Reviews: Ferrari 599 GTO
Features: “Top Gear Ashes”: British Hosts vs Top Gear Australia Hosts
Guests: Boris Becker • Jodie Kidd • Darryn Lyons • Steve Pizzati • Ewen Page • Shane Jacobson
Original air date: January 30, 2011
Clarkson, Hammond and May have challenged the newest hosts of Top Gear Australia – Steve Pizzati, Ewen Page and Shane Jacobson – to a series of contests in the “Top Gear Ashes”. Events include a Utility Vehicle Drag Race, a Double-Decker Race, Synchronized Donuts, and Sheep Hurdling, before ending with a Rally Race to see who will win the Ashes. Meanwhile, Clarkson showcases the extremely rare 1963 Ferrari 250 GTO and the 1980s era Ferrari 288 GTO, before handling the tricky Ferrari 599 GTO, while Boris Becker is aiming to get the Kia to a fast time on the track.
Note: For The Top Gear Australia, the ‘Top Gear Ashes’ film was extended into a full-length special edition episode that aired under the title of Top Gear Australia: Ashes Special prior to the show’s third series. The episode featured additional footage of the events shown in the British version of the film, but also included additional segments prior to the challenge that was exclusive to the Australian special.