James cd driver the Pagani Zonda F Roadster in his first ever supercar test.

You are watching: Top gear season 12 episode 4

The boys have an economic situation race indigenous Basel in Switzerland, come Blackpool in England on a single tank that fuel.The Bugatti Veyron is ultimately on the Top equipment test track because that a power LapStar in a fairly Priced Car: bother Enfield.

Episode Guide


Jeremy opens up the show by explaining that both he and Richard were unavailable to test the latest supercar ~ above the market and also that just left James for the job.

James come at the Top gear test track in his Fiat Panda and is rambling on around how that doesn’t want to be check driving a 2 door Italian supercar. Much to his dismay, he finds the brand-new Zonda F Roadster wait for him. The latest giving from Pagani currently boasts 650hp, a 0-60mph time of just 3.6 seconds and will with 100mph in less than 10 seconds. Equally matching the acceleration room the carbon ceramic brakes, enabling the auto to walk from 125mph earlier to 0 in only 4.4 seconds. The huge problem yet is the price tag – £825,000. James mentions that the original Pagani Zonda featured in the first episode the season 1 back in 2002 and also that whilst it to be well liked, there was always a feeling that Pagani were simply going come be another supercar wannabe. But Pagani room still around, and still acquisition it to the big names prefer Ferrari, Lamborghini and Porsche. Richard said back in the very very first episode that the Zonda is popular because it brings out the boy in a man, it looks choose the sort of car you had actually a poster of grounding to the wall in your bedroom, and James completely agrees v him, despite he feels there is an additional reason. “It’s in reality a very, very good car”. He describes that the whole shell the the car is made out of carbon fibre, and also despite making girlfriend look prefer a bit of an idiot, the automobile remains extremely solid despite the roof being removed. Unlike most convertibles the have included weight to store the cars characteristics in order, Pagani have controlled to keep the load of the F Roadster to the of the initial Zonda. James tells the the office had one more car for him come test and that that was only a Volkswagen. Again, much to his dismay, it turns out to it is in the Bugatti Veyron – showing up on the Top equipment test track for the very very first time after ~ 2 year of waiting. James trust a drag race is in order and also lines the F Roadster up against the Veyron, James takes the Roadster and also The Stig take away the Veyron. In spite of weighing over fifty percent a tonne much more than the Roadster, the Veyron killing it in the traction race. Earlier to the studio and Jeremy congratulates James top top a job well done, James then announces the The Stig will certainly be acquisition the Bugatti Veyron approximately the track later in the show. Jeremy climate decides to humiliate James a tiny by showing some of the outtakes from his an initial supercar test. James insurance claims that his hair was to blame and that by placing on The Stig’s white helmet, it maintained his hair the end of his face… nice shot James. Jeremy but thinks that it was since he gained out that his Fiat Panda and straight into the Zonda, i m sorry he defines as “weening a baby off breast milk and also straight on come port”. Richard share his fondness of the Zonda when Jeremy and also James tell united state the factor for not being maybe to take the Zonda because that a power lap time was due to the fact that it was blowing exhilaration the moment it arrived on the test track. Jeremy go say that they have mechanics looking at it and it might actually acquire to do a lap later on.

The boys move on come the news and also Richard shows pictures of the Peugeot companion Tepee. Jeremy tries to peak Richard and shows photos of the Peugeot experienced Tepee. James tells united state that the European auto of the Year for 2008 is the Vauxhall Insignia.

Richard explains that earlier on in the summer, the guys from Top gear were invite to move on Blackpool’s famous Christmas lights. Jeremy says however, the it only takes one human being to flick a switch, and as such, the producers had actually organised for them every to have actually a race to Blackpool. The very first one to arrive would certainly be the one to flick the switch. James says that the beginning point would actually it is in in Basel, Switzerland, 750 miles far from Blackpool. Richard chimes in and also says that there to be one stipulation, each of them would obtain to choose any kind of car, yet would just be offered one tank that fuel to do the race.

James was the an initial to come in a Subaru legacy Estate Diesel, Jeremy adhered to shortly ~ in a pair Turbo Jaguar XJ6 Diesel and Richard came together with a Volkswagen Polo Bluemotion 3 cylinder Diesel. Jeremy and also James suggest and laugh and also Richard’s an option of vehicle, Richard fires ago by questioning them how numerous miles come the gallon their favored cars get. Jeremy says 35, James says 50 and also Richard proud boasts his together 74. Jeremy climate asks how large the Polo’s fuel tank is, Richard responds v 10 gallons, Jeremy easily concludes that even if Richard does gain 74 miles to the gallon, his total selection will only be 740 miles, not enough to do it to Blackpool. James expected selection was 706 miles and Jeremy boasted a selection of just 655 miles.

The following morning they all met in ~ a service station and also began filling your tanks through fuel. Richard checked his tire press to make sure he would get the many mileage and James was making use of tape come mask up every the panel joins to make his heritage a little more aerodynamic. Jeremy top top the various other hand, couldn’t have actually cared less and also simply had breakfast instead. Jeremy and also Richard decided to play a handy joke ~ above James and had fill his legacy with old car parts and also scrap steel to sweet it down. The race starts and whilst James bores us all through numbers, Richard explains that the a very clever experiment that will certainly prove the balance in between fuel efficiency and also getting there on time. “There’s no allude getting there as soon as James has currently said ns declare this lights on”.

Jeremy says that every of them had chosen a different route to get to Calais, Richard had chosen the shortest path which would certainly take him v towns, villages and the Vosges Mountains, 755 miles in total. James opted for a path 30 miles much longer than Richards, but this would enable him to stop the Mountains and also most the the traffic. Jeremy determined to stick come the Motorways, which made his full route 836 miles. Jeremy to be confident that he to be going to run out of fuel, and also judging through the variety on his display meant that he would execute so only 10 minutes from his house. Through this time, Richard was just averaging 64.6mpg, which simply wasn’t enough, James was seeing lot the same and also Clarkson was depressed about his fuel economy increasing rather than decreasing. So come combat the issue, he put his foot down and turned ~ above the wait conditioner, the cook seats and the radio. Additional down the track, Hammond had actually joined the motorway along with Clarkson and also May, though Jeremy was still well ahead. Hammond was getting 78mpg out of the little Bluemotion, but as a repercussion of economic driving, his speed was suffering and he simply wouldn’t make it to Blackpool ~ above time, averaging just 34mph.

The producers were well mindful of the opportunity that none of the guys may even make it to Blackpool and had sent The Stig as a backup to flick the switch simply in case. However, all three of the guys were in reality on target for a change, James acquiring 68mpg, Richard had actually 74mpg and also Jeremy still claimed to be well on target with only 29mpg. By now, Richard had no selection but come sacrifice his fuel economy for much more speed, James remained in the exact same boat and so started what James called “the dullest duel in history”. Jeremy to be the first to reach the Channel Tunnel and also was loaded onto the train 30 minutes prior to Richard and also James arrived, this intended Jeremy had ordered an previously train and would come in Folkestone very first with just 1/3rd that a tank of fuel remaining. Once on the train, Richard ultimately got his toilet break and also James was still trying to shed more weight and even asked a other passenger to take care of his preventive wheel for him.

Back to the studio and also Richard and also James introduce the latest concept from Lamborghini. The Estoque, if put into production, will have actually a front an installed engine and also 4 doors, leaving lot of of room for a ideal boot and also 2 seats in the earlier with plenty of foot room.

Jeremy introduce the Star in a fairly Priced Car, harry Enfield, who simply so occurred to it is in the very an initial guest in the new format optimal Gear ago in 2002 and did a terribly slow-moving lap. Bother redeemed himself with a 1:49.70. Also, even if your not a pan of the Star in a fairly Priced automobile segment, this is a have to watch interview together there is a video clip clip from harry comedy display where that imitates Jeremy Clarkson.

Back to the fuel economic situation race and Richard and also James had just left the Channel Tunnel train and were both a little worried around the quantity of fuel remaining. Once again, all three of them determined to go separate routes. Hammond determined to use the M1 and the M6 freeways, James stuck to the M1 for most of the journey, jumping top top the M62 close to Leeds to avoid the web traffic jams ~ above the M6. Jeremy to be still confident in running the end of fuel early and decided come stick to the M40, since it’s closer come his house in Chipping Norton.

Jeremy was no pleased, after ~ 660 mile of “abusive driving”, the Jaguar’s screen still had a range of 135 mile remaining, and also to do matters worse, Jeremy might only get further away native his house, shattering his hopes of an early night. Jeremy decides the if that can’t acquire what that wants and that that is tho in the competition, he is walking to it is in in that to success it. He turns off the waiting conditioner and the boil seats and begins to journey at a much more economical pace. Jeremy’s speed was slowed also further through traffic, a bittersweet emotion for Jeremy, “People slowing under to look in ~ a caravan. Correctly so, I typical I’d desire to slow down and also look at an overturned caravan, yes sir nothing funnier”.

It no looking good, all three of them had actually dilemmas. Jeremy and James had actually very small fuel left and also Hammond to be trying to decide if he need to speed up to overtake Jeremy or simply wait because that him to operation out of fuel. Hammond’s plan was placed into action and top top the M6 he at some point got the far better of Clarkson as he overtook him. Together a result though, the Bluemotion, if correct, to be indicating that Richard would certainly run out of fuel 40 miles out of Blackpool. The wasn’t much off, 36 miles out of Blackpool, the Bluemotion was reading 0 top top the selection display, however was quiet going nobody the less. Jeremy started experiencing the very same thing, through 10 mile left to Blackpool his gauge likewise read 0.

With 2 mile left come go, Hammond dubbed Jeremy to boast around a police escort the he controlled to swindle. Through the extra help, Hammond made that to your destination an initial with Clarkson pulling up behind him only a minute later. Jeremy and also Richard make their method to the phase with the crowd counting down. Together they got to zero, Richard insisted that Jeremy traction the switch, and Jeremy insisted that Richard traction the switch. James to be still no wherein in sight. The Stig gained bored of waiting for Jeremy and also Richard to decide that was walk to rotate on the lights and decided to flick the switch himself.

Back in the studio again and also James pointed out that the did ultimately get to Blackpool, even though it to be 40 minute after the ceremony had finished. That did manage to acquire 63mpg out of his Subaru heritage by the end of the gyeongju however. Richard’s VW Bluemotion managed a staggering 80mpg, not bad from a automobile that costs £7,000 less than a Toyota Prius and also uses much less fuel. Much more so outstanding was Jeremy’s twin turbo V6 Jaguar, averaging 53mpg. Jeremy claims that ~ the race they examined the fuel tank and found enough fuel to gain a additional 120 miles out of the Jaguar.

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James move on and announces the lengthy awaited strength lap indigenous the Bugatti Veyron. Not rather living as much as the hopes of Jeremy, the Veyron regulated to lap the monitor in 1:18.30, 1.2 secs slower 보다 the Gumpert currently leading the board. Richard enquires even if it is or no the Zonda F Roadster was fixed with time for a strength lap and Jeremy reluctantly says yes. Lot to Hammond’s delight, the Zonda F Roadster it s okay the lap done in 1:17.80, landing that just above the Veyron top top the power lap board.

Some say…

– “Some say he has a stripey top, as with mine……..”

Stig strength Laps

Bugatti Veyron1:18.30Pagani Zonda F Roadster1:17.80

Star in a fairly Priced Car

Harry Enfield1:49.70


Pagani Zonda F Roadster Review:01:01 – 01:33 – Jeffrey Taylor & Ned Rifle – Opening01:42 – 02:12 – Paul Haslinger – prison Arrival02:12 – 02:43 – Pigeon Detectives – This is an Emergency (Instrumental)02:43 – 03:09 – TV ~ above the Radio – DLZ03:16 – 03:37 – Ladyhawke – Magic (Instrumental)03:37 – 04:03 – Mogwai – I’m Jim Morrison, I’m Dead04:17 – 04:32 – TV on the Radio – Stork & Owl04:43 – 05:38 – U.N.K.L.E – A wash of Black05:42 – 05:59 – The Jesus Lizard – climate Comes Dudley06:01 – 06:17 – Jeffrey Taylor & Ned Rifle – Opening06:41 – 07:09 – Ramin Djawadi – Graveyard Standoff07:09 – 07:25 – Jeffrey Taylor & Ned Rifle – Opening

Race to Blackpool, Pt. 1:16:01 – 16:18 – David Fisher – bad Dreams16:18 – 16:25 – Clint Mansell – Food16:25 – 16:29 – David Fisher – bad Dreams16:29 – 16:35 – Pivot – Didn’t i Furious17:13 – 17:19 – David Fisher – poor Dreams17:48 – 17:49 – Flavio Lemelle – stays Unsolved18:43 – 19:31 – Portico Quartet – Cittàgazze20:04 – 20:17 – Mychael & Jeff Danna – i Haven’t chose Yet20:18 – 20:48 – M83 – Couleurs21:14 – 21:43 – Terence Blanchard – ESU Search21:43 – 22:02 – colder – come the Music22:07 – 22:34 – Red hot Chili Peppers – nude in the Rain22:50 – 23:08 – Terence Blanchard – defend Brooklyn23:08 – 23:24 – Terence Blanchard – ESU Search23:24 – 23:56 – passengers – constantly Forever Now24:04 – 24:23 – Blue says – Red and Shine24:23 – 25:02 – The Cult – She sell Sanctuary25:02 – 25:08 – Bénabar – Quatre murs et un toit25:08 – 25:41 – emperors of Leon – Crawl26:12 – 26:28 – Radiohead – Jigsaw Falling into Place26:29 – 26:48 – Ennio Morricone – The an initial Tavern26:50 – 27:01 – Terence Blanchard – ESU Search27:08 – 27:13 – Bénabar – Quatre murs et un toit27:13 – 27:38 – waiting – Dirty Trip27:41 – 27:48 – Ennio Morricone – Poker d’Assi27:52 – 28:06 – The Cult – She selling Sanctuary28:11 – 28:57 – death in vegas – Hands approximately My Throat28:57 – 29:14 – Terence Blanchard – ESU Search29:14 – 29:40 – Duane Eddy – The Trembler29:48 – 30:08 – Joy department – Dead Souls30:16 – 30:28 – Terence Blanchard – ESU Search

Race to Blackpool, Pt. 2:43:01 – 43:34 – secret Machines – Faded present (Live at KCRW)43:34 – 44:10 – Terence Blanchard – ESU Search44:18 – 44:39 – Blue says – stop Ground44:56 – 45:27 – David Holmes – Melanie46:06 – 46:23 – Jonny Greenwood – Proven Lands46:23 – 46:55 – secret Machines – i do not have anything Again (Live at KCRW)46:56 – 47:03 – Terence Blanchard – ESU Search47:04 – 48:09 – DJ shadow – providing Up the Ghost48:11 – 48:38 – Mychael & Jeff Danna – ns Haven’t determined Yet48:38 – 49:38 – take care of Gregson-Williams – Nightmare49:43 – 50:22 – The Blues brothers – Gimme some Lovin’50:26 – 50:53 – Caribou – Tits & Ass: The good Canadian Weekend50:53 – 51:41 – Blur – Sing51:46 – 52:30 – Oasis – Fucking in the Bushes52:36 – 53:00 – Bobby Darin – nothing Rain on mine Parade53:02 – 53:33 – The Flaming Lips – draw close Pavonis Mons by Balloon (Utopia Planitia)