Top Gear

Season 12 Episode 7

Series 12 Episode 7

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Aired Sunday 8:00 PM Dec 14, 2008 on BBC Two
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A battery-powered supercar? Such a thing does exist - it's called a Tesla and Jeremy drives it on the track. James also forsakes the petrol engine this week to drive the hydrogen-powered Honda Clarity in California.

Richard celebrates the 50th year of British Touring Cars and Sir Tom Jones is the Star in a Reasonably Priced Car.

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    • TRIVIA (2)

      • In this episode, Jeremy presumed that the Gaydon Motor Museum [actually called the Heritage Motor Centre] had a preserved Morris Marina as part of its collection. The museum does in fact have a Marina - a 1974 SRV model. True to the low expectations of the Top Gear presenters, the car is unusable due to the fact that its brakes were dismantled and it has had its nose cone damaged.

      • 6.6 million viewers [25.1% audience share] watched this episode, reaching a peak audience figure of 7.3 million.

    • QUOTES (2)

      • Jeremy Clarkson: Let's be honest actually, I'm sorry to really bang on about this, but the Gaydon Motor Museum I'm sure they'll have a Morris Marina preserved, you don't need to preserve two.
        Richard Hammond: Well it's not like you need to preserve a breeding pair.
        Jeremy Clarkson: Exactly.
        James May: You need one as a warning from history.

      • Jeremy Clarkson: Some say that he doesn't like to get his helmet wet. A point that was proved last week when he was caught in the back of shot by an eagle-eyed viewer. (a photograph appears which shows Stig shielding himself from the rain with a big, yellow umbrella - ella, ella, eh, eh). All we know is he's called the Stig.

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