Challenges Epic Roadtrip Top Gear Series 21

Top Gear: Series 21, Episode 3

  • The boys drive three small cars to Ukraine.
  • The cars chosen: Volkswagen Up!, Ford Fiesta, Dacia Sandero.
  • Jeremy power tests the 1086bhp Zenvo STI.
  • Star in a Reasonably Priced Car: James Blunt.

Episode Guide

Watch this episode on Amazon Instant VideoReview: Jeremy begins his review of the Zenvo STI by reflecting on some of Denmark’s contributions to the world at large. He then drives it around the Top Gear test track where he notes the difficult driving dynamics of the car as well as its questionable build quality. After several mishaps involving the rear brakes and the clutch, the car is serviced and returns to the track, only to suffer from a broken cooling fan and catch fire. The Stig was able to post a wet lap for the car, nevertheless – a dismal 1:29.9.

News: Hammond teases his test of the new Porsche 918 which will be on a future show; Miranda Hart is to blame for flooding in Britain; the new Lamborghini Huracan is bland (for a Lambo); Nitrogen Dioxide pollution.

Challenge: The team attempt to prove that small, underpowered hatchbacks geared for fuel efficiency on thin fuel-saving tires can be fun to drive (despite their relative lack of power) by travelling 750 miles from the Livadia Palace in the Crimean Peninsula all the way to the northern border of Ukraine with Belarus. Richard drove the Ford Fiesta 1.0 EcoBoost, Jeremy drove the Volkswagen Up!, James drove the Dacia Sandero. The segment reaches its climax with a race to see who can run out of fuel faster on the road between the city of Kiev and the radiation contaminated Chernobyl Exclusion Zone. Hammond runs out of fuel just a few miles from the 30-kilometre checkpoint, leaving Clarkson and May to enter the Zone after the rest of the film crew drive back to Kiev. Clarkson runs out of fuel a short distance from the remains of Reactor Number 4, where the radiation indicator exceeded 200 counts per second. May’s car running out of fuel isn’t shown.

Star in a Reasonably Priced Car: James Blunt talked about his role as a British Army Captain in the Pristina Airport incident during his deployment in the Kosovo War and his new album. He then drove the Astra in torrential conditions, and achieved a time of 1:49:4.

Some say…

“Some say that this week he’s wearing two layers of nomex, and that one a recent trip to Cornwall he stopped off for one of his special big wees in Somerset. But all we know is he’s the Stig!”

Stig Power Laps

Zenvo STI
1:29.90 (wet)

Star in a Reasonably Priced Car

James Blunt
1:49.40 (very wet)

Music

Zenvo ST1 Review:
01:09 – 01:23 – ? MP3 Sample
01:24 – 01:31 – ? MP3 Sample
01:31 – 02:08 – Brian Tyler – Invasion of Asgard
02:08 – 02:11 – ? MP3 Sample
02:12 – 02:42 – Brian Tyler – Invasion of Asgard
02:42 – 02:58 – Steven Price – Fire
02:58 – 03:17 – Trentemøller – The Forest
03:43 – 04:01 – Steven Price – Don’t Let Go
04:01 – 04:07 – ? MP3 Sample
04:07 – 04:17 – Trentemøller – Take Me Into Your Skin
04:22 – 04:39 – ? MP3 Sample
04:39 – 04:57 – Trentemøller – Take Me Into Your Skin
04:59 – 05:28 – ? MP3 Sample
05:28 – 05:55 – M83 – My Tears Are Becoming a Sea

The Stig’s Lap:
07:30 – 07:34 – Tuva Ensemble – Sigit, Kargiraa and Khoomei
07:55 – 07:59 – Tuva Ensemble – Sigit, Kargiraa and Khoomei

Small Car Crimean Challenge, Pt. 1
16:09 – 16:49 – Clint Mansell – First Snow
17:13 – 17:20 – DJ Shadow – Dark Days
17:43 – 17:48 – ? MP3 Sample
18:10 – 18:23 – A Hawk And A Hacksaw & The Hun Hangár Ensemble – Romanian Hora and Bulgar (Live)
19:23 – 19:32 – Eric Serra – The Goldeneye Overture
19:50 – 20:48 – Deadly Avenger – Punisher
20:48 – 21:46 – Public Service Broadcasting – Spitfire
21:46 – 22:16 – James Horner – The River Crossing to Stalingrad
22:16 – 22:46 – James Horner – Koulikov
22:46 – 23:17 – ? MP3 Sample
23:18 – 23:19 – C2C – Arcades
23:19 – 23:59 – Pixies – Blue Eyed Hexe (Instrumental)
24:06 – 24:59 – Mogwai – Hungry Face
26:49 – 27:13 – The Fratellis – Until She Saves My Soul

Small Car Crimean Challenge, Pt. 2:
39:00 – 39:39 – Deadly Avenger – Invincible
40:12 – 40:28 – DJ Shadow – Dark Days
41:33 – 41:46 – A Hawk And A Hacksaw – The Water Under The Moon
42:50 – 42:56 – Black Rebel Motorcycle Club – Teenage Disease
43:35 – 43:52 – Trentemøller – Silver Surfer, Ghost Rider Go!!! (Andrew Weatherall Prinz Mix)
44:38 – 44:54 – Modern Faces – Lufthansa
45:00 – 45:20 – Eric Serra – The Goldeneye Overture
45:44 – 45:58 – A Hawk And A Hacksaw & The Hun Hangár Ensemble – Ihabibi
47:19 – 47:50 – Pixies – Magdalena (Instrumental)
48:06 – 48:17 – Howard Shore – Eastern Promises
48:23 – 48:39 – Howard Shore – Eastern Promises
49:17 – 49:48 – Steven Price – ISS
50:01 – 50:12 – Thomas Newman – Another Acquittal
50:12 – 50:34 – Nine Inch Nails – Disappointed
50:50 – 51:01 – Brian Tyler – Outnumbered
51:01 – 51:41 – Fuck Buttons – Brainfreeze
52:10 – 52:36 – Boards of Canada – New Seeds
52:57 – 53:35 – Trentemøller – Still on Fire
53:41 – 53:59 – Martin O’Donnell, Michael Salvatori – Fortress
54:21 – 54:40 – Ramin Djawadi – Medal Run
54:48 – 56:07 – Baltic Fleet – Midnight Train
56:29 – 57:07 – Clint Mansell – My Name Is Frank Sidebottom
57:26 – 57:49 – Ramin Djawadi – The Raid
57:49 – 58:29 – ? MP3 Sample
58:29 – 59:00 – Steven Price – Shenzou
59:00 – 59:04 – Steven Price – ISS
59:04 – 59:37 – ? MP3 Sample
59:37 – 60:50 – Boards of Canada – Gemini

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9 comments

Hank February 17, 2014 at 7:20 am

Holy cow this episode was amazing!!!! Chernobyl was possibly the coolest place the guys have ever gone. This so far has been the best series in years!!!!

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John Payne February 25, 2014 at 3:29 am

Part 2 of Top Gear: Series 21, Episode 3 does not play.

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steve May 16, 2014 at 7:11 pm

i know

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John Payne February 26, 2014 at 11:34 pm

Thank you. I’ve watched it now.

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Gary May 1, 2014 at 12:59 pm

As I live in Germany this is the only way to keep up with Top Gear but Series 21 Episode 3 does not run

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ecko August 4, 2014 at 8:05 pm

ive never laughed so hard in my life when Jeremy went thru the shop and totalled everything

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the guy with no name January 24, 2015 at 7:06 pm

video deleted…like ep2

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Sean McKellar January 24, 2015 at 10:29 pm

I’ve updated it with a new copy – hopefully it works fine.

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Ciulea Victor September 13, 2015 at 5:12 pm

parts missing

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