Located at Dunsfold Aerodrome in Surrey, the Top Gear test track was originally designed by Lotus Cars to be used primarily as a testing facility for the company’s Formula 1 racing program. But it wasn’t until the reinvented Top Gear launched in 2002 that it was truly thrust into the spotlight. Dunsfold Aerodrome was formerly a Royal Canadian Air Force airbase constructed during the Second World War and was later used by British Aerospace as a manufacturing and test facility. It is on these same runways and taxiways that the track was built; marked out using painted lines and simple structures such as cones and tyre stacks. Lotus designed the 1.75 mile track to put cars through a varying range of conditions, from provoking understeer, oversteer, to testing brake balance and high speed stability. The track is a true equaliser of cars and has become arguably the most famous test track in the world, thanks to Top Gear’s success over the past 14 years.
Reaching almost Nurburgring levels of fame, the Dunsfold Park test track has also featured in blockbuster video game titles such as the Forza and Gran Turismo racing franchises – and has even been used as a film location for various movies. The modified Boeing 747-200 located at Dunsfold was used in the James Bond film Casino Royale and for the flight scenes in Come Fly with Me. The closing sequences of the film Red 2 were also shot at Dunsfold, with parts of the test track seen during the closing car chase of the film.
You might be surprised then, to learn that the days of the Top Gear test track may be numbered..Read More
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This is our incredible TopGearbox Top 100 Top Gear Episodes list! This is a direct result of tens-of-thousands of votes placed through TopGearbox by you, the Top Gear fans! Whilst you may not entirely agree with this list, the Top Gear fans have spoken!Read More
This is Part 2 of our incredible TopGearbox Top 100 Top Gear Episodes list! With 26th to 50th placed episodes. Stay tuned as we release a new part of the list each day, working towards the top!Read More
This is Part 3 of our incredible TopGearbox Top 100 Top Gear Episodes list! With 51st to 75th placed episodes. Stay tuned as we release a new part of the list each day, working towards the top!Read More
This is Part 4 of our incredible TopGearbox Top 100 Top Gear Episodes list! With 76th to 100th placed episodes. Stay tuned as we release a new part of the list each day, working our way up to the top!Read More