Top Gear Series 7

Top Gear: Series 7, Episode 1

  • Richard power tests the Ascari KZ1.
  • Jeremy, Richard & James compare the Aston Martin V8 Vantage, BMW M6 & Porsche Carrera S on the Isle of Man.
  • Top Gear survey 2005 results.
  • Star in a Reasonably Priced Car: Trevor Eve.

Episode Guide

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Review: Richard Hammond addresses the fictitious complaints of viewers that want a mid-level supercar in the £235,000 bracket. The answer: the Ascari KZ1, a British supercar (although designed by a Dutchman with an engine from the BMW M5). The Stig then takes the car to a 1:20.7, below the Porsche Carrera GT.

News: The three look at the Mini Cooper Estate Concept from the Tokyo Auto Salon. Jeremy Clarkson mocks BMW’s attempt to make a “quintessentially British” car by making references to the Hitler regime and the German invasion of Poland. They also discussed a motoring website for homosexuals called ‘Top Gayer’, which then segues to a joke on a rumor about Richard Hammond having had his teeth whitened.

Main review: Hammond, May, and Clarkson travel to the Isle of Man to compare the new Aston Martin V8 Vantage, the BMW M6, and Porsche 997 Carrera S and choose which of them they like the best. The 23-minute film includes the presenters fishing, discussing the merits of the cars, and timed runs by The Stig along the A18 road commonly used by the Isle of Man TT motorcycle racing competition. James and Richard preferred the Porsche but Jeremy still said he preferred the Aston Martin. So the overall winner was the 997 by a 2 to 1 vote.

Star in a reasonably priced car: Trevor Eve shows Jeremy sign language he learned while making Children of a Lesser God, lap of 1:48.0 but the Stig believed he could have gone faster if the wheel hadn’t broken off the Liana.

Poll: How reliable is your car? According to the poll, 10 of the bottom 13 cars were of French origin. The top 3 were all Japanese: the Lexus RX (3rd), the Lexus IS (2nd), and the Honda S2000 (1st place).

Some say…

“Some say his skin as the texture of a dolphin’s, and that wherever you are in the world, if you turn your radio to 88.4 you can actually hear his thoughts. All we know is he’s called the Stig.”

Stig Power Laps

Ascari KZ1
1:20.70 (damp)

Star in a Reasonably Priced Car

Trevor Eve
1:48.00

Music

Season Preview:
00:45 – 01:48 – Franz Ferdinand – Do You Want To? (White Remix)

Ascari KZ1 Review:
03:07 – 03:39 – James Newton Howard – Vincent Hops Train
03:39 – 03:54 – Massive Attack – Collar Stays On
03:57 – 04:12 – Hybrid – Know Your Enemy
04:13 – 04:38 – Craig Armstrong – Fugue
04:38 – 05:03 – Bloc Party – Like Eating Glass
05:03 – 05:14 – George S. Clinton – Zoom
05:14 – 06:00 – Craig Armstrong – Inhaler
06:00 – 06:19 – Chungking – Angel Eyes
06:19 – 06:22 – John Barry – Bond Averts World War Three
06:22 – 06:27 – Chungking – Angel Eyes
06:29 – 06:59 – Sigur Ros – Intro
06:59 – 07:02 – Harry-Gregson Williams – Main Title (Man on Fire)
07:02 – 07:09 – Peace Orchestra – Who Am I
07:09 – 07:38 – Fluke – Absurd
07:40 – 08:28 – Leftfield – Rino’s Prayer
08:32 – 09:28 – Faultline – Partyline Honey

The Isle of Man:
17:28 – 17:37 – Aphex Twin – Icct Hedral (Phillip Glass Orchestration)
17:59 – 18:46 – Hybrid – Ultimatum
18:46 – 19:17 – Funki Porcini – What Are You Looking At
19:17 – 19:36 – Iva Davies, Christopher Gordon – The Far Side of the World
19:36 – 19:47 – BBC Symphony Orchestra – Pomp & Circumstance
19:50 – 20:13 – Death in Vegas – Rocco
20:13 – 21:07 – DJ Zinc – Faster
21:07 – 21:32 – Faultline – Salt
21:32 – 22:02 – Alan Silvestri – Judge Dredd Theme
22:02 – 22:46 – Primal Scream – Kowalski
22:46 – 22:50 – The Prodigy – Hot Ride
24:45 – 24:57 – Deadly Avenger – Lopez O.S.T.
24:57 – 25:50 – The Cult – She Sells Sanctuary
25:50 – 26:18 – Curve – Falling Free (Aphex Twin Remix)
26:18 – 26:45 – Hybrid – Blackout
28:52 – 29:02 – Hybrid – Finished Symphony (Hybrid Soundtrack Mix)

‘The Stig’ Lap:
40:10 – 40:15 – J.S. Bach – Concerto for Two Violins in D Minor, BWV 1043 – ii. Largo ma non tanto
40:35 – 40:41 – J.S. Bach – Concerto for Two Violins in D Minor, BWV 1043 – ii. Largo ma non tanto

The Isle of Man, Pt. 2:
47:24 – 48:20 – Kanye West – Diamonds from Sierra Leone (Instrumental)
48:30 – 48:49 – Faithless – Tarantula
48:55 – 49:45 – Faithless – Bring My Family Back
49:45 – 50:07 – Röyksopp – Circuit Breaker
50:07 – 50:15 – Hybrid – Higher than a Skyscraper
50:20 – 51:18 – The Dust Brothers – Medulla Oblongata
51:18 – 51:28 – The Dust Brothers – What is Fight Club
51:50 – 52:00 – The Dust Brothers – What is Fight Club
52:09 – 52:14 – Bee Gees – More than a Woman
52:26 – 52:32 – Bee Gees – More than a Woman
53:28 – 53:34 – Bee Gees – How Deep is Your Love
54:38 – 54:42 – Bee Gees – Words
54:52 – 54:54 – Bee Gees – Words
55:38 – 55:55 – Stan Getz – Serenade in Blue
58:45 – 58:59 – Faithless – Bring My Family Back

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Rating: 8.8/10. From 5 votes.
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