Reviews: Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Roadster
Features: Clarkson and May examine China’s car industry in Beijing • Hammond learns about NASCAR racing in Texas
Guests: Matt LeBlanc • Jimmie Johnson • Jeff Gordon • Juan Pablo Montoya • Kyle Petty
Original air date: February 5, 2012
Clarkson and May head to China to explore the country’s merging car industry in response to the assertion that everyone will be driving Chinese cars in five years, where they encounter facsimiles of popular car designs from other countries, discover how the automotive populace exploded in size, and meet with The Stig’s rather aggressive, Chinese cousin. Elsewhere, Hammond explores the world of NASCAR by travelling to the Texas Motor Speedway for the AAA Texas 500 and interviewing some notable NASCAR drivers. The Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Roadster is given a slidey review by Clarkson on the test track, and former Friends star and car lover, Matt LeBlanc, is in the hot seat of the Kia Cee’d.
Note: As a humorous reference to the ‘Cars from China’ film, 3 unknown Chinese presenters finish the show while speaking in Mandarin. The show’s theme tune for the credits was performed with traditional Chinese instruments.