hammond to lose visibility and causes the track to become extremely wet. The catering truck attempts to shed weight by raising the storage box to aircraft level and opening the rear hatch so that the catering trolleys fall out of the back, although the driver forgot to lower the storage box and the truck overturned on a bend towards the end of the race.
Star in a Reasonably Priced Car: Guy Ritchie did a lap in 1:52.5 in very wet conditions.
“Some say that the drinks cabinet in his car contains 14 different types of custard, and while he has been known to leave his house in a bit of a hurry, he’s never once hit a fire hydrant. All we know is he’s called the Stig.”
Stig Power Laps
BMW X5 M
Audi Q7 V12
Star in a Reasonably Priced Car
1:52.50 (very wet)