Top Gear Series 20

Top Gear: Series 20, Episode 2

  • The BAC Mono is put through its paces on the test track.
  • Richard tries to find the world’s best taxi.
  • James pays tribute to the closed BBC Television Centre in White City.
  • Jeremy goes to Scotland to test the new Ferrari F12 Berlinetta.
  • Star in a Reasonably Priced Car: Ron Howard.

Episode Guide

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Tonight’s episode begins with Jeremy reviewing the BAC Mono, a single seated car that can be driven on public roads. With extensive use of lightweight materials, a Cosworth tuned engine and racing gearbox, the car is capable of immense performance and cornering grip, but Jeremy is startled by fact that it can destroy the driver’s face at high speed, and the price tag of 102,000 pounds. The Stig lapped around the Top Gear test track in 1:14.3, the second fastest time and just slower than the Pagani Huayra.

In the news, the Dacia Duster is named budget 4×4 tow car of the year and Jeremy got himself a bicycle. The presenters then discuss the tyre job that Pirelli had done at the 2013 British Grand Prix. Volvo launches a function on their cars that can automatically find a parking space and park itself, but it was immediately ridiculed by the presenters that their car would be lost, not knowing where it would be parked. Ferrari and McLaren are launching their new cars respectively, the LaFerrari having the KERS installed (with the engine and the motors both drive the rear wheels) and the McLaren P1 having the DRS equipped. The Pagani Zonda is being upgraded, with a price tag of 2.3 million pounds and a base car to start with.

Next up, Richard attempts to find out which vehicle is the best taxi in the world – by pitting several taxis from the world at the Lyddon Hill Race Circuit. The British taxi is represented by the Hackney carriage, a Volkswagen Beetle representing the Mexican counterpart, a Ford Crown Victoria representing the American yellow cab, a Hindustan Ambassador representing the Indian Taxi, a Mercedes-Benz E-Class from Germany, a South African Toyota Hiace and a stretch limousine Lincoln Town Car from Russia completes the roundup. Like previous challenges, a group of touring car racing drivers and Hammond himself are employed to race the vehicles. During the race, the limo spun out and the Ford t-boned it, destroying both cars in the process; The Mercedes had crashed into a tyre barrier and flipped, leaving only the Ambassador, Beetle, Hiace and Hackney to cross the finish line. Back in the studio, Jeremy reveals that the Hindustan Ambassador has begun its life as a Morris Oxford, a car that all of the presenters hate.

The Star in a Reasonably Priced Car is the director of Rush, Ron Howard. Ron talks about the background of his upcoming film and the heated struggle between James Hunt and Niki Lauda, then the hot favourites of winning the 1976 Championship. He clocked a lap in the reasonably priced car at 1:49.9.

In the next segment, James pays tribute to the closed down BBC Television Centre in White City, London. James staged a race between a team of parkour runners and a trial motorcyclist inside the building. The motorcycle won the closely fought race.

Finally, Jeremy goes to Hertfordshire to test the Ferrari F12 Berlinetta, assessing its practicality as an everyday car. Except Jeremy wasn’t in Letchworth. He was 430 miles away in Pitlochry, which is in Perth and Kinross, Scotland.

Some say…

“Some say that he breaks into people’s houses at night and leaves two mysterious extra keys in a kitchen drawer, and that as a result of buying Pirelli condoms this week, he now has seventeen children. All we know is he’s called The Stig!”

Stig Power Laps

BAC Mono
1:14.30

Star in a Reasonably Priced Car

Ron Howard
1:49.90

Music

BAC Mono Test Drive:
01:34 – 01:59 – Björk – All is Full of Love
01:59 – 02:25 – M83 – Let Men Burn Stars
02:25 – 03:47 – The Prodigy – First Warning
03:48 – 04:30 – David Bowie – Heart’s Filthy Lesson (Radio Edit + Trent Reznor Alternative Mix)
04:30 – 04:42 – ?
04:42 – 05:44 – James Newton Howard – We’re Going to Fly Now
05:44 – 06:31 – John Powell – To the Roof
06:31 – 06:53 – The Rakes – T-Bone
06:56 – 07:15 – Hans Zimmer – She Never Sleeps
07:30 – 08:04 – Reinhold Heil – You’re Back
08:04 – 08:40 – M83 – Let Men Burn Stars

World’s Best Taxi Race:
19:36 – 20:44 – The Cinematic Orchestra – Ode to the Big Sea
20:55 – 21:14 – Ian Honeyman – Evacuate the Area
21:14 – 21:25 – Mark Ryder & Charles Olins – Pills
22:02 – 22:26 – ?
22:33 – 22:46 – Hugo Montenegro – The Man from U.N.C.L.E.
22:46 – 22:57 – Roger Whittaker – Mexican Whistler
22:57 – 23:15 – Rhythm Heritage – Theme from S.W.A.T.
23:15 – 23:28 – Lata Mangeshkar & S. P. Balasubrahmanyam – Didi Tera Devar Deewana
23:28 – 23:46 – Craig Armstrong – Inhaler
23:46 – 23:56 – Scorpions – Winds of Change
23:56 – 24:21 – Electronic – Soviet
24:21 – 24:31 – Tyler Bates – Xerxes’ Final Offer
24:39 – 25:27 – Steve Jablonsky – Downtown Battle
25:27 – 26:02 – London Music Works – Why So Serious?
26:02 – 27:01 – Chris Westlake – Missed Off Ramp
27:13 – 27:34 – Reinhold Heil – Falaj
27:34 – 27:59 – Steve Jablonsky – Sector 7
27:59 – 28:55 – The Big Pink – Jump Music
28:57 – 29:24 – Thomas Newman – Zoomies
29:24 – 30:22 – Bobby Tahouri – Echelon Conspiracy (Slam Orchestra Edit)
30:22 – 30:43 – ?

BBC Television Centre Race:
42:53 – 43:17 – Guy Farley – Execution Prep
43:30 – 43:51 – Wretch 32 – Forgiveness (Instrumental Edit)
44:12 – 44:28 – Jono McCleery – Garden (Seiji Remix)
44:37 – 44:43 – ?
45:01 – 45:51 – Steve Jablonsky – The Shard
45:51 – 46:10 – Steve Jablonsky – Optimus vs. Megatron
46:10 – 46:48 – Kasabian – Switchblade Smiles (Instrumental)
46:48 – 49:33 – London Music Works – Imagine the Fire
49:33 – 49:42 – ?
50:09 – 50:14 – ?

Ferrari F12 Berlinetta Review:
51:31 – 51:51 – Bat for Lashes – Moon and Moon (Instrumental)
52:13 – 52:37 – ?
52:37 – 53:22 – Trentemøller – Shades of Marble
53:22 – 55:03 – Yeah Yeah Yeahs – Sacrilege (Instrumental)
55:43 – 56:32 – Bat for Lashes – Winter Fields
56:32 – 57:25 – The Heavy – No Time (Beats Mix)
57:25 – 58:05 – Spokes – Happy Needs Colour
58:47 – 60:04 – Bat for Lashes – Moon and Moon (Instrumental)

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Rating: 8.5/10. From 90 votes.
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8 comments

Steve July 8, 2013 at 6:57 am

Does anyone recognize the road Jeremy was driving the F12 in Heartfordshire???

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danny July 20, 2013 at 1:27 am

can someone tell me the music played during the F12 review

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Ken jones July 23, 2013 at 6:43 pm

When you rerun this show? Ken

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James June 29, 2016 at 8:50 am

All the videos are not working!

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Sean McKellar July 1, 2016 at 8:16 am

They were all hosted on StreetFire.net, which sadly looks like it doesn’t exist any more. Unfortunately there aren’t any alternatives at this stage.

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EW August 30, 2016 at 6:30 am

On DVD/Netflix – they’ve cut out the news of this episode. Something highly offensive in that segment?

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Sean McKellar September 2, 2016 at 6:34 pm

I haven’t watched a lot of episodes on DVD or Netflix, but I believe it is common for the news segment to be trimmed down or removed entirely, if they’re trying to get the reduce the overall episode length or if they feel the news is no longer relevent (because it is now several years old).

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EW September 8, 2016 at 6:15 am

Yeah, I hadn’t been noticing it, but once I was looking for it – they did it with the entire series.

But I would argue nothing dealing with the Dacia Sandero has become irrelevant!

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