Meet the 544bhp VW Beetle


This is a Volkswagen Beetle that has been made angry. So angry in fact, it’s sprouted some 544bhp. Welcome to the world of Global Rallycross.

Specifically, the Volkswagen Andretti Rallycross team, who will be entering this white hot Beetle later in the Red Bull GRC championship. As the name suggests, the team is run by Michael Andretti.
So, what are we looking at? Underneath sits a 1.6-litre very turbocharged and very intercooled four cylinder engine producing that headline grabbing 544bhp. There’s also a six-speed sequential gearbox thrown in for good measure, as well as a fixed ratio all-wheel-drive system featuring multiplate limited slip diffs front and back. [x]

Meet the 544bhp VW Beetle

This is a Volkswagen Beetle that has been made angry. So angry in fact, it’s sprouted some 544bhp. Welcome to the world of Global Rallycross.

Specifically, the Volkswagen Andretti Rallycross team, who will be entering this white hot Beetle later in the Red Bull GRC championship. As the name suggests, the team is run by Michael Andretti.

So, what are we looking at? Underneath sits a 1.6-litre very turbocharged and very intercooled four cylinder engine producing that headline grabbing 544bhp. There’s also a six-speed sequential gearbox thrown in for good measure, as well as a fixed ratio all-wheel-drive system featuring multiplate limited slip diffs front and back. [x]

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metapoodle:

I have now watched so much “Top Gear” that I’ve actually formed an emotional attachment to James May’s purple rugby shirt.

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First drive: the Citroen C4 Cactus


A Cactus. Can it survive hostile environments thanks to its soft waxy skin?
Yup, the C4 Cactus has a unique solution to the biffs of hard urban life. The outside is bubble-wrapped. Or more precisely it has ‘Airbumps’, oval pads of air embedded in sheets of a soft but high-tech and durable plastic. If an errant supermarket trolley or the door of the adjacent car nerfs the side of the Cactus, it will simply bounce off.
And a Cactus can survive on very little fluid? 
Indeed. There’s a diesel that rates at better than 90mpg. Even this handy turbo petrol one manages better than 60, for 105g/km. That’s partly because of newly developed engines, but also because it’s sensationally light – some models under a tonne. And the turbo I’m driving only 1020kg. It weighs less than a Fiesta, but is the size of a Focus.

Very admirable I’m sure. But this isn’t the Consumers’ Association site. You’re not making it sound like much of a Top Gear kinda car.
Then look at it. This is a beautiful piece of true design, wrapping function and desirability into a distinctive form. It cannily marries straight lines with pure curves in a modern but probably dateless way. It’s instantly recognisable from a distance, but it bears close inspection too. And refreshingly, it’s not at all aggressive. Not sure why they sell this My First Caterpillar shade of toy yellow, because that’s the wrong colour. You can get the Airbumps in four shades too, so you’ll seldom see two the same. [x]

First drive: the Citroen C4 Cactus

A Cactus. Can it survive hostile environments thanks to its soft waxy skin?

Yup, the C4 Cactus has a unique solution to the biffs of hard urban life. The outside is bubble-wrapped. Or more precisely it has ‘Airbumps’, oval pads of air embedded in sheets of a soft but high-tech and durable plastic. If an errant supermarket trolley or the door of the adjacent car nerfs the side of the Cactus, it will simply bounce off.

And a Cactus can survive on very little fluid? 

Indeed. There’s a diesel that rates at better than 90mpg. Even this handy turbo petrol one manages better than 60, for 105g/km. That’s partly because of newly developed engines, but also because it’s sensationally light – some models under a tonne. And the turbo I’m driving only 1020kg. It weighs less than a Fiesta, but is the size of a Focus.

Very admirable I’m sure. But this isn’t the Consumers’ Association site. You’re not making it sound like much of a Top Gear kinda car.

Then look at it. This is a beautiful piece of true design, wrapping function and desirability into a distinctive form. It cannily marries straight lines with pure curves in a modern but probably dateless way. It’s instantly recognisable from a distance, but it bears close inspection too. And refreshingly, it’s not at all aggressive. Not sure why they sell this My First Caterpillar shade of toy yellow, because that’s the wrong colour. You can get the Airbumps in four shades too, so you’ll seldom see two the same. [x]

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World exclusive: driving a Formula E car


The man who race engineered Ayrton Senna, Michael Schumacherand Fernando Alonso is currently fiddling in the vicinity of my gentleman’s area. A lower quality gentleman’s area than he’s previously known, for sure, but as the Formula E is a single-seater, the safety procedure is necessarily top drawer. Which is a polite way of saying that I may never walk in a straight line again. 
Will it be worth it? Well, we’re mighty excited by Formula E, the long anticipated all-electric race series, due to kick off in September in Beijing. It’s being touted as the future of motor racing, but as this year’s brave new F1 era continues to court controversy with its muted soundtrack and emphasis on efficiency, can we really learn to love a series that makes no real noise at all? Today, TG.com brings you a world exclusive first drive of the car, so we’ll be a step closer to answering that key question.



The signs are promising, not least because some of motorsport’s biggest guns are involved. Dallara has engineered the carbon/aluminium chassis, McLaren’s electronics division is supplying the powertrain and control electronics, the 200kW batteries are from Williams F1’s advanced engineering department, and the sequential gearbox is from Hewland. Renault is tasked with safely integrating the whole lot, while Michelin has developed a new type of all-weather treaded tyre. Spark, a sister company to the ART GP2 and F3 outfit, has spent the past two years designing and developing the car. And the whole thing is presided over by Alejandro Agag, a former politician turned motorsport entrepreneur who has more fingers in pies than he actually has fingers and Ginsters have pies. [x]

World exclusive: driving a Formula E car

The man who race engineered Ayrton Senna, Michael Schumacherand Fernando Alonso is currently fiddling in the vicinity of my gentleman’s area. A lower quality gentleman’s area than he’s previously known, for sure, but as the Formula E is a single-seater, the safety procedure is necessarily top drawer. Which is a polite way of saying that I may never walk in a straight line again. 

Will it be worth it? Well, we’re mighty excited by Formula E, the long anticipated all-electric race series, due to kick off in September in Beijing. It’s being touted as the future of motor racing, but as this year’s brave new F1 era continues to court controversy with its muted soundtrack and emphasis on efficiency, can we really learn to love a series that makes no real noise at all? Today, TG.com brings you a world exclusive first drive of the car, so we’ll be a step closer to answering that key question.

The signs are promising, not least because some of motorsport’s biggest guns are involved. Dallara has engineered the carbon/aluminium chassis, McLaren’s electronics division is supplying the powertrain and control electronics, the 200kW batteries are from Williams F1’s advanced engineering department, and the sequential gearbox is from Hewland. Renault is tasked with safely integrating the whole lot, while Michelin has developed a new type of all-weather treaded tyre. Spark, a sister company to the ART GP2 and F3 outfit, has spent the past two years designing and developing the car. And the whole thing is presided over by Alejandro Agag, a former politician turned motorsport entrepreneur who has more fingers in pies than he actually has fingers and Ginsters have pies. [x]

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Some say…

Some say…


Some say he loves awards shows.

Be sure to tune in to The Critics’ Choice Awards tonight (Thursday, June 19) at 8pm ET/PT on The CW! Top Gear is nominated for ‘Best Reality Series.’

Some say he loves awards shows.

Be sure to tune in to The Critics’ Choice Awards tonight (Thursday, June 19) at 8pm ET/PT on The CW! Top Gear is nominated for ‘Best Reality Series.’

Well, look what’s coming to BBC America this summer.

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Hey Gearheads. We want you to tell us your thoughts about Top Gear & BBC America.

Like to talk about BBC programming and services? BBC Insiders is an online community of discriminating TV audiences and passionate BBC fans. Joining gives you the chance to share your thoughts with the people who run this place, as well as other Anglophiles and television fans.

By signing up, you’ll be invited to contribute your thoughts and opinions about Top Gear and other BBC America programming. The information you provide will only be used to provide you with a better experience. 

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It’s not a big motorcycle, just a groovy motorbike…

Happy Birthday, Little Honda!