Reviews: Alfa Romeo 8C Competizione • Nissan GT-R
Features/challenges: Epic race: Nissan GT-R vs Japanese Bullet Train
Guests: Fiona Bruce • Kate Silverton
Original air date: July 13, 2008
The Nissan GT-R has received so much press, that Clarkson believes there’s only one way to see how good it is – to race it against Japan’s legendary Bullet Train. Naturally, as he attempts to get from Hakui, Ishikawa to a Buddha shrine “dedicated to road safety” on top of Mount Nokogiri in Chiba, his colleagues, Hammond and May, take to Japan’s public transport, using trains, buses, a ferry and a cable car alongside the Bullet Train, to see if they can beat him, and there is plenty of trouble for both when they’re making their way through Tokyo. Meanwhile, Clarkson tries out the Alfa Romeo 8C Competizione on the track, and British newsreaders, Fiona Bruce and Kate Silverton, drive in very wet conditions with the Lacetti.