Rutledge Wood and Tanner Foust give the Dodge Viper SRT a fitting send-off by pitting it against a Cobra attack helicopter through the streets of Griffin, Georgia.
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This is a show about cars.
This is Top Gear.
Welcome to Top Gear. I'm Adam Ferrara,
that is Tanner Foust and this is Rutledge Wood.
We've got a great show coming up.
We visit my hometown for an epic battle between two snakes,
We drive three Italian supercars to their limit,
and living legend Buzz Aldrin takes to the Top Gear test track
in a segment we call Big Star, Small Car.
We could go into a long drawn-out explanation of what Top Gear is,
or we could just show you what to expect over the next ten weeks.
Are you guys ready to get your asses kicked?
I don't want to die in a Buick!
Get on the bikeway!
It was spitting fire!
If you're a middle-aged man with a controlling wife, 2005 Mini Cooper.
This is possibly the dumbest thing I've ever done.
This is going to be so bad! HE HUMS DRUM ROLL
The car is bent! Look at it!
Why would you hit my house?
It's like being aroused at gunpoint.
There it is! You're going to hit my car!
There is no way she can pull that off. Even I wouldn't wear that.
-That was my bad!
And that's Top Gear.
Lots of horsepower, questionable decision-making
and awesome cars, like this.
This is a Shelby Cobra 427.
It's basically just a tin can with a huge motor wedged in it.
It's also one of the most sought- after classic cars in the world.
Originals can sell for a million bucks.
There's never been anything like this car, except maybe one.
To celebrate the only car of the modern era
that even comes close to having the spirit of a Cobra,
we decided to head south for an amazing all-American challenge.
BLUESY GUITAR MUSIC
This is Griffin, a bucolic sleepy town,
basking in the heat of a Georgia summer.
We came here because we couldn't find any other place in the United States
that would allow us to do what we were about to do...
An epic challenge involving two snakes.
Snake number one... HISSING
In the late 1980s, Chrysler got involved with Lamborghini.
This sordid affair lasted six years
and when they split, they left behind a love child...
..the Dodge Viper.
It's considered one of the few American supercars.
Just the name instils a sense of fear.
SRT stands for Street and Racing Technology
and the 10 tells you there are 10 cylinders
under that enormous hood.
The Viper is the most American car I have ever driven.
It's all power, absolutely no finesse,
and it doesn't give a damn what the rest of the world thinks about it.
It's not practical, frankly, it's just dangerous,
but if you ever wondered what it would be like to strap yourself to the back of an engine,
this is it.
That's as fast as I dare go on this runway.
What sets the Viper apart is its complete lack of electronic aids.
There's no electric stability control, no traction control.
With 560 pounds of torque, that can be a little bit tricky.
Every time I turn the steering wheel, it feels like this car is determined to kill me.
It's like a mean, mean horse
that doesn't like people sitting on its back.
But there's something cool about controlling that chaos.
It's about getting on this horse and mastering it,
even though it doesn't like it.
And by mastering it, I mean surviving.
Dodge officially phased out the Viper in 2010.
It won't come back in a new version until 2012.
By then, stability control systems will be mandatory in the US.
So there will never be another car as dangerous as this ever again.
To pay tribute, we've been challenged to make a lap
from here to the other side of town and back,
which sounds pretty easy.
Except, we're not alone.
This is snake number two...
..the AH-1 Cobra attack helicopter.
A sleek, highly-manoeuvrable gunship.
It's armed with a sophisticated missile-guidance system.
Now, this angel of death had a new prey. Us.
-How fast is it?
-The Viper goes 202, so we've got 30mph on them already.
Uh, they have missiles.
I've got to be honest - the Viper, tricky to drive.
Really?! For you?!
I feel lucky to be here right now. It's brute, fast, awesome.
-Does it have airbags?
We'll be fine! They've got missiles.
Here's the challenge - we had to drive the Viper from the airfield,
across the town of Griffin to the railroad bridge and back -
a ten-mile round trip -
all while being hunted by the Cobra.
The Viper was fitted with a missile-detection system.
If the Cobra got in range, the white light went on.
If it got in missile lock, the yellow light would go on.
And if the red light went on... Well, we were dead.
Like a video game, we had three lives to make it there and back.
When do we go?
-I think right now.
-I think we go now.
'Rutledge was the navigator. His first task - find the exit.'
-How do I get out of here?
-This is a dead end.
MUSIC: "Night on Bald Mountain" by Modest Mussorgsky
I'll swerve it.
'Our only chance was to try and out-manoeuvre the Cobra.'
I think the swerving just makes it mad.
-DEVICE BEEPS Dead end, dude.
-He's got yellow!
OK. I have crapped my pants!
Oh, no! He's right above us!
Oh, my God! Look at that!
-He's got yellow!
Oh, no! Oh, my God, we're dead!
'One life down. We had just two left.
'We needed to get out of the airfield. It was time for Plan B.'
I think you shook him.
-Is this the way out?
Go up here, hang a left at this stop sign.
We're in the trees. We should probably just blend a little bit.
-We're in the trees.
-Just a couple of guys in a convertible.
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There he is, right there.
-Let's pull into the car wash.
-He's right up there.
-Oh, man, look how close!
In a weird way, the Viper is kind of every guy's dream.
It's bright, it's loud, it's fun
and it's got way more power than pretty much any of us need on the street.
The Viper is kind of like that girl
-that you wouldn't bring home to Mom.
-You have video-taped every intimacy you've had -
-It's like Pam Anderson!
Yes. There's not much real about it, but who cares?
Let's get out of here.
Listen, I know we've got power,
but let's just try to drive normal for once.
-Let's drive slow.
-I get it. Blend in.
'We were just three miles from the bridge
'and we still had two lives left.'
-There's another red convertible.
-With another woman in it.
I think that's a pattern.
I definitely think we're the only two dudes
riding together in a red convertible right now.
'We had made it to the old warehouse district,
'just a few blocks from the bridge.'
This is ridiculous!
Make a right.
Back up. There you go.
Just go right at him. Uh-oh!
-Look at that!
'We'd lost the Cobra and made it to the halfway point.'
'Now all Rutledge needed to do was find the way back to the airfield.
'With only one life lost, things were looking up.'
-I don't know where...
-It's almost like it echoes through the, uh...
Oh, man, I hear him.
-Oh, no, there he is.
Don't just sit here! Go, go, go!
We've got to go underneath the bridge.
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Nice, nice. You shook him.
'The high-speed escape had saved our butts, but now we were lost.'
-Shall I turn right here?
-Yes, take a right.
How did we get into a cemetery, Rutledge?
What kind of navigator are you? HE SIGHS
I cannot find my way out of here. We are going straight to hell, my friend.
Just turn left here on Blasphemy Boulevard.
'Plan F wasn't working out.'
Tanner, I hear him.
-Where is he?
-He's right behind us!
'As we moved amongst the tombs and graves,
the Cobra dived on us, ready to spit its venom.'
'This was our Judgement Day.'
MUSIC: "The End" by The Doors
This is like Dukes of Hazzard!
He's got a lock on us!
Ohh! Of course, we get killed in a cemetery!
'I decided the time for hiding was over. It was time to fight back.
'It was time for Plan V... V10.'
-Where is he?
'The high-speed run got us back to the airfield.
'We just had to make it through the hangars to safety, 500 yards away.
'But the Cobra was waiting.'
MUSIC: "Ride of the Valkyries" by Richard Wagner
Damn, that thing's fast!
I'm going 150 miles an hour!
-Oh, my God.
-Dead end, dude.
Whoa! DIALOGUE BLEEPED
'Out in the open, we were sitting ducks.'
Oh, we're dead!
-He got sick, didn't he?
-I don't know if he got sick, but he was screaming a lot.
I'm just getting to where I can sleep through the night without hearing that helicopter!
I'm sorry you guys were killed, but I'm more sorry Dodge is killing the Viper.
This is the last year for this generation of Viper, so that was our sendoff.
But now Dodge is also saying goodbye in their own way by doing limited editions, like this.
This is the ACR 133 Edition.
What do you guys think of this? APPLAUSE
When you think of Viper, you don't think of subtle, right?
The red wheels, they're not subtle, so it fits.
That's what's too flashy for you, the red wheels?!
It was built specifically to commemorate Dodge's
demolishing of the production car record at Laguna Seca.
-How much for this one?
-This one's 112,000.
Mainly because they're only making 33 of them.
This one's too rare for us to beat up on and feel good about,
-but that regular ACR is not.
-No problem at all.
We got a 1.6-mile track that Top Gear uses to test all of its cars.
It's full of straights and curves and is designed to highlight the strengths and weaknesses of any car
and push it to the limits and beyond.
Every car we put out on our test track
is going to be driven as hard and fast as possible,
so that we can keep track of all the times
and see which cars really perform on the racetrack and which cars suffer.
The only thing missing from this equation is a professional race driver.
-There he is.
-You'll never see his face, you'll never hear his voice
and his only job is to drive as fast as he can.
No-one knows what hides behind that smoked visor.
All we do know is he's called The Stig.
Very difficult to launch the ACR with 600 horsepower in rear-wheel drive.
Stig, very impressive there. It's about a 2,000rpm launch
and he just pulls away, no problem.
Hard on the brakes through turn one. This looks like a massive car
going through the tightest chicane on the track, the Southern Chicane.
Kicking up a bit of a roost into the slowest portion of the track, the Teardrop.
Out of the teardrop, very difficult with a car with so much horsepower
to avoid wheel spin and opposite lock.
Let's see if The Stig can do it here. Yes! Second gear.
Puts the power down. Amazingly efficient out of that corner.
150mph on the straightaway.
I'm told at 150, this car creates 1,000 pounds of downforce,
and he is using all of it as he grinds down onto the brakes
into Cameraman's Corner.
Sawing at the wheel there.
Little bit of a sketchy moment, but he pulls it off.
Fastest section of the track, coming into the final corner.
This is going to be an amazing time. And across the line!
This really is virtually a race car with licence plates.
Being our first car on here,
I can tell you, you just have to trust me on this, this was an amazing time.
Going to be the benchmark. One of the times to beat, for sure.
It doesn't seem fair to have that as the first car out.
-That's a high target.
-Especially for a car THAT hard to drive.
There's no traction control, there's no driver aid besides your feet and hands.
Now it's time for something we like to call Big Star, Small Car.
Other TV shows treat their guests to rides in fur-lined helicopters.
They sit them on the couch and ask them softball questions about their latest project.
Not Top Gear. We make our guests work hard.
We put them on our track and have them set a lap time in our celebrity car.
Of course, this car had to be something special.
So we had to find something that had awesome power, incredible handling
and, of course, style.
So we took it upon ourselves to get this...
-..the Suzuki SX4.
That's right. This is 17,000 of front-wheel-drive acceptableness!
Each week, a celebrity will try and push this Suzuki around our track as fast as possible.
But first, we decided to give it a safety check.
-Here we go.
-Do you have a helmet?
-You're wearing a helmet?
You guys didn't get helmets?
-Are these the wipers?
See if we catch air on the yump.
-BOTH: That what?
-It's a jump in rally.
We just yumped.
-Stop, stop, stop, stop!
-Did you guys have lunch?
-I did not.
-I cannot believe...
-We should get something.
-On the way back.
-Oh, that was smooth!
-That was nice.
That is what a Suzuki can do when it has two idiots in it, trying to distract the driver.
Let's see what it's capable of in our celebrity's hands.
Please help me welcome a real American hero, Buzz Aldrin!
It's an honour to meet you. Thank you for being on our show.
So '61, Kennedy says, "Before the decade's out, we're going to the moon."
'69, you were part of that landing party.
And you did 18,000 miles an hour in a can.
Almost 18. 17 something. But that was just in orbit.
-Just in orbit?
-We had to go faster to leave the earth.
-How fast did you go?
-25,000 miles an hour.
-25,000 miles an hour?!
-In the same can?!
-The same can!
-No steering wheel. You shift it with thrusters?
-Well, the rocket steers a little bit.
Let me ask you this about your cars. You've had many, many cars.
-Your first car, when you graduated, you got a '57 Chevy?
They weren't too expensive in those days.
And you had a '56 DKW?
It's a three-cylinder, two-cycle. You've got to put the oil in with the gasoline.
I thought it was a good combination
of interesting and a sports car,
and it really wasn't too much of either one!
And you had an Austin-Healey Sprite?
-That was nice!
-How did it ride?
Until you get on those Boston cobblestones
and then it's kinda hard on the rear end.
And you had a '70 Saab Sonett?
-That was a nice little car.
-You liked that one.
-Real low to the ground.
It was kind of a hotshot car.
Then we moved on to a Corvair convertible.
That was sort of mellow for a new astronaut to drive a Corvair.
The right-stuff guys were all driving their Corvettes.
So I graduated to a Corvette a little bit later.
What did you think of the Suzuki when you took her out?
-That's a swift little car.
-We're going with swift.
-Swift enough for that track.
-Do you want to see how you did?
-I'd love to.
-Let's take a look.
I'm sorry, I couldn't resist.
OK. Good speed in first. Second...
This is turn one. Nice line through there.
Back down to second. I was already in second. That's not so good.
Coming out of this one...
-You have a giant hand.
Nice line through there. Into the Southern Chicane.
Now into third. Faster, faster, faster.
This turn is the Teardrop, the slowest part of our track.
He's a bold guy, out with his camera.
It's hard to see with the cameras in the way, but we can't see you without them.
Maybe we could try fifth gear here.
Except, I don't think that's fifth. I think I went back to third again.
-That's OK, it's got plenty of gears.
Through here, then accelerate out.
-Here's the big hand!
OK, now coming into the final. There's the tyres.
Last turn. And...across the line!
-How do you think you did?
-I got better and better.
I can guarantee you this, you are going to be the fastest time on our board.
-The time will be 1.55.6.
Buzz Aldrin, 1.55.6!
-Ladies and gentlemen, Buzz Aldrin!
This is a tractor. It doesn't seem like much just sitting here,
but the company that made it went on to achieve greatness,
as we will demonstrate with the help of livestock.
A symbol of strength.
Agile, aggressive and fearless.
There is only one automaker
that has the blood of the bull coursing through its veins...
Ferruccio Lamborghini was fascinated by bullfighting.
So much so, that many of the models in his company
were named after legendary Spanish fighting bulls.
We set out to determine the baddest bull of all.
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Here are the contenders...
The Gallardo Superleggera -
light, powerful and explosively fast.
The Gallardo Balboni -
a rare rear-wheel drive Lamborghini.
And one of the quintessential supercars, the Murcielago SuperVeloce.
My choice is a technological tour de force,
the Lamborghini Gallardo LP 570-4 Superleggera.
Stay with me.
The 570 is for the horsepower. The dash 4 means all-wheel drive.
The LP means the engine is...there.
Listen to this V10 hum.
Superleggera means super light, which means this car is less than 3,000 pounds,
the lightest of all the Lamborghinis.
It is does 0 to 60 in 3.4 seconds.
Lamborghini worked with scientists at Boeing to develop carbon fibre
that they used in the doors, spoilers, mirrors and trim pieces to keep the weight low.
That's a polycarbonate window so you can see the engine.
I wish you could be inside this car to feel my heartbeat.
This car is terrifying and exciting at the same time.
It's like being aroused at gunpoint.
And I even like the colour.
It's loud, it's yellow!
It's that crazy uncle that shows up at a wedding and he's totally inappropriate.
"Hey, where's the bride? I'm-a kiss her right on the mouth!"
The price tag on this is 250,000,
plus a 3,000 gas-guzzler tax.
You'd think for that kind of money everything would be included.
If you want a cup holder - 650!
I don't know what the Italian word for bull.... is, but that's where it goes.
Other than that, I'm having a hard time finding anything wrong with this thing!
I'm going with the only choice a driving purist could go for,
and that's the limited edition Lamborghini Gallardo Balboni.
It's named after the famous Valentino Balboni.
He's the test driver that had his fingers on every single Lamborghini prototype since 1973.
It seems like he put this car together specifically for the professional driver,
which means, first and foremost, it is rear-wheel drive...
..the first rear-wheel drive Lamborghini since the Diablo.
As sacrilegious as doughnuts are in a Lamborghini, that's what you get with rear-wheel drive.
Balboni has this distinctive white stripe that runs the length of the car.
It continues is a tasteful way in the interior on the seats and the dash.
It's Valentino Balboni's tribute to racing cars.
With rear-wheel drive, it means the car feels lighter,
more crisp, more like I like to drive.
Driving an Italian exotic should be an experience you remember for your entire life,
just like Pavlov's dogs and the sound of a ringing bell.
Like the clapping noise sushi chefs make that...
..salivates Japanese people.
The click of metal on metal is what gets me going about this car.
Ohh! That gated shifter is insane!
the Balboni isn't the cheapest Lamborghini out there,
but for a driver, I think it's the best.
Compared to the other two, this is the most real Lamborghini.
It's not some fancy colour.
It's fast, it's long and it's low.
It's scary just parked.
This is the Murcielago SuperVeloce.
Better known as the SV.
Now, this SV is one of the top-five supercars in the world, without a doubt.
It's got everything a supercar needs -
price, power, exclusivity
and a whole lot of speed.
Those other Lambos can go fast.
The SV can go faster.
It has a 670-horsepower V12 and that's why I picked this car.
What does that mean? This'll do 0 to 60 in 3.2 seconds.
The handling on this car is astounding.
It feels like it's on rails. Wherever you want it to go, that's where it's going to go.
It's dangerous. I mean, it makes you feel invincible.
What can't I do with this car?
The only drawback to this car, for me, is probably the seats.
They are so race-inspired, and clearly designed for a five-foot-tall Italian man,
that my 6'3, 225-pound frame is not enjoying.
Exclusivity is important to any supercar.
How many are out there?
Production for the SV is set at 350 cars worldwide.
At just under 500,000,
it's clear that this is the greatest bull of them all.
I've got to admit, regardless of the fact I've got the best car, how awesome is this?
A desert, alone with some Lamborghinis.
It is a great day for us, but I have the best car - the Superleggera.
This is a race car on the street.
-Was this the plastic one?
-There's no Tupperware in space.
Anyone can drive these cars, with their all-wheel drive and paddle shifts,
but Balboni designed this for real drivers.
I'm happy to say that you guys are both wrong.
Behind me is the ultimate Lamborghini.
The Murcielago SV is it.
It cost twice as much as this. You can buy two of these cars.
-Some people would say it's twice the car.
You have a 200,000 drift car.
I know. Is that awesome or what?
If we're talking about the ultimate car,
I'm going to fly past Bananarama
-well before you even get close to the end.
There's only one way to settle this, and that is to ride these bulls.
-You want to run them?
-From a standstill, one mile. You don't have much room to brake.
Whoever holds their foot on the gas the longest will go the fastest. Winner takes all.
-Rutledge has the biggest head, so he goes first.
Doing a standing mile's not some simple race.
Once your car's going over 150 miles an hour, the game changes.
Wind and stability become a factor.
The mental game is huge because you have to get your car up to speed before you run out of track.
-I'm genuinely nervous for him.
-Me, too. That's a big bull.
It seems like an easy thing, but with all this crosswind,
that doesn't look like the most aerodynamically efficient machine.
A standing mile, Murcielago SV... Let's do it.
-ENGINE ROARS He's off.
-There he goes.
-Oh, my God.
-He's doing it!
-He short-shifted a little bit. That's going to cost him.
-He just grabbed another gear.
-He short-shifted the last two gears.
-It probably took a bit of speed away, but what do you think?
-I'm thinking 180.
What did you do?
-Oh, damn, you were right!
All right, park it.
Right, standing mile, good launch, ESP off.
There he goes.
I love the sound of this thing! Come on, baby!
That's 90 already. 100. 110. 120.
-He'll try to get 176 the best he can.
That's a lot of vibration.
Come on, baby! 170!
-He's still going.
All right, I'm on the brakes.
He doesn't like losing. He's probably doing 175 coming back.
There's a lot of crosswind.
Amazingly stable, though, considering I've completely wasted these tyres.
-Are you OK? What'd you do?
Faster than I thought. 173.
Wow. I feel really bad that you didn't beat me.
Let's just write this down. Today, I beat Tanner Foust.
Here's the deal. This car can beat 175 easy.
If mine went 173, this one's going to have no problem, if Adam can just keep his foot down.
Those guys think my car is made of plastic, but I have a secret weapon. Thrust mode.
-Set it in corsa...
..traction control off,
left foot on the brake.
I think Adam is too fearless for his own good.
ENGINE ROARS BOTH: Here he goes.
He did another gear, after all of that.
And good God, was that fun!
That sounded faster than 175, though.
-I'm just saying.
-How would you know?
-Because you could tell from the -
-You don't. Uh-uh.
Sorry. You lost. Take it with pride and dignity.
-This is -
-173's really fast! I'm proud of you. It's just not 175.
We heard you. You didn't lift.
HE GIGGLES He looks happy.
So, did you do it?
Rutledge, that sucks.
You said, "He's too fearless for his own good"!
Let me hear the word "plastic" now.
-Have you ever been that fast in your life?
-Let's see your hand!
-That's a legit 180.
-That shaking is near death.
-That could be it.
You know what it might be? It might be victory over Tanner.
A lot of people don't get that feeling. I did.
I mean, we've shared it. You and I both did.
-This is a good day. And you beat Tanner.
-And I beat Tanner.
-You did come in third.
-I think I'm gonna go be sick.
-I'm going to call my wife.
-I want to go back in the car!
Unbelievable. Are you over it yet?
-Not at all.
I fried the tyres. If I didn't do all the drifting...
I'm going to get you a prize for being the man to come up with the worst excuse
for losing a race in a Lamborghini ever!
-CHILDISH VOICE: "It was the tyres!"
-"I blame myself really!
-"I was driving sideways all day!"
The important thing is not how fast we went, but how the cars went around the track.
-And that we both went faster than you.
-That's very important.
I agree with the first part, which is why The Stig did take all the cars around the track.
Do you want to see the times? ALL: Yes!
-The Balboni did a very respectable 1.26.9.
Right in there.
The Murcielago SV did a 1.23.4.
-There we go!
-That's all we've got for this show -
No, no, no. My car.
Oh, yes. That one, uh,
did actually go round the track one time.
The question is, how fast?
-We've got that lap on tape. Anybody want to see it?
Take it away, Stig!
And he's off. The launch control puts in 0 to 60
in somewhere around 3.5 seconds.
It's an incredible quick car. Carbon brakes, as he cranks it.
This car weighs under 3,000 pounds, so it's nimble,
even though he's getting a little bit of understeer through the chicane.
Just another day at the office, as he cranks into the Teardrop.
This is the tightest section on the track.
Two-wheel drive cars have a problem in this corner to get the power down.
Not the Superleggera, as it races up to 140mph on the straight.
Just flying by the tyres on that one!
This is the sketchiest part of the track with the bump mid-corner.
You can see sparks coming out of the front as those brakes are working.
The Stig is working, also, inside.
Little wag of the tail as he comes out of Cameraman's Corner.
As he comes into the last corner, getting a bit of rotation.
And yes! APPLAUSE
It looked very good. It did.
That was so fast, it changed colours!
The time on that one was a blisteringly fast...
-..two point eight.
-Yes! My car!
For a company that started making tractors, that's pretty decent.
I'd love to see in the south the John Deere sports car!
That's all I can take for real this time.
That's all we've got tonight. Goodbye!
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There's a battle between two snakes as Rutledge Wood and Tanner Foust give the soon-to-be-replaced Dodge Viper SRT a fitting send off by pitting it against a Cobra attack helicopter through the streets of Griffin, Georgia. Adam Ferrara, Rutledge Wood and Tanner Foust settle which is the best Lamborghini ever in a 180mph desert drag race. Astronaut Buzz Aldrin takes to the Top Gear test track.