Top Gear

Season 11 Episode 6

Series 11 Episode 6

Aired Sunday 8:00 PM Jul 27, 2008 on BBC Two
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It's an epic age-old rivalry: Britain versus Germany - but this time it's serious. Germany's equivalent of Top Gear - D Motor - is up against dear old Blighty's magnificent original in a series of challenges. Battle commences in Belgium.

Richard drives the Gumpert Apollo and James drives two cars made by Mitsuoka: the Galue and the Orochi. In the studio, Mazda's new racing car, the Furai and the Crossbow, made by KTM.

Jay Kay is the Star in a Reasonably Priced Car and he has Simon Cowell's fastest lap time in his sights.


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    • TRIVIA (1)

    • QUOTES (11)

      • Richard Hammond: Some say it's impossible for him to wear socks. And he can open a beer bottle with his testes. All we know is he's called the Stig.

      • Richard Hammond: James, some say you saved our bacon.
        James May: Others say I was bound and gagged in the locker room.

      • Richard Hammond: James! What are you doing?
        James May: Shooting at Jeremy.
        Richard Hammond: But he's on our side!
        James May: Yeah, but why wouldn't you?
        Richard Hammond: You're right, you would. Fire!

      • Jeremy Clarkson: [referring to the Lamborghini Murcielago LP640] Now what I'm hoping - praying, is that being Italian, it changes sides half-way down.

      • James May: [referring to the Mitsuoka Orochi] It's made by a company called Mitsuoka. You've probably never heard of them either, but they are a proper Japanese car maker. In fact, they're the tenth biggest car maker in the country after Toyota, Nissan, Honda and six others.

      • Richard Hammond : [referring to the Gumpert Apollo] So, minging looks, seats you can't move and gizmos only Lewis Hamilton could make sense of. I think you're getting the picture by now that this is no Riviera cruiser.

      • Richard Hammond: [referring to the Gumpert Apollo] So it's got looks only a mother could love and a name like a northern comedian.

      • James May: I actually carry a card which says 'I do not wish to help Jeremy Clarkson be amusing in the event of my death'.

      • Richard Hammond : [referring to the KTM Crossbow] Apparently, KTM say it is quite a handful and as a result, they won't sell it to drivers under 24 years-old. Just one thing: Lewis Hamilton - he's 23.

      • Richard Hammond : There's a new TV show in Germany, it's all about cars and it's hosted by three people.
        Jeremy Clarkson: I can't imagine where they got that idea from.
        Richard Hammond: No.
        Jeremy Clarkson: No idea. Anyway, they got in touch with us and they invited us to take them on in a series of races and challenges.
        James May: Now obviously, we needed somewhere to stage this.
        Jeremy Clarkson: Yes, I suggested we did it in the skies over southern England.
        James May: In fact we settled on Belgium, which was a country invented so Britain and Germany would have somewhere to sort out their differences.

      • Kiff the Sound Man: Jeremy! Jeremy! my arm's come off!
        Jeremy Clarkson: What!?
        Kiff the Sound Man: My arm's come off!
        Jeremy Clarkson: [laughing] Nobody has ever said that in a car race before.

    • NOTES (3)

    • ALLUSIONS (2)