Reviews: Porsche 911 Sport Classic • Porsche Boxster Spyder
Features/challenges: Find a £5,000 everyday second-hand sports saloon for track days (Mercedes-Benz 190E 2.3-16 Cosworth • BMW M3 • Ford Sierra Sapphire RS Cosworth)
Guest: Alastair Campbell
Original air date: July 4, 2010
The trio are in Germany, and have bought some second-hand four-door saloons within a budget of £5,000, to see which is the best choice for the ultimate track day car – May believes it is the Mercedes-Benz 190E 2.3-16 Cosworth he bought, Hammond attempts to prove it is his BMW M3 he got, and Clarkson settles on seeing if he can convince the other two that it is his Ford Sierra Sapphire RS Cosworth that he purchased. After meeting up in Berlin, the trio travel across the country and test their cars in a series of challenges, including seeing how fast they can drive them on an Autobahn, escorting a brass band in their cars, subject them to a comprehensive road-worthiness test by the ADAC, before finally heading to the EuroSpeedway Lausitz and riding with the Stig’s German cousin as he attempts to do a fast lap with their car, and seeing how many views they got when they filmed themselves doing a lap of the circuit before uploading their video to YouTube. Elsewhere, May tests out the Porsche 911 Sport Classic and the Porsche Boxster Spyder on the track, while former Director of Communications under Tony Blair, Alastair Campbell, is the latest star in the Kia Cee’d.
Note: Due to time constraints, a challenge from the ‘Ultimate Second-Hand Track Car’ film was not shown in the episode. The challenge saw the presenters perform an economy run, filling up their cars with precisely 3 imperial gallons (14 L) and seeing if they could drive out of Germany into Poland with that amount and nothing else. The cut segment of the film can be seen online.