Top Gear Top Gear Series 25

Top Gear: Series 25, Episode 2

  • Chris Harris compares the McLaren 720S and McLaren P1 at Portimão Circuit
  • Matt LeBlanc and Chris Harris head to the states to check out the latest off-road toys
  • Rory Reid & Chris Harris race city cars backwards via the reversing cameras
  • Star in a Reasonably Fast Car: Lee Mack

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Episode Guide

In Britain, a “weekend away in the country” generally means a welly-clad tramp across a muddy field, a poke around an antiques shop, maybe even a teacake or two. In America, however, they take the whole “weekend away in the country” thing rather more seriously. Barbecues the size of bison, tents the size of even-larger bison and, most importantly, a trailer full of off-road toys. We’re talking ATVs, dirt bikes, personal tanks. These off-road toys are big business in the States, and Matt LeBlanc said he wanted to know which was the most fun for a weekend away in the country.

So he rounded up a literal truckload of the things and headed deep into the Californian wilderness equipped with nothing but a house-sized tent, several hundred kilos of meat, and a Chris Harris to help erect the former and eat the latter. Upon arrival in the wilderness, Matt disclosed he may have had an ulterior motive for bringing a bunch of all-terrain vehicles into the forests of upstate California.

Also in this week’s episode: it’s Mac versus Mac in a McSpecial McRace round McPortimão. A few years back, when he lived in the internet rather than being shackled in the belfry of Top Gear Towers, Chris Harris was the first journalist to bring together the modern hypercar trinity of McLaren P1, LaFerrari and Porsche 918 on track. That track, specifically, was Portimão, on Portugal’s Algarve coast. The fastest of the trio, in Harris’s annoyingly able mitts, was the McLaren. Now, two years later, Harris is back at Portimão to answer a supremely interesting question. Just how close can the new McLaren 720S get to its track-optimised big brother P1 around a race circuit?

Plus, Lee Mack is the Star in a Reasonably Fast Car.

Star in a Reasonably Fast Car

Lee Mack


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Scooby March 7, 2018 at 11:20 pm

Interesting time with the P1 as the grand tour got a 1.55.5 . And Chris can try hard as he wants but it’ll still be slower than the LaFerrari and 918 around that track. Also what was with the awful red trainers that I’m amazed they never mentioned. Still a great episode

Nicoals Molli March 6, 2018 at 6:21 am

Very funny and scripted episode.

Sean McKellar March 5, 2018 at 9:16 am

I quite enjoyed this episode – Matt LeBlanc’s humour is always on point and I especially liked Chris Harris’ 720S vs P1 segment at Portimao. The second half of the off-road toys film was not as good, but I guess they had to lead up to the ‘Stigfoot’ moment somehow.


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