Challenges Epic Races Top Gear Series 19

Top Gear: Series 19, Episode 3

  • Jeremy power tests the Toyota GT86.
  •  Shelby Mustang GT500 vs Public Transport from Wembley to the San Siro stadium in Milan.
  • Star in a Reasonably Priced Car: Amy Macdonald.

Episode Guide

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We begin by joining Jeremy out on the test track, where he is reviewing the Toyota GT86 and the Subaru BRZ. The cars are almost identical, but Jeremy chooses the Toyota GT86 via a game of “Eeny, Meeny, Miny, Moe. The Stig then completed a lap of the Test Track in 1:31:3. James later mentions in the “News” section that for every 10 Subaru BRZs they sell, they can sell 90 Toyota GT86s.

Back in the studio, the boys do the news. They discuss the new Subaru Impreza, which is not coming to UK, and they then talk about the new Maserati Quattroporte.

Next up is a challenge: The producers have reserved a single ticket to a football match at the San Siro in Milan, Northern Italy. The trio have a race from Wembley Stadium to the San Siro. Jeremy drives the Shelby Mustang GT500 and Richard and James travel on public transport. Similar to the previous race to Monte Carlo, Richard and James are not allowed to use any cars, and Jeremy is not allowed to use any trains. According to Jeremy, since the last epic race, the trains have become faster and boats have become slower. Richard and James open up a big lead whilst travelling on the Eurostar, and arrive in Paris while Jeremy is still crossing the English Channel on a ferry. After reaching France, Jeremy discovers that the Mustang only holds 50 litres in its fuel tank. After leaving Paris, Richard and James discuss what to do upon arriving in Milan — as there are two of them but only one ticket. Hundreds of miles behind, Jeremy ends part 1 of the challenge stating out loud, “I’m gonna lose!”

Tonight’s Star in a Reasonably Priced Car is Amy Macdonald. Amy drove the Kia Cee’d around the Test Track in 1:44.4. During one of her practice runs, Amy accidentally destroyed one of the runway lights, which Jeremy gives to her after revealing the lap time.

We rejoin the action in tonight’s challenge – The high speed TGV slows down as it approaches the mountains that surround Northern Italy. Jeremy begins to catch up and nearly becomes neck and neck with the train, until road works at the Mont Blanc Tunnel slow him down. The train starts to accelerate again and reaches Northern Italy ahead of Jeremy. Richard and James use the Milan Metro to get to the streets near the finish line. James maintains his opposition to run on television and Richard runs off alone to find the finish line, which is at a bar in the IM Villa Veuve Cliequot. James then assembles a bicycle which he had hidden in one of his bags and rides to the bar, only to find that Richard is already there and has won the race and the ticket to the football match. Moments later, Jeremy arrives and accepts defeat for the first time ever in an epic race of all the series.

Some say…

“Some say that following the vote on gay marriage, he’s got engaged to James May……’s lawn mower, and that he’s become convinced this week Henry IV is buried under the follow-through. All we know is he’s called the Stig!”

Stig Power Laps

Toyota GT86
1:31.30

Star in a Reasonably Priced Car

Amy Macdonald
1:44.40

Music

Toyota GT86 vs. Subaru BRZ Review:
00:52 – 01:07 – Amon Tobin – Surge (16Bit Remix)
01:07 – 01:17 – The Dust Brothers – Jack’s Smirking Revenge
01:17 – 01:18 – Abel Korzeniowski – Clock Tick
01:18 – 01:33 – Kasabian – Pistols at Dawn (Instrumental)
01:33 – 01:41 – The Dust Brothers – Jack’s Smirking Revenge
01:43 – 02:08 – Graeme Revell – Palladino Montage
02:08 – 02:26 – Amon Tobin – Surge (16Bit Remix)
02:26 – 02:56 – Bloc Party – Ares (Instrumental)
02:56 – 03:25 – Malachai – Mid Antartica (Instrumental)
03:26 – 03:50 – M83 – * (Asterisk)
04:16 – 04:22 – Jonny Greenwood – Future Markets
04:33 – 04:49 – Speech Debelle – Elephant in the Living Room (Instrumental)
04:49 – 05:07 – Bloc Party – One Month Off (Instrumental)
05:08 – 06:09 – John Murphy – Leaving England
06:09 – 06:34 – Clint Mansell – Tree of Life

Mustang GT500 vs. Public Transport, Pt. 1:
17:22 – 17:43 – Basil Poledouris – Course Two-Five-Zero
18:03 – 18:17 – Lalo Schifrin – Bullitt, Main Title (Movie Version)
18:47 – 20:16 – Sean Callery – Up and Down Stairs
21:06 – 21:39 – Passengers – Always Forever Now
21:39 – 22:41 – John Barry – The Persuaders
23:13 – 23:23 – Percy Faith & His Orchestra – Theme from ‘A Summer Place’
23:30 – 23:40 – Klaus Badelt – Downhill Games
24:55 – 25:04 – Mantovani & His Orchestra – Charmaine
25:18 – 25:26 – Django Reinhardt – Echoes of France
26:23 – 26:51 – Yann Tiersen – Les Jours Tristes (Instrumental)
26:51 – 27:03 – Yann Tiersen – La Valse d’Amélie (Version Originale)
27:45 – 28:13 – John Powell – The Apartment
28:13 – 28:21 – Yann Tiersen – La Valse d’Amélie (Version Originale)
29:00 – 29:55 – Sean Callery – Jack in the Limo

Mustang GT500 vs. Public Transport, Pt. 2:
40:38 – 41:23 – Massive Attack – Simple Rules
43:58 – 44:35 – Amon Tobin – Ruthless (Reprise)
45:06 – 46:57 – Max Richter – Infra 5
47:34 – 47:51 – Kasabian – Where Did All the Love Go? (Instrumental)
48:19 – 49:15 – John Powell – Escape from Embassy
49:15 – 49:25 – Harry Gregson-Williams – Better Have Some KY
49:54 – 50:33 – Stephen Rees – Code of Silence
50:49 – 51:55 – ?
51:56 – 52:13 – ?
52:13 – 53:19 – John Powell – The Apartment
53:19 – 53:52 – Massive Attack – I Am Home
53:57 – 56:43 – Tykwer, Klimek & Heil – Introduction
56:43 – 57:31 – Hans Zimmer – The Battle

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2 comments

Derrick February 17, 2013 at 6:14 am

Anyone else think this may have been the best star in a reasonably priced car ever, even though she wasn’t the fastest…

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the guy with no name August 19, 2015 at 2:29 pm

Think again Jezza, the mustang V8 (at the time of making that episode-2013) was by no means the most powerful road going V8 ever made. Both the Gumpert Apollo S (690 BHP) and Gumpert Apollo R (789 BHP) are miles more powerful and they’re both comletely road legal as far as I know. The Mclaren P1 (first made in 2013) makes 727 BHP from it’s V8 alone. There’s probably 1 or 2 more cars that I can’t name of the top of my head.

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