Top Gear

Season 8 Episode 1

Series 8 Episode 1

Aired Sunday 8:00 PM May 07, 2006 on BBC Two
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Episode Summary


They're back and it's business as usual with Jeremy testing Sweden's entry in the supercar market, the Koenigsegg CCX and Stig doing his best to kill himself in it. James drives the new Honda Civic and Richard is relegated to driving a most embarrassing convertible: the Nissan micra C+C - a pink Nissan micra C+C.

The Renault Espace is turned into the world's first convertible people carrier by having its roof sawn off. A car wash catches fire and Top Gear Dog makes a début appearance.

Finally, the new Reasonably Priced Car - a Chevrolet Lacetti gets its baptism of fire in a ménage à sept.


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  • Everything new..

    Oh - they decide to make some changes: the studio first, then new reasonably prized car, and a dog.. named Top Gear Dog.

    And the way the episode began, it promised to be really crazy one and it was - trying to build people carrier into convertible was just crazy enough challenge. And it looked really promising without the roof.. but with roof and those tests - the cleaner one was just so crazy.. anyway, a lot of fun.

    And the new reasonable prize car and those stars - and Hammond and Clarkson not recognizing one. Anyway - some great laps there.. some off road..

    And Stig.. in very fast car.. and off the track..moreless
  • Tame compared to the thrill-ride episode that kicked off last season, but still very good, and made me laugh!

    Last year the season started with an adrenalin spike preview of so many fantastic cars I needed a nurse. This year was a much calmer episode including a dog (“Top Gear Dog”) that couldn’t be bothered move.

    Still the zaniness is there, and while the premise seemed odd, the saga of a home-made convertible people carrier made me laugh out loud. I am looking forward to more of the high-octane form of mad challenges. But this just proves that slow episode by Top Gear standards is still a cut above the average.

    Now if only they would start putting the show on iTunes!moreless
  • Back at it again with a new reasonably priced car and a new presenter

    The boys are back and to join them, they have employed the help of a dog, aptly named, "Top Gear Dog". Richard drives a rather appropriate Pink Nissan convertible in his own town. This leads on to the need for a convertible people carrier, they choose a Renault Espace and take to it with a saw. Thus requiring the boys complete a set of tasks to reality test their new convertible. James drives the new 'space ship' Honda Civic, he is rather impressed by the concept has become a reality factor. They have a new reasonably priced car in the show, a Chevrolet Lacetti. This calls for a new lap time leader board, which needs some times on it. So they invited along some celebrities, though they werent sure who they all were. They only manage to break the car once, after reading the precautionary warnings from the handbook, 'for the first few hundred k's avoid full throttle starts'. Jeremy then drives a Koenigsegg, which he manages to take up to 190 mph before he wipes out on the runway, though well below the quoted 250mph. The stig shows us that top speed isnt everything and also, how well the car is off the track.moreless
  • Small changes from last season, same hosts, great cars, fun to watch.

    Overall, the first episode of the new season wsa great. The quirky British humor is still there, the range of cars reviewed is informative, the projects are ridiculous (in a good way), and they have a dog!

    One quick note...I couldn\'t stop laughing when Hamster review the pink convertible Nissan. I almost fell to the floor. The other part that is hilarious is when they all go through the automated car wash in the Renault they chopped up.moreless
  • The boys are back

    So Top Gear is finally back on our screens after what seems like forever since it was last on. There is a new studio and a new member of the team (Top Gear Dog). But basically this episode was just normal Top Gear. It had it's funny moments Richard in the pink micra, (that will teach him) and the usual road tests and of course Clarkson had to shout power while in the mad swedish super car. However the defining moment of this episode was the attempt to turn a peopel carrier into a convertible and the choas that the monkeys caused to the car and the fire which the team managed to start in a brand new car wash. Overall this was an ok episode but really it wasn't anything special. Hopefully the rest of the series will have more mad challenges which make Top Gear the great show that it ismoreless

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (2)

    • It's hard to believe, but at least 280 people in the UK love the pink Micra C+C, which Richard drove in this episode.

      In 2005, Nissan pledged 90 pence to Breakthrough (a Breast Cancer charity) for each person who texted in to win one of five pink Micra C+Cs. The publicity from this charity initiated a run of 100 similarly produced Micras followed by a further run of 175 more Micras in 2006.

    • No, Koenigsegg is not the Swedish word for 'my head has just exploded'; it is in fact the name of the founder of the company Christian von Koenigsegg. If you were wondering, the correct translation of the phrase to Swedish would be: "Mitt huvud har precis exploderat"

  • QUOTES (3)

    • Jeremy Clarkson: Some say that his ears aren't exactly where you'd expect them to be. And that once, preposterously, he had an affair with John Prescott. All we know is he's called the Stig.

    • Jeremy Clarkson: [After setting a car wash on fire, with their convertible Renault Espace] Thing is, we managed to set fire to something that is basically made of water.
      Richard Hammond: How did we do that? Did you see the owner of the car wash afterwards? He was cross, very cross.
      James May: He was especially cross after I rang him up and asked for our three pounds fifty back.

    • Jeremy Clarkson: This is a Renault Espace. Probably the best of the people carriers. Not that that's much to shout about. That's like saying 'oh good, I've got syphilis: the best of the sexually transmitted diseases'.

  • NOTES (6)

    • Stig's Lap Time:

      Koenigsegg CCX: 1.20.4

    • From this series onwards, the rules for the Star in a Reasonably Priced Car challenge changed. Stars now get just 5 practice laps - their 6th lap is the timed lap and it is this time that goes on the leader board.

    • Because neither Jeremy or Richard knew who James Hewitt was, he was listed on the leader board as 'Well Spoken Man'.

    • This is the first episode set in the new-look studio, featuring classic Top Gear cars such as the Toyota Hilux and the rocket-powered, ski-jumping Mini.

    • Star(s) in a Reasonably Priced Car Lap Times:

      Trevor Eve: 1.47.09 
      Les Ferdinand
      : 1.47.41
      Well Spoken Man
      (James Hewitt): 1.47.69
      Justin Hawkins
      : 1.48.44
      Alan Davies
      : 1.50.3
      Rick Wakeman: 1.55.26
      Jimmy Carr
      : 2.08.91

    • The Stig crashes out for the very first time, driving a Koenigsegg CCX.


    • Jeremy Clarkson: Some say that his ears aren't exactly where you'd expect them to be and that once, preposterously, he had an affair with John Prescott. All we know is, his called the Stig.

      John Prescott is the British Deputy Prime Minister. Like any good politician, he was recently found to have had an affair with a female colleague. As is tradition, his wife is standing by him... close enough to belt him one I would imagine.

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