Top Gear Series 18

Top Gear: Series 18, Episode 6

  • Jeremy, James and Richard hit Donington in three stripped out track cars.
  • Jeremy tests the “Aero-Engined Bentley” and “The Brutus”.
  • Star in a Reasonably Priced Car: Alex James.

Episode Guide

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Challenge: Jeremy, Richard and James hit Donington Park in three stripped out track cars – the KTM X-Bow, the Morgan Three Wheeler and the Caterham Seven, in an attempt to show which is the better track racer. They test the cars in a series of challenges, including a drag race, best donut attempt, and fastest entry through a hairpin corner. During the news section, they sent the KTM and Morgan round the track. The KTM set a time of 1.27.0 and the Morgan went round in 1.40.4. The trio are later challenged to drive to work in their track cars – but soon discover that none of the cars are ideal for strong weather conditions or speed bumps. They also end up stopping on the way to buy some weather-suitable outfits, much to the dismay of a group of bikers.

Review: Clarkson creates his own version of the ‘Battle of Britain’ using a model of a classic 1920s Bentley that has a WW II-era tank engine (Petersen Meteor Bentley) and a home-made German car made using an aeroplane engine called Brutus. Both cars are then driven round the track, setting the two slowest times ever (1:50:3 and 2:02:5).

Some say…

“Some say that he stores all of his shoes and his cassette tapes on the motorway central reservation, and that he can easily stay quiet for 2 hours, he’s wondering why he didn’t win an Oscar. All we know is he’s called the Stig.”

Stig Power Laps

Morgan Three Wheeler
Aero Engined Bentley

Star in a Reasonably Priced Car

Alex James


Rating: 8.7/10. From 72 votes.
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Chris March 9, 2012 at 3:58 am

Why didn’t Richard use an Ariel Atom?

Sean McKellar March 9, 2012 at 10:37 am

Well Richard loves Morgan’s – so no surprises there. I am very surprised Jeremy’s second choice was the KTM X-Bow though – he loves the Atom. My only guess is they’ve shown the Atom quite a lot in the past, but never actually done anything with the KTM.

Alex July 8, 2017 at 6:07 am

I’d have bet my head that Jeremy would have used an Atom. My only guess to why he didn’t is because it’s probably a bit old. Still, I recon apart from the Atom a Lotus 2-Eleven would’ve been an excellent choice.

yuesolo November 13, 2014 at 8:09 pm

time for Alex James is wrong.

Sean McKellar November 15, 2014 at 11:07 am

Thanks – it has now been updated with the correct time!


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