Show televisivo della BBC sulle automobili.
Il formato attuale, che ha vinto Emmy Award e BAFTA, è uno show televisivo della BBC che parla di veicoli, in particolare automobili. Si stimano 350 milioni di spettatori di tutto il globo, 8 dei quali seguono Top Gear ogni settimana nel Regno Unito su BBC Two. È uno degli show televisivi più scaricati illegalmente al mondo.
I presentatori sono Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond (soprannominato Hamster), James May (soprannominato Captain Slow) e partecipa anche The Stig, un anonimo pilota che effettua i test in pista sul quale Jeremy narra innumerevoli leggende. Top Gear è provocatorio, umoristico e allegro in tono.
La decima stagione di Top Gear è terminata il 23 dicembre 2007; lo show ritornerà nell'estate del 2008
Top Gear originale era una trasmissione di mezz'ora prodotta dalla BBC Birmingham tra il 1977 e il 2001. Top Gear Magazine è una pubblicazione a parte prodotta dalla BBC Magazines e ha editori in comune con lo show televisivo e include interventi dei presentatori. Da dicembre 2007 la rivista è edita anche in italia da Editoriale Domus.
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Series 10 Episode 1 7 October 2007 Dame Helen Mirren
Introduction: Clarkson introduced series 10 by showing a sneak preview of the forthcoming episodes.
Main Review: Clarkson reviewed the Volkswagen Golf GTI W12 Concept. He says it has been rushed in eight weeks, constructed out of parts from Volkswagen, Audi, Bentley, and Lamborghini and as a result, most onboard electronics do not work and it "cannot go round corners," rendering useless its unbelievable power output of 650 bhp. The Stig posts an underwhelming lap time of 1:29.6. Clarkson recommends that "If you want a slow car that looks like a Golf, get a Golf."
Series 10 Episode 2 14 October 2007 Jools Holland
Introduction: Clarkson and Hammond introduce the show by arguing about the properties of the Porsche 911 and the Audi R8.
Main Review: Clarkson reviews the Audi R8, Audi's first supercar. Hammond makes an appearance in his own Porsche 911 Carrera 2S for a half-mile drag race, which, after confirming through a slow motion re-play, Hammond won. The Stig posts a 1:26.2 lap time in the Porsche 911 and a 1:24.4 lap time in the Audi R8. Hammond eventually admits that the Audi is the better car. But both agree that it is too cold and clinical, a trait all too common of German perfection-engineered cars.
Series 10 Episode 3 28 October 2007 Ronnie Wood
Introduction: Jeremy Clarkson reads another letter demanding that Top Gear review more cars that are affordable. The letter is purportedly signed "R. Abramovich of Chelsea."
Review: James reviews the Rolls-Royce Phantom Drophead Coupé. He finds it to be his favorite car of the year, and admires it for being contemporary and stylish, much as he perceives himself, to the laughter of Jeremy and the audience.
Series 10 Episode 4 4 November 2007 No Guest
Episode 4 is an episode-length feature taking place in Botswana, Africa, similar to the American challenge of Series 9. The episode was shot in early July 2007.
Challenge 1: Buy a used car for up to £1500. Mocking the use of "Chelsea Tractors" for delivering children to school and driving up leafy lanes, rules for the challenge stipulated that the car purchased to cross the spine of Africa had to be two wheel drive, and not designed in any way for off-road use. Clarkson bought a 1981 Lancia Beta Coupe, May a 1985 Mercedes 230E and Hammond a 1963 Opel Kadett, which he nicknamed 'Oliver'. Starting from the Botswana - Zimbabwe border, they then had to drive 1000 miles to the Namibian border. If at any time a presenters' car broke down and could not be restarted, he would have to complete the journey in a Volkswagen Beetle. While the Beetle turns out to be a suitable vehicle for such a challenge, the Beetle is the presenters' collective least favourite car of all time.
Challenge 2: Cross the Makgadikgadi Pan successfully. The first section of the Makgadikgadi salt pan has a thin solid crust, under which lies a mud like substance underneath. Almost immediately, May and Clarkson's cars began to break through the crust. Desperate to shed weight, they each stripped down their cars to the basic shell, removing most of the interior trim and most of the panels. Hammond's car was light enough to cross the salt pan without shedding weight. Clarkson's car broke down frequently, seemingly with electrical issues. For day two on the salt pans, dust became the problem, rather than the "gunk" underneath the salt crust. May and Clarkson had to cover their faces and re-dress to avoid choking on the dust, as each driver was now open to the elements due to having a bare shell. Hammond did not have to take such measures as he did not modify his car earlier.
Challenge 3: Time trials round a rally course. In this challenge, the cars would be driven by "The Stig's African cousin". Hammond's Opel achieved a time of 1:12 before being beaten by May's Mercedes with a 1:06. Clarkson's car however, failed to start, so The Stig walked away.
Challenge 4: Cross the Okavango Delta. The presenters were told to make their cars 'wild animal proof' - so Clarkson and May had to patch up the remains of their cars. May was able to replace several Mercedes parts, due to the car's popularity in Africa. Clarkson however could not find any spare parts for his Lancia Beta so he jury-rigged new doors from soft drink cans, wood and corrugated iron, and attached a megaphone. May painted 'All Adders Are Puffs' on Hammond's Opel, and 'Lite Bite Cafe' on Clarkson's Lancia Beta. At the same time, Clarkson and Hammond were hiding several cuts of meat (including a cow's head) inside May's car, to attract wildlife.
Series 10 Episode 5 11 November 2007 Simon Cowell
Main review: The Caparo T1, is tested around the track by Clarkson. It gets round the track in 1:10.6 but is not allowed on the board due to the fact that its ride height is too low that it cannot drive over a speed bump.
Series 10 Episode 6 18 November 2007 Lawrence Dallaglio
Main Review: Clarkson reviewed the third Generation Honda Civic Type R. He noted that the previous generation is much better than the new one. As the new version was heavier, with a modest 1 hp gain in power. The new model also lacks an independent rear suspension system found in the previous model. These factors resulted in a drop in price. The large spoiler, which obscured rear visibility, was ridiculed by Clarkson. Clarkson raced it against the old model, which seemed faster. The Stig lapped the track in 1:33.5.
Series 10 Episode 7 25 November 2007 Jennifer Saunders
Main review: Clarkson reviews the Aston Martin DBS, continuously comparing to the Aston Martin DB9 and saying that you should think of it as a DB9-S. He says it's the best car he's driven all year, but the other two can't justify the 50 grand price hop over the DB9.
Series 10 Episode 8 2 December 2007 James Blunt & Lewis Hamilton
Main review:: Clarkson reviews the Vauxhall VXR8, a rebadged HSV Clubsport R8. Although on the same pace as the BMW M5, the barn-door engineered Australian car is £30,000 less, because "it's about 30,000 times less complicated." Clarkson loves it, but wouldn't have it over an M5. Sets a time of 1:31.3 in wet and oily conditions.
Series 10 Episode 9 9 December 2007 Keith Allen
Main Review: As Clarkson has been told by the producers that he is not allowed to test any more supercars for the rest of the series, he decides to review the Daihatsu Materia hatchback alongside a "close" rival - the new Ascari A10. He says the Daihatsu is far more practical and economical than the A10, but it is too boring around the corners and is nowhere near as fast as the Ascari. Clarkson then announces that he prefers the A10, with an engine tone he finds reminiscent of an Industrial Revolution-era steam-powered engine. The Ascari goes round the track faster than the Koenigsegg CCX with a time of 1:17.3, taking it to the top of the Power Lap board.
Series 10 Episode 10 23 December 2007 David Tennant
Review: May reviews the new Jaguar XF He praises the engines, modernness, the Ian Callum design and the interior design. However, he felt that the suspension of the SV8 he drives is a little stiff.
News Alfa Romeo 8C Competizione and Koenigsegg CCXR. James May is Heat magazine's weird celebrity crush of the year, and Clarkson reveals that Hammond had won an award for the best celebrity hair cut of the year, also revealing that James May had been voted as the worst. The team also reveals car related Christmas 'gift ideas', such as a 'travel rabbit' which vibrates and jiggles about, a shoehorn made from carbon-fibre, a Ferrari branded sledge, a wobbly headed model of the former president of Nissan USA Yutaka Katayama (which Clarkson pulls the head off), Lamborghini Christmas tree baubles (which Hammond and May smash by 'accident'), and £1500 Bugatti aftershave (including a carbon fibre carrying case), which Clarkson sprays liberally after Hammond reveals that it was lent to them. Finally Clarkson puts on another Nissan present, a Tee-shirt featuring Nissan Z cars.
Main Review Clarkson, May and Hammond take three cars to Spain: the new BMW M3, Mercedes C63 AMG and The Audi RS4. Hammond praises the M3 for its excellent drive and its 'spectacular tailslides'. Clarkson praises the Mercedes for its lunacy and how it is the most powerful with its 6.2 litre, 450bhp engine (calling it an 'axe murderer with headlights'), despite flaws with the traction control. May brings the Audi RS4 which he calls a very good car due to its simplicity and all-wheel drive system. Clarkson mentions how his Mercedes is the most practical, with the largest boot and the most rear legroom. The three then have a drag race, which Clarkson wins and despite taking an early lead May's Audi ends up last. He then starts measuring various parts of the cars to try and find some area where the Audi is best, eventually claiming that his gearknob is the biggest by half an inch, whilst Hammond shows Clarkson a Power Point presentation which only proves that Clarkson has the most power and torque.
2007 Top Gear Awards:
* Lifetime Achievement Award - Nominations - Ken Livingstone, Ken Livingstone and Ken Livingstone. Winner - Traffic "Wombles" (officers) from the Highways Agency for blocking motorways after minor accidents.
* Ugliest Car - MINI Clubman
* Worst Car - G-Wiz
* Worst Dressed Presenter on Top Gear - Nominations - Richard Hammond in his cycling shorts in London, Richard Hammond in his "Spandau Ballet" long coat. Winner - Jeremy Clarkson's drysuit on the British Leyland cars film (Episode 7)
* Best Noise - Nominations- Ascari A10, Aston Martin DBS and, the tunnel the boys went through in their lightweight supercars. Winner- Richard Hammond when 'Oliver' sank (from Episode 4). Oliver was revealed to be in the studio.
* Best Driver - Simon Cowell
* Car of The Year 2007 - After much debate and indecision, either the Ford Mondeo or the Subaru Legacy Outback.