Top Gear Series 10

Top Gear: Series 10, Episode 6

  • Jeremy power tests a Honda Civic Type-R.
  • James races a Alfa Romeo 159 against a man across the Humber estuary.
  • Jeremy tests two fast estate cars: Mercedes E63 AMG Estate vs. BMW M5 Touring.
  • Richard creates and tests out a new racing category: Motorhome racing.
  • Star in a Reasonably Priced Car: Lawrence Dallaglio.

Episode Guide

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Main Review: Clarkson reviews the third Generation Honda Civic Type R. He notes that the previous generation is much better than the new one, due to the increased weight of the new model but only a modest 1 hp (0.75 kW) gain in power. The new model also lacks the independent rear suspension system found in the previous model. These factors result in a drop in price. The large spoiler, which obscures rear visibility, is ridiculed by Clarkson. Clarkson races it against the old model, which seemed faster. The Stig laps the track in 1:33.5.

News: James May announces that Clarkson has a cold but Clarkson jokes that he contracted Bird Flu. A survey was conducted and Clarkson notes that on country roads, 4% of accidents are due to speeding, while 96% remain unknown. They mention that it might be due to animals on the road and Clarkson concludes that speeding on country roads is relatively safe.

Review: May reviews the Alfa Romeo 159 and he must put a pound into the ‘Top Gear Italian Car Road Test Cliché Swear Box’ if he uses any fake Italiano to describe the car (e.g. soul, passion). He races against Graham Boanas to cross the Humber River without using the Humber Bridge. May loses the race by seconds. (This segment was originally filmed for Series 8, but was rescheduled for broadcast.)[3]

Star in a Reasonably Priced car: England rugby international star Lawrence Dallaglio posts a time of 1:47.4.

Review: Clarkson encourages drivers to ditch their Range Rovers and Porsche Cayennes for the 500 bhp (370 kW) BMW M5 Touring and 507 bhp (378 kW) Mercedes-Benz E63 AMG Estate because of similar practicality, superior comfort, and far superior power. However he admits he’d still prefer to own a Range Rover so that he can annoy environmentalists.

Challenge: Richard Hammond debuts another innovative, and wildly destructive, form of motorsport: motorhome racing. The justification is that most racers tow their race vehicle behind them in a large travel trailer which often doubles as their accommodation for the racing weekend. Thus driving to, racing, and then driving back in the same vehicle streamlines the process.

The race was held at the Essex Raceway with a field of six entrants. These included Hammond driving a Ford Midas, Matt Neal driving a Mitsubishi L300, Anthony Reid in a nimble Toyota LiteAce, Tom Chilton in a large Chevrolet, Mat Jackson driving a Fiat Ducato MV70 Globetrotter and finally a “Desperation driver” in a Ford Transit.

The rules of Motorhome racing state that all work on the vehicles must be completed prior to sunset on the day before the race and that a driver must spend the night before the race in their vehicle. This forced the drivers to choose between stripping down their vehicles and having a bad night’s sleep, or leaving a heavy vehicle with a good night’s sleep. Only James May declined to strip down his vehicle.

In the race, the Toyota LiteAce came in first, followed by the hulking Chevrolet second, and Hammond in third, despite having suffered massive structural failure. May came in last after both getting lost and then crashing into a roof-mounted air conditioning unit which had fallen off of Hammond’s disintegrating vehicle, sending him into the barrier.

Back in the studio Clarkson announces a super-sized new German motorhome called “The Performance” with a luxurious interior. Clarkson describes it as being perfect for motorhome racing as it stores a Wiesmann MF in its cargo space.

Some say…

“Some say that he thought Star Wars was a documentary, and that he recently pulled out of “I’m a Celebrity” because he’s frightened of trees, and Australia, and Koo Stark, and Ant, and Dec. All we know is he’s called the Stig.”

Stig Power Laps

Honda Civic Type-R
1:33.50

Star in a Reasonably Priced Car

Lawrence Dallaglio
1:47.40

Music

Honda Civic Type-R Review:
00:58 – 01:38 – The Chemical Brothers – Power Move
01:38 – 02:19 – Secret Machines – Now Here is Nowhere
02:33 – 02:42 – Freemasons – Desperados
02:46 – 02:49 – Freemasons – Desperados
02:46 – 04:18 – U.N.K.L.E – Price You Pay (Instrumental)
04:18 – 04:44 – Clint Mansell – Winter Overture
04:44 – 05:06 – Alexandre Desplat – Falcons
05:06 – 05:08 – The Sabres of Paradise – Theme 4
05:08 – 05:42 – Michael Giacchino – Helluvacopter Chase
05:42 – 06:06 – Harry Gregson-Williams – Nightmare
06:10 – 06:23 – Iggy Pop – The Passenger
07:14 – 07:40 – Iggy Pop – The Passenger
07:40 – 07:55 – Urban Myth Club – Cloud 9
07:49 – 07:53 – The Sabres of Paradise – Theme 4

Alpha Romeo vs. Man Crossing Estuary:
19:27 – 19:53 – Murcof – Mir
19:53 – 20:42 – Rhian Sheehan – Boundaries
20:42 – 21:07 – Rhian Sheehan – Te Karanga
21:11 – 22:09 – Alexandre Desplat – Driving in Geneva
22:09 – 22:38 – Amon Tobin – Reanimator
22:38 – 23:13 – Alexandre Desplat – Beirut Taxi
23:13 – 23:48 – Harry Gregson-Williams – Crusaders
24:15 – 24:21 – Mark Mothersbaugh – We Call Them Pirates Out Here
24:21 – 26:04 – Craig Armstrong – Inhaler
26:07 – 26:30 – Elliot Goldenthal – Bullet Frenzy II
26:34 – 27:16 – Marco Beltrami – Shootout
27:16 – 28:14 – Harry Gregson-Williams – Better Man

Estate Cars Head-to-Head:
40:19 – 40:55 – Antonio Pinto – AK-47 Love
41:07 – 41:43 – U.N.K.L.E – Price You Pay (Instrumental)
41:43 – 42:34 – Secret Machines – Sad and Lonely
42:35 – 42:53 – Terence Blanchard – Defend Brooklyn
42:55 – 43:14 – The Killers – Uncle Jonny
43:29 – 43:41 – The Killers – Uncle Jonny
43:41 – 44:09 – DJ Krust – Re-Arrange (The Cinematic Orchestra Remix)
44:23 – 44:45 – Kronos Quartet – Heat
44:38 – 44:55 – Michael Giacchino – World’s Worst Last 4 Minutes To Live
44:55 – 45:28 – Paul Haslinger – Tit-4-Tat
45:28 – 46:31 – U.N.K.L.E – Safe in Mind (Instrumental)
46:31 – 47:01 – Clint Mansell – Tree of Life
47:01 – 47:21 – Secret Machines – Sad and Lonely
47:30 – 47:41 – Michael Giacchino – World’s Worst Last 4 Minutes To Live
47:41 – 47:55 – The Chemical Brothers – Saturate
47:55 – 48:32 – Curve – On the Wheel
48:29 – 48:58 – The Philadelphia Orchestra – Clair de Lune

Motorhome Sport Racing:
49:47 – 50:23 – The Black Keys – If You See Me
50:23 – 50:41 – The Red Hot Chili Peppers – The Righteous & the Wicked
51:41 – 52:23 – Ennio Morricone – Quasi Morto
52:23 – 52:36 – David Holmes – All Sewn Up
52:43 – 52:52 – David Holmes – All Sewn Up
52:49 – 52:55 – ? ERROR: You do not have Flash installed.-(same as 52:36 – 52:43)
52:55 – 53:07 – Terence Blanchard – Defend Brooklyn
53:16 – 53:32 – City of Prague Philharmonic – Parade of the Charioteers
53:38 – 54:11 – The The – I Saw the Light
54:11 – 55:15 – Alan Silvestri – Journey to Transylvania
55:15 – 56:04 – Led Zeppelin – Immigrant Song
56:07 – 56:52 – Alan Silvestri – All Hallow’s Eve Ball
56:52 – 57:01 – Alan Silvestri – Journey to Transylvania
57:04 – 57:29 – John Williams – A Tree for My Bed

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