Reviews: Ferrari 430 Scuderia
Features/challenges: £1,000 Police Car Challenge (Fiat Coupé 20v Turbo • Lexus LS400 • Suzuki Vitara) • TG Stuntman: Austin Allegro jump in reverse world record • Investigating fuel economy: 5 supercars race and BMW M3 vs Prius
Guests: Alan Carr • Justin Lee Collins
Original air date: June 22, 2008
The presenters each have £1,000 to spend, plus a further £500 for modifications, to buy a used car and convert it into a police cruiser that can be better than the Vauxhall Astra diesel that British police use. Clarkson hopes his turbocharged 20V Fiat Coupé with fitted scythed wheel covers and modern siren system is up to the task, May believes his Lexus LS400 with rear-mounted paint gun system and “siren” (from an ice cream van) can catch “crims”, while Hammond has got a lot of ‘blues and twos’ on his Suzuki Vitara which is complete with an ambitious self-deploying spike strip. To see whose is best, the trio try to drive and fast and flamboyantly, help to clear up an accident site, and then try to apprehend The Stig as he makes a run for it. Elsewhere, Clarkson discuss fuel economy with some supercars and, looks at the Ferrari 430 Scuderia, new member, Top Gear Stunt Man, tries to see how many cars he can drive backwards over in an Austin Allegro Vanden Plas 1500, and Justin Lee Collins and Alan Carr see who was faster in the Lacetti.