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Fifth Gear – Series 14, C5 (2008)
Originally broadcast 11th August – 29th September
New series of the motoring magazine show. Tim Shaw joins Vicki Butler-Henderson, Tom Ford, Tiff Needell, Jonny Smith and Jason Plato as they explore the most exciting cars on the road. Tim's first feature is a look at how to spend less money on fuel. Vicki takes snooker ace Ronnie O'Sullivan on the drive of his life. And Tiff gets behind the wheel of the world's first underwater car.
Vicki Butler-Henderson spends a day with Lewis Hamilton at the Brooklands Motoring Festival, and Jason Plato examines the latest version of Porsche's 911 GT2. Tom Ford demonstrates safety concerns with convertibles, and Tim Shaw investigates whether customers are getting a fair deal on repairs, while the Mazda RX8 is pitted against the Nissan 350Z.
F1 driver Jarno Trulli tries to get the most out of the hybrid Toyota Prius, while Jason Plato pits the Volkswagen Passat R36 against the Audi A4 3.0 TDi in a contest of petrol power and diesel torque. Tim Shaw tests the acceleration claims of a range of performance motors, and Tiff Needell competes with world speedway champion Jason Crump in a race of car versus bike.
Tiff Needell gets to grips with motorcycle company KTM's first four-wheeler, while Tom Ford reviews the BMW X6 and Vicky Butler-Henderson looks at two eco-friendly cars. Jason Plato pits the Japan-imported Honda Civic Mugen RR against the manufacturer's UK-available S2000, and Jonny Smith judges at the Ultimate Street Car modification show.
Tiff Needell and Jason Plato pit the BMW M3 against the Lexus ISF in a battle of the V8 mega-saloons. Future F1 driver Bruno Senna gives his verdict on the Nissan GT-R and the Porsche 911 Turbo, and Vicki Butler-Henderson joins in the world's biggest Subaru convoy in a tribute to the late Colin McRae.
MotoGP star James Toseland tests the Aston Martin V8 Vantage, while Vicki Butler-Henderson pits the new Porsche Boxster RS60 Spyder against the last-generation 911 Carrera 2. Tom Ford gets behind the wheel of the new Volkswagen Scirocco, and Tiff Needell tries for a speed record in a specially modified Lotus powered by alternative fuels.
Jonny Smith tries to fix Ricky Hatton's run-down Reliant three-wheeler, while Tim Shaw tests the quality of top-of-the-range tyres. Vicki Butler-Henderson and Tiff Needell challenge each other to an off-road duel with the help of motorbike racer and Long Way Round mentor Simon Pavey, and the new Ford Fiesta comes under the spotlight.
Jason Plato takes the helm of a Lynx helicopter and Tim Shaw discovers whether it is possible for motorists to save money by servicing their cars themselves. Vicki Butler-Henderson reviews the new Honda Jazz, Tom Ford inspects a compact car made by Fiat, and actor Dirk Benedict joins Jonny Smith to look at the Mercedes S-Class, comparing a new £106,000 model with an older £6,000 version.
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DivX, 640 x 352, 25 fps @ 1000kbs
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