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    Choosing The Right Motor Oil for Fuel Economy & Performance

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    We’re big fans of luxury cars and performance vehicles at carhoots. But we never touch on how to use motor oil effectively and how it can improve performance and efficiency of your ride. Let’s take a look at the world of motor oil, with a few back to basics refreshers.

    Motor Oil – What exactly is it used for

    > This paragraph is strictly for noobs and a bit of re-education for you guys <

    ‘The lifeblood of your engine.’ It has been commonly claimed that motor oil serves the same purpose in engines as blood does in a human body. It is the powerhouse for your vehicle bringing it to life! For those who didn’t know, most motor oil is stored in an oil pan under the hood of your car and is drawn out and circulated by the oil pump throughout the engine block.

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    The main purpose of motor oil is to provide lubrication for the moving parts of the engine, as metal-to-metal contact between them can cause serious damage due to friction. By applying motor oil to said places, parts become separated by a thin film, making their motion much smoother and with less resistance, which in turn reduces the amount of fuel consumed by our car. It’s all science and physics baby!

    The Benefits of Choosing the Right Motor Oil

    Those who had the opportunity to buy motor oil for themselves will tell you that the two main things to look out for are the viscosity and the type of oil you are buying (synthetic vs conventional oil). Why exactly?

    Well, viscosity essentially determines how thick the oil is under certain temperature. The lower the viscosity, the easier it is for the oil pump to circulate it and less fuel is needed to power it, but it also provides less protection for the engine parts.

    The most commonly recommended viscosity by the car manufacturers is the 5W-20 and the 5W-30, the first number indicating the viscosity in 0°F temperatures (-17.78°C) and the second indicating the viscosity in 212°F (100°C) temperatures. These oils have a low enough viscosity to provide optimal fuel economy for most new cars, but also provide enough protection to ensure long-lasting engine life.

    When it comes to choosing the right type of oil, there are essentially three types to choose from.

    The most commonly used, but also the least performance efficient type of oil is the conventional or mineral oil. Almost all motor oil brands have embraced the standard service level of SL and they produce the oil under this standard in several viscosities.

    The next and probably the most performance enhancing choice is the fully synthetic oil.

    Numerous debates have been raised over the use of synthetic motor oil instead of conventional, mineral oil and all of them come to the same conclusion which is “Synthetic motor oil delivers better performance than conventional motor oil.”

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    This is due to many different factors most of which have to do with the fact that synthetic motor oils are not as susceptible to evaporation and degradation due to frequent and drastic changes in temperature.

    Under extremely high temperatures that many of the high-end car engines produce, conventional motor oil loses its viscosity and its ability to protect the engine parts from friction damage reduces drastically. And due to increased friction the amount of metal shavings that end up suspended in motor oil increases which after some time starts to act like a sandblaster further damaging the moving parts inside the engine.

    With synthetic oils this problem does not exist. Due to the special refining process that the synthetic oils are subjected to, manufacturers are able to create oil molecules that are much less volatile and which maintain optimal viscosity under both extremely high and extremely low temperatures.

    This becomes even more important for people driving in colder regions who have to start up the engine after it has been exposed to low temperatures for extended periods of time. In these cases, conventional oil thickens and the oil pump is not able to distribute it quickly enough which can cause serious damage during cold-engine ignition.

    Lastly, conventional oils in and of themselves have a much higher impurity rate compared to synthetic oil. This coupled with extended use can cause sludge and other impurities to gather on key engine parts, drastically reducing performance and fuel efficiency. Synthetic motor oil, like Mobil 1 for example, keeps engines running like new by helping combat sludge, reduce wear and control oil breakdown.

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    The last type of motor oil is essentially the combination of synthetic and conventional oil. The synthetic blend motor oils are usually used for vehicles that are supposed to carry heavy loads or work in higher temperatures.

    They are popular with SUV/light-truck drivers who are used to transporting heavy loads which causes more friction in the engine block and thus higher temperatures. As it evaporates less under high temperatures, the synthetic blend oil helps them achieve better fuel economy than ordinary synthetic or conventional motor oil.

    Why Changing Motor Oil Regularly is Important

    Given the fact that motor oil is constantly circulated through the engine and that it comes into contact with various environmental factors such as oxygen, dirt and other particles and metal shavings it is not surprising that after some time its efficiency falls off dramatically and it loses the ability to protect your engine properly.

    This, combined with high temperatures present in the engine block causes sludge to gather in important oil pathways which makes circulating oil more energy and fuel consuming. For those looking to change their own oil, they can follow this easy guide:

    Here is a quick video tutorial on how to change your oil by our favorite expert Chris Duke
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    Alternatively, you can personally visit one of their shops since Pep Boys is the place for heavy DIYers who are looking for expertise on their car and motor oil. By doing this you will be able to enjoy a Mobil 1 synthetic motor oil and from September 20 – November 30, 2016 when you buy any 5 quarts of Mobil 1 motor oil in one transaction at Pep Boys, you will receive a free Fandango movie ticket, only available for in-store purchases. Click here to learn more.

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  • News/ Videos

    Top Gear boys Clarkson, Hammond and May release new film (VIDEO)

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    Former Top Gear presenters Clarkson, Hammond and May have released their first promotional video for their new live shows. 

    The boys are officially back filming again, and they’ve released their first new footage footage since the Clarkson fracas. The short video which you can see below is a promotional clip for the trio’s Clarkson, Hammond and May Live stadium tour, and the show now has its own Youtube account. They’ve also started the hashtag ‘#BackOnTheRoad’ which you can follow as the boys travel around the world presenting their live show.

    Initially it was thought that the live shows, previously held under the ‘Top Gear’ banner would not go ahead following the Clarkson incident. However, things will go ahead as normal, but under the new ‘Clarkson, Hammond and May Live’ name.

    Check out the first promotional video below featuring Clarkson and Hammond… and James May’s piano….

    As for the remaining filmed Top Gear episodes from season 22 that are yet to be shown, they’re expected to air later this year during the European summer. BBC executives have made it clear they intend to show the final episodes, especially given how high the ratings would be with the hype that the Clarkson controversy has caused.

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  • News

    New Top Gear hosts to be Jodie Kidd, Guy Martin and Philip Glenister

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    If reports out of the UK are to be believed, Top Gear’s reinvention for 2016 will include a new female host alongside motorbike superstar. 

    The Sunday Express is reporting that the BBC has signed its new hosts of Top Gear as the show gets reinvented for 2016 after the Clarkson fracas which saw Clarkson, Hammond and May leave the BBC. If true, new Top Gear will be hosted by Jodie Kidd who currently presents The Classic Car Show, motorcycle legend Guy Martin from Speed with Guy Martin and Philip Glenister who currently hosts For The Love Of Cars.

    The source of this information is claimed to have come from Top Gear producer Andy Wilman who was overheard speaking with singer and car nut Jay Kay. The source obviously is a little unreliable, especially given that producer Andy Wilman was spotted in public with Clarkson and the crew a few days ago and he’s tipped to join their new show.

    The key to Top Gear’s success has always been the chemistry between hosts Clarkson, Hammond and May. Without those three, it’s unlikely the show can continue and be successful in its current format of car-based entertainment. One thing’s certain, the general public is very keen to see Clarkson, Hammond and May again whether as Top Gear or under some other banner.

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  • News

    Clarkson, Hammond and May meet with former TopGear producer

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    Former TopGear hosts Clarkson, Hammond and May have held a secret meeting with Top Gear producer Andy Wilman who quit yesterday. 

    The Top Gear lads Clarkson, Hammond and May have been spotted together for the first time since the Clarkson fracas along with Top Gear producer Andy Wilman.

    Wilman, a longtime friend of Clarkson’s, officially resigned from his position as producer at Top Gear yesterday, sparking rumours that they may be planning a rival show to the original Top Gear which is set to be reinvented for 2016.

    James May also officially resigned from the BBC last week, leaving only Hammond with a formal contract with the broadcaster. However, given the secret meeting held with the three presenters and producer Andy Wilman, it’s expected Hammond will follow his co-presenters move away from the BBC. At this stage all signs point towards the group starting their own motoring show in a similar structure to the Top Gear that we know and love only under a different name obviously. More details will likely come to the surface in the coming months.

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  • News

    Jeremy Clarkson’s final Top Gear episodes will be shown

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    A BBC boss has confirmed that the remaining films from Top Gear season 22 will be aired despite Jeremy Clarkson fracas. 

    Jeremy Clarkson may have been sacked by the BBC, but he is set to make an on-screen return for the broadcaster as the final episodes of Top Gear are set to air. According to The Lad Bible, a BBC boss has confirmed that the remaining scenes from the final Top Gear series will be aired at some point.

    The BBC boss said, “no way would I want the available material not to be seen by viewers. Jeremy will be back on the BBC.” Apparently there is enough pre-recorded footage for another three episodes of Top Gear, only the studio sequences that normally link the films together are missing with Clarkson, Hammond and May now unavailable. The remaining Top Gear films are expected to to air sometime during the English summer.

    Meanwhile, Clarkson has alluded to the fact that he, Hammond and May are working on a new motoring show away from the BBC. Clarkson suggested that in many situations the show was hampered by the BBC’s corporate views and that this is what ultimately killed the show. It is expected details of the new show will be revealed later this year.

    As for the re-invention of the BBC’s Top Gear, the show looks to be taking a completely new direction with talks of a female presenter being part of the show. The same BBC boss that revealed the final episodes of Top Gear as we know it would be shown has been toying with the idea of a female presenter for the new Top Gear.

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  • News/ Videos

    The last ever Top Gear episode (VIDEO)

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    Unseen footage of the final Top Gear episode ever has been released following the sacking of Jeremy Clarkson by the BBC. 

    Fans of Top Gear haven’t been taking the news of Jeremy Clarkson’s sacking lightly. They haven’t gone completely insane like fans of One Direction member Zayne who quit the band on the same day of Clarkson’s sacking. Those fans have been taking sick days on the grounds of ‘compassion’ and even self-harming in some cases, which is a bit pathetic.

    Top Gear fans have been much more reasonable. The end of the show as we know it is a great tragedy and there has been some general grieving on social media, but an inside look at what was to be the final ever episode of Top Gear should serve as a comfortable shoulder to sob on… It’s only a short clip about 1 minute in length but it is at least some new unseen footage that will be more than welcomed after having zero new Top Gear content for the last two weeks.

    Check out the video below.

    James May’s priceless reaction to Jeremy Clarkson’s sacking – including exquisite pink hat.

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  • News

    OFFICIAL: Clarkson sacked by BBC from Top Gear

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    Jeremy Clarkson has officially been sacked by the BBC after abusing a Top Gear producer. 

    The BBC has released an official statement regarding the Top Gear Clarkson scandal, which sees the presenter sacked.

    54 year old Clarkson was on his final warning before getting involved in a physical altercation with Irish producer Oisin Tymon who was hospitalised following the incident.

    Tony Hall, Director General of the BBC released the following statement;

    ‘“It is with great regret that I have told Jeremy Clarkson today that the BBC will not be renewing his contract. It is not a decision I have taken lightly. I have done so only after a very careful consideration of the facts and after personally meeting both Jeremy and Oisin Tymon.

    “Obviously none of us wanted to find ourselves in this position. This decision should in no way detract from the extraordinary contribution that Jeremy Clarkson has made to the BBC. I have always personally been a great fan of his work and Top Gear. Jeremy is a huge talent. He may be leaving the BBC but I am sure he will continue to entertain, challenge and amuse audiences for many years to come.

    “The BBC must now look to renew Top Gear for 2016. This will be a big challenge and there is no point in pretending otherwise. I have asked Kim Shillinglaw to look at how best we might take this forward over the coming months. I have also asked her to look at how we put out the last programmes in the current series.”

    Reports are suggesting that the BBC hopes to replace Clarkson with radio host and massive petrol head Chris Evans – who has an epic collection of Ferraris including a 250 GTO worth £12 million.

    Previously Clarkson’s co-presenter’s Richard Hammond and James May refused to film the show without him. Whether they continue with the show or follow Clarkson into other ventures is unknown at this point.

    It’s officially the end of the road for Top Gear as we know it. While the BBC is keen to keep the show going, Jeremy, James and Richard are essential to its success – their chemistry was the show. Most seem to think Top Gear is a car show, but it’s actually an entertainment program about three middle-aged blokes who happen to drive cars and talk about them. The cars weren’t the essence of the program, the people were. And that’s why it’s unlikely that Top Gear will be successful without those three hosts.

    And I suspect they’ll need to reinvent the show in some way to avoid trying to replicate the Top Gear that we currently know and love. You only have to watch American or Australian Top Gear to realise that trying to be like those three guys doesn’t work and won’t for a very long time.

    We can only hope that Clarkson, Hammond and May are picked up by another broadcaster to create the show people want to watch.

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  • News

    Jeremy Clarkson will be sacked from Top Gear

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    British news reports that Jeremy Clarkson will be sacked from his position on Top Gear with an official BBC announcement pending. 

    The BBC is expected to announce the findings of its investigation into the fracas involving Clarkson and a junior Top Gear producer today, revealing the fate of Clarkson and Top Gear as we know it.

    The Daily Telegraph is claiming to have inside information, reporting that the decision to sack Clarkson has been made but Top Gear will continue with a replacement host.

    54 year old Clarkson was on his final warning before getting involved in a physical altercation with Irish producer Oisin Tymon who was hospitalised following the incident.

    The Daily Telegraph reports; ‘it is understood a report into the so-called ‘fracas’ at a North Yorkshire hotel concluded that [the] presenter spent 20 minutes verbally abusing producer Oisin Tymon, before launching a 30 second physical assault on him.’

    It’s believed the BBC finds itself with no choice but to end Clarkson’s career as presenter of Top Gear.

    Reports are suggesting that the BBC hopes to replace Clarkson with radio host and massive petrol head Chris Evans – who has an epic collection of Ferraris including a 250 GTO worth £12 million.

    Previously Clarkson’s co-presenter’s Richard Hammond and James May refused to film the show without him. Whether they continue with the show or follow Clarkson into other ventures is unknown at this point.

    An official announcement regarding the future of Top Gear and Clarkson is expected to come from BBC Director General Lord Hall in the coming hours.

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  • News/ Videos

    Clarkson says he will be sacked from Top Gear (VIDEO)

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    At a recent charity event, Jeremy Clarkson claimed he would be sacked by the BBC from his position on Top Gear.

    Video footage has emerged of Clarkson making a speech at a recent charity event in the U.K, where he claimed he believed the BBC would sack him following the recent ‘fracas’ with a producer.

    It’s been reported Clarkson punched the producer after he became angry over the lack of catering at a shoot location.

    At the charity event Clarkson said, “I didn’t foresee my sacking but I would like to do one last lap. So I’ll go down to Surrey and I’ll do one last lap of that track before the f**king bastards sack me.”

    “I’ll be a bit tearful when I do it, but f**k it, let’s do it,” he said.

    Clarkson then proposed the idea of auctioning off a passenger ride with him as he completed his final lap of the track, which is believed to have raised £100,000 for charity.

    “I’ll drive somebody around in whatever I can get hold of. I’m sacked so it’s probably an Austin Maestro. So who knows? But anyway it will be my last ever lap of the Top Gear track,” said Clarkson.

    The outcome of the investigation into the Clarkson fracas scandal is expected to be heard next week.

    Top Gear will not air this Sunday. You can check out the clip below.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uSiz0TainL4#t=15

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  • News

    BBC reportedly offer terms for Clarkson Top Gear return

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    The BBC has reportedly prepared terms for Jeremy Clarkson’s return to Top Gear, though he’s unlikely to agree to them.

    Apparently the BBC has drawn up terms which will see Clarkson reinstated as co-presenter of Top Gear, along with May and Hammond who refuse to film the show without the controversial Clarkson.

    However, Clarkson’s return is entirely dependant on him agreeing on those terms, which is unlikely.

    A report from the Daily Mail suggests that the BBC want an executive to be put in place as a ‘minder’ for Clarkson – basically a baby sitter who will make sure he doesn’t do anything else that may cause controversy.

    A source inside the BBC said “I think that people do see a way to resolve this, and that is by putting someone strong in to manage the show and manage Clarkson. He is a brilliant broadcaster, everyone can see that.”

    After a petition to reinstate Clarkson received almost one million signatures, it is believed BBC executives felt more inclined to resolve the problem rather than fire the presenter outright.

    Meanwhile the BBC has released a rather aloof official statement regarding the Clarkson incident which said:

    “Following last week’s suspension of Jeremy Clarkson, Ken MacQuarrie is now considering the evidence and will report to the Director-General on his findings next week.

    “Once this has been considered, we will set out any further steps. The BBC will not be offering further commentary until then.”

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  • News

    No Top Gear this week, reports Clarkson will be fired

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    The investigation into Top Gear host Jeremy Clarkson continues, with reports suggesting he hospitalised a producer. 

    The suits at Top Gear have released an official statement regarding next week’s show, stating that it will not air following an investigation into the actions of presenter Jeremy Clarkson who reportedly punched a producer.

    The matter is currently being investigated by the director of BBC Scotland, and further episodes of Top Gear will be postponed until the investigation is complete.

    Fans of the show are genuinely devastated, and an online petition calling for Clarkson to be re-instated has received in excess of 800,000 signatures.

    Meanwhile, there have been reports claiming to have inside knowledge on what went down the day the controversial Clarkson made headlines.

    It’s being reported by the U.K’s Mirror that the Clarkson’s swing hospitalized producer Oisin Tymon after calling him a “lazy Irish c***”.

    Apparently Clarkson was angry after he and his co-presenters were ferried by helicopter from the Top Gear track to a film location about two hours away where hot food was not immediately available.

    This incident lead to a lengthy dispute and the eventual punch. It’s believed Clarkson may have been intoxicated at the time.

    It’s all looking pretty bad for Clarkson. If the rumours turn out to be true, he probably doesn’t deserve to keep his job.

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  • News

    Jeremy Clarkson suspended from Top Gear, show postponed

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    Jeremy Clarkson has been suspended from the BBC’s Top Gear TV program and series 22 has been postponed.

    The rumours suggest that Jeremy Clarkson threw a punch at one of the show’s producers after they had a disagreement. Top Gear’s creators have since suspended Clarkson from the show and the BBC has stated that the show will not air this Sunday with the series postponed until further notice.

    Clarkson is no stranger to controversy, accused of using the n-word during production in un-aired video last year. Following this incident the presenter was given his final warning and told he would be fired anywhere anytime if he made another offensive remark.

    Then there was the whole Argentina scandal which has become something of a running joke throughout this series – watch for the placement of Argentinian flags in all of the episodes, last week’s was on the Stig’s suit. All the presenters and the Top Gear’s producers still claim the plate was not intentional.

    Jeremy Clarkson also tweeted last month that he needed a new co-presenter on Top Gear, whether this was a joke or had some genuine meaning behind it is unknown.

    “Wanted: new presenter for Top Gear. Applicant should be old, badly dressed and pedantic but capable of getting to work on time,” he wrote.

    Despite all the previous dramas though, Top Gear has never been postponed due to conflict. We just hope that it does continue and that we do get to see the LaFerrari vs McLaren P1 vs Porsche 918 test that we were promised would happen in last Sunday’s episode.

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  • Celebrity Cars/ News

    Daniel Ricciardo to star on Top Gear as F1 guest

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    Infiniti Red Bull Racing Formula 1 driver Daniel Ricciardo will feature as a special guest on Top Gear next month. 

    Aussie Formula 1 ace, Daniel Ricciardo has confirmed that he will be a star in a reasonably priced car on Top Gear next month.

    The Infiniti Red Bull Racing driver will be seeking to snatch the current lap record from 2014 F1 world champion Lewis Hamilton when he takes to Top Gear’s Suzuki Liana.

    At a media event earlier this week he said, “It’s been a while since I’ve heard people say ‘When are you going to go on Top Gear?’ So the time has come…I believe Lewis has got the crown at the moment so it would be nice to take at least one title off him.”

    Fellow Australian Mark Webber is second on the lapboard ahead of Ricciardo’s teammate from last year and four-time F1 world champion Sebastian Vettel.

    It is believed Dan Ricciardo will makes his Top Gear debut in episode three of this season which will air on February 8.

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  • News

    Jeremy Clarkson to sign three year deal with Top Gear

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    Rumour has it Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May will continue to make Top Gear for at least another three years.

    It’s been quite a controversial past twelve months for the world’s favorite car show Top Gear, though the show must go on according to British newspaper the Mirror.

    The controversy started when a video which allegedly showed Clarkson mumbling a racist term was leaked, fuelling calls to sack Clarkson and axe Top Gear. Then there was the whole Argentina episode with the offensive number plate which Top Gear and its hosts still claim wasn’t done on purpose as a poor attempt at humor. And of course, there’s always the ecomentalists – as Clarkson calls them – who want the show stopped because burning fuel, tyres and the occasional caravan in the name of entertainment just isn’t ethical, apparently.

    But despite these recent occurrences, Top Gear is still the BBC’s most profitable show and much of its success comes down to the three hosts so the executives will do anything to keep it going for as long as possible. And that means Top Gear should be around until at least 2018 if speculation that all hosts are in the process of signing on with the show for another three years is true, which is excellent news for anyone cars or who enjoys watching fat middle-age men fall over and drive around…

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  • Humor/ Videos

    An evening with Top Gear – series 22 preview (VIDEO)

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    Missed the An Evening with Top Gear series 22 preview with Clarkson, Hammond and May? Fear not, we have the full video here.

    Top Gear are really sprucing up their new series, which will begin this Sunday. There have been several trailers, including that hilarious Lego video, and a couple of days ago the three hosts got together with a slightly annoying talk show host to banter, answer questions from fans and discuss the upcoming series. The whole thing went for nearly an hour and was live streamed across the world on Youtube. Problem is, some countries weren’t allowed to see it live, or due to time zone science it was shown at some ridiculous hour of the morning.

    However, the whole video has since been uploaded to the Top Gear Youtube channel so anyone with access to the Internet can see what unfolded at the Evening with Top Gear show and get a glimpse at some of the films that will be part of the show’s 22nd series and Hammond stranded on a freezing cold Canadian mountain….

    Check out the full video below.

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    Top Gear season 22 Lego preview trailer (VIDEO)

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    The new Top Gear season 22 trailer has landed and it’s in Lego – check out the hilarious viral video here.

    The new season of Top Gear kicks off this Sunday in the U.K, and Clarkson, Hammond and May have today revealed a quick teaser of the new series. However, it’s not the usual preview video with exotic supercars going sideways, caravans exploding and slightly fat middle-age men falling over. This time, the Top Gear series preview video was made with animated Lego characters with voiceovers by the three hosts. And, while that means we can’t tell you much about what’s coming in the new series, it is thoroughly entertaining – which is still a clue of some sort…

    Check out the hilarious video below.

     

    And if you click HERE you’ll get a look at some of the stunts, adventures, road tests and general anarchy we can expect from Top Gear in the coming weeks.

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    Top Gear Patagonia special trailer (VIDEO)

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    Top Gear will soon return to TV with the two-part Patagonia special set to air on December 27, and here’s the first trailer!

    Clarkson, Hammond and May will attempt a 1600-mile road trip through Patagonia in three questionably reliable sports cars, including an old Ford Mustang, a Lotus Esprit and Porsche 928.

    You’ve no doubt already heard about the series of events that unfolded during the trip which ended with the Top Gear crew being chased out of Argentina because the number plates fitted to one of the cars was interpreted as a reference to the Falklands War.

    Of course, Top Gear is intended to be a comedy show and has been known to push the boundaries with its sometimes crude sense of humor, though the show’s producers and its presenters have all insisted the plate was not used on purpose as an attempt at humor. And in fact, none of the Top Gear team even realized the plate made reference to the war.

    You can read more here

    Now check out the short teaser video.

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    Lewis Hamilton vs. Ken Block is as awesome as you’d think (VIDEO)

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    Lewis Hamilton vs. Ken Block, two racing legends, in a head-to-head showdown, is a crazy combination that is any gearheads dream come true.

    That’s just what happend at the The Top Gear Festival in Barbados when Ken Block in his Fiesta ST ‘Hoonigan’ car and Lewis Hamilton in a Mercedes-AMG Petronas F1 car battled it out.

    Watch the crazy highlights below:

    Ken Block gives us a quick 43 second chat on Lewis Hamilton vs. Ken Block.

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    Check out more images from the festival over at TopGear.com.

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  • News

    Top Gear’s Richard Hammond warned not to drive his £100k Porsche 911 GT3 as it may burst into flames

    Richard Hammond Porsche 911 GT3

    Porsche is investigating why two of their limited edition cars have burst into flames and have stopped all deliveries of the £100,000 supercar. They’re offering to collect the vehicles that get up to 196 mph for testing, so as to not inconvenience the 100 British owners any further.

    Richard Hammond Porsche 911 GT3 flames

    This issue with the 911 GT3 comes just weeks after Hammond took one for a test drive and said the sportscar was ‘so good, I had to buy one myself’. It seems that the 911 is not quite as dreamy as Hammond first thought.

    Richard Hammond warned not to drive his £100k Porsche 911 GT3

    A spokesman from Porsche have released a statement: ‘Porsche is informing the owners of the affected vehicles directly and recommending that they stop using their vehicles’.

    It’s not the first time that manufacturers have experienced issues with their luxury cars. Similarly, in 2010 Ferrari had to recall around 1,250 of its 458 Italias due to issues with fire.

    Let’s hope Hammond gets his Porsche back soon!

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    Zenvo cries foul over Top Gear review of the ST1catching fire (VIDEO)

    Another day, another Top Gear controversy. This time, the boys from the BBC’s hit show haven’t enraged a country or British sensibilities – they’ve gone back to their old stomping grounds of upsetting car companies.
    In last week’s episode of Top Gear (which is set to air in the United States on Monday), host and head agitator Jeremy Clarkson tested the Zenvo ST1, a wildly powerful new hypercar from Denmark.
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    Naturally, it all went very wrong. The car broke. Twice. The rear brakes weren’t functioning correctly and the clutch failed. In fact, Zenvo had to take their orange test car back for a time. When it returned, it caught fire after a cooling fan decided to stop functioning. It got worse for Zenvo, though.According to Zenvo, Clarkson later misquoted the starting price in the UK (by some 140,000 pounds, or $233,786) before handing the car to The Stig on a cold, wet track, where it returned a hairy lap time of 1:29.9 – slower than a Ford Focus ST.

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    Zenvo has issued a rather lengthy response to Danish website Pro Street, which we have available (auto-translated) in its entirety, below. According to the manufacturer, elements of the review were left out by Clarkson and Company, like the car’s 189-mile-per-hour blast down the TG track’s main straight and its 2.69-second run to 62 mph on “damp tarmac.”

    The fire and clutch issues were also addressed before Zenvo got on to the lap time. According to the Danes, on the day of the Stig’s lap, “driving was not recommended in many parts of Britain due to low temperature and extreme rain. The weather conditions and the amount of water on the track severely reduced traction on the car’s 345/30 ZR20 rear tires, resulting in a lap time that does not reflect the real potential of the car in dry conditions.”

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  • Super Cars/ Videos

    Zenvo ST1 Burns Rubber, And Itself, On Top Gear

    It seems Zenvo are not only set on burning rubber.

     The Danish brand Zenvo started producing this very exclusive car in 2009, and recently, Jeremy Clarkson got his hands on it. So naturally, in classic Top Gear style, it caught fire. Yikes.

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    No biggie though. It only costs a cool $1.8 million. I’m sure there’s plenty where that came from. Oh, wait…

    Production of the car is limited to only 3 a year, with only 15 being built for approved customers; and it seems the world has already lost one of them.

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    Check out the video below!

     

     

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  • Celebrity Cars

    Benedict Cumberbatch on Top Gear – The 10 Most Best Moments

    1) when he explained how Sherlock escaped the Reichenbach Falls

    The 10 Best Moments Of Benedict Cumberbatch's Top Gear Appearance

    2) It ends up he was joking

    The 10 Best Moments Of Benedict Cumberbatch's Top Gear Appearance

    3) when he showed Jeremy Clarkson how to punch properly

    The 10 Best Moments Of Benedict Cumberbatch's Top Gear Appearance

    4) when he claimed he was aware of the fan fiction

    The 10 Best Moments Of Benedict Cumberbatch's Top Gear Appearance

    5) and knows where his fans get their inspiration from

    The 10 Best Moments Of Benedict Cumberbatch's Top Gear Appearance

    6) when he pulled these ridiculous faces

    7) and this silly one

    The 10 Best Moments Of Benedict Cumberbatch's Top Gear Appearance

    8) when he came out with these expletives #naughty

    The 10 Best Moments Of Benedict Cumberbatch's Top Gear Appearance

    9. Which exploded out of control and then hilariously led to this.

    The 10 Best Moments Of Benedict Cumberbatch's Top Gear Appearance
    The 10 Best Moments Of Benedict Cumberbatch's Top Gear Appearance

    10. And, of course, not forgetting this Cumberbatch and The Stig photshoot

    And, of course, this photoshoot.

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  • Super Cars

    Listen to Volvo’s V8 Supercar engine ROAR (VIDEO)

    Volvo Polestar Racing V8 Supercars engine

    Volvo plans to take on the Australian racing scene this year in V8 Supercars. To compete in V8 Supercars, you need, um, a V8. A really big, really loud and really powerful V8.

    Step forward a pair of Volvo S60s modified by Polestar Racing, featuring the Volvo B8444S. This engine features a unique setup with a 60 degree aluminium cylinder block, a 5.0-litre capacity, modified Volvo aluminium cylinder heads, eight throttle bodies, port injection – with one injector per cylinder – steel cylinder liners, a cam chain and a compression ratio of 10:1.

    The 650 HP Volvo Polestar Racing V8 Supercars engine

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  • Celebrity Cars

    Watch Tom Hiddleston Singing On His ‘Very Wet’ Top Gear Lap (VIDEO)

    Tom Hiddleston Top GEAR Lap

    Tom Hiddleston (aka Loki) was the guest for Top Gear’s “Star in a Reasonably-Priced Car,” and he had the bad luck around the Top gear track in a downpour.

    Despite this, Tom battled on with a big dose of british spirit and resilience posting a lap in 1 minute, 49.9 seconds. A damn sight faster than Hugh Bonneville of “Downton Abbey” (also in the rain), and the same as Ron Howard, who didn’t even have to battle the wet weather.

    The Tom Hiddleston effect certainly worked as this episode had 5.5 million viewers tuning in which was 200,000 more than last week’s, the season premiere.

    Watch Tom Hiddleston singing around is Top Gear lap below

    Top Gear: Guest – Tom Hiddleston from neverthesaint on Vimeo.

    Oh, and you U.S. viewers can catch it on BBC America on Monday, February 17.

     

    Tom Hiddleston dropped into Top Gear on Sunday night to show off his driving skills for the latest “Star in a Reasonably Priced Car”.

    But then it was on to the driving.
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    Tom Hiddleston Appeared On "Top Gear" And Sang A Little Song And It Was The Cutest
     
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  • Reviews

    Top Gear First drive: Bentley Continental V8 S (REVIEW)

    So what is it?

    A Bentley Continental V8 with a little extra. This is good news: since the arrival of the second-gen GT in 2012, the ‘base’ 500bhp 4.0-litre V8 has been our pick of the engines over the more powerful 6.0-litre W12.

    But this V8 S, says Bentley, is a car pitched at V8 owners ‘who want more’. It’s priced at £139,000, some £16,000 more than the regular V8, which places it above the regular 567bhp W12 but below the range-topping, 616bhp W12 Speed on the price scale.

    What do I get for my extra 16 grand?

    More powerrrr. Twenty-one horsepowers more, to be precise, taking the twin-turbo V8?s output to 521bhp and cutting the 0-60 time to 4.3 seconds, the same as the regular W12. V-max? 192mph. Sufficient.

    Torque is up, too, from 487lb ft to 502lb ft, the whole lot on tap from 1700rpm right the way through to 6000rpm. Such grunt reaches all four wheels through an eight-speed ZF auto recalibrated to hold onto the gears for longer.

    So should I buy one?

    If you’ve 140 grand to spend on a very fast GT, then yes, yes, yes. True, the standard Continental W12 offers more power for slightly less cash, but the V8 S is cleverer than that. It’s a car concerned with the detail rather than merely the headline figures, and all the better for it.

    Read full Review and see more images at Top Gear
    First drive: Bentley Continental V8 S - Carhoots

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  • Super Cars

    Ferrari 250 TR sells for $40m (PHOTOS)

    Ferrari 250 TR sells for £24m (PHOTOS)

    Ferrari 250 TR sells for £24m (PHOTOS)

    Here’s an opportunity to gloss over the nightmares you’ve no doubt been having about those 2014 Formula One nosecones and their assorted ‘appendages’*. It’s a chance to look at a very pretty Ferrari that’s just sold for a record £24 million ($40million). Ching, and indeed, ching.

    It’s 1961 Formula One world champion Phil Hill’s old racer; the car he raced along with Peter Collins to win the 1958 12hrs of Sebring, and therefore comes with proper racing pedigree.

    It’s also ruinously, sucker-punch, crazy expensive, topping the £20.2 million paid in 2012 for a Ferrari 250 GTO. It’s the most expensive ever car sold in Britain, no less.

    Derbyshire dealer Tom Hartley Jnr bought the car from a businessman named Eric Heerema, and sold it on to an anonymous buyer, achieving that eye-watering price tag thanks to its ‘unmolested’, totally original condition. Underneath sits a 3.0-litre V12 engine with 300bhp – the same as an Opel Astra OPC Cup car, if you want a surprising comparison – that’s good for a 0-60mph sprint of around six seconds and top speed of 167mph.

    In fact, its so good, noted Ferrari historian Marcel Massini describes this exact model – chassis 0704 – to be one of the top five Ferraris on the planet. “It is so valuable because it is totally unmolested and not restored, genuine and very original. It also comes with a fantastic history which is most important.”

    Ah yes, history. This 250 TR raced at the 1957 Le Mans race, running as high as 2nd place but failed to finish. Under Hill and Collins’s stewardship the following year however, the car picked up two wins – the 1,000km Buenos Aires and 12hrs of Sebring – to help the factory cars win four of the six races to secure Ferrari’s third consecutive World Sportscar Championship constructor’s title.

    It was then sold to an American customer who drove it to 16 race victories across the pond, before it was donated to the Ford Dearborn Museum in 1967, where it stayed for 30 years.

    “I believe the Ferrari market will continue to go up as more and more wealthy people need to reinvest their cash, but there are not many top quality cars available” says Massini. Where will it end?

    *shudders

    Ferrari 250 TR sells for £24m (PHOTOS)

    Ferrari 250 TR sells for £24m (PHOTOS)

    Pics via SWNS.com

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  • News

    10 Reasons To Watch Top Gear Series 21 (PHOTOS)

    Top Gear Series 21 is back with a bang and we’ve got a juicy taster to what will be on this 2014 series.

    We cannot wait to see the backside of January and bring on Sunday 2 February, 8pm. The world’s most popular TV show is back on BBC Two and this year promises to be the best ever.

    Below are 10 reasons to watch Top Gear Series 21:

    1. Clarkson Drives The Ultimate Hypercar: McLaren P1

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    2. The Boys Go ‘Trucking’ In Burma

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    3. Hammond versus 6×6 Mercedes G-Wagen

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    4. Caterham versus Caterham

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    5. Bringing Back The 80’s – Retro hot hatches

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    6. BIGGER Explosions

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    7. Alfa 4C versus Quadski

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    8. Ukraine road trip

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    9. Power test: M135i vs GTI

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    10. The Stig vs Zenvo ST1

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  • Videos

    Richard Hammond Races Ridiculous Trucks On Track And Explodes (VIDEO)

    Richard Hammond Races Ridiculous Trucks On Track And Explodes (VIDEO)

    Hammond and a grid of pro racers take to the track in a pack of film-support trucks littering the tarmac with pyrotechnics, toilets, and hot dogs in this insane, not-yet-aired Top Gear wacky race.

    A “no-contact rule” is quickly abandoned and, spoiler alert, there’s a lot of carnage.

    I can just imagine the Top Gear team dreaming this up, something like: “Hey, what if we raced all the logistics trucks we use to help make the show?”

    Naturally they ended up using caricature vehicles they made for the event, with typical Top Gear flair. But I’m sure when TG finally does go off the air they’ll bow out with a bang like this.

    Richard Hammond Races Ridiculous Trucks On Track And Explodes (VIDEO)
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  • Latest Release

    First drive: the C7 Corvette Convertible

    Corvette C7 first drive

    Been waiting to hear more about the new convertible Stingray. What’s the story?

    Designed at the same time as the hardtop, you might think that the convertible was unnecessary as all ‘Vettes now have a targa-style removable roof panel. So you can get your fresh air on and have a solid roof over your head when you’re finished. But then you drive the soft-topped version and it makes all the sense in the world. There are several reasons for this.

    >> See more here at Top Gear.com

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  • Features/ Latest News

    The Funniest and Silliest Car Quotes of 2013

    It’s difficult being a celebrity, even if you’re a celebrity involved in the automotive industry. Everyone’s listening to what you’re saying but not because they’re interested. No, they’re just waiting for your next slip up so that they can turn it into a meme and ‘tweet’ it on. I’m no different, I will admit, and here are the automotive quotes that amused/annoyed me in 2013.

    1. Jeremy’s Basil Stunt

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    When I say ‘Basil Fawlty’, ‘red Austin Countryman’ and ‘a twig’ you shouldn’t really have any doubts as to what I’m talking about. Jeremy Clarkson has used the classic scene from Fawlty Towers to lash back at his opponents on Twitter:

    “Oh no. I’ve just heard that the scene when Basil Fawlty beat his car with twigs was FAKED. It hadn’t broken down at all.”

    This came as a response to Michael Bott’s (an actor whom nobody knows) attempt at outing Top Gear as fakers. They apparently staged a scene on the River Avon as they came in a homemade hovercraft past a group of diners enjoying a riparian picnic. It appears that the diners (who ended up totally wet in the process) were actors. In this case, BBC decided to back the naughty trio by reminding the critics that “Top Gear is an entertainment programme.”

    2. James is Slow – That’s Official

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    I just had to include another one by Clarkson because his quotes, unlike the moronisms that come out of some CEOs’ cakeholes, are actually funny. What is especially funny is the grief he’s giving James May about the latter being too slow. He’s picked up on the fact on more than one occasion and here’s two that are bound to make you chuckle:

    “It took less time to invent that car than it did for him to go around the track” (on James May doing a lap in Bugatti Veyron).

    “Tonight, James goes fast for the first time in his life” (5 mph).

    There are other resources collecting Clarksonisms if you want to pick up a pub gag or two.

    3. Akerson Apparently Talks Himself into an Early Retirement

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    Ever since the bolshie telecoms man Dan Akerson was made a CEO of General Motors, it has seemed that his favourite pastime is trying to tarnish his own and GM’s image. Most of the times he talks as if he had no clue what he’s talking about; and his dissing of competitors is both annoying and pathetic. One of his most famous quotes is:

    “They are trying like hell to resurrect Lincoln. Well, I might as well tell you, you might as well sprinkle holy water. It’s over.”

    That’s what he said about Ford’s luxury division back in 2011. Now we all know that his prediction was untrue. Lincoln is going from strength to strength despite the fact that their new grille design is atrocious.

    Akerson’s latest quote came as part of a sneak-peek into the development of what’s supposed to be the 2nd generation of Chevy Volt. He was quoted to say:

    “We want it to be a moon shot so we can surprise the competition!”

    as he made comment on the predicted driving range of the new vehicle. He said it would be a compact car capable of 200 miles on a single charge and indicated that this would be possible because of the agreement with a battery startup Envia Systems who’d promised to deliver a battery based on the latest technologic breakthroughs. As it turned out, this was a massive gaffe because the quote was made after GM had begun a cancellation process of its contract with Envia Systems citing “material misrepresentation”. The chaps behind the superbattery – Dr. Purnesh Seegopaul and Dr. Sujeet Kumar (don’t forget the “doctor” bit when addressing them) are now facing two lawsuits – for misrepresentation and for stealing intellectual property.

    4. What Happened Between the Two Carloses?

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    The Chief Operations Officer of Renault Carlos Tavares made a bad mistake when interviewed by Bloomberg. He alluded that he’d like to see the CEO of Renault Carlos Ghosn retire so that he can take Ghosn’s place. Tavares was quoted to say:

    “We have a big leader and he is here to stay. Anyone who is passionate about the auto industry comes to a conclusion that there is a point where you have the energy and appetite for a No. 1 position.”

    No surprise that shortly after the interview, Mr Ghosn summoned an emergency meeting, even attended by French government officials. The Socialist French Government who owns 15% of Renault is always very touchy when it emerges somebody within the company is rocking the boat. It was an unanimous decision that Tavares has to go after more than 30 years with Renault. What is Tavares going to do now? Ghosn though he’d dispatched of the rebel and had had the upper hand, however, it was announced that Tavares had been appointed a CEO of Ghosn’s fiercest competitor – Peugeot Citroen PSA. Who’s got the last laugh now?

    5. Why Clicking Fingers Has Never Solved Traffic Problems

    Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin

    Our current Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin knows the drill when it comes to dishing out funny quotes. If calling the new high-speed railway network an “essential heart bypass for Britain’s clogged train network” is not figurative enough for you, here’s what he said about the UK transport problems in general:

    “We need better roads too, to keep cars, trucks and buses moving…” (thanks for stating the obvious) “…you can’t just click your fingers to solve it [transport problems]. You need to think big and hold your nerve for decades.”

    6. Embrace Your Bodies for the Ecclestones

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    Some of the best quotes of 2013 have come from the Ecclestone family. It was certainly important news when one of the ‘heiresses’ – Tamara Ecclestone announced she’d do Playboy. Those who were brave enough to buy the said issue of the magazine were slightly disappointed because Tamara was covered in some weird white stuff. Not a proper nude picture if you ask me. When questioned about the moral aspects of posing for Playboy she said:

    “I am so proud of this beautiful shoot. As a woman, I believe you have to embrace your body, and feel beautiful both inside and out.”

    But we’ll finish with one of Bernie’s latest quotes. As you might have heard, he’s facing bribery charges. Here’s what he said regarding the prospects of spending next 10 years of his life in a cosy German prison cell:

    “If I get sent to jail I will have to deal with it. But I don’t think I will like it very much.”

    Nobody could’ve said it better!

    Arvid Linde is an award-winning journalist and author of several motoring books including “Electric Cars – the Future is Now!” You can follow Arvid on Twitter: @kensingtongreen or Arvid Linde – Google +

    Click here for more hilarious Clarksonism’s: www.creditplus.co.uk//jeremy-clarkson-the-man-of-many-words-6987766/

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  • Videos

    Here Come The Boys! Top Gear Tease New Series 21 Trailers (VIDEO)

    Top Gear: Series 21 Richard Hammond Teaser TrailerThe BBC has released three 11-second teasers for the 21st Series of the world’s most popular TV show, Top Gear. Featuring Clarkson, Hammond and May…it’s not quite what you would have expected.

    Top Gear: Series 21 Jeremy Clarkson Teaser Trailer

    Top Gear: Series 21 Richard Hammond Teaser Trailer

    Top Gear: Series 21 James May Teaser Trailer


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  • Super Cars

    Jeremy Clarkson Drives The McLaren P1 – Find Out Jezza’s Opinion On The World’s Hottest Hypercar

    Jeremy Clarkson Drives The McLaren P1!

    Jeremy Clarkson Drives The McLaren P1!The McLaren P1 is considered a ‘game changing’ hyper car! What does the legend Clarkson think of the P1 though?

    When we heard of the buzz about the McLaren P1’s incredible engineering and performance, in the back of our minds we were thinking; what will Jeremy Clarkson think of it? Well, low and behold Topgear’s opinionated presenter has taken to the track in the phenomenal P1.

    Read a taster of Jeremy’s verdict from Topgear.com below:

     

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    The trouble was that as I belted round, I’d been trying to deliver my pieces to camera, and I hadn’t managed to complete a single one without interrupting myself with a sudden, wide-eyed “******* hell”.

    “This car,” I’d say, “has a 3.8-litre, twin-turbocharged V8 which produces… ******* hell.” Then later, through Eau Rouge: “The feel of the steering puts me in mind of the feel you get from a Ferrari 458. It feels light and yet… oh, ******* hell.”

     

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    Full Story Story and Photos via topgear.com

    Wow, now that Jezza’s wet your appetite’s. Watch the incredible McLaren P1 vs Nurburgring below:

    >>McLaren P1 Goes Sub Seven Minutes Around The Nurburgring Nordschleife (VIDEO)

     

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  • Videos

    TopGear BAC Mono Lap: A Stigs Perspective (VIDEO)

    Topgear’s Stig takes on the BAC Mono. Watch him annihilate the track in this cool POV style video.

    You might remember that during last weeks TopGear episode in between the parts where Hammond drives some taxis, May stands around a bit, and Clarkson plays some tennis to demonstrate what it’s like to drive the new Ferrari F12, he wee’s himself driving the BAC Mono.

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    As we know, the Stig is a binary being, so only the smell of burning electricity emanates from his trousers, well, it would if he wore any, and he doesn’t know what fear is.

    Naturally, this makes him capable of flinging the Mono around the TopGear track, mostly sideways, like an absolute maniac to set a lap time of 1:14.3, making the Cheshire built Mono the second fastest car ever to lap Dunsfold (the TG track).

    Here’s a special video showing the lap from the Stigs perspective…


    If you’re unfamiliar with the BAC Mono, here are some vital numbers; one seat, 280hp from a naturally aspirated 2.3liter four-cylinder by Cosworth, 540kg, 520hp per ton, 0-62mph in 2.8 seconds, 170mph top speed, and a retail price of £110,328. 

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  • Videos

    Top ‘Viral’ Car Videos Of The Week – Episode 15

    Jaguar CX-75 PrototypeIn this weeks Carhoots top viral car videos; some boffins talk Jaguar CX-75, the RUSH movie featurette , XCAR drive the Morgan Aero Coupe and a Caterham Supersport, plus, we preview TopGear series 20. It’s a bit British this week.

     

    5. The Jaguar CX-75 Prototype

    Veyron performance, the range of a Chevrolet Volt, and the CO2 emissions of a Prius. Quite simply, the Jaguar CX-75 is the most technologically advanced road car ever conceived. The CX-75 is a fascinating thing, it produces an astounding 500 plus brake horsepower from a 1.6liter petrol engine which is combined a pair of electric motors to deliver a total power output of over 800hp.

    When the CX-75 was originally designed, Formula One was about to announce a change to four-cylinder 1.6liter engines (just like that Jag’s) but at the last minute they decided on six-cylinders because of the sound quality. Quite frankly, we reckon this CX-75 sounds epic, and in terms of engine design, it’s light-years ahead of anything else, including next years F1 cars.

    I also love how in this video the Jaguar boffins talk about the CX-75 as though it was a bit of a wild mentalist that needed to be chained up in order to stop it from destroying everything (except the environment), but in the end became a hero. As you’d imagine, I could blabber on about the CX-75 for decades, but we must move on to….

     

    4. The RUSH Featurette

    We’ve discussed this film on Carhoots before and it promises to be a stonking movie capturing the days of Formula One racing when it was all about Niki Lauda and James Hunt. When “sex was safe and driving was dangerous”. The film, directed by Ron Howard, uses quotes from the men themselves back when F1 racing was truly terrifying and a heroic art to really depict the era just as it was. We cannot wait to see the film in September.

     

    3. Morgan Aero Coupe: Street Theatre – XCAR

    It’s a gorgeous thing to behold, people stare at it, they whip their camera phones out to photograph it, they drool over its voluptuous curves, they love it. And how could you not? The Morgan Aero Coupe is a stunning piece of British artwork, it’s classic but modern, it sounds like thunder, and is quite fast. And our buddies from XCAR Films got to drive it!

     

    2. British Grand Prix: London City Circuit or Silverstone? – XCAR

    Yep, it’s another XCAR video, what can we say? They make awesome films about cars. This one takes a look at what could be the really awesome London City F1 Grand Prix circuit. What better car to drive along the suggested circuit than a Caterham Supersport?

     

    1. Top Gear Series 20 Launch Trailer

    Incase you’ve been living under a rock, or in a cave, or on Mars, or in total oblivion; there’s a new series of TopGear commencing this Sunday (the 30th)! Here’s a taste of what’s in stall.

     

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