- Cast:Jeremy Clarkson,Abbie Eaton,Alexandra Felstead
- Time:1h 4min
|Episode credited cast:|
|Jeremy Clarkson||-||Himself - Presenter|
|Abbie Eaton||-||Herself - Driver|
|Richard Hammond||-||Himself - Presenter|
|James May||-||Himself - Presenter|
Pedant's note- strictly speaking, VW didn't really invent the hot hatchback. An Italian company called Autobianchi got there first with the A112 Abarth of 1971 and Simca of France came up with a sportified hatch called the 1100Ti in 1974, both pre-dating the Golf GTi of 1975.
The Countach is nine inches shorter than a modern Porsche Cayman and, incredibly, nine inches lower too.
The Countach is named after a slang exclamation used in the area of Italy where Lamborghini is based. It's a bit naughty and is said to be what the boss of design house Bertone shouted upon first seeing the design.
Younger viewers may not remember the original Miami Vice show about two undercover detectives which ran from 1984 to 1989. One of the heroes, Crockett, drove a Ferrari Daytona Spyder, actually a replica based on a Corvette. Ferrari was so offended by the use of a fake they stepped in and supplied the production with two real Testarossas. The producers then built a lookalike car for stunts, based on a De Tomaso Pantera.
Small note about the Instagram and YouTube figures used in the presenters' scoring: they were correct when the tent filming happened in late 2018. They've probably gone up by now because of people who were watching this program and simultaneously looking up the presenters' social media stuff on their phones. Go on, admit it, you did it too, didn't you?
For anyone not in the UK, or in the UK but not extremely old, the Fast Show was a BBC sketch show from the 1990s, so named because all the sketches were really short and based around recurring characters doing basically the same things over and over again. It was funnier than it sounds.
The famous London Eye is Europe's tallest cantilevered observation wheel and was erected in 1999 to mark the impending new millennium celebrations. You really can get a small car in one of the pods, if you've got the money. Fiat did it for a promotional thing a few years ago.
The restaurant James and Mary Beard visit is in Ealing, West London.
Dame Mary Beard is a scholar and television presenter. As well as appearing on TV, she is a professor of classics at Cambridge University.
Alexandra 'Binky' Felstead is a reality show star. As well as appearing on TV, she has her own clothing line.
The Bluebird restaurant Richard attempts to get papped outside is so-called because the building was originally constructed as a garage for the Bluebird Motor Company.
For James's benefit, a millennial is generally considered to be someone who reached adulthood in the 21st century. More precise definitions vary, but as a rule of thumb this means someone born in 1982 at the oldest end of the spectrum and in the late '90s or early 2000s at the youngest. More broadly, 'millennial' is a term used by old men like Mr Wilman to mean 'young people'.
Why did Toyota bother with a supercharger? Well, superchargers are quicker to respond than turbochargers, being constantly driven by the engine rather than having to wait for enough exhaust gases to start blowing to make them work.
Some other people who don't think Jeremy's brown Polo is brown are Volkswagen themselves, who call this colour 'limestone grey'.
James's Toyota might be expensive but they're only making 600 of them. 80 were allocated to the UK and they've all been sold.
The Toyota Yaris GRMN has a 1.8-litre 4-cylinder supercharged engine making 209 horsepower. It can go from 0-62 in 6.3 seconds and on to 143mph.
The Ford Fiesta ST has a 1.5-litre 3-cylinder turbocharged engine making 197 horsepower. It has a 0-62 time of 6.5 seconds and a top speed of 144mph.
The VW Polo GTi has a 2-litre, 4-cylinder turbocharged engine making 197 horsepower. It can do 0-62 in 6.7 seconds and has a top speed of 147.
During Conversation Street, James alludes to a long-running off-stage presenters' joke in which they imagine that Richard is forced to spend the twilight of his career starring in a pantomime, a strange and very British type of cheesy play for kids performed at Christmas, at a small theatre in the Wiltshire town of Swindon, as might happen to a washed-up star who can't get work on TV any more.
The strange sharing electric cars mentioned in Conversation Street are all the more odd because they've been invented in Aberdeen, the Scottish city made rich by the oil industry.
The 'huge' rear tires that cause the Countach trouble in a standing start drag race are a massive 345 section. Even a modern Aventador S only has 335 section rear tires.
James isn't completely joking when he says early Countach's had a periscope. There was a deep groove down the roof, from the back to almost the front where it ended with a vertical glass panel in front of which was the rear view mirror inside. The feature was quickly deleted and these early Countachs, nicknamed 'Periscopo' models, are highly prized.
The Lamborghini Countach LP5000 Quattrovalvole has a 5.2-litre V12 engine making 455bhp. Top speed is 182mph and 0-60 is claimed to take just 4.2 seconds.
Ferrari named the Testrossa after their 250 Testa Rossa of 1957 which, like the '80s car, had red-painted cylinder heads.
The Ferrari Testarossa has a 4.9-litre flat 12 engine making 390 horsepower. It can go from 0-60 in 5.2 seconds and has a top speed of 180mph.
James's studio shirt in this show is from Snazzy Man of Hammersmith.