Top Gear: Series 21, Episode 2

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  • Richard tests the Alfa Romeo 4C in Italy.
  • Jeremy tests the new McLaren P1 in Belgium.
  • James May visits Camp Bastion in Afghanistan.
  • Star in a Reasonably Priced Car: Tom Hiddleston.

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Challenge: Jeremy and Hammond travel to the shores of Lake Como to conduct a race between the Alfa Romeo 4C and Gibbs Quadski. While Jeremy and his Quadski arrive at the finish line first, he purposely loses because he could not find the heart to beat the Alfa. Hammond finds the Alfa’s shoddy interior and width to be disappointing but loves the speed, handling, engine noise and looks. He also finds the idea of making cars lighter more suitable for the future as this means that cars are faster, more nimble and more economical. Jeremy then previews the new McLaren P1 which he describes as “Astonishing”.

News: Kia is developing “gesture control”; dumb messages on highway signs; new Corvette Z06 vs. the new Jaguar F-type; Britain is the worst country in the world for filling up with petrol

Feature: James travels to Camp Bastion in Afghanistan to look at some of the military vehicles used by the British Forces and how they are being brought back to the UK.

Star in a Reasonably Priced Car: Tom Hiddleston drove in very wet conditions, he managed a 1.49.9 in the Vauxhall Astra Tech Line.

Review: Jeremy is in the gentle surroundings of Bruges in Belgium to review the McLaren P1. He first drives it around Bruges noting how it has batteries which produce 176bhp and unlike a G-Wiz it has a 3.8l 727bhp twin turbo V8 acting as a generator. He then takes it onto Belgium’s lit motorways and describes how through sunshine, rain, traffic and clear stretches, the McLaren was quiet and comfortable yet not well equipped. He then describes how it is lighter than a Vauxhall Astra which makes it economical and” mind-blowingly fast”. He later drives it around the Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps racetrack and describes to total output is 903bhp, he describes how it feels even faster than a Bugatti Veyron. He also describes how despite the immense speed, it actually goes round corners beautifully and how each lap it works on ways of going faster. He describes that McLaren have created a Masterpiece by using the hybrid motor to make supercars faster and more exciting. He describes how the P1 is a genuinely new chapter in the history of motoring and that it is made with brilliant British Engineering. He admits that it doesn’t have the Passion of a Ferrari but adds that Italian Passion built the Leaning Tower of Pisa and British Engineering built the “Plumb Dead Straight Westminster Abbey”. He concludes by saying that it is ultimately a brilliant car. Back in the studio Richard points out the new Porsche 918 and the two have a debate upon which is faster by which Jeremy admits that he will change his name to “Jennifer” if the Porsche were to be faster than the McLaren.

Star in a Reasonably Priced Car

Tom Hiddleston
1:49.90 (very wet)

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Rating: 9.1/10 (160 votes cast)

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