Reviews: “Aero-engined” Bentley, Brutus
Features: Test of three stripped track cars: (KTM X-Bow • Caterham R500 • Morgan Three Wheeler)
Guest: Alex James
Original air date: March 4, 2012
The presenters head out to Donington Park to test out three stripped-out track cars – May believes it cannot be anything other than the Caterham Seven, Clarkson opts to show that it is the KTM X-Bow, and Hammond attempts to prove that it has to be the Morgan Three Wheeler. Along with a series of challenges on the Park’s circuit, the trio also see how practical they are as everyday cars by using them to drive to work. Elsewhere, Clarkson re-enacts the ‘Battle of Britain’ at the Track as a modern recreation of a classic 1920s Bentley model, faces up against the fury of a home-made German car, Brutus, while Alex James of Blur takes to the track with the Kia Cee’d.
Note: Clarkson was originally planning to arrive in a BAC Mono, but stated in the ‘Best Stripped-Out Track Car’ film that it had broken down and the KTM was his second choice.