Challenges Epic Races Top Gear Series 20

Top Gear: Series 20, Episode 1

  • Jeremy and James race a yacht against a Toyota Corolla in New Zealand.
  • Richard tests the Renault Clio 200, Peugeot 208 GTi and Ford Fiesta ST.
  • A celebrity picnic to welcome the new reasonably priced car.
  • Stars in a Reasonably Priced Car: Charles Dance, Warwick Davis, Rachel Riley, Joss Stone, David Haye, Jimmy Carr, Mike Rutherford, Brian Johnson.

Episode Guide

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This episode kicks off with Richard reviewing the Peugeot 208 GTi, Renaultsport Clio 200, and Ford Fiesta ST. The Stig drives each car around the Top Gear test track, with the Clio 200 posting the quickest time at 1:32.0. The Fiesta ST was second at 1:32.7 and the 208 GTi was the slowest at 1:33.2. Richard and Jeremy agree that the Fiesta ST is the best to drive.

In the news, the presenters discuss items available for purchase at motorway service stations and plans to introduce pubs in them. James comes up with a solutions for repairing potholes on roads. They also look at the new BMW 4 Series coupé and Richard complains about the M4 motorway and the motorsport version of the car being called the BMW M4.

In the next segment, Jeremy and James travel to New Zealand to conduct a race between an AC45 America’s Cup sailing boat and a Toyota Corolla. James had to cover 220 miles (350 km) in the AC45, whilst Jeremy had a much longer 410 miles (660 km). The AC45’s crew was made up of James, Olympic gold medallist Sir Ben Ainslie and several America’s Cup winners. As the Corolla was a rental, Jeremy calls it “the fastest car in the world”, meaning he could drive it fast without having to worry about damaging it. He scrapes the side of the car on a narrow bridge to allow an oncoming vehicle to pass. Meanwhile, James complains about how uncomfortable the boat is.

A Vauxhall Astra Tech Line is introduced as the new reasonably priced car, replacing the Kia Cee’d. The Astra has a 1.6 litre engine and comes with “lifetime warranty”. A new lap time board is also introduced and Jeremy and Richard host a party for celebrities to get some times on it.

Back in New Zealand, Jeremy has to drive south before turning north and driving through Auckland to head in the right direction. On the sailing boat, James loses his satellite phone to a strong wave. Jeremy decides to take a shortcut on gravel roads; the track ends, landing him completely off-road. When he finds a gravel road once again, he encounters a tractor and in the process of giving way to it, damages his car on a boundary wall to the side. He swaps his originally blue Corolla for a red one at a hire car centre, hoping James would be too tired to notice the difference. To make up for lost time, Jeremy drives along Ninety Mile Beach. The Corolla gets stuck in the sand on a beach, which was the finishing point. As the boat could not go all the way to the beach, James had to swim the last leg of the race. He reaches the checkpoint before Jeremy but is exhausted from sailing.

Some say…

“Some say he has the world’s largest collection of horse eggs, and that when he knocked Rafael Nadal out this week, it wasn’t during a game of Tennis. All we know is he’s called the Stig!”‘

Stig Power Laps

Peugeot 208 GTi
Renaultsport Clio 200
Ford Fiesta ST

Star in a Reasonably Priced Car

Brian Johnson
Charles Dance
Warwick Davis
Rachel Riley
Joss Stone
David Haye
Jimmy Carr
Mike Rutherford


Rating: 8.0/10. From 105 votes.
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Matías July 1, 2013 at 6:49 am

Awesome episode, love the hatchbacks and the new resonable price car….. but the best part of them all was James´face after the Race

Mihax209 March 16, 2014 at 6:34 pm

Ahh, so this is where Clarkson got the experience to punch Morgan 😉

LeMoi August 17, 2015 at 10:54 pm

Video not available (as usual). Users of seem to all have died. Anyway, I found a working link: “”

Sean McKellar August 17, 2015 at 11:45 pm

Thanks, I’ve fixed it. Sadly no longer allows TG videos to be uploaded, and I have a feeling the videos which are currently on there are gradually being removed (probably as they receive DMCA requests).


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