Challenges Epic Roadtrip Top Gear Series 10

Top Gear: Series 10, Episode 1

  • Jeremy tests the Volkswagen Golf GTI W12 concept car.
  • Jeremy, Richard and James take a road trip to find the greatest driving road in the World.
  • Star in a Reasonably Priced Car: Helen Mirren.

Episode Guide

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Main Review: Clarkson reviews the Volkswagen Golf GTI W12 Concept. He says it has been rushed in eight weeks, constructed out of parts from various brands, thus most onboard electronics do not work and it “cannot go round corners,” rendering useless its unbelievable power output of 650 bhp (480 kW). The Stig posts an underwhelming lap time of 1:29.6. Clarkson says that “If you want a slow car that looks like a Golf, get a Golf.”

News: The three presenters discuss the Top Gear arson incident, blaming Fifth Gear. (A fire occurred on Sunday, 12 August 2007 at Hill End Farm, destroying a barn used as a storage facility for Top Gear props.)[1] They point out the “new” furniture in the studio as the old equipment was burnt in the fire. Hammond and May introduce the new supercars showcased across the year, including a more powerful Ford GT and the Lamborghini Reventon. Clarkson rants about new rules banning smoking cigarettes while driving.

Star in a Reasonably Priced Car: Dame Helen Mirren posts a time of 1:52.8 in the Chevrolet Lacetti.

The Cool Wall: Hammond and Clarkson talk about the burnt down Cool Wall, then try to familiarise themselves with some burnt leftovers of car stickers that were once on the board. The segment ends with the abandonment of the old Cool Wall.

Challenge: The presenters each took a light-weight supercar to Mainland Europe to find the best driving road in the world. Clarkson drove a Lamborghini Gallardo Superleggera, Hammond a Porsche 911 GT3 RS and May an Aston Martin V8 Vantage N24. Clarkson’s Lambo and Hammond’s 911 were quick and civilised to drive, but May’s stripped-out Aston race car intolerably hot and uncomfortable to drive. They ended up finding the “best driving road in the world” (from Davos to the Stelvio Pass). May admitted that his Aston was terrible; Hammond and Clarkson found their cars brilliant but could not recommend buying the lightened versions since the performance was not superior enough to justify the price jump.

Some say…

“Some say that his scrotum has it’s own small gravity field, and because our producer rigged a phone vote, he now has a new name. All we know is he’s called Cuddles.”

Stig Power Laps

Volkswagen Golf GTI W12 concept car
1:29.60

Star in a Reasonably Priced Car

Helen Mirren
1:52.80

Music

Season Preview:
00:46 – 01:52 – Arcade Fire – No Cars Go

VW Golf W12 Review:
02:31 – 02:49 – Tyler Bates – The Wolf
03:06 – 03:20 – Tyler Bates – Immortals Battle
03:20 – 03:53 – Hans Zimmer – Bio-Techno
03:53 – 04:08 – Primal Scream – Swastika Eyes
04:08 – 04:45 – Amon Tobin – Foley Room
04:45 – 04:48 – Tyler Bates – The Ephors
04:56 – 05:25 – Paul Haslinger – Killing Rutledge
05:29 – 05:49 – Aim – Aberdeen
05:49 – 05:55 – Tyler Bates – Tree of the Dead
05:59 – 07:03 – Brian Tyler – Downtown Tokyo Chase

Lightweight Supercar Showdown, Pt. 1:
18:27 – 19:23 – U2 – Daddy’s Gonna Pay For Your Crashed Car
19:35 – 19:52 – DJ Shadow – Six Days
20:07 – 20:18 – Amon Tobin – Ten Piece Metric Wrench Set
21:41 – 22:21 – The Killers – Believe Me Natalie
22:19 – 22:31 – Antonio Pinto – Consequences and Loss
22:29 – 23:29 – Antonio Pinto – By Air
23:29 – 24:08 – Lamb – Gorecki (Instrumental)
24:08 – 24:38 – The Killers – Uncle Jonny (Instrumental Mix)
24:38 – 24:58 – Harry Gregson-Williams – Sanchez Family
24:58 – 25:40 – U.N.K.L.E – Chemistry
25:47 – 26:31 – Nonpoint – In the Air Tonight
28:43 – 28:52 – DJ Shadow – Six Days
28:49 – 29:27 – U.N.K.L.E – Broken (Instrumental)
30:34 – 30:49 – Klaus Badelt & Mark Batson – A-500
31:03 – 31:20 – Klaus Badelt & Mark Batson – A-500
32:21 – 32:54 – Klaus Badelt & Mark Batson – A-500
32:58 – 33:29 – Marco Beltrami – Main Titles (The Omen)

Lightweight Supercar Showdown, Pt. 2:
44:46 – 44:57 – Peggy Lee – The Man I Love
45:58 – 46:12 – David Holmes – Zippo’s
46:12 – 46:23 – John Ottman – New York’s Finest
46:36 – 47:04 – DJ Shadow – Giving Up the Ghost
48:44 – 49:03 – Klaus Badelt & Mark Batson – A-500
49:05 – 49:53 – Quinn – Acedia (The Noonday Demon)
50:01 – 50:15 – Quinn – Acedia (The Noonday Demon)
50:22 – 50:55 – Luis Bacalov – The Grand Duel (Parte Prima)
51:25 – 51:39 – Terence Blanchard – Demands in Place
51:39 – 52:10 – Eberwein & Kiefer – Hopfa Harvest
52:14 – 52:36 – Klaus Badelt & Mark Batson – A-500
52:58 – 53:12 – Craig Armstrong – Starless II
53:12 – 54:14 – Dario Marianelli – Evey Reborn
54:11 – 55:10 – Harry Gregson-Williams – Sanchez Family
55:11 – 55:41 – Matt Monro – On Days Like These
55:41 – 55:52 – Hans Zimmer – Salvete Virgines
55:59 – 56:19 – Antonio Pinto – Requiem
56:31 – 58:02 – Hans Zimmer – Tribal War
58:05 – 59:06 – Ludovico Einaudi – Ritornare

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