Top Gear: Series 19, Episode 2
- The boys drive three front-engine supercars in the USA.
- Driving from Las Vegas to Los Angeles and then on to Palm Springs.
- A race to the Mexican Border.
- Star in a Reasonably Priced Car: Mick Fleetwood
In another challenge, the presenters picked three super cars to take on an epic road trip. Since it was Hammond’s turn to select the challenge location, the team went to the Western United States. Jeremy selected the Lexus LFA, James chose the new Aston Martin Vanquish, and Richard took the SRT Viper. After a brief drive in the Nevada desert, the trio headed to Las Vegas Motor Speedway, specifically the drag strip, to compete in drag races organised by the Las Vegas Police Department; whom organised it with the theory that allowing people to drag race, legally, at a closed circuit, would prevent street racing. Despite the high performance of their cars, the trio were beaten by modified production cars, and 4WD cars, in each of their drag races.
In the news, Jeremy comes up with a solution on how to solve the crisis affecting Britain’s town centres: sacking all traffic wardens and removing double yellow lines. The trio then review a Chinese product designed to stop drowsiness behind the wheel, before they took a first look at the 2013 Jaguar F-Type. They praised its styling, but criticised its high price tag of £60,000, as well as its target audience. James mentions PSA Peugeot Citroen’s car intended to run on compressed air; Jeremy attempted to use a fire extinguisher to demonstrate, but failed after only causing himself to turn slowly around.
Back in America, the boys leave Las Vegas. James and Richard make fun of Jeremy’s LFA for lacking not only Bluetooth connection and iPod connectors, but cup holders, despite being the most expensive car. They are then tasked to head to Willow Springs International Motorsports Park, but, along the way, they stop on a grooved road, where each car drives over the grooves and produces the notes to the “William Tell Overture.” The trio considers the road “annoying and out of tune”. When they reach Willow Springs, they are forced to play an aerial version of Laser Quest, where they would drive 5 laps around the track, whilst being chased by two Aermacchi SF.260 armed with laser guns. In the end, James won the challenge by being hit only 17 times.
Tonight’s Star in a Reasonably Priced Car is Fleetwood Mac’s Mick Fleetwood. Mick drove the Kia Cee’d around the Test Track with a lap of 1:45.4.
Finally, returning to America, the boys headed for Los Angeles, California. In order to do “real world” testing, Richard devised a challenge to see who could burn the best elevens and do the best donuts. The three instead ended up drawing a phallus and left LA. The team then stayed for a night in Palm Springs. However, the producers gave them a final challenge. The three would drive from Palm Springs to the Mexican border at Calexico the following morning, and the last to make it to the Mexican border would have to travel into the country itself to drive the Mastretta MXT, a Mexican sports car made fun of by the presenters in an earlier series, for a later segment on the show. In revenge for taking them to America, Jeremy and James sabotaged Hammond’s Viper, causing him to lose 10 minutes in the race. Despite making a stop for fuel, Jeremy made it to the finish line first, with James in second. Richard then walked to the border being the last person to arrive. At the studio, James and Jeremy end by saying that the Viper was awful and that the Vanquish and LFA were amazing.