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'Now on Top Gear, I drive a car with wings.'

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I just flew into the sun!

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Tanner gets some air in a race against a HALO jumper...

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Oh, there he is!

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..and Kid Rock soars around our track.

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AUDIENCE CHEERS

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Welcome to Top Gear!

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On this show, nobody will save their failing restaurant.

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Nobody will date Adriana, but if gasoline flows through your veins,

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you're at home right here. I'm Adam Ferrara.

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That is Tanner Foust, and this is Rutledge Wood.

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Yeah, and we got an amazing show coming up.

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He gets to drive the bad-ass new Mercedes SLS AMG.

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We've got Kid Rock on our test track in the Suzuki,

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and, GI Joe, pay attention, because we're going to find a replacement for that.

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But before all of that, what would you buy if you had 40 grand to spend?

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-A Judge.

-Ooh, a GTO?

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-No. A real judge.

-AUDIENCE LAUGHS

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What vehicle would you buy?

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I would buy either a Subaru WRX STI or a Dodge Challenger SRT-8.

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AUDIENCE GASPS You could do that.

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But did you know, for just over 40 grand,

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you could buy a flying machine.

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Few things have captured the imagination of mankind

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more than flight. It's commonly assumed that to achieve it,

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you need wings.

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Ford's Special Vehicle Team begs to differ.

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The words "ultra-high performance"

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usually conjure a 200-mile-an-hour Lamborghini,

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or a racetrack-ready Pagani Zonda.

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The F-150-based Raptor, however, is just as radical.

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It subscribes to a totally new definition of performance -

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one paved in dirt, measured in suspension travel

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and punctuated by hang time.

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POUNDING ROCK MUSIC

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OK, so it jumps rather than flies, but this much air time

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is close enough!

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Whoa! TYRES THUMP

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There's something so purely redneck about that sound...

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..but everybody can relate to it.

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Yes!

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What's jaw-dropping about the Raptor

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isn't that it can do 100 miles an hour

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on surfaces scarred like the moon.

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It's not that it'll cost you just 42 grand.

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No - it's that the Raptor is just a plain old production car.

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The Raptor is available with Ford's new V8,

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a 6.2 litre with 411 horsepower

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and 434 foot-pounds of torque.

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But this isn't your ordinary Raptor.

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This is the Hennessey VelociRaptor 475.

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Hand another seven grand over to the guys at Hennessey,

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and they'll transform your 6.2-litre Raptor

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from an animal into a beast.

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Hennessey is a Texas tuning shop

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famous for creating Texas-size horsepower numbers,

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and for modifying supercars

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that'll steal a Bugatti Veyron's lunch money.

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Hennessey managed to find another 64 horsepower

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by replacing the intake and exhaust systems

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and retuning the engine computer.

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That's like giving crack to a charging rhino.

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You look at it, and it looks like it's going to be a rough ride,

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a stiff, rugged, trucky ride. But in order to be good off-road,

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the suspension has to travel 11 inches in the front

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and 12 in the back. That 12 inches, when you turn the wheel,

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makes the truck roll over on its axis.

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It's made for off-road, and so when you get on-road,

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where it's going to be 90 percent of the time, the steering is slow, the suspension squishy.

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In a straight line it seems fine. You can hit potholes,

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small Kia Rios - basically anything at speed,

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and it's just a kick. That's it.

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"Hold on. We've got to run over a small car."

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It's like sitting on a marshmallow. It's just floating down the road.

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You would think you were in a Cadillac.

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The only thing that separates this from driving a Cadillac

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is that every single second you're driving in the Raptor,

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it sounds like 40 Harley Davidsons are trying to overtake you.

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ENGINE ROARS

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As if the Raptor wasn't visually disturbing enough,

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Hennessey's installed a "loud" button

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which takes it to ear-threatening decibels.

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ENGINE SNARLS Anybody walking by

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can't help but just be absolutely pissed off.

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It's like hell has broken loose. It's like Armageddon.

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ENGINE SNARLS

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It's awesome!

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At Monte Carlo, you may get some action in a Lamborghini

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or a Ferrari.

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In Eloy, you're the king in the Raptor.

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SIREN WAILS 'My reign was short.

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'The Raptor was a heat magnet. I was politely told to leave town.'

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Attracting attention. That's what it's supposed to do, right?

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HE SIGHS

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When you get behind the wheel of something like this,

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suddenly the lines of the roads go grey.

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If you want to turn off the road and go into the bushes, watch this.

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Yes! Wow!

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All four wheels spinning.

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But there are huge gotchas, big holes that can swallow a whole truck.

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That right there was the size of a Volkswagen.

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Sure, you can spend 20 grand on a Camry or something like that...

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..but will it do this?

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I don't think so.

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Oh, my gosh, I cannot believe

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how hard I'm pushing this truck right now.

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HEAVENLY CHOIR SINGING

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Despite being an off-road juggernaut,

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the Raptor has an unusually plush interior.

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But it's got these weird knobby gauges,

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where it's like if you have forgotten you're in a truck,

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and they remind you by showing you big mud tyres all over the dashboard.

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And the colour-coding interior...

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Frankly, it raises the hair on the back of my neck.

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The reason for that is, I think it flat-out reminds me of a PT Cruiser.

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So, the Raptor is certainly a press-release car for Ford,

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probably the most dramatic and radical machine Ford makes -

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a behemoth that is horrible on the road.

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It's made for what people don't do, which is go off-road.

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A lot of people would think it's absolutely crazy

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to spit out a gas-guzzling ginormous truck in these times.

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But it's actually pretty smart, because it's a concept car

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that you can buy and own. Not many people will drive this,

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but it will make a big impact on the image of Ford.

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You couldn't find a production vehicle

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that even comes close to matching the Raptor's outright speed

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on the desert floor. With its go-fast bits and off-road prowess,

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it hops along the desert quicker than anything.

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It's really in a class of its own,

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so a comparison was virtually impossible.

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We did find one person who was willing to take on the VelociRaptor,

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but he's not starting on the ground. He's going to start up there -

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25,000 feet up there. He's a HALO jumper.

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THUNDER RUMBLES

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HALO, or high-altitude, low-opening, is a military freefall technique

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first tested by the US Air Force in 1960

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to help pilots ejecting at altitudes up to 35,000 feet.

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It was then adopted by Special Forces during Vietnam,

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who were able to fly at high altitude out of missile range,

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and then drop into enemy territory undetected by radar.

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This HALO specialist's identity is classified,

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and since he trains Navy SEALs

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how to leap from the heavens and kill people undetected,

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if I even see him, he may have to kill me.

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He kind of reminds me of Darth Vader.

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The race will be exactly five miles from start to finish.

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The Raptor will face a combination of asphalt, rough trail and open desert.

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The course is set on land designated for cattle grazing,

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so by law, they have the right of way.

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If I mess with the cows, the rancher has the legal right to shoot me.

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The HALO jumper will start 25,000 feet up,

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giving him exactly five miles of falling.

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He will freefall at speeds up to 120 miles an hour

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until he hits 2,000 feet. Then he must open his chute,

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or we'll be taking him home in a bucket.

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'To beat the HALO jumper to the finish line,

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'I've got to get there in just over four minutes,

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'which means averaging 71 miles an hour.'

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That's unbelievably fast, considering there's sand traps, jumps and cows

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between me and the finish line, and he's just falling.

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He's been breathing pure oxygen for the last 45 minutes

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to rid his bloodstream of nitrogen. If he doesn't, as he climbs,

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the nitrogen will expand in his blood vessels

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and he'll get the bends, the same way a diver can.

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At this altitude, he's also at risk of oxygen deprivation.

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Have no doubt - this is very dangerous.

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I was 60 seconds from the most insane race of my life.

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25,000 feet above me was my opponent, a HALO jumper.

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Both of us were about to hurtle five miles to the finish line.

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It was time to prepare the Raptor.

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"Push the traction control. Hold it for five seconds,

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then it flashes", alerting you of the potential danger.

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"Then push the off-road mode."

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Off-road mode enabled. Then pull this little knob to lock the differential.

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Shifting is in progress, and it's done.

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Five.

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"Four."

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-Four...

-Three.

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-Three...

-"Two."

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-Two...

-One.

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One.

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We're off!

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I think I got a bad start there.

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Whoa!

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All right. Hammer down now.

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As HALO Man hurtled earthwards, he shaped his body

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to create the least resistance to the rushing air around him.

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'I had my foot to the floor,

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'and all 475 horses were galloping hard.

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'I was hitting 80 miles an hour. The Raptor's giant shocks

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'just soaked it up.'

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Darth had reached terminal velocity - 120 miles an hour.

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Then he used the Force to go even faster.

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Oh!

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The off-road technique, when you go over the bumps,

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is actually to lift off the pedals. If you hit the gas over the bump,

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it sinks the back end and takes away the travel...

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..and you bottom out. It's called G-ing out. It's not a good thing.

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Oh! That was about the limit, I think, right there.

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The Arizona desert was witnessing two unstoppable missiles

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heading for each other at 120 miles an hour.

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'VelociRaptor and Darth Vader - it was like Star Wars VII,

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'The Jurassic Menace.' HE LAUGHS

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Two minutes down, and I had to be behind,

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but ahead was a mile and a half of pavement. Time to floor it.

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Little bit of asphalt to make up a little time here.

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I think the top speed's about 120 miles an hour.

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There's 115! He's falling like a bat out of hell.

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And I'm doing 120 miles an hour.

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Up ahead was my turn into the open desert.

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The asphalt blast had me back in the game.

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But no-one told the cows. TYRES SQUEAL

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Uh-oh! Oh, that's a heavy beast.

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Ahead, two miles of track and open desert to the finish line.

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Every twist and turn, I tried to get a glimpse of the tiny black dot above me.

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I don't see him yet.

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But how could I? He was using gravity as his jet pack.

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HEAVENLY CHOIR SINGING

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He was ahead, but now the advantage was mine.

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The HALO jumper had to pull his chute or become Dark Pancake.

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As the canopy opened, he decelerated violently to 60 miles an hour.

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This was my chance. No more twisting and turning.

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'The Raptor and I were headed to the finish line as the crow flies,

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'whatever lay ahead.'

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This is what makes this truck bad-ass.

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Yes!

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HALO Guy was just 1,000 feet above the finish line,

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and I could see the flags ahead. We were neck and neck.

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'I could see him circling above.'

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There was no way he could float down in time.

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The race was the Raptor's.

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Whoa, too hard into that corner!

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Suddenly he threw his parachute into a dive,

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spiralling towards the ground at 90 miles an hour.

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No! There he is!

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No way! HE LAUGHS

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I thought I had it for sure! Oh!

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CHEERING / APPLAUSE

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-Wow! That was a close race!

-It was really close.

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It was close, but you still lost.

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You know, but it was just barely a loss,

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and I can't think of another production truck on the planet

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that would have been within a mile of that HALO guy.

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-What did you say it costs?

-The regular Raptor's 42 grand,

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then it's another seven grand to Hennessey

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-if you want the VelociRaptor.

-So that's 49 grand

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for a truck that looks like this, that went over terrain like that

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at speeds like that. It makes me want to trade my Tundra right in.

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-That is the deal of the century.

-It is. What makes it so good

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is not just that it has a foot of suspension travel,

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but the shocks themselves, the oil inside,

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is an aerospace-grade formula

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that costs more than most entire shocks do.

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-They've really thought this out. It's the real deal.

-I love it.

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I have to have one in my life. Can I hug it?

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-Yes, you can hug it.

-Great.

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Hi. Hey.

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That's a little scary and creepy.

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APPLAUSE

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This is the iconic 1955 Mercedes 300 SL Gullwing,

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one of the most desirable sports cars on the planet,

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and when it was new, the fastest car in the world.

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And now, just 55 years later,

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Mercedes thinks they have come up with a successor

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to this instant icon.

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The 300 SL's DNA is everywhere -

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the sculpted all-aluminum body, fender vents like shark gills.

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And the signature doors are pure SL.

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But under the six-foot-long hood lies a beastly space-age power plant

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making almost three times the horsepower of the original.

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This is the Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG.

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Let's get its exhaust out.

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That's downright nasty!

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This dirty-torquing siren's going to lead you right into the rocks.

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This is the first car Mercedes-Benz's tuning arm, AMG,

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has built from scratch, and they started by conjuring up

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the most powerful production naturally aspirated V8

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on the planet, making 563 horsepower.

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That's why one technician's responsible for its assembly

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from start to finish.

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And when he's done, he signs his name right there.

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Guido Nordheim.

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Sounds like a German underboss!

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Thanks to cars like the Bugatti Veyron,

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resurrecting the SL's status as the fastest car in the world

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is pretty pointless.

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But this comfortable grand tourer will destroy plenty of supercars

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on its way to its top speed of 197.

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All right. Let's begin.

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60 miles an hour! I just thrusted the Porsche GT3.

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100! There goes the Corvette Z06.

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140! V10 Audi R8, done!

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160! I just flew into the sun!

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Comfort wasn't the primary consideration

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of the original 300 SL.

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It wasn't built to go to the country clubs.

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It was built to win championships - and it did,

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taking the 24 Hours of Le Mans outright,

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and the Carrera Panamericana in the same year.

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The SLS, however, is pure luxury in motion.

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So, Mercedes went with this aircraft-themed interior,

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and you can really tell. Look at this!

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This AC vent looks like the business end of a jet engine.

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They really have the retro airplane feel in these gauges as well.

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And look at the gear lever! Reminds me of a throttle of a 747.

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HE IMITATES PLANE-ENGINE NOISE

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All this leather and prettiness, it adds weight,

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so the engineers had to Jenny Craig any part of this car they could.

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It has a carbon-fibre driveshaft. It even has magnesium seat frames,

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the lightest structural metal on Earth, all to save weight.

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But the car still weighs 3,600lbs.

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This car really feels balanced. What they did was, they took the big V8

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and they stuffed it down low behind the front wheels,

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and the steering is really responsive.

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It's not so much turning as it is diving.

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Dual-clutch seven-speed gearbox cracks off shifts

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at 100 milliseconds.

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When this thing hits triple digits...

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it becomes an adrenaline spigot!

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Round town, however,

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the adrenaline's been replaced with novocaine. The car just feels numb.

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The suspension's more at home on the track, so it's a stiffer ride.

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The most obvious link to the iconic 300 SL of the '50s

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is the trademark Gullwing doors.

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The way I see it, this is a two-step process.

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Step one is getting in the car. Step two is closing the door.

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So what if we start by...

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sitting down like this, bringing your legs in...

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That's not cool.

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What if we go one leg in...

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butt down...

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Sharon Stone...

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OK, I'm in. Now we close the door.

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Of course.

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You'd think Mercedes would have put an electric motor here

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to open and close the door. They didn't,

0:23:130:23:15

because it would have added 61 pounds of weight.

0:23:150:23:18

How much do you think a subway strap weighs?

0:23:180:23:21

I got it!

0:23:220:23:24

So it's closed. But is it safe?

0:23:240:23:26

If you find yourself upside down in an SLS,

0:23:260:23:29

Mercedes has devised a pyrotectic system

0:23:290:23:31

that blasts the doors off so you can get the hell out,

0:23:310:23:34

thus making the SLS the only car that can blow its own doors off.

0:23:340:23:38

The SLS is a Super GT -

0:23:400:23:43

part supercar, part luxury grand tourer.

0:23:430:23:48

Now, Mercedes is not going to be pumping out a lot of these,

0:23:480:23:51

so it will almost be as rare as the iconic SL it resembles.

0:23:510:23:55

But for me, the looks are not a complete success.

0:23:580:24:02

I mean, look at these lines. It's great, right up until...

0:24:020:24:06

here. What happened? It's like they ran out of ass.

0:24:060:24:08

They just stopped. They didn't know how to end it.

0:24:080:24:11

It's like someone ran into the design room and said, "Stop what you're doing!"

0:24:110:24:15

"You're done. That's it. We're finished."

0:24:150:24:18

Most cars have that "X" factor.

0:24:220:24:26

This car actually has a "Y" factor.

0:24:260:24:28

"Y" don't I just love it?

0:24:280:24:31

I just... Why don't I just love this thing?

0:24:310:24:35

Don't get me wrong. There's parts of it I really love.

0:24:360:24:39

That motor, the sound of this engine...

0:24:390:24:42

ENGINE PURRS AND ROARS

0:24:420:24:44

An iconic car should feel special all the time,

0:24:470:24:50

not just when you're doing 160 or climbing through a Gullwing door.

0:24:500:24:54

Don't get me wrong - this is a world-class automobile,

0:24:540:24:57

and it's bound to be a collectable,

0:24:570:24:59

but, like Icarus, it should learn to respect its limits.

0:24:590:25:03

The SLS is supercar fast.

0:25:040:25:06

It's exclusive, and it has an exhaust note like Thor,

0:25:060:25:10

the god of thunder. But is it an instant classic like the 300 SL?

0:25:100:25:14

I'm going to have to say no.

0:25:150:25:18

It was fun.

0:25:190:25:21

It looked fun, but you obviously didn't love it.

0:25:210:25:25

No, I didn't love it. I love THAT. I didn't love that.

0:25:250:25:28

-Did you like it?

-I liked parts of that.

0:25:280:25:30

Motor was great. Had plenty of power. Love the way it sounded.

0:25:300:25:34

It felt good once you got it up to speed,

0:25:340:25:36

but the look bothers me. I do not like the back end,

0:25:360:25:39

and the doors are fun for about 20 minutes.

0:25:390:25:41

I got in and made believe I was a spy. I liked that.

0:25:410:25:44

After a while, you drive around with doors like that, you're a dick.

0:25:440:25:48

Ouch! You know, there still is one test left to do with the SLS,

0:25:480:25:53

and thankfully for the Mercedes, it does not involve Adam.

0:25:530:25:56

It involves our silent racing driver, The Stig.

0:25:560:26:00

The Stig, of course, is the fourth member of our team,

0:26:000:26:03

whose sole purpose is to shake down each new car we review.

0:26:030:26:07

He should feel right at home in this race-car inspired SLS AMG.

0:26:070:26:11

And he's off the line there. Little bit of wheel spin

0:26:140:26:17

but really not much. A seven-speed gearbox in this SLS.

0:26:170:26:21

Really incredible 562 horsepower.

0:26:210:26:25

The car has some big shoes to fill with that Gullwing,

0:26:250:26:28

but through the Southern Chicane looking very, very composed.

0:26:280:26:31

One thing we did hear is, as The Stig is grabbing at paddles through there,

0:26:310:26:36

is it's difficult to put the power down.

0:26:360:26:38

Did you see him sliding into the Teardrop?

0:26:380:26:41

This is the slowest part of the track. He's almost drifting,

0:26:410:26:44

trying to put all of that horsepower to the ground in a 3,600lb machine.

0:26:440:26:48

Onto the Back Straight, the fastest part of the track,

0:26:480:26:51

hitting speeds upwards of 130 miles an hour.

0:26:510:26:54

Really working this vehicle very hard

0:26:570:27:01

as he comes into the second-fastest section, the Esses.

0:27:010:27:05

Sawing at the wheel. Fighting it!

0:27:050:27:08

Braking into the very last corner, kicking up some dust.

0:27:090:27:13

Little bit of cross-walk there, and across the line.

0:27:130:27:16

You got to wonder where it's going to sit.

0:27:180:27:20

We got a tough line-up here, with the Balboni, the Murcielago,

0:27:200:27:25

the V12 Vantage at 1:28.

0:27:250:27:28

Somehow the SLS manages...

0:27:280:27:30

to scrape in a 1:27.6.

0:27:300:27:36

-AUDIENCE CHEERS

-Wow!

0:27:360:27:38

It's very quick. Does that make you like it more?

0:27:410:27:44

It's fun. It's just... It's not that,

0:27:440:27:46

-and I wanted it to be that.

-Have to agree with you on that.

0:27:460:27:49

We still have a bit of business. You remember the VelociRaptor?

0:27:490:27:53

Well, we had another version of that truck.

0:27:530:27:55

This one's actually the VelociRaptor 600,

0:27:550:27:58

which has a supercharged engine in it.

0:27:580:28:01

Unfortunately somebody left the keys in it.

0:28:010:28:03

The Stig had never seen a pickup truck before.

0:28:030:28:06

Did a lap. Anybody want to see it?

0:28:060:28:08

-AUDIENCE SHOUTS "YEAH!"

-I do.

0:28:080:28:10

All right. Roll the tape.

0:28:100:28:12

And he's off.

0:28:120:28:14

He's got that four-wheel drive kicking in there,

0:28:140:28:17

so obviously no wheel-spin.

0:28:170:28:19

Now, this is a truck that weighs almost three tons.

0:28:190:28:22

Massive vehicle being hurtled around the track.

0:28:220:28:26

Just looks scary. This must be one of the riskiest things

0:28:260:28:30

that The Stig does. He really does take a lot of risks for us.

0:28:300:28:33

And there you can see it in his face. He's getting a little motion-sick.

0:28:330:28:37

Diving into the Teardrop. Tightest section.

0:28:370:28:40

Nice little drift. Who would have thought you'd see that

0:28:400:28:43

out of a ginormous pickup truck like that?

0:28:430:28:45

Over the Yump. Those Fox shocks just absorb every bit of it,

0:28:450:28:49

as he works his way up to 100 miles an hour.

0:28:490:28:52

Really concentrating. He knows what's at stake here,

0:28:530:28:56

as he pitches it in sideways!

0:28:560:28:58

Unbelievable! That's Cameraman's Corner,

0:28:580:29:00

and we almost deserved its name there.

0:29:000:29:03

He comes into the Esses, fighting his way to the end of the track.

0:29:030:29:06

It looks like he's off-road, but no, he's not.

0:29:060:29:09

He's still on our track. Into the last corner.

0:29:090:29:11

Swinging wide there. It's not looking good!

0:29:110:29:14

Almost takes out the flag, and he's across the line.

0:29:140:29:17

-AUDIENCE CHEERS

-He hit the flag.

-Whoo!

0:29:170:29:20

That was sketchy. Difficult to say where this is going to land.

0:29:200:29:24

We've never had a pickup truck on the test track before.

0:29:240:29:26

But it came in with a time

0:29:260:29:29

of 1:39.0.

0:29:290:29:31

-Wow!

-Truck.

-Wow!

0:29:310:29:34

That's amazing, for that big of a truck.

0:29:340:29:36

I thought it was going to roll over. I want one.

0:29:360:29:39

I want one so bad I would lick it.

0:29:390:29:41

LAUGHTER

0:29:410:29:44

CHEERING / APPLAUSE

0:29:450:29:48

And now it's time to put a star in our small car.

0:29:500:29:54

Our guest today is a true American bad-ass.

0:29:540:29:58

He's sold over 22 million albums just in this country alone,

0:29:580:30:01

and he is proud to call Detroit Motor City his home.

0:30:010:30:04

Ladies and gentlemen, please welcome the one-and-only Mr Kid Rock!

0:30:040:30:08

THEY CHEER

0:30:080:30:10

-What's up?

-How you doing, mate?

-Good to see you.

0:30:120:30:15

-Have a seat.

-HE GRUNTS

0:30:150:30:17

It is good to have you on the show, man. Thank you for being here.

0:30:170:30:21

Ah, this is one of those fun ones, a show you look forward to doing.

0:30:210:30:25

What's it like growing up in Michigan, being in Detroit,

0:30:250:30:29

being around there? I mean, you've got American-car blood

0:30:290:30:33

-just pumping through you.

-Yeah. Everywhere you look,

0:30:330:30:36

every friend, every relative works for one of the Big Three

0:30:360:30:39

or one of the parts plants. That's what we've been known for,

0:30:390:30:43

and hopefully we'll continue to be known for -

0:30:430:30:46

putting out some of the greatest cars in the world.

0:30:460:30:48

It's been trying times, but we're on the right path.

0:30:480:30:51

Design something with style, that's what I hope for out of Detroit.

0:30:510:30:55

Are you a fan of the big retro movement?

0:30:550:30:57

Yes. I love the retro stuff. I love the Challenger,

0:30:570:31:00

the Camaros, the Mustangs. I think they're great,

0:31:000:31:03

even the Ford GT. But I'd also like to see them do something new

0:31:030:31:07

that kind of defines our generation, our era.

0:31:070:31:10

-Sure.

-Something that's new and moving in the right way,

0:31:100:31:13

that's not a small box that runs off whatever, leaves and stuff.

0:31:130:31:16

-Which is great. I'm...

-LAUGHTER

0:31:160:31:19

So, you're saying you don't own a Prius, then?

0:31:190:31:21

HE SNORTS

0:31:210:31:23

Gosh!

0:31:230:31:25

Er, if there's anything that says "un-awesome", "un-cool",

0:31:280:31:33

just...it's a Prius.

0:31:330:31:35

LAUGHTER

0:31:350:31:37

I have a 1930 Cadillac, V16, one of 27.

0:31:370:31:40

I can sit around, drink beer and look at that car all day long.

0:31:400:31:44

-Yeah.

-It just blows your mind - the ingenuity

0:31:440:31:47

and the time and the craftsmanship that was put into it.

0:31:470:31:50

I know there's been better engines, and technology's come near and far,

0:31:500:31:54

but pound for pound, if you just took that car

0:31:540:31:56

and put it in these times somehow, upgrade it with those engines

0:31:560:32:00

and torque-free this and everything, but just the craftsmanship of that!

0:32:000:32:04

The guy that built that, that thing coming off the line,

0:32:040:32:07

must go home and say, "You should have seen what we built today."

0:32:070:32:10

"What did YOU do today?" "We cranked out 78 Priuses."

0:32:100:32:13

He's, like, "Give me a beer! I'm going to drink away the pain."

0:32:130:32:16

What's your favourite car that you own right now?

0:32:180:32:21

Um... God, I just got this really fun '64 Bonneville

0:32:210:32:26

that this designer Nudie did, this old Western designer.

0:32:260:32:30

He did all the Hank Williams clothes.

0:32:300:32:32

All the early Western guys, all the flashy Western...

0:32:320:32:35

He did... I think it was 15 to 20 cars.

0:32:350:32:37

Elvis had one, and Roy Rogers, of course,

0:32:370:32:40

Webb Pierce, a lot of country stars,

0:32:400:32:42

and this was Hank Junior's 15th birthday present. It came up for auction.

0:32:420:32:46

It had been in the Smoky Mountain Top Museum since '68, and a collector passed away.

0:32:460:32:51

It's on the cover of my new record. It's bullhorns on the front,

0:32:510:32:54

.22 pistols that open the doors, turn-of-the-century silver dollars

0:32:540:32:58

lining the car, and hand-tooled leather.

0:32:580:33:01

It just screams American fun. In the fun department, I've won.

0:33:010:33:04

You look so right in the back seat of a car,

0:33:040:33:08

and you see the two pistols that are holding the back seat.

0:33:080:33:11

-Everything about that is you. It's awesome.

-It is. It's fun.

0:33:110:33:15

-You've driven some fun cars, then.

-Yeah, I'd say so.

0:33:150:33:18

How would you say the Suzuki compared?

0:33:180:33:20

-It didn't interest me at all.

-You guys want to see his lap?

0:33:200:33:24

-AUDIENCE SHOUTS "YEAH!"

-Let's take a look.

0:33:240:33:27

TYRES SQUEAL

0:33:270:33:30

This thing doesn't get off the line at all.

0:33:300:33:33

Well, it is wet.

0:33:330:33:35

Very wet. Look at the windscreen wipers cranking.

0:33:350:33:38

Coming into turn one here. Smooth so far.

0:33:380:33:41

-Ooh!

-HE LAUGHS

0:33:410:33:44

Tried to take out the tyres there. That's nice, though. Here we go.

0:33:440:33:48

Coming down into the Teardrop. This was a hard part of the course.

0:33:480:33:51

Come on!

0:33:510:33:53

You look like we might be related, when I see you in the car.

0:33:550:33:58

-Wow, that was impressive!

-Suzuki? They should call this a Su-pukey.

0:33:580:34:02

This thing's garbage.

0:34:020:34:04

So, not planning to replace any of your cars with the Suzuki.

0:34:040:34:08

Haulin' ass!

0:34:140:34:15

-By "hauling ass" you mean 75 or 80.

-I was up to at least 80.

0:34:150:34:19

Wow, coming in fast there to Cameraman's Curve.

0:34:190:34:22

Burn, baby, burn!

0:34:220:34:25

Look at that fierce determination!

0:34:250:34:28

-Pretty smooth!

-Yeah, that's impressive right there.

0:34:280:34:32

Come on, baby.

0:34:320:34:34

THEY LAUGH

0:34:340:34:36

I'm not going to ask about that. Here we go, coming into the...

0:34:360:34:40

Wow, look at that lean! And across the line!

0:34:400:34:44

-CHEERING / APPLAUSE

-Oh, wait!

0:34:440:34:47

Oh, you're coming back!

0:34:470:34:49

-Wow, you... That was nice!

-That was fun.

0:34:510:34:55

You were the first one to do a victory lap there.

0:34:550:34:58

That's impressive. Now, if we look up at our board,

0:34:580:35:01

you got a Hobbit, a funny man and an astronaut.

0:35:010:35:04

-How do you think you compared?

-I'm going to be really upset

0:35:040:35:07

-if I didn't beat 'em.

-Really?

-I know this is about having fun,

0:35:070:35:11

but I want to win.

0:35:110:35:13

Kid Rock, you did it in...

0:35:130:35:15

One minute...

0:35:160:35:18

40...

0:35:180:35:20

3.9!

0:35:200:35:23

-CHEERING / APPLAUSE

-Yay!

0:35:230:35:26

And with the W.

0:35:290:35:32

-CHEERING

-Phew!

0:35:320:35:34

To put up that kind of time, in the rain, and to beat other guys -

0:35:340:35:38

nice work. Let's give it up one more time for Kid Rock!

0:35:380:35:41

At the top!

0:35:410:35:44

AUDIENCE CHEERS

0:35:460:35:49

Now, this, as you may have noticed, is the H1 Hummer.

0:35:500:35:53

Thanks to Arnold Schwarzenegger, it became the vehicle of choice

0:35:530:35:57

for ballplayers and adult-entertainment stars,

0:35:570:35:59

even though it started as a piece of military hardware.

0:35:590:36:02

Trouble is, the Hummer's become socially unacceptable,

0:36:020:36:05

and now the Army is turning its back on the faithful Humvee as well.

0:36:050:36:09

And since the economy's in the tank,

0:36:090:36:11

the Army has to cut down on spending, and that got us thinking.

0:36:110:36:15

What would be the perfect cost- effective, less aggressive vehicle

0:36:150:36:19

for the Army of tomorrow?

0:36:190:36:21

We decided to meet at Kill Hill, a paintball park

0:36:280:36:32

just outside of Los Angeles, where accountants and meter maids go

0:36:320:36:35

for the weekend, to blow off steam and transform themselves into paintball mercenaries.

0:36:350:36:41

PAINTBALL GUNS RATTLING

0:36:420:36:44

I arrive first.

0:36:460:36:49

This is a 1977 Chevy El Camino SS.

0:36:520:36:57

This was the fourth-generation El Camino,

0:36:570:37:00

and this thing had plenty of grunt from its 254-barrel V8.

0:37:000:37:05

That's a lot of power to deliver to a light rear end,

0:37:050:37:08

and it's light because... it's not here.

0:37:080:37:11

It's a truck, but it's also a car. This is the original crossover.

0:37:110:37:16

This is the perfect platform to build my battle wagon.

0:37:160:37:19

It's durable, it's strong, it's overpowering.

0:37:190:37:22

It is shock-and-awe.

0:37:220:37:25

Look at the armaments on this car. Two dedicated rear guns,

0:37:250:37:28

two front guns, all controlled by this instrument panel,

0:37:280:37:31

except for this string that I pull for the rear guns,

0:37:310:37:36

but it works. This is the best part, though.

0:37:360:37:38

Look at this!

0:37:380:37:41

360 degrees of fiery paint raining down on Foghorn!

0:37:410:37:46

I am going to paint him like a subway car!

0:37:460:37:49

'My military machine was built to dominate this battle

0:37:490:37:52

'with brute force. But knowing Rutledge, I began to worry

0:37:520:37:56

'he might show up with paintball cannons strapped to a monster truck.'

0:37:560:38:00

Oh, you're kidding!

0:38:010:38:03

'Clearly I was wrong.'

0:38:030:38:06

You're fighting a war on a budget. A del Sol?

0:38:070:38:10

A 1997 Honda del Sol!

0:38:100:38:13

The last year they made 'em, they only made 5,600.

0:38:130:38:16

This car was mostly bought by women, and because of that,

0:38:160:38:19

no-one would expect a man to take a del Sol into battle.

0:38:190:38:23

But as Sun Tzu said in The Art Of War,

0:38:230:38:26

"speed is the essence of war",

0:38:260:38:29

and this del Sol might not be able to take the same kind of abuse

0:38:290:38:32

as the El Camino, but it will run circles around it.

0:38:320:38:35

-And this is your war wagon?

-I got two mounting forward.

0:38:350:38:38

-What have you got?

-Look. Two mounting forward.

0:38:380:38:41

I got four in the trunk pointed backward.

0:38:410:38:44

I also have one mounted on each door.

0:38:440:38:46

You really want to bring up that argument, my friend?

0:38:460:38:49

Where do you think you're going to hide?

0:38:490:38:52

I never have to get out of my vehicle to shoot you.

0:38:520:38:56

You CAN'T get out of your vehicle.

0:38:560:38:58

This is front-wheel drive, four cylinder, five speed.

0:38:580:39:01

-I can get wherever I want.

-I will give you this, though.

0:39:010:39:05

We both picked cars with Spanish names.

0:39:050:39:07

-We did, didn't we?

-What does "del sol" mean?

0:39:070:39:10

The direct translation means "of the sun",

0:39:100:39:12

which makes sense for the target top.

0:39:120:39:15

-What about "el camino"?

-It means "the road".

0:39:150:39:18

When they exported it to Mexico, they changed the name to Conquistador.

0:39:180:39:21

-Really?

-It means "to conquer".

-Hmm!

0:39:210:39:24

I will be conquistadoring you, my friend.

0:39:240:39:26

Not if "of the sun" has anything to say about it.

0:39:260:39:29

Diplomacy has failed. This means war.

0:39:290:39:32

'To determine whose vehicle was worthy of the military,

0:39:320:39:35

'the producers set up a battlefield.

0:39:350:39:38

'The first to the other side would win,

0:39:380:39:40

'but only if he gave the other car a new paint job

0:39:400:39:43

'on the way across. But winning wasn't enough.'

0:39:430:39:47

-The loser has to shoot himself with a paintball gun.

-Really?

0:39:470:39:50

-Yes!

-Are those steel-toes, those grandpa shoes you're wearing?

0:39:500:39:54

-No.

-Oh, you're going to wish they were.

0:39:540:39:57

All right, Adam. You ready?

0:40:030:40:06

Once more into the breach.

0:40:060:40:09

Go!

0:40:090:40:11

'My plan was to set up an ambush,

0:40:120:40:14

'so I could unload on Rutledge like Dick Cheney on a lawyer.'

0:40:140:40:19

-Come on! Come on!

-GUNS RATTLE

0:40:270:40:29

'Adam had me pinned down, so I used the del Sol's front-wheel drive

0:40:300:40:35

'to pull me from the dirt and line up my rear guns.'

0:40:350:40:38

HE FIRES

0:40:480:40:50

-Oh!

-GUN RATTLES

0:40:550:40:57

Ouch! That hurt!

0:41:000:41:03

'Rutledge made a run for it, but he would soon find out

0:41:030:41:06

'there is no escape from the Truckamino.'

0:41:060:41:09

-Oh!

-Oh, more, more!

0:41:160:41:18

Take him, baby. Take him!

0:41:180:41:20

'The El Camino was as big as a tank, but I squeezed down its flank.'

0:41:220:41:26

-Come on!

-1.6 litres of fury!

0:41:260:41:30

'Then it was smooth sailing to the finish line.

0:41:320:41:35

'The fleet-footed del Sol crossed the line first,

0:41:350:41:39

'slaughtering El Slow Camino.'

0:41:390:41:41

Don't hang that head so low, friend. You give it your best shot.

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It's not the shooting myself in the foot

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-so much as it's losing to you.

-Really?

-Yes.

0:41:490:41:51

-That takes a real man.

-I know.

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Real man that picked an El Camino instead of a del Sol.

0:41:540:41:57

-Safety's off!

-Can you hold on?

0:41:570:41:59

I don't want to get paint in my eyes.

0:41:590:42:01

-You want lip balm, too?

-Safety first, friend!

0:42:020:42:05

Go for it. Fire away.

0:42:050:42:08

Oh, man, this is going to hurt! That foot right there is going to hurt.

0:42:090:42:13

-You're not helping.

-I heard it's like driving a nail gun through your foot.

0:42:130:42:17

-What a

-BLEEP!

0:42:170:42:20

-You don't have the guts to do it.

-You're still talking.

0:42:200:42:23

-You don't have the guts.

-You're still talking! Come on.

0:42:230:42:26

-Quit stalling.

-Right. I'm going to do it.

0:42:260:42:28

Shoot it. Barrel on show.

0:42:280:42:31

Go.

0:42:310:42:33

-Whoa!

-Ow! Ow!

0:42:330:42:36

Oh, that was awesome!

0:42:360:42:38

-That was awesome!

-That hurts! Oh!

0:42:380:42:42

-What would you say it feels like?

-It

-BLEEP

-hurts!

-Let me see it.

0:42:420:42:46

-No.

-Come on!

-Shut up.

0:42:460:42:48

CHEERING / APPLAUSE

0:42:480:42:50

-Good man!

-I cannot get enough of that.

0:42:500:42:53

-You liked that, did you?

-That looked like it really did hurt.

0:42:530:42:56

-It did. It hurt a lot!

-I can't believe you went through with it.

0:42:560:42:59

I can't believe you beat me, "of the sun".

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Nor can I. That means the official Top Gear recommendation

0:43:020:43:06

to the military for the future weapon of choice is...the Honda del Sol!

0:43:060:43:10

THEY CHEER

0:43:100:43:13

Amazing!

0:43:130:43:15

Next you're going to replace the Air Force's F-22 with a box kite.

0:43:150:43:19

I love kites.

0:43:190:43:21

On that disturbing note, that is our show for the week.

0:43:210:43:24

Thank you for tuning in. Goodbye.

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0:43:260:43:30

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0:43:300:43:34

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