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
1:33.20
Renaultsport Clio 200
1:32.00
Ford Fiesta ST
1:32.70

Star in a Reasonably Priced Car

Brian Johnson
1:45.10
Charles Dance
1:48.80
Warwick Davis
1:46.80
Rachel Riley
1:48.50
Joss Stone
1:48.90
David Haye
1:46.70
Jimmy Carr
1:45.60
Mike Rutherford
1:51.50

Music

Season Preview Montage:
00:59 – 02:01 – Miles Kane – You’re Gonna Get It (Instrumental)

Three Hot Hatchbacks:
02:39 – 02:52 – Ginormous – At Night, Under Artificial Light
02:50 – 03:43 – Lorne Balfe – Country Surveillance
03:43 – 03:57 – Ginormous – Skye (Salt Remix)
03:57 – 04:19 – Hybrid – If I Survive (Orchestral Version)
04:19 – 05:09 – Hybrid – If I Survive (VIP Mix)
05:09 – 05:48 – Data Romance – Factory
06:28 – 07:30 – Depeche Mode – John the Revelator (U.N.K.L.E Re-Construction)
07:30 – 07:47 – Ginormous – Endless (Rekt Remix)
07:47 – 08:56 – Hybrid – In Good We Trust
08:56 – 09:08 – Brian Tyler – Outnumbered
09:08 – 09:12 – Data Romance – Factory
09:12 – 09:30 – Grinderman – Hyper Worm Tamer (U.N.K.L.E Remix)
09:32 – 10:54 – Band of Skulls – Sweet Sour (U.N.K.L.E Remix)
10:54 – 11:14 – Lorne Balfe – Put Your Trousers on, You’re Nicked!

The Stig’s Lap:
12:21 – 12:25 – Nick Ingham – Theme from Keeping Up Appearances
12:47 – 12:52 – Nick Ingham – Theme from Keeping Up Appearances

New Zealand Race, Pt. 1:
20:31 – 20:49 – Damon Albarn – Sunset Coming On
21:20 – 22:21 – David Sardy – I Am the Police
23:17 – 23:33 – Thomas Newman – Acute Parasomnia
23:33 – 23:57 – Lorne Balfe – Regan Rebels
23:57 – 24:43 – Baltic Fleet – Baltic Intro
24:43 – 25:16 – Brian Tyler – Covert Strike
25:17 – 25:54 – Baltic Fleet – Baltic Intro
25:54 – 26:12 – Ramin Djawadi – Force Multiplier
26:12 – 26:43 – Baltic Fleet – March of the Saxons
26:48 – 27:11 – Brian Tyler – Covert Strike
27:49 – 28:06 – Brian Tyler – Covert Strike
28:14 – 29:03 – Hybrid – Hooligan
29:51 – 30:06 – Ramin Djawadi – Force Multiplier
30:06 – 30:41 – James Horner – Ben’s Death

Reasonably Priced Car Party:
32:40 – 33:04 – Percy Faith & His Orchestra – Theme From A Summer Place
33:30 – 33:43 – Luciano Michelini – Frolic
33:56 – 34:08 – Pablo – Roll Call
34:37 – 34:54 – David Holmes – The Real Story
35:33 – 35:45 – David Holmes – The Real Story
36:06 – 36:22 – David Holmes – My Mate Paul
36:48 – 36:58 – David Holmes – My Mate Paul
37:56 – 38:02 – ? MP3 Sample
38:06 – 38:19 – Howie B – Angels Go Bald:Too
38:36 – 38:48 – Howie B – Angels Go Bald:Too
39:33 – 39:42 – T.Love – QMS
40:03 – 40:10 – DJ Jazzy Jeff – Dance to the Drummer’s Beat
40:28 – 40:40 – Fatboy Slim – Sho Nuff
40:53 – 41:00 – ? MP3 Sample (same as 37:56 – 38:02)
41:34 – 41:47 – Fatboy Slim – Everybody Needs a 303
42:52 – 43:06 – Drenge – Backwaters (Instrumental)
43:24 – 43:46 – Beastie Boys – Electric Worm
43:57 – 44:08 – Gotye – The Only Way
44:25 – 44:32 – Gotye – The Only Way
44:45 – 44:57 – U2 – Desire
45:15 – 45:29 – Tame Impala – Elephant (Instrumental)
46:42 – 46:55 – Kindness – Gee Up (Instrumental)
47:20 – 47:27 – Alex Tschallener – Don’t Be Silly A
47:56 – 48:12 – Stereophonics – No-One’s Perfect

New Zealand Race, Pt. 2:
48:47 – 49:18 – Baltic Fleet – Frosklia
49:37 – 50:00 – Crowded House – Weather With You
50:00 – 50:43 – Beady Eye – Second Bite of the Apple (Instrumental)
50:45 – 51:05 – Ramin Djawadi – Medal Run
51:16 – 51:32 – Primal Scream – Turn Each Other Inside Out
51:34 – 51:38 – Crowded House – Weather With You
51:38 – 52:04 – Brian Tyler – Fearless Crew
52:24 – 52:39 – Ramin Djawadi – Force Multiplier
52:47 – 53:42 – Baltic Fleet – Toire De
54:03 – 54:16 – Baltic Fleet – March of the Saxons
54:19 – 54:36 – Ramin Djawadi – Force Multiplier
54:39 – 54:49 – Primal Scream – Tenement Kid
55:02 – 55:06 – Primal Scream – Tenement Kid
55:16 – 56:14 – Baltic Fleet – Reykjavik Promise
56:14 – 56:58 – Brian Tyler – Into the Barrio
57:05 – 58:30 – Hybrid – Sea Chase
58:36 – 59:32 – Brian Tyler – Ghost Town
59:32 – 60:53 – Brian Tyler – Wide Awake

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4 comments

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

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Mihax209 March 16, 2014 at 6:34 pm

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

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LeMoi August 17, 2015 at 10:54 pm

Video not available (as usual). Users of Streetfire.net seem to all have died. Anyway, I found a working link: “http://www.streetfire.net/video/top-gear-uks20e01_2431986.htm”

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Sean McKellar August 17, 2015 at 11:45 pm

Thanks, I’ve fixed it. Sadly Streetfire.net 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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