Challenges Epic Races Top Gear Series 7

Top Gear: Series 7, Episode 5

  • Richard power tests the Marcos TSO.
  • Jeremy races the Bugatti Veyron against Richard and James in a Cessna 182.
  • James settles the RWD vs. AWD Porsche 911 debate.
  • Star in a Reasonably Priced Car: Nigel Mansell.

Episode Guide

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Main review: Hammond reviews the Marcos TSO GT2. Hammond likens it to the much-loved Monaro in terms of its way of marrying muscular American power to easily controllable (if not actually nimble) handling, and also the TVR Sagaris – though when pushed, he admitted this was because it broke down several times. The Stig manages to take it to a time of 1:28.2. During the studio segment of the review, Clarkson “discovers” a tooth-whitening kit in the Marcos, to which Hammond’s reply was: “IT’S A PLANT!!!”.

News: The group reviews stupid automotive accessories.

Star in a reasonably priced car: F1 and IndyCar champion Nigel Mansell takes the lead on the F1 lap board with a 1:44.6. Mansell’s time proves a theory from The Stig that the Liana could garner a 1:44 lap time.

Challenge: The Stig compared the drivetrains of RR layout vs. 4WD on the Porsche 997 on an indoor exhibition rally track of the World Rally Championship at Millennium Stadium to settle a debate by Porsche fans. The Carrera 4 was half a second faster, but according to James May the Stig said the 2WD Carrera was nicer to drive.

Main Race: Hammond and May once again attempted to beat Clarkson in a race across Europe using transport other than a car. This time, as May had almost earned himself a pilot’s licence, their chosen mode of transport was a Cessna 182 (light aircraft), hired from West London Aero Club. After an initial shaky start because of May’s insistence on lengthy pre-flight checks and a circuitous route to avoid mountains exceeding the plane’s flight ceiling, they made good time on Jeremy, but were forced to make an early landing and travel the remainder of the journey by Eurostar as May was not licensed to fly after nightfall. Once again, Clarkson won, aided by his 1001 PS (736 kW/987 bhp) Bugatti Veyron supercar, reaching the top of the Natwest Tower before the other two. Clarkson was delivering the Veyron to England for Formula One world champion Nigel Mansell. At the top of the tower he commented that his victory was hollow because he would have to live the rest of his life knowing he would never own the Veyron or experience its power again, but he soon forgot about it when he and Hammond started laughing at James’s disgruntlement.

Some say…

“Some say he can swim 7 lengths underwater, and he has webbed buttocks. All we know is he’s called the Stig.”

Stig Power Laps

Marcos TSO GT2

Star in a Reasonably Priced Car

Nigel Mansell


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