Features: Drive from Bariloche to Ushuaia: (Porsche 928 GT • Lotus Esprit V8 • Ford Mustang Mach 1)
Original air date: December 27, 2014
In a two-part special, as a tribute to the 60th anniversary of the small-block V8 engine, the boys head to South America for a road trip across Argentina and Chile that will cover 1,730 miles (2,780 km), unaware of the trouble they will face at their final destination of Ushuaia in Tierra del Fuego, and the fate that faces the V8-powered cars they take with them for the journey – Clarkson opts for a Porsche 928 GT because of how another 928 helped him to see his ill father before he died, Hammond brings along a 1971 Ford Mustang Mach 1 from the last year of the “great American V8”, and May wonders if he took a risk with his choice of a Lotus Esprit V8, while all three later learn they have a back-up in the form of a Citroën 2CV. In the first part, the trio travel through Bariloche to Butch Cassidy’s final resting place, spending the night there before continuing onwards, where they encounter a dead-end on the other side of an unstable bridge, navigate through a swamp, and finish an incomplete bridge to get across it. Then, when Hammond opts to take charge and lead them towards Chile, his route soon causes problems for the presenters’ cars, not to mention annoyance when his colleagues learn they will spend the night camping.