Top Gear: Series 7, Episode 2

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  • Jeremy tests the Porsche Cayman.
  • Richard details the history of British Racing Green.
  • Richard and James have a drive of some life sized RC cars.
  • Jeremy races an Audi RS4 against two Speed Climbers.
  • Star in a Reasonably Priced Car: Ian Wright.

Episode Guide

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Main review: Clarkson reviews the Porsche Cayman, which is cut short by the director’s expression of disgust at Clarkson complaining about mostly everything about the car (which he bought as an investment, to Jeremy’s own disgust). Clarkson was so sure that it was merely a Boxster CoupĂ© that he refused to call it anything but a Coxster. The Stig posts a 1:26.7 for the Cayman.

News: Hammond shows one viewer’s attempt to get directions from Nottingham to Bideford, while avoiding the M5 motorway via the RAC plc website. The route took her into the Atlantic Ocean, into France, and crosses Ireland twice.

Documentary and Review: Hammond explains the history of British racing green, with a run in a Bentley Blower, and a 1903 Napier and reviews a recreation of a Vanwall F1 car.

Star in a reasonably priced car: Ian Wright discusses why footballers like David Beckham, Wes Brown and John O’Shea would buy a Lincoln Navigator. Lap of 1:47.8.

Challenge: Hammond and May play with life-size radio control cars made from real cars. After each had a turn at the controls and in the passenger seat, one rode in the car while the other attempted to navigate it through a quarry floor course, and keep a caravan from being crushed by a wrecking ball. The two then raced against Kristy Rosenberg,[1] the British Under-15 Radio Control Champion on a new course, ending with them trying to jump another caravan, and (of course) failing. Back in the studio Clarkson shows off a full size radio controlled car that flies. He flies it over peoples heads in the studio.

Challenge: Clarkson, in an Audi RS4, competed against the climber Leo Houlding to see who could make it to the top of the Verdon Gorge in France. After he loses the hillclimb challenge by about 5 minutes, he challenges the climber to descend faster than he does, but the climber base-jumps to the bottom and says to the camera, “2,000 feet in 20 seconds. Beat that Clarkson!” Clarkson thinks the RS4 is a landmark departure from the usually tepid fast Audis, and hails the lightweight, high-revving V8 as one of the best engines ever made.

Some say…

“Some say that he has no understanding of clouds, and that his ear wax tastes like Turkish Delight. All we know is he’s called the Stig.”

Stig Power Laps

Porsche Cayman
1:26.70

Star in a Reasonably Priced Car

Ian Wright
1:47.80

Screenshots

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Rating: 9.0/10 (3 votes cast)

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