Reviews: Toyota i-REAL
Features/challenges: Tuning challenge: Renault Avantime • Finnish folk racing • Corvette V-8 engine blender-made smoothie
Guests: Mark Wahlberg • Mika Häkkinen
Original air date: November 16, 2008
The boys attempt to see if they can modify a Renault Avantime with the remainder of a £15,000 budget provided for them, so that it can lap the test track as fast as a Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution X, and quickly discover that it’s not as easy a task as it seems. Meanwhile, Hammond heads to Toyota City in Japan to test out a “drivable” chair, the i-REAL, May prepares for his first supercar review by learning “The Finnish Way of Car Control” from Mika Häkkinen and entering a Jokamiesluokka (a rallycross race), Clarkson sees if he can make a food blender out of a V8 engine by making a ‘manly’ drink, and Mark Wahlberg tries to adjust to a manual gearbox and the right-handed seating position of the reasonably priced car.