Episode 1 Top Gear USA


Episode 1

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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On this series, no-one will date a rock star.

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We will not ask you to vote on how people sing and dance.

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This is a show about cars.

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This is Top Gear.

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APPLAUSE

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Welcome to Top Gear. I'm Adam Ferrara,

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that is Tanner Foust and this is Rutledge Wood.

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We've got a great show coming up.

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We visit my hometown for an epic battle between two snakes,

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We drive three Italian supercars to their limit,

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and living legend Buzz Aldrin takes to the Top Gear test track

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in a segment we call Big Star, Small Car.

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We could go into a long drawn-out explanation of what Top Gear is,

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or we could just show you what to expect over the next ten weeks.

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DRAMATIC MUSIC

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Are you guys ready to get your asses kicked?

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I don't want to die in a Buick!

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Get on the bikeway!

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It was spitting fire!

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Holy ****!

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If you're a middle-aged man with a controlling wife, 2005 Mini Cooper.

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This is possibly the dumbest thing I've ever done.

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This is going to be so bad! HE HUMS DRUM ROLL

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The car is bent! Look at it!

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Why would you hit my house?

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It's like being aroused at gunpoint.

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There it is! You're going to hit my car!

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There is no way she can pull that off. Even I wouldn't wear that.

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-That was my bad!

-Ow!

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And that's Top Gear.

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Lots of horsepower, questionable decision-making

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and awesome cars, like this.

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This is a Shelby Cobra 427.

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It's basically just a tin can with a huge motor wedged in it.

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It's also one of the most sought- after classic cars in the world.

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Originals can sell for a million bucks.

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There's never been anything like this car, except maybe one.

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To celebrate the only car of the modern era

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that even comes close to having the spirit of a Cobra,

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we decided to head south for an amazing all-American challenge.

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BLUESY GUITAR MUSIC

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This is Griffin, a bucolic sleepy town,

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basking in the heat of a Georgia summer.

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We came here because we couldn't find any other place in the United States

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that would allow us to do what we were about to do...

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An epic challenge involving two snakes.

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Snake number one... HISSING

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In the late 1980s, Chrysler got involved with Lamborghini.

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This sordid affair lasted six years

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and when they split, they left behind a love child...

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..the Dodge Viper.

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It's considered one of the few American supercars.

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Just the name instils a sense of fear.

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SRT stands for Street and Racing Technology

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and the 10 tells you there are 10 cylinders

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under that enormous hood.

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The Viper is the most American car I have ever driven.

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It's all power, absolutely no finesse,

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and it doesn't give a damn what the rest of the world thinks about it.

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TYRES SCREECH

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It's not practical, frankly, it's just dangerous,

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but if you ever wondered what it would be like to strap yourself to the back of an engine,

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this is it.

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My God!

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100!

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120!

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140!

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That's 150.

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That's as fast as I dare go on this runway.

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What sets the Viper apart is its complete lack of electronic aids.

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There's no electric stability control, no traction control.

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With 560 pounds of torque, that can be a little bit tricky.

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Every time I turn the steering wheel, it feels like this car is determined to kill me.

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It's like a mean, mean horse

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that doesn't like people sitting on its back.

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But there's something cool about controlling that chaos.

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It's about getting on this horse and mastering it,

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even though it doesn't like it.

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And by mastering it, I mean surviving.

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Dodge officially phased out the Viper in 2010.

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It won't come back in a new version until 2012.

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By then, stability control systems will be mandatory in the US.

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So there will never be another car as dangerous as this ever again.

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To pay tribute, we've been challenged to make a lap

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from here to the other side of town and back,

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which sounds pretty easy.

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Except, we're not alone.

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This is snake number two...

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..the AH-1 Cobra attack helicopter.

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A sleek, highly-manoeuvrable gunship.

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It's armed with a sophisticated missile-guidance system.

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Now, this angel of death had a new prey. Us.

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-How fast is it?

-172mph.

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-The Viper goes 202, so we've got 30mph on them already.

-Cool.

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Uh, they have missiles.

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I've got to be honest - the Viper, tricky to drive.

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Really?! For you?!

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I feel lucky to be here right now. It's brute, fast, awesome.

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-Does it have airbags?

-Yes.

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We'll be fine! They've got missiles.

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Here's the challenge - we had to drive the Viper from the airfield,

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across the town of Griffin to the railroad bridge and back -

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a ten-mile round trip -

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all while being hunted by the Cobra.

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The Viper was fitted with a missile-detection system.

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If the Cobra got in range, the white light went on.

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If it got in missile lock, the yellow light would go on.

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And if the red light went on... Well, we were dead.

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Like a video game, we had three lives to make it there and back.

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When do we go?

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-I think right now.

-I think we go now.

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'Rutledge was the navigator. His first task - find the exit.'

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-How do I get out of here?

-Uh...

-This is a dead end.

-Ah, crap!

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MUSIC: "Night on Bald Mountain" by Modest Mussorgsky

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I'll swerve it.

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'Our only chance was to try and out-manoeuvre the Cobra.'

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I think the swerving just makes it mad.

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-DEVICE BEEPS Dead end, dude.

-He's got yellow!

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DIALOGUE BLEEPED

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OK. I have crapped my pants!

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Oh, no! He's right above us!

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Oh, my God! Look at that!

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-DEVICE BEEPS

-He's got yellow!

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Oh, no! Oh, my God, we're dead!

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'One life down. We had just two left.

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'We needed to get out of the airfield. It was time for Plan B.'

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I think you shook him.

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-Is this the way out?

-Yes.

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Go up here, hang a left at this stop sign.

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We're in the trees. We should probably just blend a little bit.

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-We're in the trees.

-Just a couple of guys in a convertible.

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UP-BEAT BLUESY MUSIC

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There he is, right there.

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-Let's pull into the car wash.

-All right.

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-He's right up there.

-Oh, man, look how close!

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In a weird way, the Viper is kind of every guy's dream.

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It's bright, it's loud, it's fun

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and it's got way more power than pretty much any of us need on the street.

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The Viper is kind of like that girl

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-that you wouldn't bring home to Mom.

-Right.

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-You have video-taped every intimacy you've had -

-It's like Pam Anderson!

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Yes. There's not much real about it, but who cares?

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Let's get out of here.

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Listen, I know we've got power,

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but let's just try to drive normal for once.

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-Let's drive slow.

-I get it. Blend in.

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'We were just three miles from the bridge

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'and we still had two lives left.'

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-There's another red convertible.

-Yeah.

-With another woman in it.

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I think that's a pattern.

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I definitely think we're the only two dudes

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riding together in a red convertible right now.

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'We had made it to the old warehouse district,

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'just a few blocks from the bridge.'

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-DRAMATIC MUSIC

-Crap!

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This is ridiculous!

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Make a right.

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Back up. There you go.

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Just go right at him. Uh-oh!

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-DEVICE BEEPS

-Look out!

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-It worked!

-Look at that!

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'We'd lost the Cobra and made it to the halfway point.'

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'Now all Rutledge needed to do was find the way back to the airfield.

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'With only one life lost, things were looking up.'

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-I don't know where...

-It's almost like it echoes through the, uh...

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Oh, man, I hear him.

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-Oh, no, there he is.

-Oh, crap!

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Don't just sit here! Go, go, go!

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DEVICE BEEPS

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We've got to go underneath the bridge.

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FAST-PACED BLUEGRASS MUSIC

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Nice, nice. You shook him.

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'The high-speed escape had saved our butts, but now we were lost.'

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-Shall I turn right here?

-Yes, take a right.

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'Dead lost.'

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How did we get into a cemetery, Rutledge?

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What kind of navigator are you? HE SIGHS

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I cannot find my way out of here. We are going straight to hell, my friend.

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Just turn left here on Blasphemy Boulevard.

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'Plan F wasn't working out.'

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Tanner, I hear him.

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-Oh, hell!

-Where is he?

-He's right behind us!

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'As we moved amongst the tombs and graves,

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the Cobra dived on us, ready to spit its venom.'

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'This was our Judgement Day.'

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MUSIC: "The End" by The Doors

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This is like Dukes of Hazzard!

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He's got a lock on us!

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-No!

-DEVICE BUZZES

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Ohh! Of course, we get killed in a cemetery!

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'I decided the time for hiding was over. It was time to fight back.

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'It was time for Plan V... V10.'

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-Where is he?

-Left here!

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'The high-speed run got us back to the airfield.

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'We just had to make it through the hangars to safety, 500 yards away.

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'But the Cobra was waiting.'

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Oh, crap!

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HE SHOUTS

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MUSIC: "Ride of the Valkyries" by Richard Wagner

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Damn, that thing's fast!

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I'm going 150 miles an hour!

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-Oh, my God.

-Dead end, dude.

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Whoa! DIALOGUE BLEEPED

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'Out in the open, we were sitting ducks.'

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DEVICE BEEPS

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Oh, we're dead!

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-BEEPING

-Nooooo!

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-He got sick, didn't he?

-I don't know if he got sick, but he was screaming a lot.

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I'm just getting to where I can sleep through the night without hearing that helicopter!

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I'm sorry you guys were killed, but I'm more sorry Dodge is killing the Viper.

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This is the last year for this generation of Viper, so that was our sendoff.

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But now Dodge is also saying goodbye in their own way by doing limited editions, like this.

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This is the ACR 133 Edition.

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What do you guys think of this? APPLAUSE

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When you think of Viper, you don't think of subtle, right?

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The red wheels, they're not subtle, so it fits.

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That's what's too flashy for you, the red wheels?!

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It was built specifically to commemorate Dodge's

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demolishing of the production car record at Laguna Seca.

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-How much for this one?

-This one's 112,000.

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Mainly because they're only making 33 of them.

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This one's too rare for us to beat up on and feel good about,

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-but that regular ACR is not.

-No problem at all.

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We got a 1.6-mile track that Top Gear uses to test all of its cars.

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It's full of straights and curves and is designed to highlight the strengths and weaknesses of any car

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and push it to the limits and beyond.

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Every car we put out on our test track

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is going to be driven as hard and fast as possible,

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so that we can keep track of all the times

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and see which cars really perform on the racetrack and which cars suffer.

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The only thing missing from this equation is a professional race driver.

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-There he is.

-You'll never see his face, you'll never hear his voice

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and his only job is to drive as fast as he can.

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No-one knows what hides behind that smoked visor.

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All we do know is he's called The Stig.

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APPLAUSE

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Very difficult to launch the ACR with 600 horsepower in rear-wheel drive.

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Stig, very impressive there. It's about a 2,000rpm launch

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and he just pulls away, no problem.

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Hard on the brakes through turn one. This looks like a massive car

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going through the tightest chicane on the track, the Southern Chicane.

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Kicking up a bit of a roost into the slowest portion of the track, the Teardrop.

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Out of the teardrop, very difficult with a car with so much horsepower

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to avoid wheel spin and opposite lock.

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Let's see if The Stig can do it here. Yes! Second gear.

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Puts the power down. Amazingly efficient out of that corner.

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150mph on the straightaway.

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I'm told at 150, this car creates 1,000 pounds of downforce,

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and he is using all of it as he grinds down onto the brakes

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into Cameraman's Corner.

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Sawing at the wheel there.

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Little bit of a sketchy moment, but he pulls it off.

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Fastest section of the track, coming into the final corner.

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This is going to be an amazing time. And across the line!

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CHEERING

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This really is virtually a race car with licence plates.

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Being our first car on here,

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I can tell you, you just have to trust me on this, this was an amazing time.

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Going to be the benchmark. One of the times to beat, for sure.

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1.22.0. APPLAUSE

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It doesn't seem fair to have that as the first car out.

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-That's a high target.

-Especially for a car THAT hard to drive.

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There's no traction control, there's no driver aid besides your feet and hands.

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Now it's time for something we like to call Big Star, Small Car.

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Other TV shows treat their guests to rides in fur-lined helicopters.

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They sit them on the couch and ask them softball questions about their latest project.

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Not Top Gear. We make our guests work hard.

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We put them on our track and have them set a lap time in our celebrity car.

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Of course, this car had to be something special.

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So we had to find something that had awesome power, incredible handling

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and, of course, style.

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So we took it upon ourselves to get this...

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-LAUGHTER

-..the Suzuki SX4.

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That's right. This is 17,000 of front-wheel-drive acceptableness!

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Each week, a celebrity will try and push this Suzuki around our track as fast as possible.

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But first, we decided to give it a safety check.

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-Here we go.

-Do you have a helmet?

-You're wearing a helmet?

-Yeah!

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You guys didn't get helmets?

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-Are these the wipers?

-Tight corner!

-Stop it.

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See if we catch air on the yump.

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-BOTH: That what?

-It's a jump in rally.

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We just yumped.

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-Stop, stop, stop, stop!

-What? What?

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-Stop!

-What?

-Oh!

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What?

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-Did you guys have lunch?

-I did not.

-I cannot believe...

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-We should get something.

-On the way back.

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-Oh, boy!

-Oh, that was smooth!

-That was nice.

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That is what a Suzuki can do when it has two idiots in it, trying to distract the driver.

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Let's see what it's capable of in our celebrity's hands.

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Please help me welcome a real American hero, Buzz Aldrin!

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It's an honour to meet you. Thank you for being on our show.

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So '61, Kennedy says, "Before the decade's out, we're going to the moon."

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'69, you were part of that landing party.

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And you did 18,000 miles an hour in a can.

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Almost 18. 17 something. But that was just in orbit.

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-Just in orbit?

-We had to go faster to leave the earth.

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-How fast did you go?

-25,000 miles an hour.

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-25,000 miles an hour?!

-Yes.

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-In the same can?!

-The same can!

-No steering wheel. You shift it with thrusters?

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-Well, the rocket steers a little bit.

-Right.

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-You hope.

-You hope!

-LAUGHTER

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Let me ask you this about your cars. You've had many, many cars.

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-Yes.

-Your first car, when you graduated, you got a '57 Chevy?

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They weren't too expensive in those days.

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And you had a '56 DKW?

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It's a three-cylinder, two-cycle. You've got to put the oil in with the gasoline.

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I thought it was a good combination

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of interesting and a sports car,

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and it really wasn't too much of either one!

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And you had an Austin-Healey Sprite?

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-That was nice!

-Bug-eyed Sprite.

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-How did it ride?

-Very smooth.

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Until you get on those Boston cobblestones

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and then it's kinda hard on the rear end.

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And you had a '70 Saab Sonett?

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-That was a nice little car.

-You liked that one.

-Real low to the ground.

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It was kind of a hotshot car.

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Then we moved on to a Corvair convertible.

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That was sort of mellow for a new astronaut to drive a Corvair.

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The right-stuff guys were all driving their Corvettes.

0:21:390:21:43

So I graduated to a Corvette a little bit later.

0:21:430:21:47

What did you think of the Suzuki when you took her out?

0:21:470:21:50

-That's a swift little car.

-Swift!

0:21:500:21:52

-Swift!

-We're going with swift.

-Swift enough for that track.

0:21:520:21:55

-Do you want to see how you did?

-I'd love to.

-Let's take a look.

-Yes!

0:21:550:22:00

Lift-off!

0:22:000:22:03

I'm sorry, I couldn't resist.

0:22:030:22:05

OK. Good speed in first. Second...

0:22:050:22:09

This is turn one. Nice line through there.

0:22:090:22:13

Back down to second. I was already in second. That's not so good.

0:22:130:22:16

Coming out of this one...

0:22:160:22:18

-You have a giant hand.

-LAUGHTER

0:22:180:22:21

Nice line through there. Into the Southern Chicane.

0:22:220:22:25

Now into third. Faster, faster, faster.

0:22:250:22:28

This turn is the Teardrop, the slowest part of our track.

0:22:280:22:32

He's a bold guy, out with his camera.

0:22:320:22:36

It's hard to see with the cameras in the way, but we can't see you without them.

0:22:360:22:40

Maybe we could try fifth gear here.

0:22:400:22:44

Except, I don't think that's fifth. I think I went back to third again.

0:22:440:22:50

-LAUGHTER

-That's OK, it's got plenty of gears.

0:22:500:22:54

Through here, then accelerate out.

0:22:560:22:58

-Here's the big hand!

-LAUGHTER

0:22:580:23:01

OK, now coming into the final. There's the tyres.

0:23:010:23:06

Last turn. And...across the line!

0:23:060:23:10

-How do you think you did?

-I got better and better.

0:23:130:23:16

I can guarantee you this, you are going to be the fastest time on our board.

0:23:160:23:21

-The time will be 1.55.6.

-Great.

0:23:210:23:27

Buzz Aldrin, 1.55.6!

0:23:270:23:30

-Ladies and gentlemen, Buzz Aldrin!

-LOUD CHEERING

0:23:320:23:35

This is a tractor. It doesn't seem like much just sitting here,

0:23:400:23:43

but the company that made it went on to achieve greatness,

0:23:430:23:47

as we will demonstrate with the help of livestock.

0:23:470:23:50

SPANISH-STYLE MUSIC

0:23:550:23:57

SPANISH GUITAR

0:24:180:24:20

The bull...

0:24:230:24:25

A symbol of strength.

0:24:250:24:28

Agile, aggressive and fearless.

0:24:280:24:32

There is only one automaker

0:24:320:24:35

that has the blood of the bull coursing through its veins...

0:24:350:24:39

ENGINE ROARS

0:24:390:24:41

..Lamborghini.

0:24:420:24:45

Ferruccio Lamborghini was fascinated by bullfighting.

0:24:530:24:57

So much so, that many of the models in his company

0:24:570:25:00

were named after legendary Spanish fighting bulls.

0:25:000:25:04

We set out to determine the baddest bull of all.

0:25:040:25:09

FAST-PACED TECHNO MUSIC

0:25:090:25:12

Here are the contenders...

0:25:210:25:25

The Gallardo Superleggera -

0:25:250:25:28

light, powerful and explosively fast.

0:25:280:25:32

The Gallardo Balboni -

0:25:320:25:34

a rare rear-wheel drive Lamborghini.

0:25:340:25:38

And one of the quintessential supercars, the Murcielago SuperVeloce.

0:25:390:25:44

My choice is a technological tour de force,

0:25:450:25:48

the Lamborghini Gallardo LP 570-4 Superleggera.

0:25:480:25:53

Stay with me.

0:25:530:25:55

The 570 is for the horsepower. The dash 4 means all-wheel drive.

0:25:570:26:01

The LP means the engine is...there.

0:26:010:26:04

ENGINE ROARS

0:26:050:26:08

Listen to this V10 hum.

0:26:080:26:11

Superleggera means super light, which means this car is less than 3,000 pounds,

0:26:130:26:18

the lightest of all the Lamborghinis.

0:26:180:26:21

It is does 0 to 60 in 3.4 seconds.

0:26:210:26:25

Lamborghini worked with scientists at Boeing to develop carbon fibre

0:26:330:26:37

that they used in the doors, spoilers, mirrors and trim pieces to keep the weight low.

0:26:370:26:43

That's a polycarbonate window so you can see the engine.

0:26:430:26:47

ENGINE ROARS

0:26:470:26:49

I wish you could be inside this car to feel my heartbeat.

0:26:510:26:55

This car is terrifying and exciting at the same time.

0:26:570:27:01

It's like being aroused at gunpoint.

0:27:010:27:04

And I even like the colour.

0:27:060:27:08

It's loud, it's yellow!

0:27:080:27:10

It's that crazy uncle that shows up at a wedding and he's totally inappropriate.

0:27:100:27:14

"Hey, where's the bride? I'm-a kiss her right on the mouth!"

0:27:140:27:17

The price tag on this is 250,000,

0:27:220:27:26

plus a 3,000 gas-guzzler tax.

0:27:260:27:29

You'd think for that kind of money everything would be included.

0:27:290:27:32

If you want a cup holder - 650!

0:27:320:27:36

I don't know what the Italian word for bull.... is, but that's where it goes.

0:27:360:27:41

Other than that, I'm having a hard time finding anything wrong with this thing!

0:27:410:27:46

I'm going with the only choice a driving purist could go for,

0:27:540:27:58

and that's the limited edition Lamborghini Gallardo Balboni.

0:27:580:28:03

It's named after the famous Valentino Balboni.

0:28:070:28:11

He's the test driver that had his fingers on every single Lamborghini prototype since 1973.

0:28:140:28:21

It seems like he put this car together specifically for the professional driver,

0:28:230:28:27

which means, first and foremost, it is rear-wheel drive...

0:28:270:28:32

..the first rear-wheel drive Lamborghini since the Diablo.

0:28:340:28:39

As sacrilegious as doughnuts are in a Lamborghini, that's what you get with rear-wheel drive.

0:28:450:28:50

Balboni has this distinctive white stripe that runs the length of the car.

0:28:500:28:55

It continues is a tasteful way in the interior on the seats and the dash.

0:28:550:28:59

It's Valentino Balboni's tribute to racing cars.

0:28:590:29:04

With rear-wheel drive, it means the car feels lighter,

0:29:150:29:18

more crisp, more like I like to drive.

0:29:180:29:22

Driving an Italian exotic should be an experience you remember for your entire life,

0:29:260:29:31

just like Pavlov's dogs and the sound of a ringing bell.

0:29:310:29:35

Like the clapping noise sushi chefs make that...

0:29:350:29:38

..salivates Japanese people.

0:29:380:29:42

The click of metal on metal is what gets me going about this car.

0:29:420:29:48

Ohh! That gated shifter is insane!

0:29:480:29:52

At 219,000,

0:29:540:29:56

the Balboni isn't the cheapest Lamborghini out there,

0:29:560:29:59

but for a driver, I think it's the best.

0:29:590:30:03

Compared to the other two, this is the most real Lamborghini.

0:30:030:30:07

It's not some fancy colour.

0:30:070:30:10

It's fast, it's long and it's low.

0:30:100:30:14

It's scary just parked.

0:30:160:30:19

DRAMATIC MUSIC

0:30:260:30:29

This is the Murcielago SuperVeloce.

0:30:310:30:35

Better known as the SV.

0:30:370:30:39

Now, this SV is one of the top-five supercars in the world, without a doubt.

0:30:420:30:47

It's got everything a supercar needs -

0:30:470:30:49

price, power, exclusivity

0:30:490:30:52

and a whole lot of speed.

0:30:520:30:55

Those other Lambos can go fast.

0:30:550:30:58

The SV can go faster.

0:30:580:31:00

It has a 670-horsepower V12 and that's why I picked this car.

0:31:000:31:06

What does that mean? This'll do 0 to 60 in 3.2 seconds.

0:31:060:31:11

The handling on this car is astounding.

0:31:140:31:19

It feels like it's on rails. Wherever you want it to go, that's where it's going to go.

0:31:190:31:24

It's dangerous. I mean, it makes you feel invincible.

0:31:280:31:32

What can't I do with this car?

0:31:320:31:36

The only drawback to this car, for me, is probably the seats.

0:31:450:31:49

They are so race-inspired, and clearly designed for a five-foot-tall Italian man,

0:31:490:31:55

that my 6'3, 225-pound frame is not enjoying.

0:31:550:32:00

Exclusivity is important to any supercar.

0:32:010:32:04

How many are out there?

0:32:040:32:06

Production for the SV is set at 350 cars worldwide.

0:32:060:32:11

At just under 500,000,

0:32:110:32:13

it's clear that this is the greatest bull of them all.

0:32:130:32:17

I've got to admit, regardless of the fact I've got the best car, how awesome is this?

0:32:210:32:26

A desert, alone with some Lamborghinis.

0:32:260:32:29

It is a great day for us, but I have the best car - the Superleggera.

0:32:290:32:34

This is a race car on the street.

0:32:340:32:36

-Was this the plastic one?

-Space-age polymer!

0:32:360:32:38

-Space-age polymer.

-Like Tupperware.

-There's no Tupperware in space.

0:32:380:32:42

Anyone can drive these cars, with their all-wheel drive and paddle shifts,

0:32:420:32:46

but Balboni designed this for real drivers.

0:32:460:32:50

I'm happy to say that you guys are both wrong.

0:32:500:32:52

Behind me is the ultimate Lamborghini.

0:32:520:32:55

The Murcielago SV is it.

0:32:550:32:56

It cost twice as much as this. You can buy two of these cars.

0:32:560:33:00

-Some people would say it's twice the car.

-No.

0:33:000:33:02

You have a 200,000 drift car.

0:33:020:33:05

I know. Is that awesome or what?

0:33:050:33:07

If we're talking about the ultimate car,

0:33:070:33:10

I'm going to fly past Bananarama

0:33:100:33:12

-well before you even get close to the end.

-Really?

0:33:120:33:15

There's only one way to settle this, and that is to ride these bulls.

0:33:150:33:19

-You want to run them?

-From a standstill, one mile. You don't have much room to brake.

0:33:190:33:23

Whoever holds their foot on the gas the longest will go the fastest. Winner takes all.

0:33:230:33:28

-Really?

-I'm in.

0:33:280:33:30

-Rutledge has the biggest head, so he goes first.

-OK.

0:33:300:33:33

Doing a standing mile's not some simple race.

0:33:360:33:39

Once your car's going over 150 miles an hour, the game changes.

0:33:390:33:44

Wind and stability become a factor.

0:33:440:33:47

The mental game is huge because you have to get your car up to speed before you run out of track.

0:33:470:33:52

-I'm genuinely nervous for him.

-Me, too. That's a big bull.

0:33:520:33:56

It seems like an easy thing, but with all this crosswind,

0:33:560:33:59

that doesn't look like the most aerodynamically efficient machine.

0:33:590:34:04

A standing mile, Murcielago SV... Let's do it.

0:34:040:34:09

-ENGINE ROARS He's off.

-There he goes.

0:34:090:34:11

130...

0:34:210:34:23

150...

0:34:250:34:28

-Oh, my God.

-He's doing it!

-He short-shifted a little bit. That's going to cost him.

0:34:290:34:34

-160...

-He just grabbed another gear.

0:34:360:34:40

170...

0:34:420:34:44

175!

0:34:470:34:48

-He short-shifted the last two gears.

-Uh-huh.

0:34:580:35:00

-It probably took a bit of speed away, but what do you think?

-I'm thinking 180.

0:35:000:35:06

What did you do?

0:35:060:35:08

-175.

-Oh, damn, you were right!

0:35:080:35:12

All right, park it.

0:35:120:35:14

Right, standing mile, good launch, ESP off.

0:35:200:35:24

Hammer down.

0:35:240:35:26

There he goes.

0:35:260:35:29

I love the sound of this thing! Come on, baby!

0:35:320:35:35

That's 90 already. 100. 110. 120.

0:35:350:35:41

-He'll try to get 176 the best he can.

-Uh-huh.

0:35:410:35:44

That's a lot of vibration.

0:35:460:35:48

That's 150.

0:35:480:35:50

Come on, baby! 170!

0:35:510:35:55

-172!

-He's still going.

0:35:550:35:58

All right, I'm on the brakes.

0:36:000:36:02

He doesn't like losing. He's probably doing 175 coming back.

0:36:100:36:14

There's a lot of crosswind.

0:36:140:36:15

Amazingly stable, though, considering I've completely wasted these tyres.

0:36:150:36:20

And?

0:36:220:36:24

RUTLEDGE LAUGHS

0:36:240:36:27

-No!

-Are you OK? What'd you do?

0:36:270:36:29

Faster than I thought. 173.

0:36:290:36:32

-Aww!

-173?

-RUTLEDGE LAUGHS

0:36:320:36:36

Wow. I feel really bad that you didn't beat me.

0:36:360:36:41

Let's just write this down. Today, I beat Tanner Foust.

0:36:430:36:46

Here's the deal. This car can beat 175 easy.

0:36:520:36:56

If mine went 173, this one's going to have no problem, if Adam can just keep his foot down.

0:36:560:37:01

Those guys think my car is made of plastic, but I have a secret weapon. Thrust mode.

0:37:010:37:06

-Set it in corsa...

-BEEPING

0:37:060:37:09

..traction control off,

0:37:090:37:11

left foot on the brake.

0:37:110:37:13

I think Adam is too fearless for his own good.

0:37:130:37:16

ENGINE ROARS BOTH: Here he goes.

0:37:160:37:18

-Thrust mode!

-DIALOGUE BLEEPED

0:37:180:37:21

150.

0:37:350:37:37

He did another gear, after all of that.

0:37:390:37:42

160.

0:37:430:37:45

165.

0:37:490:37:51

170.

0:37:520:37:54

And good God, was that fun!

0:38:000:38:05

That sounded faster than 175, though.

0:38:050:38:08

-I'm just saying.

-How would you know?

0:38:080:38:10

-Because you could tell from the -

-You don't. Uh-uh.

0:38:100:38:14

Sorry, man.

0:38:140:38:16

Sorry. You lost. Take it with pride and dignity.

0:38:160:38:21

-This is -

-173's really fast! I'm proud of you. It's just not 175.

0:38:210:38:27

We heard you. You didn't lift.

0:38:330:38:35

HE GIGGLES He looks happy.

0:38:350:38:37

So, did you do it?

0:38:370:38:39

-180!

-Ohh!

0:38:390:38:41

Rutledge, that sucks.

0:38:410:38:44

You said, "He's too fearless for his own good"!

0:38:440:38:48

Let me hear the word "plastic" now.

0:38:480:38:50

-Wow!

-Um...

0:38:500:38:52

-Have you ever been that fast in your life?

-No.

0:38:520:38:55

-You're shaking!

-Let's see your hand!

0:38:550:38:57

-It's cool!

-That's a legit 180.

-That's cool!

0:38:570:39:01

-That shaking is near death.

-That could be it.

0:39:010:39:04

You know what it might be? It might be victory over Tanner.

0:39:040:39:08

A lot of people don't get that feeling. I did.

0:39:080:39:11

I mean, we've shared it. You and I both did.

0:39:110:39:13

-This is a good day. And you beat Tanner.

-Yes.

0:39:130:39:16

-And I beat Tanner.

-But -

0:39:160:39:18

-You did come in third.

-I think I'm gonna go be sick.

-I'm going to call my wife.

0:39:180:39:24

-I want to go back in the car!

-APPLAUSE

0:39:240:39:27

Unbelievable. Are you over it yet?

0:39:280:39:30

-Not at all.

-Perfect!

0:39:300:39:33

I fried the tyres. If I didn't do all the drifting...

0:39:330:39:37

I'm going to get you a prize for being the man to come up with the worst excuse

0:39:370:39:41

for losing a race in a Lamborghini ever!

0:39:410:39:45

-CHILDISH VOICE: "It was the tyres!"

-"I blame myself really!

0:39:450:39:51

-"I was driving sideways all day!"

-That's fun.

0:39:510:39:54

The important thing is not how fast we went, but how the cars went around the track.

0:39:540:39:59

-And that we both went faster than you.

-That's very important.

0:39:590:40:02

I agree with the first part, which is why The Stig did take all the cars around the track.

0:40:020:40:07

Do you want to see the times? ALL: Yes!

0:40:070:40:10

-The Balboni did a very respectable 1.26.9.

-Wow.

0:40:100:40:16

Right in there.

0:40:160:40:18

The Murcielago SV did a 1.23.4.

0:40:180:40:23

-There we go!

-Unbelievable.

0:40:230:40:26

-That's all we've got for this show -

-Oh, no!

0:40:260:40:29

No, no, no. My car.

0:40:290:40:32

Oh, yes. That one, uh,

0:40:320:40:33

did actually go round the track one time.

0:40:330:40:36

The question is, how fast?

0:40:360:40:38

-We've got that lap on tape. Anybody want to see it?

-Yes!

0:40:380:40:42

Take it away, Stig!

0:40:420:40:44

And he's off. The launch control puts in 0 to 60

0:40:460:40:50

in somewhere around 3.5 seconds.

0:40:500:40:52

It's an incredible quick car. Carbon brakes, as he cranks it.

0:40:520:40:56

This car weighs under 3,000 pounds, so it's nimble,

0:40:560:41:00

even though he's getting a little bit of understeer through the chicane.

0:41:000:41:04

Just another day at the office, as he cranks into the Teardrop.

0:41:040:41:07

This is the tightest section on the track.

0:41:070:41:09

Two-wheel drive cars have a problem in this corner to get the power down.

0:41:090:41:13

Not the Superleggera, as it races up to 140mph on the straight.

0:41:130:41:19

Just flying by the tyres on that one!

0:41:190:41:22

This is the sketchiest part of the track with the bump mid-corner.

0:41:220:41:26

You can see sparks coming out of the front as those brakes are working.

0:41:260:41:31

The Stig is working, also, inside.

0:41:310:41:33

Little wag of the tail as he comes out of Cameraman's Corner.

0:41:330:41:37

As he comes into the last corner, getting a bit of rotation.

0:41:380:41:43

And yes! APPLAUSE

0:41:430:41:45

It looked very good. It did.

0:41:450:41:48

That was so fast, it changed colours!

0:41:480:41:52

The time on that one was a blisteringly fast...

0:41:520:41:55

..one twenty...

0:41:550:41:58

-..two point eight.

-Yes! My car!

0:41:580:42:03

My car!

0:42:030:42:06

Thank you.

0:42:060:42:08

For a company that started making tractors, that's pretty decent.

0:42:080:42:11

I'd love to see in the south the John Deere sports car!

0:42:110:42:15

That's all I can take for real this time.

0:42:150:42:18

That's all we've got tonight. Goodbye!

0:42:180:42:21

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0:42:210:42:23

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0:42:230:42:26

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.


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