Challenges Epic Races Top Gear Series 11

Top Gear: Series 11, Episode 4

  • Jeremy tests the Alfa Romeo 8C Competizione.
  • Jeremy races the Nissan GTR across Japan, against James & Richard in the Shinkansen bullet train.
  • Stars in a Reasonably Priced Car: Fiona Bruce & Kate Silverton.

Episode Guide

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Review: Jeremy reviews the Alfa Romeo 8C Competizione. The Stig manages a lap time of 1.38.2 in extremely wet conditions, making it one of the slowest cars around the track, although many powerful cars like the Mercedes-Benz SL55AMG (1.33) had slow times due to the sheer amount of rain the track. He calls it utterly impractical, not very nice to drive, not very well-made, but beautiful and raucous: a pure work of art.

News: The trio continue their crusade against excessive road signs and bash Boris Johnson for not removing articulated buses. The Ferrari California is discussed.

Challenge: Jeremy goes to Japan to drive a Nissan GT-R and James and Richard greet him with a challenge: travel across Japan from Hakui to the top of Mount Nokogiri in Chiba, where they would meet at a “Buddha dedicated to road safety.” The two would take a long, complicated and ad hoc combination of bullet trains, buses, a ferry, and finally a cable car. Jeremy would take a shorter path using the GT-R, but he would have to pass through crowded Tokyo en route, and he had to rely on satnav that only communicated in Japanese. Both teams encounter trouble en route: Jeremy accidentally turns his satnav system off (he manages to turn it back on again 45 minutes later, but by this time Hammond and May have reclaimed the lead from him), while James and Richard were temporarily separated when their last train on Keikyū was split. The final distance to the goal had to be covered by running for all three; Jeremy winds up winning the challenge by 3 minutes, 12 seconds.

Stars in a Reasonably Priced Car: Newsreaders Fiona Bruce and Kate Silverton drove in very wet conditions and managed 1:57.4 and 1:54.7 respectively.

Some say…

“Some say his droppings have been found as far north as York, and that he has a full size tattoo of his face, on his face. All we know is he’s called the Stig.”

Stig Power Laps

Alfa Romeo 8C Competizione
1:38.20 (wet)

Star in a Reasonably Priced Car

Fiona Bruce
1:57.40 (wet)
Kate Silverton
1:54.70 (wet)

Music

Alfa Romeo 8C Review:
00:40 – 01:29 – Nathaniel Mechaly – Destiny
01:29 – 01:43 – Scott Walker – Sons Of
01:43 – 02:00 – Nathaniel Mechaly – Revolver
02:04 – 02:38 – Nathaniel Mechaly – Revolver
02:39 – 02:54 – Scott Walker – Sons Of
02:58 – 03:33 – M83 – Gone
03:33 – 04:04 – The Last Shadow Puppets – The Age of the Understatement
04:05 – 04:22 – U.N.K.L.E – Keys to the Kingdom
05:06 – 05:53 – Lisa Gerrard – Aria
06:05 – 06:56 – Craig Armstrong – Bess to See Throckmorton

‘The Stig’ Lap:
07:54 – 07:59 – Elton John – Daniel
08:19 – 08:24 – Elton John – Daniel

Nissan GT-R vs. Bullet Train, Pt. 1:
16:39 – 17:07 – M83 – Let Men Burn Stars
17:07 – 17:09 – Amon Tobin – Switch
17:09 – 17:37 – John Powell – Bridges, Rules, Banking
18:38 – 19:22 – The Stooges – Down on the Street
19:34 – 20:00 – The Stooges – Down on the Street
20:04 – 20:18 – Nathaniel Mechaly – Revolver
20:27 – 21:16 – LCD Soundsystem – Big Ideas
21:22 – 21:33 – LCD Soundsystem – Big Ideas
21:38 – 23:17 – Harry Gregson-Williams – Humvee Chase
24:08 – 24:47 – LCD Soundsystem – Big Ideas
25:00 – 25:14 – LCD Soundsystem – Big Ideas
25:14 – 26:09 – The Killers – Believe Me Natalie
26:12 – 26:32 – Nathaniel Mechaly – Revolver
26:52 – 27:18 – The Stooges – Down on the Street
27:34 – 28:11 – Passengers – Always Forever Now
28:18 – 28:30 – John Powell – The Drop
28:34 – 28:58 – The Dust Brothers – Finding the Bomb
29:10 – 30:20 – Craig Armstrong – Opening from ‘Elizabeth: The Golden Age’
31:41 – 32:29 – Björk – Army of Me
32:30 – 32:55 – Craig Armstrong – Opening from ‘Elizabeth: The Golden Age’
33:05 – 33:50 – Tyler Bates – Sinclair Slips Free

Nissan GT-R vs. Bullet Train, Pt. 2:
45:26 – 45:48 – Hans Zimmer – Spectres in the Fog
45:48 – 46:14 – Elliot Goldenthal – Refinery Surveillance
46:14 – 46:36 – Gustavo Santaolalla – The Blinding Sun
46:36 – 47:04 – Alex Heffes – Ambush
47:07 – 47:50 – Alex Heffes – Press Conference
47:51 – 48:18 – Nathaniel Mechaly – Chess Room
48:18 – 48:45 – Klaus Badelt & Mark Batson – A-500
48:47 – 48:57 – Nathaniel Mechaly – Chess Room
49:55 – 51:31 – Nick Phoenix – On the Brink
52:38 – 53:12 – Alex Heffes – Ambush
53:23 – 54:30 – Michael Brook – Ultramarine
54:46 – 54:59 – Alex Heffes – Press Conference
54:59 – 55:55 – U.N.K.L.E – Trouble in Paradise
56:03 – 57:15 – Skylab – Knickers of a Girl
57:19 – 57:35 – Nathaniel Mechaly – Chess Room
57:35 – 57:48 – John Barry – Little Nellie
57:48 – 58:08 – Nathaniel Mechaly – Chess Room
58:08 – 58:54 – Alex Heffes – Press Conference
58:54 – 59:39 – Alex Heffes – This is What We Live For
60:42 – 61:04 – John Williams – Finale from ‘Kingdom of the Crystal Skull’

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