JEREMY, RICHARD and JAMES are in Africa with a simple mission: to find the definitive source of the Nile.
Over the years many explorers claim to have already done just that, but the TOP GEAR trio believe that they can do better by traveling further and faster than any exploration team in history using only grit, ingenuity… and three aging estate cars.
But you know it’s never a good sign when JEREMY is praying (even if it is for the raft to flip over with RICHARD & JAMES on-board!) and RICHARD’s already squealing in fear…
Watch the US Premiere MONDAY MARCH 18 at 9/8c only on BBC AMERICA.
This is a 16 second reminder that you should watch the BBC America premiere of Top Gear, Monday Feb 4 at 9/8c. You can either read the entirety of this text — which will take you roughly 16 seconds — or you can watch Homeland’s Damian Lewis — this season’s first Star In A Reasonably Priced Car — say the same thing to you in the video above.
If we were you we’d opt for the video if only because it has more exciting edits than this text. The most exciting thing we can do here, perhaps, is leave off the end of this
We’ve got form creating boat/car combinations, though we weren’t successful in the traditional sense of the word. This chap, though, could teach us a thing or two…
He’s converted his RV to feature an integral boat-thing, tying the two together with a violently seventies paint scheme.
But the question is, is it awesome? Or as, erm, divisive as our effort? Tell us in the handy box below…
(Skip to 1:20 for the good stuff)
Unlike the transformer from the Citroen advert or those ones from Hollywood, this one is real. It’s awesome too. With a touch of a button your harmless remote control car can stand up, turn into a robot and dance around like a penguin who’s had too much fizzy pop at a school disco.
But there’s more. Once in robot form, it can fire plastic missiles from both arms. It even has a Wi-Fi camera. We know! A blimmin’ Wi-Fi camera so you can see from a dancing penguin that’s had too much fizzy pop at a school disco’s point of view.
James May, aka Captain Slow of Top Gear fame cruises at 70,000 feet in a U-2. The sky above turns black and the curvature of the Earth is visible. The only people to have gone higher on a regular basis are SR-71 pilots. Astronauts have but not on a regular basis.
Ed note: The video is 10 minutes long but worth every second.
Ok, so you have to ignore the fact that they show images of the previous 3-series when talking about the NEW 3-series, and instead listen to Richard make the argument that the new BMW 3 Series is the best car ever made. (Click through for the video.)
If you’ve read the Guinness Book of World Records recently, you’ll know that Koenigsegg’s Agera R is fast. And very accomplished at stopping. But you probably don’t know what the Swedish hypercar sounds - and looks - like when it’s doing 250mph. Thankfully, there are people with camera phones to sate our curiosity.
Last week Koenigesegg got wind of an event on the Nurburgring and decided to take its Official Test Car, 7031 Streetfighter, plus the one that broke all the world records, to see what they could do on the Green Hell.
Click on the videoy bit and you’ll see a standard Agera R pounding down the 3.5 kilometer Döttinger Höhe straight hitting 401.6 km/h (250mph in TopGear maths) before having to brake for the bridge at Tiergarten.
It emits flames. It has air-ride suspension. And you can put a baby in it…
For those of you who love everything from the Prancing Horse, here’s footage of the hardest track-only 599 ever built:
Revealed last December at the Bologna motor show, the 599XX Evo is, naturally, the hardest 599 ever built, and we’ve just got our hands on this video footage of the bewinged monster doing some rather brave laps at the Suzuka circuit. It was there as part of a track session for Ferrari customers - the ‘Ferrari Racing Days’ programme - which saw over 300 owners run their cars, followed by a hot lap demonstration from Mika Salo in the F2008 F1 car. Why brave? Because it’s quite wet.