Reviews: Audi R8 V10 • Chevrolet Corvette ZR1
Features/challenges: Build an electric car better than a G-Wiz
Guest: Michael Sheen
Original air date: November 22, 2009
None of the presenters like feel that the G-Wiz is a good electric car, so they decide to attempt to build their own which is much better. With Hammond taking on the car’s chassis, suspension and brakes, May dealing with the power and propulsion, and Clarkson designing the interior and exterior, their initial creation is tested around Oxford and soon causes mayhem. With a re-think and given the name of the “Hammerhead Eagle i-Thrust”, the presenters take it to the MIRA Proving Ground and try pass the EU-required tests needed to make a car road legal (with a little cheating) before giving it to Autocar magazine for an independent test. Meanwhile, Clarkson reviews the brilliant and boring V10-engined Audi R8, and the fun-to-drive but terrible Chevrolet Corvette ZR1, while Welsh actor Michael Sheen flies in from Los Angeles to do a lap in the reasonably priced car.