Reviews: Tesla Roadster • Honda FCX Clarity
Features/challenges: 50 years of British Touring Car racing • TG Stuntman takes on Fifth Gear’s caravan jump record • Top Gear Awards 2008
Guests: Sir Tom Jones • Jay Kay
Original air date: December 14, 2008
Clarkson puts the first electric supercar, the battery powered Tesla Roadster (2008), through its paces on the track, while May heads to California to test drive what could be the future of motoring – the hydrogen powered Honda FCX Clarity. Elsewhere, Hammond takes a look back at 50 years of Touring Cars racing history, Top Gear Stunt Man returns to beat the record set by Fifth Gear for the furthest distance by a car off a ramp while towing a caravan, Clarkson sees if the elderly could enjoy a motorised rocking chair powered by a V8 engine, and singer, Tom Jones, is in control of the Lacetti for a lap around the track.
Note: During the News segment, the presenters revealed they had bought a Morris Marina, after a Marina Owners Club complained about them burning one in the ‘Communist Cars’ film. A piano was promptly dropped onto the Marina while showing it, starting a running gag by the presenters with Marinas that featured in later episodes.