Well I’m a day late and a couple of hundred dollars short on this one, but I finally watched Top Gear last night. The show is definitely back on track. I was pleased to see that they had a good cheap car challenge and that the car that was tested was a legitimate supercar. Plus, I actually knew who the star in their reasonably priced car was. Overall then, not a bad episode; and one that was better than the first one.
The main chunk of the episode was the now classic “buy a cheap car and run tests” thing. In this case, they were given 2500 pounds and told to buy a car a 17-year-old would normally drive and get it insured as well. Turns out, that insurance in Britain is INSANE!! Good god, how to people over there even afford to run a car that is even remotely enjoyable? I just don’t get it. But anyway, James showed up in a Golf, Hammond had a Scoupe, and Clarkson brought a Volvo wagon of some sort. I won’t ruin any of the surprises or challenges because it really was a good one. I was almost on the floor laughing so hard.
The main car test then was of the new Lamborghini Murcielago LP 670-4 SV. As it turns out, it’s quite a fast car. Hammond just happened to be in the Middle East, where there just happens to be a large number of super-expensive, ultra-exclusive cars and a four-mile-long road that is completely straight and was shut down. The best Mucielago ever? Of course. He then proceeded to get into a drag race with a McLaren SLR 722 and lost, but his car was over 100,000 pounds less expensive, and it still cost a cool 270,000 pounds. Damn.
The star in their car this week was none other than the actor Stephan Fry. He is probably best known in the Western world as the sometimes psychiatrist on the TV show “Bones” and can also be heard as the voiceover man in the video game “Little Big Planet.” It was a good interview and a good segment.
At the end of the show, Hammond took us back to the Middle East (I forget where and could easily look it up, but don’t feel like it) where he proceeded to race a Bugatti Veyron against the legendary McLaren F1. Suffice it to say, the Veyron won. Why shouldn’t it? I was surprised that it didn’t get off the line quite like it is supposed to, but maybe the real owner didn’t want Hammster burning the clutch out. Either way, they were both exceedingly fast, with the Veyron pulling out a lead at the end of a mile.
A few gripes once again (it really can’t be helped), but I remember when they used to test more than one car a show. Now it seems like they have one super long challenge or race and then the news, a test, a guest and the finish of the challenge. They used to do the Cool Wall – before Fifth Gear burnt it down – and they used to have more show in the same time it seemed like. Also, you could clearly see where they cut out content from the episode and the damn thing still went over an hour. Not that I’m complaining about the time because as far as I’m concerned, the show could be longer. All in all a very good episode and I can’t wait to see what they do next.