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-Now on Top Gear - Rutledge thinks he's James Bond...
-This is a car you want to save the world in.
-Dominic Monaghan thinks he's lost on our track.
-This car is a hunk of junk.
-And Tanner thinks he's going to throw up.
-I get car-sick.
Welcome to Top Gear.
On this show, there will be no cooking, no-one will be taking an emotional journey,
but if it has an engine and tyres, it will be right here.
I'm Adam Ferrara, that's Tanner Foust and this is Rutledge Wood.
We've got an amazing show. I get to drive the Aston Martin V12 Vantage.
We challenge Tanner to a drifting competition and Dominic Monaghan is our big star in a small car.
But first, we start with a question. What do you want from a car?
-Enough room for the kids.
Yes, both of those things would be nice. I would like everything in one car -
something that's good on the freeway and great on the racetrack, with five seats, a real trunk
-and it wouldn't cost an arm and a leg.
-You're very selfish.
It may sound impossible, but I'm not so sure.
The Sierra Nevada mountains, California.
In winter, this frozen wilderness is entombed in ice.
But when spring brings a thaw,
deep in the forest, a beast stirs.
This...is the Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution.
It's what happens when you take engineers and say,
"Here's your coffee, there's your pencils. Don't be a bunch of pansies!"
And did they man up!
That's no surprise because Mitsubishi's engineers are good at building stuff. Lots of stuff.
Cars is just a very small part of their business.
They make ships, electronics. You may have a Mitsubishi TV in your living room.
And they make airplanes.
In fact, Mitsubishi manufactured the wildly successful Zero,
one of the best business models on the planet -
build it, jump in and crash it into a ship.
When you buy a car, you want more than a one-way trip
and the Evo delivers.
The Evo packs 291 horsepower into just four cylinders and two litres.
That's more horsepower per litre than a Ferrari F430.
0 to 60? 4.9 seconds.
While the interior is nothing to write home about, it's what you can't see that is so incredible.
A dizzying array of computers and sensors do lots of crazy things,
but ultimately, somehow it puts the power to the exact tyre that needs it when it needs it.
With this cool all-wheel control button, you can choose between different surfaces.
You can select "tarmac", which is "pavement" to us,
or "gravel" or "snow" which basically changes the strategy
and how the car uses its power to maximise performance on that surface.
That all sounds great, but does it work?
To find out, I've come to Mammoth Mountain.
With an 11,000-foot summit, it's one of the highest ski areas in America,
not the normal place you'd test a car,
but since Mitsubishi claims that this is no ordinary car, we needed an extraordinary test.
OK, here's the plan.
I'm going to race this Evo against these skiers, disguised as walking skittles.
'The skittles might dress loud, but these guys are extreme skiing pros -
'big mountain-skiing, extreme daredevils who do not know fear.
'They will race to the summit by gondola,
'then take a three-minute banzai run down 3,000 feet to the finish line at Little Eagle Lodge.
'I will take the twisting seven-mile route to the finish
'that will be a supreme test of the Evo's ability on pavement, gravel and snow.'
Good to meet you, guys. I need a bit of critical information.
-How long are you sitting on the gondola?
-About 14 minutes.
-I could get pretty far down the road by that point.
-How quick are you getting up to?
-Between 60 and 70mph.
-Are you guys ready to give it a shot?
All right, see you at the lodge.
Son of a...
If I can't take advantage of these first 14 minutes or so, then I am absolutely screwed.
OK, going through the hordes of people here.
'Mammoth gets nearly 1.5 million visitors each year and they all seem to be here now.'
I'll try not to run over anybody as everybody comes out of a nice day of skiing.
'My fate hung on the Evo's ability to adapt to changing road surfaces.
'The first two miles were pavement.'
'And a big, stupid, slow bus!'
I am absolutely screwed.
Just people enjoying their afternoon. But this is a race.
Thank you, buddy.
'The road was now a loose surface, but in "gravel" mode, the Evo got its claws out and clung on.
'A good thing too because coming off here would be permanent.'
'Up above, the skittles were climbing relentlessly to the summit.
'But I was making great time until the inevitable happened.'
'A propane truck.
'Highly explosive. I was doomed.'
It's a beautiful road too. It's really nice. I could be flying right now.
They're probably changing gondola now, getting on to the second one.
Go, go, go, go, go!
Come on, Bessie. Come on, girl!
'It was becoming clear that what we had here was a road hog.'
This is crazy. 'Probably over-compensating for something.'
He was super-short growing up, always got picked on,
so he got a job driving the biggest, slowest truck he could find and put "flammable" stickers all over it,
so nobody would pass him. He's laughing in there!
'12 minutes down. The skiers were a few hundred feet from the top
'and I might as well have been going backwards.'
-Yeah, let's do this.
-Come on, truck!
Go, go, go, go, go!
'Somewhere above the snow clouds,
'they were coming for me.
'The luminous hellhounds were on my trail.'
'A minute later, I finally lost the angry little guy in the big truck
'and with the weather closing in fast, the Evo was about to face its ultimate test -
'I kicked it into "snow" mode. This was it.
'I'd either be shredding like Shaun White or sinking up to my windows.'
This is awesome!
I would rather be in this Evo than a Jeep going through this snow right now.
'Not only could this car drive on snow, it mastered it, it owned it.
'It was a glorious, beautiful thing and I was in love.'
This is heaven!
Oh, my gosh!
Even when the Evo's almost stuck, it just doesn't give up, sending that power where you need it.
For all you Subaru owners who think the Evo is just a pavement queen, think again. This is the real deal.
'And then they were on me like fluorescent devils.
'And the orange one was in my sights.'
How did those guys get down here so quick?
'We were neck and neck with just a mile to go and now the skiers had the advantage.
'They could go off trail through the woods. The Evo was good, but not that good.'
Son of a bitch!
Oh, my God, this is going to be so close!
'As we burst out of the storm and into the sunlight, it was too close to call.'
You know what? I'm getting the feeling you really like this car.
That was some of the most fun I've ever had behind the wheel.
A world-class sports car disguised as a family car for 34 grand.
It looks like it fell out of the ugly tree and hit every branch on the way down.
It's not about looks. If you need to express your virility, get a yellow Lamborghini. This is for drivers.
If you like the way cars feel from behind the steering wheel, this is it.
It is now time to take a look at a legendary luxury British sports car favoured by James Bond.
For this, we needed a host that was handsome, debonair,
and unfortunately, I was busy.
-So we sent the guy with the beard.
This is a car maker that defines itself in three words -
A British company with nearly 100 years of history...
..a rich racing heritage
and a tradition of creating instantly recognisable, iconic sports cars.
It can only be...
This particular Aston Martin is the V8 Vantage.
It's Aston's smallest and least expensive car
with the base model setting you right about 120,000 dollars.
Now, that's pretty big money for an entry level to the brand,
but it is beautiful and it is an Aston.
Now, this has a 4.7-litre V8 that puts out 420 horsepower,
which sounds great, but it's pulling 3,600 pounds along with it,
which is a huge amount of weight for a car this small.
In comparison, the Porsche 911 weighs 500 pounds less.
The worst part about this car is the power doesn't come on till high in the RPMs,
so you've really got to flog it to feel like you're getting anywhere.
It doesn't feel as fast as it should be.
When a car looks this fast and costs this much,
you expect it to deliver.
If you think about all the cars you could buy for 120,000 dollars,
a Porsche 911, an Audi R8, the Mercedes CL 63,
or even for less money, the Nissan GT-R,
I'd rather have any one of those over this.
So the car will do 180 miles an hour,
but the speedometer goes up to 220.
Is that a British thing?
So what do you do if your 120-grand car has beauty and soul,
but no power?
Well, the engineers at Aston Martin decided the best answer was a heart transplant.
I'm driving an Aston Martin. I feel like 007.
This is the kind of car you want to save the world in.
Wood. Rutledge Wood.
Just as Q Branch modified James Bond's personal cars,
Aston's goons somehow wedged a 6-litre V12 from the larger DB9
into the comparatively tiny Vantage.
This was no small amount of work. It's clear to see there's a big difference.
In the V8, you've got tons of room around the engine. In the V12, you can barely fit your hand in there.
For the engineers to fit this motor, they had to cant the radiator, shave the oil pan
and even run a smaller alternator, but that's what hot-rodding is.
You take the smallest car you have and cram the biggest motor in there you can.
Finally, the Brits took a page from the Americans.
This car has a 6-litre V12 that puts out 510 horsepower,
190 miles an hour top speed.
0 to 60 is 4.1 seconds.
'The cost for all this wonderfulness?
'And for that, you get a car that's even sexier than the V8.
'If the V8 is Angelina Jolie...
'the V12 is Angelina Jolie in knee-high boots...
'with a riding crop.
'Added aggressive touches give it the look of a cage fighter.
'From the race-derived side sills and rear spoiler to the carbon details on the hood,
'the V12 is muscular and menacing.
'So the V12 was showing some promise after the disappointment of the V8.
'It had the beauty and it had the soul.
'The question was - did it really have the power?
'On the edges of the Mojave Desert in California
'is a six-mile-long dry lake bed.
'This hot-rodder's playground has no speed limits
'and is known simply as El Mirage.'
Oh, that power is incredible!
I see what was wrong with the V8 Vantage. It just didn't have enough motor for the car.
But this...this is it.
'The V12 is only available with a manual transmission,
'so you know it's a pure-bred driver's car.'
What fun would a car like this be if you couldn't take traction control off?
That is just a beast!
Oh, that's pretty!
Oh, yeah, I'll hang it out there.
'The V12 has almost perfect weight balance between the front and rear wheels
'and it only weighs 110 pounds more than the V8, despite the extra cylinders.
'That all sounds good, but what does it mean in real world performance?
'0 to 60 is 0.6 seconds quicker than the V8.
'That doesn't seem like much return for an extra 60 grand,
'so it was time to put the British hot rod to the test... the American way.'
'Within seconds, the V12 had established an unbeatable lead.
'The V8 was eating my dust.'
Oh, man, let's see how fast we can get it. 120...
150! Look at that!
'The V12 will do 190 miles per hour, but on this surface, there was no chance of getting there.
'175 was the best I could get,
'and the V8, it was totally dusted.'
You know the one thing that doesn't make sense about this car?
The speedometer in this one only goes up to 200.
All of these Brits are liars!
'You can't fault Aston Martin here.
'They tackled the issue with the lack of power in the V8 head-on and created the V12.
'But they did such a great job that the Vantage has been propelled towards a higher level.
'It has the performance, the price tag and with only 300 being made,
'the exclusivity needed to achieve the coveted tag of "supercar".'
Clearly, the V12 is better than the V8, but is it really worth 60 grand more?
I think it is. The V8 just didn't have the power it needed for the car.
-The V12 solves that entirely.
-Yeah, but it costs 180,000 dollars.
You can get a Mercedes SLS AMG for that or a Porsche Turbo S and still have a huge pile of money left over.
You could get 1.8 million pairs of tube socks.
Yeah, but here's the thing.
When you spend that much money, what do you tell people you drive? A Mercedes? A Porsche?
-That won't get you laid.
-Or an Aston Martin.
Aston - it just makes you feel important.
It may be classy, but how fast does it go around the Top Gear test track
at the hands of our silent racing driver? Take it away, Stig.
The Stig, of course, is the fourth member of our team,
whose sole purpose is to shake down each new car we review. Let's see how the V12 Vantage performs.
A lot of wheelspin off the line. 510 horsepower - can't argue that,
but she is a heavy beast.
Braking into the first corner, it's 3,700lbs.
Still looking pretty composed as he comes through the chicane.
Now he comes into the teardrop, the slowest part of the track.
With rear-wheel-drive cars, it's tough to get the power down. Can he do it without sliding?
He's working hard today. Catches a little bit of air.
Onto the straight at over 120 miles an hour.
And into the trickiest braking spot. This is the most dangerous spot.
Aston Martin, no problem. Really looking pretty good.
A little wheelspin coming into the last S.
Coming into the final corner now. This is going to be a pretty quick time for such a big machine.
And...across the line.
There he goes.
I'm not the hugest fan, but that looked pretty clean.
You've got the Viper at the top, some Lamborghinis. The Aston Martin with an extra 1,000lbs
-comes in at 1:28.2.
Earlier, we had the Evo. The Stig took this around the track.
34,000 car, basically a fifth the price of the Aston Martin,
did it in 1:29.2. Only a second slower than the Aston Martin.
All right. Now it's time for our Big Star in a Small Car.
He's been trapped on a desert island after an aeroplane accident in Lost,
he's been on an amazing journey in Lord of the Rings and he had visions in Flash Forward,
but I bet he didn't see himself in a 17,000 hatchback riding on an old runway.
Ladies and gentlemen, Dominic Monaghan.
How you doing, man? Nice to see you! Have a seat.
So I have to ask, first off you drive what has been described as a tinted and dented Prius.
That's true, yeah. I drive a pretty awful Prius.
-Yours is an '05. Do you have that funny sticker on the bumper?
So in LA and California, they put this little yellow sticker on the bumper to drive in the HOV lane.
-All of a sudden, nobody's giving out the sticker any more.
-It's gold dust. I had to put it on and razor it,
so people can't pull it off. For a while, you could park on a meter in California for free.
You can't do that now. I have so many parking tickets!
On Lost, a lot of you guys were getting pulled over like it was the Lost curse.
-Out of the main cast, they probably got 9 out of 14 of us.
On my driving licence - I have two now - both have goofy faces.
The first is a big Joker grin and the second is like this.
-Do cops like that? Is it a good ice breaker?
-No, they don't like it.
Cops like you if you're a sexy girl. Apart from that, no chance.
I know you like to go fast, but you're on the waiting list for a Tesla Model S.
-That's their new four-door.
-I made a decision
that I can buy any car I want so long as it's electric or hybrid. Hopefully, electric.
For me, cars are not quite yet at the point where I need them to be for my imagination.
I don't like that noise that the indicator makes. Click-click, click-click.
I want a different noise. And I don't like it when the windscreen wiper goes...uuurgh!
I want it to go across like this.
I want it to go from four-seater to two-seater when I ask and the paint to change colour
and I want the speakers playing inside to flip and play outside when I'm hanging outside.
I want my car to drive me to where I want to go, then go find parking.
-And I want it to talk to me.
-To ask me how my day was
-and to talk to a car thief and say, "You just stole Dom's car."
-"Not cool. Take it back."
"Pull over or you're in trouble." And then knock the guy out!
-You want to drive a mood ring! Every day a different colour.
-My mood changes so much.
-It should reflect in my car.
-Well, since you like fast cars, you were at home in our Suzuki.
-Do you want to see his lap?
Let's take a look.
Nice little start there.
-Having a little...
-Oh! Couldn't put it into second!
Look how small I am - like a little leprechaun!
Is it as racy as your Prius, dare I say?
You know, the Prius takes a long time to respond.
-You don't say(!)
-This is stick shift so...
-This is the most technical part.
It looks like I'm going so slow!
No braking. Just tapped the brake there. Very naughty.
-You have to remind yourself.
-'Yeah, yeah.' This car is a hunk of junk!
Cameraman's Curve. It's like Dead Man's Curve except we'll lose a cameraman.
Yeah, I spin out a little bit here. Definitely.
You look good in a helmet.
God, it looks like 20mph!
Oh, that's beautiful. And across the line! APPLAUSE
-So, be honest...
-What did the spaceman do? 1:55?
-Yeah, Buzz Aldrin. How do you think you did?
-Oh, man, I think I did like one forty...
Wow, you're ambitious. I like that about you.
-We're talking about Buzz Aldrin. He's been 25,000 miles an hour.
-You had trouble breaking 90.
-But what is he now? 80?
-I can't beat an 80-year-old man?
-Well, I guess we'll find out. You did it...
-In one minute,
-So I was just over 10 seconds...
-Barely. But like you said, he's 80.
-He won't notice.
LAUGHTER Let's hear it again for Dominic Monaghan.
When he's not stunt-doubling for Marty McFly, Tanner competes in a motorsport called drifting.
-He says it's an art form that requires supreme car control and immense mental focus.
We say it's a bunch of guys sliding around like morons.
-He is the two-time drifting champion.
-The champion moron.
So we organised a test of his skill.
If you're going drifting, you're going to want one of these - a Nissan 370Z.
Rear-wheel drive, manual transmission, light weight and 332 horsepower.
How could Tanner resist?
-In the south we call that a power slide.
-In New York, we call it grand theft auto.
-Very impressive, young fella.
-Welcome to my backyard. Ready to get your asses kicked?
-What was that?
-That was drifting.
Originated in the hills of Japan.
'Tanner felt it necessary to give us the entire history of drifting,
'like how it was started in the '70s by a Japanese racer with wild style, and how it's still popular today.'
-Drifting is a style thing.
-Oh, it's like figure skating!
-You're the Brian Boitano of drifting!
'These guys can make fun of me all they want, but drifting takes years to perfect.
'It may look like just a bunch of smoking tyres, but it requires extreme precision
'and the ability to make the rear tyres lose traction at will,
'which allows the back of the vehicle to slide - or drift.
'I could beat Adam and Rutledge at any drifting challenge with my eyes closed.'
-Ready to get this show on the road?
-We've levelled the playing field, my fast and furious friend.
-Yeah. You're not going to drive. You're the driving instructor for a great team-mate.
-I get car sick.
That's a real manly statement. "I get car sick."
-Want to meet your team-mate?
-Yeah. Who is it?
Come on out!
He's pretending to be blind, right?
This way, Brian!
'I thought my buddy Brian Fischler and his seeing-eye dog Nash would be the perfect partner.
'Brian's a fellow stand-up comic who agreed to help me out.
'Rutledge and I had Tanner right where we wanted him,
'but we thought it was only fair to at least give Tanner a chance to teach Brian how to drive.'
-It's been a long time since I sat behind the wheel.
-OK, let's keep those comments to a minimum.
-Can you drive a manual?
-I've never driven a stick. The clutch is this thing on the right?
-They didn't tell you that. They wanted to make it more complicated.
-It's the one on the left, actually.
-Is it? That's not the brake? Do you drive with two feet or one?
Good question. Two feet.
Bring the clutch in until you feel it bite. Good. Take your foot away.
-You're in gear and rolling.
-I take it off the clutch?
-Yep. Wanna try a burnout?
-Handbrake. That's how you stop.
-That wasn't a burnout?
-No. Shall we let Nash out?
-We might wanna let Nash out.
-'While Nash was busy walking Tanner,
'we tried to figure out what he sees in the so-called sport of drifting.'
-Look at you!
-Maybe that's why Tanner likes it.
-All right, start turning the steering wheel left.
To the right, to the right. And to the left. Sorry, right!
Right. Left, left! brake, brake, brake. Clutch!
So let's go straight ahead. Sorry, sorry, straight.
Stop! Stop, hard!
'Tanner definitely had his work cut out. No way could he win!
-'We were so confident, we decided to take a break.'
-Rest rooms and wifi. All we need.
'I updated my Facebook status saying I was going to whup Tanner in a drifting competition.
'And, for some reason, Rutledge thought I'd be interested in fishing called noodling.'
-You pull it up for a second...
-'A way to catch catfish with your bare hands.'
-Are you paying attention?
Hard left, hard left! Left! Left!
-Left! OK, Brian, you were on the clutch?
-No. I was on the brake.
Jump the clutch.
Push it to the floor. Full throttle.
Hold it, hold it.
That's Brian driving a six-speed. Are you kidding me?!
OK, that's enough.
-What did we hit?
-Nothing. We're fine.
-He's so much better than you are!
-He's better than you, too!
-The blind can drift.
'We needed to start the competition before Brian got any better.
'There were three events.
Doughnuts. And the first event - the burnout. Burning rubber for the longest distance wins.'
-Why don't I start?
-Do it, Rutledge.
Get full-on redneck on us.
-That was impressive.
-I liked it.
Y'all are gonna need a long measuring tape!
-'Clearly, rednecks and burnouts go together like whisky and hunting.' No way!
That looks like 98 feet if I stop at the nose of the cone.
-What do you think, Brian?
-Not bad, but it's definitely beatable.
-Nobody likes blind AND cocky!
-Man, he is gonna beat you.
-Just hold your steering wheel straight until we hit something or I say stop.
Jump the clutch!
-Oh, man! That looks close!
-Good. Let's measure it.
-I said he would beat you. I didn't know he'd beat me also.
-Call it out.
-98, 99, 100...and...
-Well done, my friend.
You realise that Top Gear's reputation rests on your shoulders?
-'The pressure was on,
'but I knew Adam would be clutch in this situation.
'Apparently, he's all clutch.'
-Ladies and gentlemen...
There's not a skid mark on the road.
It's kind of hard to see. You have to look in the distance. That's kinda hard.
-Did you do something to the tyres?
-I'll measure it for you.
Right to the... That's 11 inches.
You got totally smoked by your blind friend.
'Adam and Rutledge didn't know what hit them. We gave them a beat down in the burnout competition
'and we were ready to beat them again in the art of the controlled spinout, known as the doughnut.
'A doughnut is accomplished by spinning the rear tyres while you steer the car in a circle,
'the bigger, the better.
'The rules were simple. Do as many circles as you could within the cones. Hit any, you're disqualified.
-'Mr Clutch was up first.'
-On our toes.
If I scream, "Run!", take off.
Oh! He's not in the circle, but...
-He's going back for another cone.
-Did he hit another one?
-He can't even see inside the car!
-He's blind now, too?
Yes, that would have been nice if it had been in the circle.
-Who's up next? I'd like to see you do better.
-Brian's up next.
-I'm sorry I said "see", but go.
'None of Adam's doughnuts counted. I knew that Brian could do better and he was blind.'
We'll drive around in a circle, then I'll say, "Full throttle."
- And that's all the way down? - He's never driven a manual before.
-And he's blind.
-And he's headed right for us.
Ease it back. Don't put pressure on him. One step back...
-And full throttle!
-OK, come on, Nash!
Come on, Nash.
'Neither Brian nor Adam were able to stay within the circle. It was my time to shine.'
SOUTHERN COUNTRY MUSIC
-Oh, my God, the smoke!
How much more of that can we take?!
-I don't know about that.
You don't know about that?!
That was like a pirouette. I thought drifting was like figure skating? I just wowed the crowd.
'Rutledge won the doughnut event. If were were to win the entire competition,
'we'd need to win the final challenge - handbrake parking.
'Each driver would have to do a 180-degree drift into a parking place and get all four tyres in.
'I've practised doing this for years, but this wasn't about me.'
Can you do it better than Brian, who has never seen these boxes or the colour of this car?
Because if he wins this, in the ultimate drifting competition,
you two got smoked by a blind dude.
'Tanner was right. Our plan was beginning to backfire.
'I couldn't let that happen, so I took matters into my own hands.'
-Rutledge is coming right now.
-That was amazing. Are you unloading something?
-Is this the white zone?
'I didn't have much faith that Mr Clutch would do any better.'
-With the roll!
So once he flicked it over, he held the clutch in so it rolled backwards.
-But that...that would certainly work.
-'It had all come down to this.
'Brian had come too far to lose now.'
A little faster, a little faster...and now! Yes.
-They're pointed in the right direction.
-A little faster... Now!
We are so in there!
I've seen it all.
-Closer than I thought it'd be.
-Maybe next time.
You didn't win it. Brian won it.
-You can't take credit.
-Fair is fair, you guys won. So, ladies and gentlemen,
-let's welcome the first ever Top Gear blind drift champion, Brian Fischler, and his dog, Nash!
-Good to see you.
-How you doing?
-That was some awesome driving.
-Well, now that I am the Top Gear drifting champ,
-applying for a New York cabbie's licence will be easy.
-I think Nash will check out if you do that.
When you first went into first gear and stalled it...
-Nash doesn't like that idea.
-To the victor go the spoils!
Well, that's it for this episode of Top Gear!
Thanks for watching. Good night.