Challenges Epic Races Top Gear Series 10

Top Gear: Series 10, Episode 5

  • Richard races an Aston Martin V8 Vantage Roadster against a rocket man.
  • Jeremy power tests the Caparo T1.
  • London Race – Car vs. Bike vs. Public Transport vs. Speedboat.
  • Star in a Reasonably Priced Car: Simon Cowell.

Episode Guide

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Main review: The Caparo T1 is tested around the track by Clarkson. However, due to the Caparo’s violent mechanical history and insurance company concerns, he is forced to suit up and is observed through the segment by a fleet of ambulances, fire engines, an air ambulance, and other safety personnel located around the test track. It gets round the track in 1:10.6 but is not allowed on the board as its ride height is too low to drive over a speed bump.

News: The presenters discuss the new Mitsubishi i and Hammond announces that he is shipping “Oliver” (his Opel Kadett from the previous episode) to England. His announcement is accompanied by May playing the theme from Romeo and Juliet by Nino Rota on his portable keyboard.

Challenge: The presenters race each other across London to try and beat the London rush hour traffic towards London City Airport. Clarkson drives a powerboat on the Thames, but had to go slowly first; Hammond uses a Specialized Sirrus Limited carbon fibre bicycle; May drives a Mercedes-Benz GL 500, ending up paying the congestion charge; and the Stig used public transport (buses, the Tube and the DLR). Hammond comes first, Clarkson a close second, the Stig third and May last. Fearful that this result would ruin the reputation of cars and Top Gear in general, the presenters therefore facetiously disregard the results, claiming things like that Clarkson had died in a violent crash, and that London doesn’t even have a river.

Star in a Reasonably Priced car: Simon Cowell returns to the top of the leaderboard with a time of 1.45.9, filmed two weeks before the rest of the show because of Simon’s busy schedule.

Review: The Aston Martin V8 Vantage Roadster, driven by Hammond, takes on, and defeats, a German on roller skates with a 300 hp (220 kW) turbo powered rocket backpack in a straight half-mile drag race.

Some say…

“Some say that to unlock him you have to run your finger down his face, like that. And that if he’d been getting divorced from Paul McCartney he’d keep his stupid whining mouth shut. All we know is he’s called the Stig.”

Stig Power Laps

Caparo T1
1:10.60

Star in a Reasonably Priced Car

Simon Cowell
1:45.90

Music

Aston Martin vs. Jet Man:
00:57 – 01:44 – Brian De Mercia – Slaughtergate
01:44 – 02:00 – Alex Heffes – Approaching Siula Grande
02:08 – 02:34 – Gavin Greenaway – Celluloid Hero (Underscore)
02:34 – 02:49 – Black Lab – Learn to Crawl
02:50 – 03:15 – Gavin Greenaway – Celluloid Hero (Underscore)
03:40 – 03:59 – Cato – Thunderworld (Percussion Mix)
04:03 – 04:06 – Cato – Thunderworld (Percussion Mix)
04:11 – 04:16 – Cato – Thunderworld (Percussion Mix)
04:27 – 04:43 – Amon Tobin – Marine Machines
05:17 – 05:36 – Brett/Walter – Hide & Shriek
05:36 – 06:12 – Cato – Thunderworld

Caparo T1 Review:
14:45 – 15:18 – Simian Mobile Disco – Scott
15:18 – 15:49 – DJ Shadow – Triplicate/Something Happened That Day
15:49 – 16:05 – Mark Isham – A Harsh Warning
16:04 – 16:31 – Terence Blanchard – Ten Thirty
16:35 – 17:03 – Terence Blanchard – Food Chain
17:35 – 18:20 – Terence Blanchard – Demands in Place
18:20 – 19:42 – The Crystal Method – Weapons of Mass Distortion
19:44 – 19:58 – Ennio Morricone – Quasi Morto
20:07 – 20:17 – Ennio Morricone – Quasi Morto
20:22 – 20:30 – Ennio Morricone – Quasi Morto
20:32 – 21:06 – Muse – Map of the Problematique
21:06 – 21:27 – Danny Elfman – The Kingdom – Titles
21:27 – 21:45 – John Powell – Chopper Chase/Face-Off
21:45 – 22:27 – Doves – Reprise

Race Across London:
37:27 – 37:38 – Amon Tobin – Verbal (Prefuse 73 Dipped Escalade Mix)
37:49 – 37:59 – Cyrus – Crying Game
39:23 – 40:11 – Bostich – Tijuana Bass
40:23 – 40:42 – Bostich – Tijuana Bass
41:03 – 41:30 – Passengers – One Minute Warning
41:30 – 41:59 – Passengers – Always Forever Now
41:59 – 42:10 – Brian Eno – Force Marker
42:14 – 42:37 – Radicalfashion – Suna
42:42 – 42:50 – Paul Haslinger – Killing Rutledge
42:52 – 43:01 – The Dust Brothers – Psycho Boy Jack
43:06 – 43:18 – Radicalfashion – Suna
43:40 – 43:59 – Cujo – Break Charmer
44:50 – 45:07 – Rhian Sheehan – System
45:07 – 45:08 – Tyler Bates – To Victory
45:08 – 45:34 – John Powell – Six Weeks Ago
45:45 – 45:56 – Massive Attack – Red Light Means Go
46:09 – 46:19 – Globus – Madre Terra
46:26 – 46:32 – Massive Attack – Simple Rules
47:06 – 47:16 – Tipsy – Space Golf
47:16 – 47:22 – Massive Attack – Simple Rules
47:29 – 47:38 – Massive Attack – Simple Rules
47:52 – 48:34 – Radicalfashion – Suna
48:34 – 48:51 – Massive Attack – Simple Rules
49:24 – 49:52 – Passengers – Theme from Let’s Go Native
50:04 – 50:11 – Rhian Sheehan – Hiding Place
50:26 – 50:44 – Brian Eno – Force Marker
50:54 – 51:15 – The Flaming Lips – Approaching Pavonis Mons by Balloon (Utopia Planatia)
51:20 – 51:29 – Brian Eno – Force Marker
51:30 – 52:06 – David Arnold – African Rundown
52:06 – 52:53 – David Arnold – Theme from Hot Fuzz
52:53 – 53:02 – Tipsy – Space Golf
53:12 – 53:20 – Tipsy – Space Golf
53:20 – 54:09 – David Arnold – African Rundown
54:09 – 54:32 – Danny Elfman – First Confrontation
54:32 – 55:01 – Robert Rodriguez – Avenging Angel
55:02 – 55:13 – Massive Attack – One Thought at a Time
55:13 – 57:37 – Globus – Preliator

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