Top Gear: Series 5, Episode 2

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  • Richard compares the Ford Focus, Vauxhall Astra & Volkswagen Golf.
  • Jeremy power tests the Enzo Ferrari.
  • Richard races a Mitsubishi Rally car & Bowler Wildcat against a skateboarder.
  • Are the supercars made today really better than the ones from 10 years ago?
  • Star in a Reasonably Priced Car: Geri Halliwell.

Episode Guide

Review: Hammond looks at the Ford Focus, comparing it to the Vauxhall Astra, and the VW Golf. He decides that the Focus is still the best of the three, apart from the bland new styling.

News: May goes on a rant about Bill Bryson. Ferrari gives the Pope an F1 Car. They discuss the new BMW 3 Series.

Restoration Rip-Off: May introduces the Adams Probe 16 from A Clockwork Orange, one of only three made.

Review: Clarkson reviews the Enzo Ferrari. He declares the Enzo to be a masterpiece. He muses that supercars today may be approaching engineering perfection, but the cars from fifteen years ago are more fun to drive. The Stig sets a lap time of 1:19.0.

Star in a reasonably priced car: Geri Halliwell talks about all the cars she has wrecked. She goes around the track, in the wet, in 1:55.4.

Challenge: A world champion all-terrain skateboarder is pitted against a Group N Mitsubishi rally car. The car loses soundly. They then switch out the rally car with a Bowler Wildcat, and the Wildcat wins by a considerable margin. The cars are driven by “professional racing driver Ben Collins” who was also acting as The Stig at the time.

Cool Wall: The Vauxhall Monaro is declared to be cool. The Porsche 997 is uncool. The Mercedes-Benz SLK, and the Enzo Ferrari are very uncool.

Review: Clarkson compares two trios of supercars: three older supercars, the Jaguar XJ220, the McLaren F1 and the Ferrari F40, and three newer supercars, the Pagani Zonda, the Porsche Carrera GT and the Enzo Ferrari, coming to the conclusion that the simplicity of some of the older cars makes them more fun, even if they are slower around a track. Clarkson is very critical of the attitude of current supercar makers, claiming that they “held back” with cars like the Porsche Carrera GT, but is also critical of the McLaren F1, saying that driving it resembled trying to ride a nuclear missile รก la Dr. Strangelove.

Stig Power Laps

Enzo Ferrari
1:19.00

Star in a Reasonably Priced Car

Geri Halliwell
1:55.40

Screenshots

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Rating: 8.2/10 (33 votes cast)

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