Challenges How hard could it be? Top Gear Series 18

Top Gear: Series 18, Episode 4

  • James goes to the USA and drives the Fisker Karma.
  • The boys each build a cheap mobility scooter that can be used offroad.
  • Jeremy tests the Ferrari FF & Bentley Continental V8 at a test track in the Arctic Circle.
  • Star in a Reasonably Priced Car: Michael Fassbender.

Episode Guide

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Review: James May travels to Florida to test the latest sports hybrid car, the Fisker Karma; however, during his review, he visits AC/DC front man Brian Johnson and ends up driving his 1928 Bentley Vanden Plas LeMans Tourer. Johnson and May end up creating an “old cars vs. new cars” drag race, which May wins by a long distance.

Feature: Clarkson visits Arjeplog in Northern Sweden, where he pits the Ferrari FF against the Bentley Continental GT in a race on an ice replica of the Silverstone test track. While he likes the Ferrari’s performance, he couldn’t work out why Ferrari had gone to great lengths creating a 4WD system that shuts off in or above fifth gear – hence making its handling ‘twitchy’ -, while the Bentley offers a better control on slippery surface, especially with the normal automatic gearbox. He also criticizes the styling of the FF, with May declaring it ‘not their [Ferrari’s] finest effort’ and Clarkson suggesting that it should be called the Ferrari ‘India Special’ (referring to the TopGear India Special, which ended up in chaos on the media.) The Stig arrives in a hovercraft to test both cars, and around the ‘Icy Silverstone’, the Continental V8 is 13 seconds faster than the more powerful and lighter FF.

Challenge: The trio are tasked with creating their own off-road mobility scooters for rambling in the Welsh countryside. They begin by testing their scooters in Abergavenny town centre, which results in James May crashing inside a branch of Greggs; Hammond ruining a stand of merchandise in a branch of Waterstones and then racing a woman down the high street; and Clarkson annoying buyers in an indoor market hall. The task ends with a race in the countryside against three wounded soldiers. Only Hammond manages to finish the race, with Clarkson’s scooter falling down a hill into a set of trees, and May aborting the mission and getting stuck outside a pub near Crickhowell.

Star In A Reasonably Priced Car: Michael Fassbender laps in 1:42.8 on ice, becoming the equal third fastest time ever.

Some say…

“He’s not the Stig’s alpine cousin, he’s just the Stig.”

Star in a Reasonably Priced Car

Michael Fassbender

1:42.80 (ice)


Rating: 8.7/10. From 67 votes.
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Shane Fell May 18, 2014 at 4:58 am

Wait a minute, Clarkson and May are complaining about the electric steering in the new 911 and Hammond didn’t mind it that much, but when May drove it on the show, cut to the studio and Hammond is complaining about losing the steering feel, May doesn’t mind it and Clarkson just doesn’t care at all.

Till Grossmann August 16, 2014 at 5:10 pm

exaclty what i noticed.


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