Posted on Jul 17th, 2008 by Andrey
Top Gear is one of the most popular car-based tv shows around, having won many prizes and distinctions not only from the car industry but also from the entertainment one, all of us knowing that the trio of Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May don’t only test cars but also undertake crazy endeavours and races.
The show is watched by millions of people worldwide, but only a few of them are priviledged to see them live, when they tape the show in front of their audience. Well if you want to be a part of those lucky few, then you must wait an astonishing 21 years to attend a show. That’s right, there are already another 336,000 people already on the waiting list to attend Top Gear. If they were to be set in a que, it would be 127 miles long and it would be moving with the “great” speed of 0.0007mph.
No doubt, it would still be worth it, just to see what Jeremy finds on the Internet every show , but I’m quite satisfied with watching it on my TV.
Posted on Jul 14th, 2008 by Andrey
Another week, another episode from our favorite TV Show, Top Gear. The high point of the show was the “Epic Race” between Jeremy, driving the superb Nissan GT-R, and Richard and James, using Japan’s flagship transportation method, the Bullet Train. It was a truly great race, filled with passion, frustration and fun times altogether, the team having a really hard time getting around Japan in their preffered ways of transportation. Jeremy because of the japanese only menu and GPS in the car, and the James & Richard because they had to commute between trains to get to their destination. The outcome is for you to watch, as I won’t spoil this great race.
Another interesting part in this episode was the test-drive of the Alfa Romeo 8C Competizione, a true Alfa as Jeremy said, a piece of art more than a car and behaving like one. This week’s stars in a reasonably price car were BBC news presenters Fiona Bruce and Kate Silverton. Also, as a recurring gag, the Dacia Sandero is again present in the news segment.
Below is the video with the Alfa Romeo 8C Competizione, probably one of the most beautiful ever made. Enjoy!
As you all know, the British Formula 1 Grand Prix was held at the Silverstone Circuit two weeks ago. But what you might have not knew is that before the F1 cars took to the circuit, a charity auction was held, the winner having the priviledge of being driven by everybody’s favourite tame racing driver, Top Gear’s The Stig in a two seat F1 car.
The winner, a man who previously won a lottery, offered £35,000 for the chance of being behind The Stig on the circuit. And it was well worth it, the 3 laps done by The Stig gained praise from even former F1 champion, Fernando Alonso, having declared that “Whoever’s in that car is a seriously good driver, I’ve no idea who he is, but he’s definitely ex-F1.”. Stig impressing him by having managed to control the difficult handling car in the rain and gaining applause after recovering from a step-out of the back wheels.
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Posted on Jul 4th, 2008 by Vlad Balan
Our favourite TV show, Top Gear, is back with the 11th season. The second episode, which was aired last Sunday, as Jeremy, Richard and James say, they “accidently made a show all about cars; for the whole show, not one of them falls over, or catches fire, or anything”.
In the first part, we find out that BBC wrote them a letter in which, with the gas prices rising, they demanded for the guys to give some advice on fuel economy and saving money. Unfortunately, the letter was opened by Jeremy who decided that the best way to do that is gathering five supercars (Ferrari 599 GTB Fiorano, Aston Martin DBS, Lamborghini Murcielago, Audi R8 and Mercedes McLaren SLR) and race them. Yeah, we’re not kidding. However, each car had only a gallon of petrol in its tank. To see the race, click here.
Next, they try something else. Jeremy tries to prove a point, that, to save fuel, it doesn’t matter what you drive, but how you drive it. So they take a Toyota Prius and a BMW M3. Yeah, we know, that’s an awkward comparison. Check out the race between these two here.
We’ve also got Jeremy doing a comparison between the new versions of the Subaru Impreza WRX STi and the Mitsubishi Evo X, Richard driving the amazing 572 hp new Audi RS6 in the French Alps, James and Top Gear stuntman trying to redo on the world’s hardest car stunts, from one of the James Bond movies.
In the last part of the show, we’ve got Jeremy taking the new Mercedes Benz CLK Black Series on a night drive and on the superb roads of Wales and I have to say, I also like taking my car at night and just drive, so this part I liked most and here’s the video:
After 12 years in which ITV owned the TV coverage rights for Formula 1, starting next year, BBC will be the channel to broadcast the F1 action in the UK. And, of course, BBC needs some quality presenters commentators and it seems that one of them will be Richard Hammond, who, alongside Jeremy Clarkson and James May, presents the popular auto show Top Gear.
Apparently, the deal cost BBC somewhere around £200 million deal and many question if it was really worth it. Especially after BBC lost the rights for live Champions League matches to ITV and these matches bring a lot more viewers than the F1 races.
The BBC plans on making the presentation more dynamic, screening races live via broadband and mobile phones as well as conventional television, plus it seems that the Top Gear team will create some great reports from the races.
Posted on Jan 17th, 2008 by Vlad Balan
Ben Silverman, NBC’s co-chairman, announced that NBC has ordered a pilot for an American version of Top Gear. And I must say this is probably a very bad idea. I mean, how can you imagine a Top Gear show without Jeremy, Richard or James? I remember I saw a few episodes of the UK version of “Pimp my ride” and I must say, that guy was awful. So bringing a major show like Top Gear to another country and with other cast well…that’s not Top Gear anymore.
Posted on Dec 12th, 2007 by Vlad Balan
The latest Top Gear episode was awesome, but we’ve already gotten used to that. First, the producers said that they should test more eco-friendly cars so they came with a Daihatsu Materia. However, Jeremy thought the best way to review the Daihatsu was to compare it with a… 625 hp Ascari A10. After that, Stig takes the Ascari for a spin around the track and, incredible, the car went on top of the Power Lap Panel, with an incredible time.
Then we have James May testing the new Fiat 500, by racing a couple of bikers in Liverpool. Unfortunately, due to the tight schedule, there was no news section, which is usually a lot of fun. And we saw British actor, Keith Allen, doing his lap in the Reasonably Priced Car. But the most exciting moment of the show was when Jeremy, James, Richard and, of course, the Stig, entered the 24 hours race at Silverstone with a BMW 3 Series diesel. We actually get to see Jeremy with tears in his eyes. Really impressive! You can see the video of the race here: 1 2 3 4.
Below, you can see the Ascari A10 part. Enjoy!
Posted on Dec 3rd, 2007 by Vlad Balan
Another week, another great episode of one of the best shows on Earth, Top Gear. This week’s episode was very good and it started with Jeremy testing out the Vauxhall VXR8 which makes a really good impression. We also have the regular news section, really funny like always, with a lot of news we’ve also showed you here, on Auto Unleashed. Then we have Jeremy and James trying to “answer a question that has never been asked” and find out which was the first production car to use the “template” all modern cars use (three pedals, handbrake and gear knob in the middle).
After that, we have James Blunt in the Reasonably Priced Car. I especially liked the part where Jeremy talks with James, which I have to admit, even though I’m not a big fan, was quite cool that evening. After that, we saw Richard at the steering wheel of a Renault Formula 1 Car, which is one impressive piece of engineering. And finally, the part everyone was expecting, F1 sensation, Lewis Hamilton came into the studio, talked to Jeremy and then did a very very impressive job with the Suzuki Liana.
Oh and I almost forgot, Jeremy also tested a new technology from BMW, which remembers where you’ve been and then drives you around without you having to do nothing. As we said, crazy episode and below we have the part with Lweis Hamilton’s lap. Enjoy! Oh, and if some videos aren’t working, tell us and we’ll fix it.
Posted on Nov 27th, 2007 by Vlad Balan
For those of you who missed this week’s Top Gear episode, you’ll definitely feel sorry, as it was a terrific episode. First they tried to prove that 70’s British cars are not crap, by doing different challenges with a Rover SD1 (Jeremy), a Triumph Dolomite Sprint(Richard) and a Princess 2200 (James). Then, Jeremy took the brilliant Aston Martin DBS for a ride and you can see what he thinks about the car. And we’ve also got Jennifer Saunders doing a really good job in the reasonably priced car. So, enjoy these videos, because it was a really great show. Below you have the Aston Martin DBS part.
Posted on Nov 2nd, 2007 by Vlad Balan
Last night, the National Television Awards ceremony took place in the UK, and Jeremy Clarkson, the Top Gear presenter, won the Special Recognition Award for his ‘unique contribution to television’. Jeremy looked really surprised and we’re glad for him, because he totally deserves it. The award was presented to him by Formula 1 superstar, Lewis Hamilton. Below you can see the award presentation and after the jump you can see another video with Jeremy’s introduction. Congratulations Jeremy!
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Posted on Oct 18th, 2007 by Vlad Balan
Here’s this cool video we found over at AutoBlog, with bloopers from the famous British TV Series, Top Gear. We love the show so we thought the video was really funny. Check it out!
Posted on Sep 3rd, 2007 by Vlad Balan
Anyone who heard of Jeremy Clarkson, the producer of the famous British show “Top Gear” knows its passion for powerful cars. Here is a Ford RS Cosworth previously owned by Jeremy, for sale on AutoTrader. The 1993 hatch is powered by a 2.0-liter turbocharged engine developing 227 hp and accelerates from 0 to 60 mph (100 km/h) in only 5.7 seconds and reaches a top speed of 140 mph (226 km/h). What’s interesting that, if the spoiler is removed, the car tops 147 mph (236 km/h), but you do that at your own risk.
The exterior is modified, with a sporty bodykit, huge rear spoiler and 18-inch six spoke alloys, and the interior features full black leather seats, electric windows, CD player and an alarm. The Escort comes with ten months MOT and 72,000 mileage.
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