Top Gear

Season 9 Episode 2

Series 9 Episode 2

Aired Sunday 8:00 PM Feb 04, 2007 on BBC Two
out of 10
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Episode Summary


The lads try to play golf - the game which pervades exclusivity and stupid trousers - whilst testing three coupés in the £20,000 - £ 25,000 price range: the Audi TT, the Alfa Romeo Brera and the Mazda RX-8.

James, in an attempt to bury his Captain Slow persona, attempts to take the Bugatti Veryron up to its maximum speed of 253 mph (407km/h) at Ehra-Lessien - Volkswagen's private test track.

Hugh Grant is the Star in a Reasonably Priced Car.


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  • Once again, brilliant.

    The best part to this episode, was of course the Bugatti veyron. This car is at the pinnacle of technology, boasting a mighty 1000hp, it is a marvel to any car entusiast ( including me ). The best part was that Jame May was chosen to drive the car, with a massive top speed, the Veyron is definately no toy. James, nicknamed Captain Slow by the boys, due to his "nana driving style" was up to try pull top speed out of the car, and to all that have seen Top Gear and know a little about James, know that this wasnt an easy job for him.

    Also the star was great, most of the people that come on, I have never heard of before, because they appear on british TV shows, Hugh Grant is more famous, and I actually have heard of him, so it was a good change.moreless
  • Captain Slow goes 253 mph in a Veyron! Need I say more?

    This episode will go down in Top Gear history as the one where Captain Slow goes faster than his co-hosts. I especially liked that they played the Star Wars soundtrack as he went around the VW course. It was an episode I could watch over and over again. There isn't enough air time that the show can give the marvel that is the Bugatti Veyron. That car is simply in a league of its own, and if you don't believe me, go to their website and check it out. James May even teared up a bit at the end of the run, probably because he'll never get another chance to go that fast in that car ever again. Hugh Grant was hilarious, and a lot better than a lot of the other actors and famous people they have on the show. It was the first time I've ever seen them use Top Gear to plug a movie for someone, but I guess when it's Hugh Grant, exceptions are made.moreless
  • Bugatti Veryon and Golf! Got to watch it!

    James kick starts the episode by trying to reach the Bugatti Veyron's top speed (which happens to be a whopping 253mph!). It was really, really tense and I don't use the word "tense" lightly. He just manages to do it while describing the Bugatti Veyron to everyone who was watching at the time. Later in the episode, the boys each buy a coupe and they go to play golf. Hammond is absolute rubbish and Jeremy is too good because he hit it in the sea. They then had describe to some proper professers why their cars should be displayed in a museum. They are spouted complete and utter rubbish!

    I know that it wasn't the best episode ever, but people rating it as 7.0 are giving it some stick! It wasn't that bad!

  • A rare dull-ish episode for Top Gear

    Maybe after last week's heady return of Richard Hammond, poor old Top Gear hit a bit of a lull this week. Hugh Grant was a bit flat (maybe the poor guy was tired) frankly and the other sections carried on for entirely too long.

    The shots of James travelling very fast propped things up a little bit - his face is worth taking a photograph of when he gets scared.

    By and large, the test running three different cars to see which is best has been done too many times now. And the audition for the Art Museum was painful to watch. For the first time in my Top Gear watching history I actually cared that they were following a script.

    Get new writers. This stuff does not work.moreless

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (5)

    • The average audience figure for this episode was 7.2 million viewers.

    • The Bugatti Veyron was tested for its top speed at Ehra-Lessien, Volkswagen's private test track near Wolfsburg. It comprises of 60 miles [94 kilometres] of track - the main straight on which is 5.5 miles [8.8 Kilometres] long.

    • Although Bugatti allowed Top Gear to drive the Veyron at its test track, they have so far not allowed the Stig to drive one on the Top Gear track. This has lead to on-air an appeal from Jeremy Clarkson for anyone who has a Bugatti Veyron, to lend it to them so they can set a lap time around the Top Gear track.

    • At its top speed, the Bugatti Veyron's engine was sucking in as much air in one minute, as a human would breathe in four days.

    • At its top speed of 253mph [407 km/h], the Bugatti Veyron was travelling the length of one football pitch every second.

  • QUOTES (3)

    • Jeremy Clarkson: Some say that he once had a vicious knife fight with Anthea Turner. And that he is in no way implicated in the cash for honours scandal. All we know is he's called Lord Stig!

    • Jeremy Clarkson: You went to art school. You should be good at this.

      Richard Hammond: Did you go to art school then?

      Jeremy Clarkson: No, I didn't.

      Richard Hammond: Then you wouldn't know all you do at art school is drink and pursue women.

    • James May: [whilst travelling at 230mph/370km/h in the Bugatti Veyron] No wonder Michael Schumacher retired, he's slower than me!

  • NOTES (2)

    • Stig's Lap Times:

      Mazda RX-8: 1.32.0
      Alfa Romeo Brera: 1.36.9
      Audi TT 1.31.4

    • Star in a Reasonably Priced Car Lap Time:

      Hugh Grant: 1.47.7

      Some of the ladies Hugh has performed with include: Renée Zellweger, Drew Barrymore, Julia Roberts and Divine Brown.


    • Jeremy Clarkson: Some say that he once had a vicious knife fight with Anthea Turner, and that he is in no way implicated in the cash for honours scandal. All we know is, he's called, Lord Stig!

      A reference to what could potentially be a political scandal in Britain. It is alleged that people within the Labour Government offered peerages [the title 'Lord' which would give the recipient the right to sit in the House of Lords] in return for cash donations to the Labour Party. A police inquiry is under way and several people have been arrested, but as yet, no charges have been brought against any individual.

      The British Prime Minister, Tony Blair, has also been questioned by police regarding the cash for honours scandal on two occasions, but not under caution. It is believed that he is the first serving prime minister to be questioned by police conducting a criminal investigation.

      The allegation of 'cash for honours' is not new to British politics: David Lloyd George, who was the (Liberal) Prime Minister from 1916-1922, was well-known to have offered peerages in return for cash. Similar allegations were made against the Conservative Government of John Major (1990-1997).