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Jun 23, 2009

TGS13E01 - The Stig 2 Top Gear is back... for Series 13!

TGS13E01 - Bugatti VeyronTGS13E01 - Clarkson & HammondTGS13E01 - R8 vs ZR1 Episode 1 starts off with a mouth-watering preview of forthcoming episodes. Among them an epic Bugatti Veyron vs McLaren F1, a deathmatch between the Audi R8 V10 & the Corvette ZR1, the Godzilla (GT-R), the Lamborghini LP670-4 SV and more caravan-truck racing! :)

TGS13E01 - Jag XK120 The epic race in this first episode was from London King Cross's station to Edinburgh.

TGS13E01 - Vincent Black Shadow But there was a catch - they had to use vehicles from 60 years ago, in 1949. So it turned out to be a race between a Jaguar XK120 driven by May, Hammond on a motorbike - the Vincent Black Shadow & Clarkson on a train – the 60163 Tornado!

TGS13E01 - Tornado & like all Top Gear races, nothing was certain until the end but the car finally won it. It was a pretty thrilling race - James May for once wasn't complaining, being at home in 1949. Richard Hammond's constant problems with the Black Shadow has certainly diminished his love for bikes. But it was the wonderful scenery of Britain that topped it off! :)

TGS13E01 - Lotus Evora The review of the day was the Lotus Evora. The producers ditched the Evora's Power Lap because of its 276HP engine & there was another much more powerful car to test...

TGS13E01 - Ferrari FXX The Ferrari FXX! The FXX is like a road-version of an F1 car - it actually has all the Ferrari F1 technology built-in (probably not KERS). With a weight of just 1155kg & an insane 800HP engine - that's like a rocket-powered bicycle!

Some say that he invented the curtain. And that he recently submitted a £20000 expenses claim for some gravel for his moat. All we know is… he’s called The Stig!

TGS13E01 - Ferrari FXX 1.10.7 & when The Stig took it around the track, I certainly wasn't expecting the time to be so phenomenal - 1:10:7!! That's 7s faster than the previous top car - the Apollo Gumpert S! Incredible! :D

TGS13E01 - The Stig & then came the moment to unmask The Stig! Is it Susan Boyle!?

No, it's just Michael Schumacher. Although he's not the real Stig, I totally loved the stunt! The atmosphere in the Top Gear studio was electric! :P

TGS13E01 - The Michael Schumacher Michael Schumacher became The Stig because only the owner of the FXX is allowed to drive it. & Top Gear viewers will have noticed he didn't drive as aggressively as The Stig on the track… or rather he did… :P 
TGS13E01 - Stig Lap 2TGS13E01 - Stig Lap The real Stig? Actually there are several Stigs for the different stunts, but only one Stig does all the races! ;)

Next episode will have a review of the Lamborghini MurciƩlago LP670-4 SuperVeloce & twitter celeb @stephenfry will be the guest for SIARPC. :D
Btw behind-the-scene extras for episode 1 can be found here or downloaded here.

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Sun said...

Just started watcing this series.. and i like it aa lot! the punch lines are totally crazy! Great humour within the show and the cars are superb..! i guess these people dont know the word limit..

carrotmadman6 said...

Welcome to the club! :P

Rite$h said...

The real Stig is still unknown to us ppl, Schumacher was more like a decoy for the public :D
Wonder if we'll get to know the real Stig one day, while he's still alive i.e. ;)

carrotmadman6 said...

It's strongly suspected The Stig is a stunt driver. If you search on the web, you can find his identity. ;)

985M3rv|n said...

Top Gear is the best :)

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