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'Now on Top Gear, Tanner drives a car made of wood...

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'Michelle Rodriguez falls for her Suzuki SX4...'

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Give it some.

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'..and I get my sea legs.'

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-Holy

-BLEEP!

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APPLAUSE AND CHEERING

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Welcome to Top Gear.

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On this show, nobody will live in a house together, nobody will be fired,

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but if you can hold a conversation about 0-60 times,

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this is where you belong.

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I'm Adam Ferrara, that's Tanner Foust

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and this is Rutledge Wood.

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We've got a ton of great stuff coming up,

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including a race between a plane, a boat and a car

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and Michelle Rodriguez is out on our test track.

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But we start with this. It's a Morgan.

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If you haven't heard of it, it's no surprise because it's built in a tiny town in Britain.

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To buy the latest model, you've got to sit on a two-year waiting list

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and to find out why somebody would wait so long

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to own an obscure British car,

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I jumped across the pond to drive one.

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This is the tiny town of Dorchester-on-Thames.

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Neolithic people lived here 4,000 years ago,

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before the Romans marched in.

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A place where you half expect to see Shakespeare or Robin Hood

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or some other dandy Englishman running around in tights.

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The Americans that come to England always mention three things -

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warm beer, mushy food and questionable dental work.

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But we came here because the Brits are at least very good at one thing -

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and that's making cars.

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Or at least they used to be.

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Over the last few years, England's lost more car companies than they've lost colonies.

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The classic British makes have fallen to foreigners -

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Jaguar and Land Rover are now Indian,

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Rolls-Royce and Bentley, German, Lotus, Malaysian.

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Aston Martin, Kuwaiti.

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Sadly, there are only a few boutique car manufacturers left

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but one stands out.

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And it makes its cars out of wood.

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But that may not be such a bad thing.

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Because this is the Morgan Aero Supersports.

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It looks like no other car, sort of retro-futuristic,

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like something they would have drawn up for Flash Gordon in the 1930s.

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If Al Capone were still alive, this is what he'd drive.

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The Morgan family started making cars in 1911

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and it's run today by the grandson of the founder.

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Morgans are still made by hand

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and the car reflects the company's history.

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It's got the classic swooping fenders.

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The big grille.

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Side exhaust pipes.

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The chassis is built from aluminum, or as they say here, aluminium,

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but in the frame they actually use wood, laminated ash,

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a little old school, but it's light, flexible and incredibly strong.

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Because they're hand built, no two are the same.

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What we call a hood, the Brits call a bonnet

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and this bonnet opens from the side.

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No fancy buttons here. This is the retro part of retro-futuristic.

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And what lies beneath the Morgan's plaque

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is a BMW 4.8 litre V8 engine.

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Yeah.

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Let's go scare some natives.

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TYRES SQUEAL

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The first thing you notice about these English countryside roads...

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-is they drive on the wrong

-BLEEP

-side of the road.

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That was so close.

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This is a car that is extravagant and simple both at the same time.

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The interior is pure function. It's just minimalistic.

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You have a speedometer and a tachometer, temperature and fuel.

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You have this beautiful leather everywhere.

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It's thick and designed to be worn in like a baseball glove.

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As environmentally unfriendly as that seems,

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it was worth it.

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On the smoother English roads, the Morgan is perfect.

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The suspension is actually really, really good.

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It's soft but still controlled.

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But to really get to know the Morgan,

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I had to get it away from the 30mph speed limits.

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Once you put your foot to the floor, it's a beast.

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This thunders through the forest like a bugling elk looking for a mate.

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It's awesome.

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Forget the ancient towns.

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Buzzing through the labyrinth of country lanes,

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I'd found the Morgan's spiritual home.

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Now, that's a sheep right there.

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Empty roads twisting through fields of green -

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this is what this timeless car was designed for.

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But this car is called the Morgan Supersports.

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Its makers claim it's high performance

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and that was something I couldn't test on the roads.

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I needed somewhere special.

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This is Bruntingthorpe Proving Ground.

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Two miles of open asphalt.

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Built in 1962, Bruntingthorpe was actually an American Air Force base

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during the Cold War

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and now, like so many closed military facilities,

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it's used to test cars.

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But we're not here for a history lesson, are we?

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ENGINE ROARS That's a manly sound.

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That's not a British "I drink tea at six o'clock" sound.

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Oh, no.

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At 376 horse power in a car with about 2,700 pounds,

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you're looking at the power to weight ratio of a Porsche 911 GT3.

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But high-performance cars aren't just about driving in straight lines.

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Pushed to the limit at corners,

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the Supersports became twitchy and unpredictable.

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In short, a handful.

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Morgan claims a top speed of 170mph...

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and with two miles of asphalt ahead of me, it was hard to resist.

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The thing that scares me is that the car is an old-school shape.

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In reality, these curves are like wings, lifting the car off the ground.

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170mph is a very modern speed for the body shape of an old car.

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In all seriousness, this is a pretty dangerous thing to do.

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CAR REVS

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I'm at 70 already. 80, 90...

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100.

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110.

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Getting kicked by every single little bump and that's 120.

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125.

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130. Little bits of wind.

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Go to fifth gear.

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140.

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It's getting very loud in here.

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I can't hear a thing. That's 142, full throttle.

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150. It's moving around, now. This is getting bad.

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Oh, the front end's starting to float.

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That's 160. Still full throttle.

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162.

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Oh, my God.

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And I'm out.

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Flogging it on the track seemed as inappropriate as taking the Queen to a frat party.

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This car is all about being classy.

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That was about the scariest thing I've ever done.

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I don't want to do that again. That loud...

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That much speed and the front end just starts moving around on you.

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It's er...

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I don't know what to say.

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Morgan only makes about 600 cars a year

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and only 200 of them will be the Aero Supersports like this one.

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If you want one, get in line.

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And the cost? 150 to 200 grand.

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Driving this car, it's not a supercar.

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It's not made to compete with Ferraris and Lamborghinis and Porsches.

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It's a gentleman's sports car.

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It might seem a lot to pay but you have to consider

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when buying a Morgan, you're not just buying a car.

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You're buying a piece of history.

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APPLAUSE

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I like it.

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At 150, the front end started coming up off the ground and you kept going?

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-Yes, had to.

-I'm very proud of you.

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Well, I mean, this is a 53 and the shape is virtually the same.

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It's not a car that's meant to be flogged.

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It's almost like a violation to drive it that hard.

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It's for cruising and when you do cruise the car in the countryside,

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it's perfect.

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-You know, there's only one of them in the US.

-One of them?

-One.

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Who'd want to own something so obnoxiously British?

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Simon Cowell.

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APPLAUSE

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Here on the show we pride ourselves on providing pertinent and accurate automotive information to consumers.

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Specifically, we wanted to help Floridians

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who maybe need to get from their plastic surgery appointment in Miami

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to their vacation home in Key West as soon as possible.

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This question is facing, literally, two to three people every year.

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What is the quickest way to get between these two points?

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We decided to find out.

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Miami, Florida. A steamy, sultry, tropical paradise.

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This is where America goes to party.

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But we weren't here to party.

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We were here to race.

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We were told to meet at Jones's boatyard on the Miami River.

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This was the heart of Miami

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and the starting point of the race.

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The finish line? 160 miles away in Key West,

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the southernmost point of the United States.

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Guys, I've seen Miami Vice enough to know

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the fastest way around this town is in a boat.

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I'm taking the 38-foot Donzi speed boat

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and I've a professional driver.

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Look, Tubbs. What's with the boat? This is a car show.

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You see that Lotus? I'm going to get in that Lotus

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and in 160 miles, I'm going to get out at the finish line

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in air-conditioned comfort.

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You guys are both idiots.

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If you're going to go from Miami to Key West

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the only way is by air.

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Gentlemen, I have chartered myself a seaplane.

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-A seaplane?

-A seaplane.

-It's an airplane that lands on the sea.

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That has the skis on it, right?

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The race car driver folds and takes the plane ride out.

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-I'm not going to sit in traffic.

-You should be ashamed of yourself.

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-Do you feel that breeze there?

-Yeah.

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In the ocean, that is like waves this high.

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It's going to be like a four-hour roller coaster from hell.

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You are going to be in traffic the whole way.

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Traffic's going the other way.

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-Right. Are you guys ready for this?

-Oh, yeah.

-Yeah.

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-Ready?

-Ready.

-Set, go.

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-Enjoy your flight, mister.

-I will.

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-How are you doing, Captain?

-I need a taxi at Jones's boatyard.

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Yeah, as quick as you can get here.

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I knew the others would begin slow

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but soon they would be topping 100mph,

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so I had to get the best head start possible.

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Let's hit it.

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I am driving the 2010 Lotus Evora.

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This is the first new Lotus since 1995.

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This mid-engine sports car has a six-cylinder, with 276 horse power.

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I know it doesn't sound like a lot but the car is so light

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it goes 0-60 in 4.9 seconds.

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Not bad for a car that is basically powered by the engine from a Toyota Camry.

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Anthony Colin Bruce Chapman started Lotus in 1952

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to build race cars.

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He is immortalised on every Lotus badge.

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Those stacked letters above the word Lotus are his initials.

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Now the others were surprised that I didn't go for the Lotus.

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Don't get me wrong.

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I love driving Lotuses on a curvy road or a race track.

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But taking the Evora out on the parking lot disguised as the road to Key West

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is just pointless, like putting mustard on a penguin.

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This is the Donzi 38 ZR Comp.

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Donzi was founded by Don Aranow, who also owned Magnum and Cigarette,

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the favourite aquatic transport of importers and exporters

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of exotic plant products.

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Donzi's sort of the Ferrari of the racing boat.

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This baby has two Mercury Marine V8s.

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They're both 502 cubic inches, supercharged and intercooled,

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so they each make 700 horse power.

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That's 1400 horse power on the water,

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more than twice what the Lotus and the seaplane have combined.

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This all sounded great but begged an obvious question.

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Why are we going so slow?

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We're going so slow because we're in a no-wake zone.

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-We're idling.

-You're going to idle for about one hour.

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-An hour? At idle?

-At idle.

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So far I'm liking the Evora. It's not like all the other Lotuses.

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It's wider, it has more headroom.

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It also has a back seat,

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which you could fit your passengers comfortably in if you cut off their heads and legs.

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I will tell you, the Evora is very comfortable.

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It's got Recaro seats, leather, air-conditioning.

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This is a sports car that you can drive every day.

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SAT-NAV SPEAKS IN SPANISH

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I'm glad we're not going through Arizona.

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'Finally, after 20 minutes, my cab arrived.'

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-How are you doing?

-Where are you going, sir?

-I'm going to Watson Island.

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-How long will it take?

-45 minutes.

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45 minutes?

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-MOBILE RINGS

-Hello?

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Adam, how's the traffic? I bet you're stopped at a red light.

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There's no traffic whatsoever, my friend.

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-Where are you?

-Oh, we're in the ocean.

-Really? It sounds so smooth.

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All right, let me ask you something. Do you speak Spanish?

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Why? Is your GPS in Spanish?

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-I'm in a race, like where there's a winner and then two losers.

-OK.

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-I don't want to be a loser.

-OK.

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Losing to Adam would be bad enough

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but losing to a man with a big head in a bedazzled carrot

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would be just too much to handle.

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HORN TOOTS

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I now 30 miles ahead of the others.

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Rutledge was idling in the Miami River slow zone

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and Tanner was still five miles from his seaplane base.

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SAT NAV SPEAKING SPANISH

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Lotus always had sort of an identity crisis.

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It's a mid-engine sports car made in England, not in Italy.

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It doesn't have the horse power of a Ferrari or a Lamborghini

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but they also don't have the price tag.

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This Evora starts around 73 grand.

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It is kind of exotic-looking and they're only making 2,000 of them,

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so you'll be the only one in your neighbourhood that has one.

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Key West. Keep left.

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From here it was a straight shot to victory,

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down US1 all the way to Key West.

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El Navigationo was historio.

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So now I'm on Highway 1, which is called the Overseas Highway

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because... look at it.

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You're basically over water the entire time.

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There's 42 bridges on this stretch of road alone.

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It's mostly two lanes and it's the only way in and out of the Keys,

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so traffic can be heavy.

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But it wasn't the traffic that was killing me.

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It was this 50mph speed limit.

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People in Florida drive slow

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to make the most out of whatever time they have left.

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Let this baby out.

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Let's go.

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Not me. I didn't come down here to die, I came down here to win.

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SIREN WAILS

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Oh, not now!

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I warned the crew when I came up on the bridge ten minutes ago

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not to speed on the bridge.

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Can we just, you know...

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go right towards the airplane?

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After being released by Sheriff Buford Pusser,

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I was back on the road -

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at 50mph.

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The Donzi had finally reached Biscayne Bay.

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-Are we ready?

-We're ready. I'm ready to go fast.

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ENGINES ROAR

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Now we're cooking. Now we're cooking.

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'It was time to play catch-up.'

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This thing rides like a Cadillac.

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After a smooth ride across the bay,

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we passed under the Rickenbacker Causeway.

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No more speed limits.

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That, my friends, is 91mph on the water.

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I would equate it to maybe removing the springs and shocks from your car

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and then finding the bumpiest road you can

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and then see how fast you can hit it.

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How long are I going to be on this thing? I want to do some open-field running.

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HORN TOOTS AND HE SIGHS

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There's 42 bridges. What, are you building another one? Come on.

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After an hour and a half of involuntary sight-seeing,

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I finally saw a seaplane.

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Miami Seaplane Base.

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This is the Cessna 206, often called the SUV of the sky.

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With a 520 cubic inch, 285 horse power engine,

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she'll do about a buck 20.

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That is awesome, getting on the water like that.

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Oh, right!

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Now we're talking.

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Two hours down and Adam was still way ahead.

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The race was on.

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As I flew south over the azure waters and palm-fringed paradise below,

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I got this strange feeling of deja vu -

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a desire to wear a pink t-shirt and roll up my pastel jacket sleeves.

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I keep hearing the theme to Miami Vice.

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-APPLAUSE

-I like that!

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It's great.

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All right, OK.

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And now it's time for the news.

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Now here's something you won't believe.

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GM has just announced a special edition Camaro SS.

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-Oh!

-It's convertible. It's very limited to 100 models.

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It's the Neiman Marcus edition Camaro.

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Yeah, and get this. They pre-sold it. It sold out in three minutes.

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100 people paid 75 grand for a Neiman Marcus edition Camaro,

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three words which have never been uttered in the same sentence before.

0:22:420:22:45

-Neiman Marcus Camaro?

-Yeah.

-It's like an Del Taco Lamborghini.

0:22:460:22:51

-Right?

-Rolls-Royce by Sears.

0:22:520:22:55

I obviously, being from the South, I would have painted that yellow and black

0:22:560:23:01

and made the Waffle House edition Camaro.

0:23:010:23:03

-That's cool.

-Yeah.

-And if you think three minutes is fast,

0:23:030:23:06

that sucker would sell out instantly.

0:23:060:23:09

All it is is it's burgundy and two-tone leather interior.

0:23:090:23:13

Maybe I'm missing where the extra 25 grand went.

0:23:130:23:15

There's probably cocaine in the trunk.

0:23:150:23:18

-What else you got, Rut?

-I don't know about you but I spend a lot of time on-line looking at cars

0:23:180:23:23

and some of favourite time to do that is looking on Craig's List

0:23:230:23:27

because you can find these insane descriptions of cars

0:23:270:23:31

but as soon as you read it, you think I've got to meet this person.

0:23:310:23:35

Like this is a great one.

0:23:350:23:36

"I have a '91 Olds POS.

0:23:360:23:39

"It runs but you have to be able to bypass the computerized key."

0:23:400:23:44

Well, that sure sounds like it doesn't run, sir.

0:23:440:23:47

"Been sitting for a few weeks, neighbour and spouse are getting annoyed.

0:23:480:23:52

"Would be perfect for a welding class demolition derby."

0:23:520:23:56

Now, that was good. Here's another one I really liked.

0:23:570:24:01

'94 Buick Century.

0:24:010:24:03

"Inside is in great condition and has very low miles.

0:24:030:24:05

"Everything works. Only thing it needs is a new transmission.

0:24:050:24:09

"And may need a new muffler."

0:24:100:24:13

See that, in my eyes, when you're reading a car description

0:24:130:24:16

if it needs a new transmission and mufflers, everything does, in fact, not work.

0:24:160:24:20

I believe you're right.

0:24:200:24:21

When we were all turning 16, Craig's List wasn't there.

0:24:210:24:25

We'd go to the grocery store and we'd look at the board and see what cars were for sale

0:24:250:24:29

and if you liked the car, you would tear all the numbers off,

0:24:290:24:32

so that no-one else would have the chance to call.

0:24:320:24:35

LAUGHTER

0:24:350:24:37

In another story, you know The Stig? You're familiar with our fourth member, yes?

0:24:370:24:42

Tireless.

0:24:420:24:44

We decided that we needed to reward him,

0:24:450:24:48

so we found ourselves a one-of-a-kind in this country Lamborghini

0:24:480:24:53

-and we've let him take this machine around the track. Let's take a look.

-OK.

0:24:530:24:58

ENGING REVVING

0:24:580:24:59

Very rare. One of a kind.

0:24:590:25:02

There it is.

0:25:020:25:05

It's a Lamborghini tractor.

0:25:050:25:07

Look how comfortable he looks on that thing. It's amazing.

0:25:070:25:11

It's surprisingly smooth in the corners.

0:25:120:25:15

-Look at that.

-Now, this tractor has a top speed of 15mph.

0:25:150:25:21

It's a 12-speed.

0:25:210:25:24

First gear goes to 0.3 mph.

0:25:240:25:27

0.3 mph out of first gear.

0:25:270:25:29

-Is this the tear drop?

-This is the tear drop.

0:25:290:25:32

Having to avoid wheel spin in this part of the track.

0:25:320:25:35

The slowest part of the track.

0:25:350:25:37

All I'm hearing in my head right now is # Da-da da dah-dah da da. #

0:25:370:25:41

Do you see the rear fenders?

0:25:420:25:43

This was built the year before the Countach hit paper for the first time

0:25:430:25:47

and those angles went straight into the Lamborghini Countach.

0:25:470:25:51

Amazing how it all connects together.

0:25:510:25:53

Oh, he's coming up to the finish finally.

0:25:560:25:58

And he is across the line.

0:25:580:26:02

-APPLAUSE

-Wow!

0:26:020:26:04

Now, not a lot of people know that Lamborghini started out as a tractor company

0:26:060:26:10

and he owned a Ferrari

0:26:100:26:12

and his wife kept burning the clutch out,

0:26:120:26:14

so he put his tractor clutch in the car,

0:26:140:26:16

went and told Mr Ferrari, "I've fixed your car for you."

0:26:160:26:19

That was so offensive, they got into a fight,

0:26:190:26:22

and Mr Lamborghini hired the Ferrari engine and suspension technician,

0:26:220:26:26

-started his own car company - the rest is history.

-Wow.

0:26:260:26:28

Isn't that great? Don't you love it when Italians get pissed off?

0:26:280:26:32

Great things happen.

0:26:320:26:33

Most of our times are in the minute and a half range.

0:26:330:26:37

That tractor went around the track in five minutes and 22 seconds.

0:26:370:26:41

-Wow!

-Yes, yes. It's pretty respectable.

0:26:410:26:44

It's still an amazing machine.

0:26:440:26:46

Each wheel and tyre combo on that tractor,

0:26:460:26:48

each side weighs 1,000 pounds.

0:26:480:26:50

As a man from the South, that was an inspiring, inspiring piece.

0:26:500:26:55

That... Who knew a tractor could look so good on a track?

0:26:550:26:59

-That was the Neiman Marcus edition.

-Oh, was it?

-Yes.

0:26:590:27:02

APPLAUSE

0:27:020:27:04

And now it's time to put a Big Star In a Small Car.

0:27:090:27:12

Please help me welcome Michelle Rodriguez.

0:27:120:27:15

CHEERING

0:27:150:27:17

-Hi.

-How are you doing? Good to see you.

-How are you?

0:27:180:27:21

-Hi, guys.

-Thank you so much for being here.

0:27:240:27:27

I have to ask because they told me and I didn't believe it.

0:27:270:27:30

You actually got your driver's licence for The Fast And The Furious?

0:27:300:27:35

Yes, I did and my crash course in driving

0:27:350:27:37

was at the car-racing school in Arizona.

0:27:370:27:40

-Really?

-Yeah.

-My father took me to a parking lot.

0:27:400:27:43

-And you got to...

-Yeah, my dad tried that but I don't consider that...

0:27:450:27:49

-It didn't work.

-Really?

-Yeah.

0:27:490:27:51

But you know, when you go to car-racing school

0:27:510:27:53

and you learn how to go really fast, it just becomes normal.

0:27:530:27:57

And then you get a lot of points on your licence

0:27:580:28:00

and then, you know...

0:28:000:28:02

you end up having to buy a Prius so the cops leave you alone.

0:28:020:28:05

LAUGHTER

0:28:050:28:06

-Do you have a Prius?

-Yeah, I own a Prius now.

0:28:060:28:09

-AUDIENCE: Ah!

-Wah, wah.

0:28:090:28:12

But I'm about to get my points back down to a reasonable level

0:28:120:28:15

so I can buy a sports car again.

0:28:150:28:17

CHEERING

0:28:170:28:19

Yeah! Wha-hoo!

0:28:190:28:21

All right, cos I thought like, a Prius, you're the fast and the frugal.

0:28:230:28:26

Yeah.

0:28:260:28:28

Did you buy the Prius on your own or did the State of California go, "Lady, this is a good idea."

0:28:280:28:33

Well, after using, you know...

0:28:340:28:38

-and that not working with the cop...

-Oh.

0:28:380:28:41

..it was like you realise you've either got to slow down or get a car that's slower.

0:28:410:28:45

-OK, so you were being responsible.

-Yeah, yeah.

0:28:450:28:48

Because I thought not only did we think that Priuses were punishment but so did California.

0:28:480:28:53

-Now, you drove a 240 SX in The Fast And The Furious.

-Yeah.

0:28:530:28:56

WHOOPING Oh, somebody there likes that car.

0:28:560:28:59

-Right on.

-And you liked the Nissans after that

0:28:590:29:02

-and because of the movie you went and bought a truck Nissan?

-I did.

0:29:020:29:06

I bought the truck for surfing

0:29:060:29:08

because that was back in my I'm-an-idiot, Jackass days.

0:29:080:29:11

If there were a female version of Jackass,

0:29:110:29:13

me and my home girls from Jersey would have been the show.

0:29:130:29:16

Yeah, 80mph on the turnpike on top of my Nissan Frontier, that's my record.

0:29:160:29:22

-Whoo-hoo!

-That's great.

-Yeah.

0:29:220:29:24

I love Jersey girls surfing. "Come on, we're gonna go fricking surfing."

0:29:240:29:29

Now, you were in Avatar, you were a helicopter pilot.

0:29:300:29:34

I have to ask. Did you get your pilot's licence just for Avatar?

0:29:340:29:37

No but I sure as heck did get some really awesome lessons

0:29:380:29:43

where I got to fly over Los Angeles.

0:29:430:29:46

The guy actually let me control the damn thing.

0:29:460:29:49

I thought he was crazy, you know?

0:29:490:29:51

But yeah, right over Burbank, baby. It was so awesome.

0:29:510:29:55

See, I can't... I have ADD. I cannot...

0:29:550:29:57

I'd be flying around, "Oh, look a bird."

0:29:570:29:59

I just, I couldn't do it.

0:29:590:30:01

I think you'd find it fun. There's something really awesome about being able to control that thing.

0:30:010:30:07

Very cool.

0:30:070:30:08

So did you have fun doing this?

0:30:080:30:10

I'm sure your race-school stuff must have come in handy with the Suzuki.

0:30:100:30:14

It actually...

0:30:140:30:16

The car-racing school stuff is with the pedals.

0:30:160:30:18

You're in a Formula 2 car.

0:30:180:30:20

But it's different, this whole thing, than this.

0:30:200:30:22

-Right.

-So I had to get used to it.

0:30:220:30:24

So today, I learned how to manoeuvre a stick-clutch vehicle.

0:30:240:30:29

This is the first time you drove a stick is on our track?

0:30:290:30:32

The first time I was actually able to do it appropriately, yes.

0:30:320:30:36

-A-ha!

-Yeah.

0:30:360:30:38

-You want to see how she did?

-Yeah!

0:30:380:30:40

So do I!

0:30:400:30:41

Uh-oh!

0:30:420:30:43

All right, nice start.

0:30:460:30:48

-Oh, I'm looking angry there.

-You really wanted that gear.

0:30:500:30:53

I totally did.

0:30:530:30:55

It's the first turn. It is wet.

0:30:550:30:56

I do! Why do I look so angry?

0:30:560:30:59

You're focused. Look at you.

0:31:000:31:02

You're moving pretty good, even though it is a wet track.

0:31:020:31:05

This is the tear drop.

0:31:050:31:07

I almost flipped it. It felt like I almost flipped it a couple of times.

0:31:070:31:11

OK, this is really difficult and you're doing very well.

0:31:110:31:14

-Dude, I'm keeping it nice and safe.

-Nice and composed.

0:31:140:31:17

Here you come. Now this is where you can really pick up some speed.

0:31:170:31:20

LAUGHTER I want some gum.

0:31:200:31:22

Apparently you're chewing tobacco while you drive.

0:31:220:31:25

This is the back straight, the fastest part of the track.

0:31:260:31:29

Give it some.

0:31:300:31:31

Whoa!

0:31:360:31:37

Here we go again.

0:31:390:31:41

Here we go, coming into the last corner here.

0:31:430:31:45

Nice bit of speed and you're across the line.

0:31:450:31:49

CHEERING

0:31:490:31:51

Good job. Good job.

0:31:510:31:53

Have mercy on me, man.

0:31:530:31:55

I am merely the reporter. How do you think you did?

0:31:550:31:58

I think I sucked worse than those guys. That's what I'm thinking.

0:31:580:32:02

Well, let's see how you did.

0:32:020:32:04

You did it in one fifty-five...

0:32:040:32:09

point two.

0:32:120:32:13

-CHEERING

-1:55.2

0:32:130:32:15

Ah, dude!

0:32:150:32:16

-So...

-I'm going to put a W on it because it was a very wet lap.

0:32:160:32:20

-So I'm right under Buzz Aldrin?

-You're on top of an astronaut.

0:32:200:32:23

-Oh! So...

-There you go. 1:55.2.

0:32:260:32:28

-CHEERING

-Michelle Rodriguez.

0:32:280:32:33

Tonight we're trying to find the fastest way from Miami

0:32:410:32:43

to the southernmost point of the United States - Key West.

0:32:430:32:46

I'm in a Lotus Evora,

0:32:460:32:48

Rutledge is an a 500,000 Donzi speed boat

0:32:480:32:51

and Tanner is in a seaplane.

0:32:510:32:53

Let's rejoin the action.

0:32:530:32:55

All three of us were racing as fast as we could

0:33:020:33:04

for the finish line in Key West.

0:33:040:33:06

Adam lead in the Lotus and was just 60 miles from the finish.

0:33:090:33:13

Rutledge in the Donzi was just 20 miles behind him

0:33:130:33:16

and I was 10 miles behind the boat.

0:33:160:33:18

The race was truly on.

0:33:180:33:20

Right over there there's a yellow Lotus cruising along somewhere

0:33:220:33:26

with a metrosexual New Yorker in it.

0:33:260:33:29

How big do you think the alligators get down here? They scare me.

0:33:300:33:34

It's Rutledge I'm worried about, in the boat.

0:33:350:33:37

Whoa! Yeah!

0:33:370:33:39

That boat will do the same speed as the plane.

0:33:390:33:42

80mph in the boat. It feels like a gang initiation.

0:33:420:33:47

The downside to having 1,400 horse power is we already blew through half a tank of gas.

0:33:490:33:54

To guarantee we make it to Key West, we needed to top off.

0:33:550:34:00

Once we get through here, it's open ocean,

0:34:020:34:04

wide open throttle the whole way down.

0:34:040:34:07

These huge supercharged motors use a lot of gas.

0:34:070:34:11

This thing will hold 210 gallons and at four bucks a gallon,

0:34:110:34:14

it's almost 800 to refuel

0:34:140:34:17

but if you had a Donzi, would probably wouldn't care, would you?

0:34:170:34:21

So did you see the Lotus at all?

0:34:210:34:23

Yeah, it passed me just before we came across the bridge.

0:34:230:34:27

-It passed you just before this little bridge right here?

-That's right.

0:34:270:34:30

That's about 15 minutes. OK, make sure it's real good and full.

0:34:350:34:40

The island of Marathon.

0:34:470:34:49

Marathon marks the start of the world-famous Seven-Mile Bridge.

0:34:500:34:54

It was first completed in 1912

0:34:550:34:57

and has been destroyed by hurricanes and rebuilt twice since then.

0:34:570:35:01

But the most important fact was it meant I was only 50 miles from the finish line.

0:35:020:35:07

All that open water, I don't see an orange boat,

0:35:080:35:12

nor do I see anybody up in the sky in a seaplane.

0:35:120:35:15

What I did see was the opening I was looking for.

0:35:160:35:19

No traffic, no cops and a bridge that was all mine.

0:35:190:35:24

Back in the open ocean, the swell had picked up

0:35:290:35:32

and I'd left my sea legs back at the gas station.

0:35:320:35:35

I was on the verge on puking

0:35:390:35:41

and was beginning to rethink my mode of transportation.

0:35:410:35:44

Man, I think that's him on the bridge.

0:35:580:36:00

Oh, no. Not now! Damn it!

0:36:000:36:03

At the Seven-Mile Bridge I finally caught up to the Lotus.

0:36:030:36:06

Let's go, let's do him!

0:36:060:36:08

Passing Adam was like a dose of Dramamine

0:36:080:36:11

but then Tanner crashed my party.

0:36:110:36:13

80mph and being passed by a plane!

0:36:240:36:27

The lead was finally mine and nothing could stop me now.

0:36:270:36:31

In this part of the world, the seaplane reigns supreme.

0:36:310:36:35

Down here in Key West there used to be a navy base

0:36:350:36:38

where seaplanes would go out into the ocean looking for German submarines

0:36:380:36:42

and when they found them, they dropped grenades on them.

0:36:420:36:45

Inspired by history, we went hunting,

0:36:450:36:48

though we had a much larger target in mind than a submarine -

0:36:480:36:51

Rutledge's bobbing head.

0:36:510:36:53

-Holy

-BLEEP!

0:36:560:36:57

Holy crap!

0:37:040:37:05

-Oh,

-BLEEP.

0:37:080:37:09

Tanner just gave me a haircut with the plane.

0:37:110:37:13

-Holy

-BLEEP.

-That was close.

0:37:160:37:19

20 minutes later and Key West was in my sights

0:37:200:37:24

but rough seas by the Southernmost Point meant we had to land three miles to the northeast.

0:37:240:37:29

I was now on the outskirts of town.

0:37:320:37:34

The traffic gods were smiling down upon me.

0:37:340:37:37

I got to be close to the end.

0:37:370:37:39

This is 69 Whiskey Tango, we'll be landing now.

0:37:410:37:44

With three miles to go, running wasn't going to cut it.

0:38:050:38:09

I needed something that burns fuel - anything.

0:38:090:38:12

-You rent scooters?

-Yeah.

-Can I rent one?

0:38:140:38:17

-OK.

-All right.

0:38:170:38:19

-How do I get to the Southernmost Point?

-On this road, there's signs.

0:38:190:38:23

So the quickest way would be right down the street?

0:38:230:38:26

-Can I take a copy of that?

-Yeah.

0:38:260:38:29

It might not have been superbike but the little Honda did have a top speed of 22mph.

0:38:310:38:37

I was finally on shore with just a mile to go.

0:38:430:38:46

Hey, how are you doing?

0:38:490:38:51

Enjoy Key West.

0:38:510:38:53

-Hey, which way's the marker?

-The marker?

-The Southernmost Point.

0:38:540:38:58

-It's all way the way down the street there.

-All right, thanks.

0:38:580:39:02

It was hot, the finish was far

0:39:020:39:05

and I hadn't run this fast since I tried out for the '96 Olympics.

0:39:050:39:08

Right, there's a taxi.

0:39:100:39:11

Come on, we're almost home!

0:39:140:39:16

This has to be the last right turn in the United States.

0:39:160:39:19

How far would you say we are from the marker?

0:39:270:39:30

And this is definitely the quickest route?

0:39:300:39:32

Incredibly, all three of us were less than a mile to the finish.

0:39:320:39:36

Come on. I'm running out of country.

0:39:380:39:40

Oh, you little miserable...

0:39:550:39:58

Come on!

0:39:580:39:59

-Yes!

-No!

0:40:090:40:11

Where are you, scooter boy?

0:40:160:40:18

By just that much.

0:40:200:40:21

That's.. I was... I...

0:40:210:40:24

Oh, crap.

0:40:240:40:26

Here's good.

0:40:270:40:28

Look who's come ashore.

0:40:280:40:30

Hey, it's the pirate. APPLAUSE

0:40:300:40:32

CHEERING

0:40:340:40:36

All I want to know is how many times did you throw up?

0:40:400:40:43

None.

0:40:430:40:44

Come on. Seriously.

0:40:440:40:46

Three or four, tops.

0:40:460:40:48

What I want to know is how fast the Lotus goes around our test track

0:40:490:40:53

at the hands of our silent racing driver. Take it away, Stig.

0:40:530:40:56

Now, even though the track is wet,

0:40:560:40:58

an experienced racer like the Stig has driven in all conditions,

0:40:580:41:01

so let's see what it'll do.

0:41:010:41:03

That's a lot of wheel spin off the line.

0:41:040:41:06

0-60 in about five seconds in the dry,

0:41:060:41:09

with the mid-engine weight balance helping the Lotus in the wet.

0:41:090:41:12

Surprisingly grippy out there for how much rain has fallen,

0:41:120:41:15

as he finds his way through the crows.

0:41:150:41:18

That's one of the heaviest Lotuses ever built - 3,000 pounds.

0:41:180:41:22

He heads through the chicane and into the tear drop.

0:41:220:41:26

Wow, Stig looking amazingly comfortable.

0:41:270:41:30

Dives his way into the tightest section.

0:41:300:41:32

This is where there's typically a lot of wheel spin in the wet.

0:41:320:41:35

Very difficult, even with only 270 horse power, to put the power down.

0:41:350:41:39

A little bit of a wag of the tail

0:41:390:41:41

but he does get great momentum out and onto the back straight.

0:41:410:41:45

Oh, he's moving there at 120mph.

0:41:450:41:48

Diving into the most treacherous part of the track, the S's,

0:41:510:41:54

at over 100mph, into Camera Man's Corner.

0:41:540:41:57

Diving into the last section of the track,

0:42:040:42:07

moving those crows out of the way,

0:42:070:42:09

sawing at the wheel as he finds his way into the last corner...

0:42:090:42:12

and across the line.

0:42:130:42:15

CHEERING AND APPLAUSE

0:42:150:42:18

Wow!

0:42:190:42:21

Pretty good, right?

0:42:210:42:22

This is a very difficult one to call because it's wet.

0:42:220:42:26

We know the Lotus is going to be quick.

0:42:260:42:28

It's one of the heavier Lotuses at 3,000 pounds

0:42:280:42:30

but only 270 horse power.

0:42:300:42:33

On the board we have a lot of fast cars.

0:42:330:42:35

On the top of the board we still have the Viper ACR at 1:22.

0:42:350:42:39

and the VelociRaptor at 1:39 is the slowest.

0:42:390:42:43

The Evora somehow puts in, in the wet, a 1:28.4,

0:42:430:42:47

-two tenths slower than the Vantage.

-Wow.

-Wow.

0:42:470:42:49

Wow.

0:42:510:42:52

Really quick.

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That could potentially be one of the fastest wet times we ever have.

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So far it's the only wet time we have.

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So far it is and that's all the time that we have.

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