Reviews: Range Rover Sport • New Routemaster • Jaguar F-Type
Features: Tribute to British automobile manufacturing
Guest: Mark Webber
Original air date: August 4, 2013
With the First Generation Range Rover Sport discontinued, Hammond tests out the Second Generation Range Rover Sport to see if it’s worthy to bear the “Sport” name, while May sees if the New Routemaster bus can be as good to use as a car by driving one around Somerset to weigh the pros and cons of owning one, Clarkson takes a look at the Jaguar F-Type, and F1 Driver Mark Webber talks about England’s win in the 2013 Ashes series, two moments in racing when he flipped his car, and his departure from F1 racing, before seeing how fast he is this time in the Liana. For a series finale, the boys end the show by finding out just how much of a contribution Britain has made to motoring, and discovering how many car plants operate in the country. They see the immense work done by Rolls-Royce, the many cars and parts that the country has made, how much it has contributed to motor research and motorsport, the number of F1 teams that reside in the country, and how many nations in the world use British-made heavy equipment it makes for military and commercial use, before inviting the many manufacturers of motorised vehicles in Britain to bring what they make to a special meet on The Mall in London.
Note: In a similar vein to the ending of the final episode of Series 13, the credits roll right after the end of the final film after Clarkson says “Goodnight”, with the collection of motorised vehicles on the Mall being shown in the background and passed by a parade of Queen’s Life Guard. The music that plays for the credits is a combination of Elgar’s “Nimrod” and “Pomp and Circumstance” (aka “Land of Hope and Glory”).