Top Gear Series 18

Top Gear: Series 18, Episode 6

  • Jeremy, James and Richard hit Donington in three stripped out track cars.
  • Jeremy tests the “Aero-Engined Bentley” and “The Brutus”.
  • Star in a Reasonably Priced Car: Alex James.

Episode Guide

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Challenge: Jeremy, Richard and James hit Donington Park in three stripped out track cars – the KTM X-Bow, the Morgan Three Wheeler and the Caterham Seven, in an attempt to show which is the better track racer. They test the cars in a series of challenges, including a drag race, best donut attempt, and fastest entry through a hairpin corner. During the news section, they sent the KTM and Morgan round the track. The KTM set a time of 1.27.0 and the Morgan went round in 1.40.4. The trio are later challenged to drive to work in their track cars – but soon discover that none of the cars are ideal for strong weather conditions or speed bumps. They also end up stopping on the way to buy some weather-suitable outfits, much to the dismay of a group of bikers.

Review: Clarkson creates his own version of the ‘Battle of Britain’ using a model of a classic 1920s Bentley that has a WW II-era tank engine (Petersen Meteor Bentley) and a home-made German car made using an aeroplane engine called Brutus. Both cars are then driven round the track, setting the two slowest times ever (1:50:3 and 2:02:5).

Some say…

“Some say that he stores all of his shoes and his cassette tapes on the motorway central reservation, and that he can easily stay quiet for 2 hours, he’s wondering why he didn’t win an Oscar. All we know is he’s called the Stig.”

Stig Power Laps

Morgan Three Wheeler
1:40.40
KTM X-Bow
1:27.00
Brutus
2:02.50
Aero Engined Bentley
1:50.30

Star in a Reasonably Priced Car

Alex James
1:45.20

Music

Track Day Car Tests, Pt. 1:
01:02 – 01:08 – ?
01:08 – 01:28 – Malachai – Anne
01:52 – 02:13 – Justice – Horsepower
03:05 – 03:15 – John Ottman – Miami Heist
05:03 – 05:21 – Audioslave – Exploder
05:36 – 06:00 – ?
06:49 – 07:08 – Clinic – The Witch
07:30 – 07:40 – Nathaniel Mechaly – Escape from St. Clair
07:56 – 08:21 – Nathaniel Mechaly – Escape from St. Clair
08:26 – 08:38 – John Ottman – Miami Heist
08:51 – 08:59 – John Ottman – Miami Heist
09:24 – 09:34 – John Ottman – Miami Heist
10:01 – 10:25 – Kasabian – Man of Simple Pleasures (Instrumental)
11:06 – 11:17 – The Dust Brothers – Corporate World
11:31 – 11:36 – The Dust Brothers – Psycho Boy Jack
12:50 – 13:01 – The Asteroids Galaxy Tour – Bad Fever (Instrumental)
13:12 – 13:58 – The Chemical Brothers – Escape 700
14:34 – 15:13 – Kasabian – Velociraptor! (Instrumental)
15:16 – 16:02 – Ringo Deathstarr – Shadow (Instrumental)
16:02 – 17:40 – Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds – Let the Lord Shine a Light On Me (U.N.K.L.E Rework Instrumental)

Spitfire Bentley vs. V12 BMW Brutus:
26:53 – 27:21 – Ron Goodwin – Defeat
27:40 – 28:02 – Elliot Goldenthal – Victorius Titus
28:22 – 28:30 – ?
29:20 – 30:40 – John Williams – The Intersection Scene
30:40 – 31:08 – Hans Zimmer & James Newton Howard – Harvey Two-Face
31:20 – 31:38 – Ron Goodwin – Defeat
32:02 – 33:04 – Danny Elfman – Branding the Herd
33:06 – 33:23 – Ron Goodwin – Briefing the Luftwaffe
33:26 – 33:55 – Ron Goodwin – Ace High March
34:08 – 34:58 – Sir William Walton – Battle in the Air
35:09 – 35:57 – Mychael Danna & Jeff Danna – I Didn’t Know Her Last Name
35:57 – 36:16 – Mychael Danna & Jeff Danna – Beachum
36:39 – 37:24 – Ron Goodwin – Battle of Britain Theme (End Title)

Track Day Car Tests, Pt. 2:
51:28 – 51:51 – The Who – Won’t Get Fooled Again
52:08 – 52:23 – Doves – Compulsion
52:38 – 53:03 – Doves – Compulsion
53:14 – 53:21 – The Black Keys – Stop Stop
53:44 – 53:53 – John Ottman – Miami Heist
55:21 – 55:30 – Kasabian – Pistols at Dawn (Instrumental)
55:33 – 56:14 – Kasabian – Pistols at Dawn (Instrumental)
56:37 – 56:53 – Beastie Boys – The Gala Event
57:16 – 57:30 – Beastie Boys – The Gala Event
58:10 – 58:55 – L. Pierre – Rotspots from the Crap Map
58:57 – 59:15 – Alexandre Desplat – The Golden Compass

Screenshots

Rating: 8.7/10. From 72 votes.
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5 comments

Chris March 9, 2012 at 3:58 am

Why didn’t Richard use an Ariel Atom?

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Sean McKellar March 9, 2012 at 10:37 am

Well Richard loves Morgan’s – so no surprises there. I am very surprised Jeremy’s second choice was the KTM X-Bow though – he loves the Atom. My only guess is they’ve shown the Atom quite a lot in the past, but never actually done anything with the KTM.

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Alex July 8, 2017 at 6:07 am

I’d have bet my head that Jeremy would have used an Atom. My only guess to why he didn’t is because it’s probably a bit old. Still, I recon apart from the Atom a Lotus 2-Eleven would’ve been an excellent choice.

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yuesolo November 13, 2014 at 8:09 pm

time for Alex James is wrong.

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Sean McKellar November 15, 2014 at 11:07 am

Thanks – it has now been updated with the correct time!

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