Reviews: Pagani Zonda Roadster F • Bugatti Veyron
Features/challenges: Economy race from Basel to Blackpool Illuminations (Volkswagen Polo BlueMotion • Jaguar XJ Diesel • Subaru Legacy Diesel)
Guest: Harry Enfield
Original air date: November 23, 2008
The trio are on a fuel economy race to see who can make it from Basel in Switzerland to Blackpool in northwest England, on a single tank of fuel – May is sensible and selects a Subaru Legacy Diesel, Clarkson thinks its pointless and arrives in a Jaguar XJ Diesel, and Hammond turns up in a Volkswagen Polo BlueMotion to the scorn of his compatriots, with all three allowed to choose their own routes to the finish line. While Clarkson is interested in just running out near his home, Hammond and May show their competitive sides in this clever race, but once back in Britain, all three soon begin praying they can achieve what they set out to do, with a surprise in store for one of them. Meanwhile, May tackles his first ever power test by seeing how good the Pagani Zonda F Roadster is, the Stig finally gets to step into the Bugatti Veyron and do a power lap around the track to see how fast it is, and Harry Enfield returns to redeem his honour, as he talks about his ‘Clarkson Island’ sketch while hoping he did better this time in the Lacetti.