Reviews: Jaguar XKR-S • Nissan GT-R
Features: Make a train out of a specially modified car and caravans as carriages: (Jaguar XJ-S Convertible • Audi S8)
Guest: Rowan Atkinson
Original air date: July 17, 2011
The trio see if they can find a cheaper alternative to expensive carriage trains, but an argument over their initial creation leads to them having a race to see if Hammond and May’s “traditional” train – a 4WD Audi S8 pulling five caravan “carriages” – can reach Loughborough train station, before Clarkson’s “Sports Train” – a Jaguar XJ-S Convertible pulling an open-top, four-man carriage. Elsewhere, the Jaguar XKR-S and the Nissan GT-R are tested out on the track by Clarkson, while comedian Rowan Atkinson previews his new film Johnny English Reborn, as well as talking about the prototype V16 engine used in the film’s Rolls-Royce Phantom Coupé and his love of cars, before lapping the circuit in the Kia Cee’d.
Note: The railway line used by the show for the ‘Cars as Trains’ film, belongs to the Great Central Railway in Leicestershire.