- Jeremy, James and Richard hit Donington in three stripped out track cars.
- Jeremy tests the “Aero-Engined Bentley” and “The Brutus”.
- Star in a Reasonably Priced Car: Alex James.
Challenge: Jeremy, Richard and James hit Donington Park in three stripped out track cars – the KTM X-Bow, the Morgan Three Wheeler and the Caterham Seven, in an attempt to show which is the better track racer. They test the cars in a series of challenges, including a drag race, best donut attempt, and fastest entry through a hairpin corner. During the news section, they sent the KTM and Morgan round the track. The KTM set a time of 1.27.0 and the Morgan went round in 1.40.4. The trio are later challenged to drive to work in their track cars – but soon discover that none of the cars are ideal for strong weather conditions or speed bumps. They also end up stopping on the way to buy some weather-suitable outfits, much to the dismay of a group of bikers.
Review: Clarkson creates his own version of the ‘Battle of Britain’ using a model of a classic 1920s Bentley that has a WW II-era tank engine (Petersen Meteor Bentley) and a home-made German car made using an aeroplane engine called Brutus. Both cars are then driven round the track, setting the two slowest times ever (1:50:3 and 2:02:5).
“Some say that he stores all of his shoes and his cassette tapes on the motorway central reservation, and that he can easily stay quiet for 2 hours, he’s wondering why he didn’t win an Oscar. All we know is he’s called the Stig.”
Stig Power Laps
Morgan Three Wheeler
Aero Engined Bentley
Star in a Reasonably Priced Car