Reviews: Volkswagen Touareg • Bugatti Veyron Super Sport
Features/challenges: Volkswagen Touareg vs Swedish snowmobilers • Reach 258mph (415 km/h) in the Bugatti Veyron Super Sport • Commemorating racing driver Ayrton Senna, Lewis Hamilton drives his 1988 F1 racing car.
Guest: Tom Cruise • Cameron Diaz
Original air date: July 25, 2010
Hammond heads to Riksgränsen to see what improvements have been made to the Volkswagen Touareg since Top Gear reviewed the last one, before driving a customised Touareg in a race against snowmobile racers Dan Lang and Daniel Bodin. Meanwhile, May returns to the Ehra-Lessien test track with the Bugatti Veyron Super Sport, an updated version of the Bugatti Veyron, to see if it can reclaim the crown of the “Fastest Production Car in the World” by attempting to reach an even faster speed than before, while actors Cameron Diaz and Tom Cruise are promoting their new movie Knight and Day while seeing who was faster in the Kia when they did a lap of the Test Track. Finally, Clarkson pays tribute to the late Ayrton Senna, who would have been celebrating his 50th birthday (at the time the episode was first broadcast), by finding out from the people who knew him best – Mika Häkkinen, Lewis Hamilton, Jarno Trulli, Martin Brundle, Fernando Alonso, Felipe Massa, Rubens Barrichello, David Coulthard, Mark Webber, Nigel Mansell, and Michael Schumacher – what he was like on and off the track, before Lewis Hamilton has a go at driving Senna’s F1 car.
Note: Because of licensing reasons, the ‘Ayrton Senna Tribute’ film has not been shown since it was first aired; all repeats of this episode end after the ‘Star in a Reasonably Priced Car’ segment and go straight to the credits.