Reviews: Porsche 911 GT2 • Lamborghini Gallardo LP560-4
Features/challenges: £5,000 Lorry challenge (ERF EC11 • Renault Magnum • Scania P94D)
Guest: Michael Parkinson
Original air date: November 2, 2008
Clarkson, Hammond and May see how easy it is to be an HGV driver, by each buying a second-hand lorry cab within a budget of £5,000 – May buys a Scania 94D, Clarkson buys a Renault Magnum and Hammond gets an ERF EC11. Heading for the “Top Gear’s Secret Alpine Test Location” (in Bedfordshire), the trio undertake a series of challenges, including power-sliding their lorries, tackling the Alpine course while transporting a trailer with a valuable piece of (unsecured) cargo, seeing how fast their lorry is and attempting a hill start without breaking something precious to them. For their final challenge, they return to the test track, where they find how quickly they can brake after ploughing into an “obstacle” at high speed. Elsewhere, Clarkson is testing out the Porsche 997 GT2 and Lamborghini Gallardo LP560-4 on the track, and chat show legend Michael Parkinson is in “t’reasonably priced car”.
Note: While filming the ‘HGV Challenge’, Clarkson injured himself after driving his lorry through his obstacle in the film’s final challenge.