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Top Gear - The Challenges 1
Robin Reliant Space Shuttle: Combining cutting edge amateur rocketry, British Grit, and truly intergalactic levels of messing about, Richard and James try to put a Reliant Robin into space.
Building Amphibious Cars:Can the lads create a vehicle equally at home on land and water? Will they even make it across the reservoir without drowning or catching hypothermia?
Building a Limo: The boys are up against it, making their own stretch limos from everyday cars. But the challenge has only just begun. There are some high-profile celebs who need a lift to the Brit Awards...
Building a Convertible: Attempting to turn a Renault Espace into a fashionable 'drop top', the team prove that trying to make your own convertible is a bit like trying to cut your own hair... you can do it, but you probably shouldn't...
Parkour vs Peugeot 207:They may wear silly trousers but these parkour (the barmy sport of leaping across rooftops across the city) lads are serious competition for Captain Slow's Peugeot 207 in a race through Liverpool.
Veyron Race from Alba:It's Top Gear's most dramatic race yet. Jeremy's in the Bugatti Veyron - the fastest, most lavish supercar ever - while Richard and James are in a flying washing machine - with Captain Slow at the controls!
Crap 70s Supercars:They were once state-of-the-art Italian supercars - the Maserati Merak, the Ferrari Dino 308GT4 and the Lamborghini Uracco. Now, all the lads need to do is try to drive them from Bristol to a "gentleman's" club in Slough.
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Amphibious Cars: The Sequel - The magnificent return of the homemade amphibious cars, as the lads drive their vehicles to Dover and across the Channel. Well, that was the plan…
Bugatti Veyron vs Eurofighter - Place your bets. A mile and back: vertically and horizontally; Hammond in one of the world’s fastest cars, the RAF in a fighter plane with a maximum speed of 900 mph.
Race Across London - James in a massive Mercedes, Hammond on a bicycle, the Stig on public transport (!) and Jeremy in a racing speedboat. Of course the car will make it across the capital first. Won’t it?
Motorhome Racing - The rules are ‘quite’ strict: it’s a no-contact race; drivers must sleep overnight in their camper vans before the race and be able to drive home afterwards. So, how come there’s a kitchen unit on the track?
The Greatest Driving Road - Scouring the Alps for the perfect road – beautiful scenery, pure pedal-to-the metal driving and a rush of adrenaline – in light-weight supercars – have the boys died and gone to heaven?
Fiat 500 vs BMX - The Fiat 500 has been reborn as a city runabout for fashionable and sexy young people. James May is none of these things, but surely he can beat a pair of scruffy herberts on titchy bikes around Budapest?
The 24 Hour Race - The Britcar 24-hour race at Silverstone is a gruelling test of driver stamina, skill and car reliability – so guess who’s entering a BMW 3-series powered by bio-diesel that they grew themselves?
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CHEAP ALFAS - The boys try to prove that old Alfa Romeos are proper petrolheads' cars by buying sub-£1,000 Italian rustbuckets and completing a series of challenges. Well, when we say ‘completing’…
BRITISH LEYLAND - Challenge General consensus is that British Leyland never made good cars. We disagree. So to prove that 40 years of BL is worth celebrating, the boys shell out for a BL classic and attempt the dreaded water test.
RACE ACROSS JAPAN - Jeremy and a Nissan take on James, Richard and the world’s greatest public transport in an epic race across Japan. Yes, it’s GT-R versus bullet train and it’s a close call.
TOP GEAR VS THE GERMANS - The boys take on the presenters of the German Top Gear telly, makes you think Fawlty Towers could have tried harder with the war jokes to be honest.
THE LORRYING CHALLENGE - Jeremy and the boys wonder how hard it is to be a truck driver – and ponder for long enough to buy three lorries and take on the mother of all lorry challenges.
RICHARD’S F1 CHALLENGE - It’s the Renault that Fernando Alonso won the world titlein, but Richard’s not quite on the pace. Put it this way: the tyres needed warming up again after he’d done his laps…
FOX HUNTING - The boys invent a new rural sport, pitting a pack of hunting dogs against a Daihatsu Terios. Jeremy gets stuck in a river and Richard proves surprisingly good on a horse.
BUS RACING - Boris Johnson wants to know which bus is the best for London. To find out, we get a bunch of touring car drivers to race them round a gravel circuit. Very scientific...
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Train Race What would Top Gear have been like in 1949? To find out, Jeremy took a newly built steam train, James an old Jaguar and Richard a legendary – if painful – motorcycle for a race from London to Scotland.
Electric car The question – could Top Gear build an electric car for less than the cost of a G Wiz? The answer was yes, but it looked like a robot’s tool shed.
Ice Racing Proper petrolheads reckon you can’t have fun in a car unless it’s rear-wheel drive. Take three rear-wheel drive coupes on a trip across France, for some unexpected ice racing.
Police cars Top Gear set about finding British bobbies the perfect disposable cop car, thereby allowing them to make us proud on the world stage of Police! Action! Kill! programming.
Classic rally Jeremy, Richard and James had never bought classic cars at auction before. How hard it could be? Cue distinctly mixed purchases on a Majorcan odyssey.
Commie Cars Did the Communists ever build a good car? To find out, Jeremy and James got together a load of funny looking vehicles and tested them at that great symbol of Cold War Britain, Greenham Common airbase.
Ken Block To find out more about rally driver - and internet video clip sensation – Ken Block, James was sent to America for an eye widening passenger ride with the man himself. Good job he packed spare underpants.
Portofino The Riviera was the cool place to be seen in the 1960s. But the congested glamour hotspot now is best negotiated by boat according to James. Richard disagreed, so he got himself a 1960s Ferrari Daytona to have a sun kissed race.
Fiesta test Top Gear received a letter from a man called Mr Needham asking why the programme didn’t ‘test cars properly any more’. Stung by this criticism, Jeremy set out to perform the most thorough road test possible.
Audi vs skiers The Audi RS6 is a fast estate car, but is it faster than two irritating lithe Frenchmen who spend their days pretending to read poetry books so they look more attractive to chalet girls? Richard went to France to find out.
McLaren F1 vs Bugatti Veyron Is Bugatti’s mighty 1000 horsepower Veyron faster than McLaren’s legendary F1 hypercar? Richard went to Abu Dhabi, persuaded the local police to close a long straight road, and set about finding the answer.