Challenges Epic Races Top Gear Series 7

Top Gear: Series 7, Episode 5

  • Richard power tests the Marcos TSO.
  • Jeremy races the Bugatti Veyron against Richard and James in a Cessna 182.
  • James settles the RWD vs. AWD Porsche 911 debate.
  • Star in a Reasonably Priced Car: Nigel Mansell.

Episode Guide

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Main review: Hammond reviews the Marcos TSO GT2. Hammond likens it to the much-loved Monaro in terms of its way of marrying muscular American power to easily controllable (if not actually nimble) handling, and also the TVR Sagaris – though when pushed, he admitted this was because it broke down several times. The Stig manages to take it to a time of 1:28.2. During the studio segment of the review, Clarkson “discovers” a tooth-whitening kit in the Marcos, to which Hammond’s reply was: “IT’S A PLANT!!!”.

News: The group reviews stupid automotive accessories.

Star in a reasonably priced car: F1 and IndyCar champion Nigel Mansell takes the lead on the F1 lap board with a 1:44.6. Mansell’s time proves a theory from The Stig that the Liana could garner a 1:44 lap time.

Challenge: The Stig compared the drivetrains of RR layout vs. 4WD on the Porsche 997 on an indoor exhibition rally track of the World Rally Championship at Millennium Stadium to settle a debate by Porsche fans. The Carrera 4 was half a second faster, but according to James May the Stig said the 2WD Carrera was nicer to drive.

Main Race: Hammond and May once again attempted to beat Clarkson in a race across Europe using transport other than a car. This time, as May had almost earned himself a pilot’s licence, their chosen mode of transport was a Cessna 182 (light aircraft), hired from West London Aero Club. After an initial shaky start because of May’s insistence on lengthy pre-flight checks and a circuitous route to avoid mountains exceeding the plane’s flight ceiling, they made good time on Jeremy, but were forced to make an early landing and travel the remainder of the journey by Eurostar as May was not licensed to fly after nightfall. Once again, Clarkson won, aided by his 1001 PS (736 kW/987 bhp) Bugatti Veyron supercar, reaching the top of the Natwest Tower before the other two. Clarkson was delivering the Veyron to England for Formula One world champion Nigel Mansell. At the top of the tower he commented that his victory was hollow because he would have to live the rest of his life knowing he would never own the Veyron or experience its power again, but he soon forgot about it when he and Hammond started laughing at James’s disgruntlement.

Some say…

“Some say he can swim 7 lengths underwater, and he has webbed buttocks. All we know is he’s called the Stig.”

Stig Power Laps

Marcos TSO GT2
1:28.20

Star in a Reasonably Priced Car

Nigel Mansell
1:44.60

Music

Marcos Review:
00:30 – 00:39 – Death in Vegas – Death Threat
00:39 – 01:11 – Robert Plant – Shine It All Around (Instrumental)
01:12 – 01:30 – Graeme Revell – That’s That
01:31 – 02:05 – Amon Tobin – Rosies
02:23 – 03:25 – Orbital – P.E.T.R.O.L.
03:34 – 03:49 – De-Phazz – The Mambo Craze
03:56 – 04:43 – Robert Plant – Shine It All Around (Instrumental)

‘The Stig’ Lap
06:02 – 06:10 – ?
06:29 – 06:34 – ?

Bugatti Veyron vs. Cessna:
13:05 – 13:28 – Dead Can Dance – Yulunga (Spirit Dance)
14:10 – 14:16 – Booker T. and the MGs – Green Onions
14:23 – 15:02 – Booker T. and the MGs – Green Onions
15:06 – 15:09 – Booker T. and the MGs – Green Onions
15:12 – 15:44 – The Gasman – Horses on Ice
15:44 – 15:50 – Booker T. and the MGs – Green Onions
15:50 – 16:00 – The Gasman – Horses on Ice
16:00 – 16:07 – Booker T. and the MGs – Green Onions
16:07 – 16:31 – Passengers – United Colours
17:01 – 17:35 – Dimitri from Paris – Monsieur Dimitri Joue Du Stylophone
17:52 – 17:59 – Dimitri from Paris – Monsieur Dimitri Joue Du Stylophone
18:09 – 18:19 – Dimitri from Paris – Monsieur Dimitri Joue Du Stylophone
18:43 – 19:05 – Dimitri from Paris – Monsieur Dimitri Joue Du Stylophone
19:56 – 21:00 – Ron Goodwin – 633 Squadron
21:08 – 21:34 – Simon Fisher Turner – Wooden Metal
21:34 – 21:43 – Simon Fisher Turner – Sleepthru
21:44 – 21:56 – Ron Goodwin – 633 Squadron
21:58 – 22:15 – Simon Fisher Turner – Wooden Metal
22:39 – 22:59 – Danny Elfman – Descent into Mystery
22:59 – 23:43 – Passengers – Theme from Let’s Go Native
23:43 – 23:49 – Rodgers & Hammerstein – Prelude and the Sound of Music
24:41 – 24:56 – Tony Hatch – The Champions
25:52 – 26:01 – Tony Hatch – The Champions
26:01 – 26:05 – Dimitri from Paris – Prologue
26:59 – 27:19 – Passengers – Theme from Let’s Go Native
27:28 – 27:43 – Ron Goodwin – 633 Squadron
27:43 – 28:23 – Alan Silvestri – Truly Dead
28:23 – 28:53 – Alan Silvestri – Predator 2: Main Title

Porsche 911 Carrera:
36:26 – 36:42 – Emerson, Lake & Palmer – Fanfare for the Common Man
36:47 – 37:11 – Klaus Badelt – Rapid Fire
37:20 – 37:39 – Air – Run
37:43 – 38:27 – The Stone Roses – Begging You
38:30 – 39:13 – New Order – Close Range

Bugatti Veyron vs. Cessna, Part 2:
41:19 – 41:50 – Danny Elfman – Descent into Mystery
42:38 – 42:57 – Danny Elfman – Descent into Mystery
43:20 – 43:48 – The Gasman – Horses on Ice
43:59 – 44:19 – Noveltones – Left Bank 2
44:51 – 45:55 – Ron Goodwin – Where Eagles Dare
46:57 – 47:46 – Alan Silvestri – Truly Dead
48:45 – 49:24 – Hybrid – Finished Symphony (Hybrid’s Soundtrack Remix)
49:26 – 50:07 – Passengers – United Colours
50:07 – 50:31 – Ron Goodwin – 633 Squadron
50:58 – 51:45 – Ralph Myerz and the Jack Herren Band – Vendetta
52:29 – 52:45 – Keith Nichols – God Save the Queen
52:48 – 53:00 – Passengers – United Colours
53:17 – 55:37 – Passengers – Always Forever Now
55:37 – 55:40 – Dimitri from Paris – Nothing to Lose
55:40 – 55:45 – Passengers – Always Forever Now
55:45 – 55:52 – Dimitri from Paris – Nothing to Lose
55:52 – 55:54 – Passengers – Always Forever Now
55:54 – 55:58 – Dimitri from Paris – Nothing to Lose
55:58 – 56:38 – Passengers – Always Forever Now

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