Features: Homemade ambulance challenge: (Porsche 944 Turbo • Ford Scorpio Cardinal • Chevy G20 V8 Van)
Guest: Daniel Ricciardo
Original air date: February 8, 2015
The presenters see if they can build a better ambulance than the standard model used by the NHS, after their initial design with Clarkson’s P45, fails. On a budget of £5,000, each buys a car, races each other and a standard ambulance in a drag race, and then converts their vehicle for the purposes of being an ambulance – Hammond buys a customised Chevy G20 V8 Van and re-creates it as an ersatz “Nuclear Disposal” vehicle with a “right-of-way” smoke system and a nitrous oxide injection system for the engine, Clarkson buys a Porsche 944 Turbo and converts it into a “Rambulance” complete with a special ram, along with a split-tailgate rear door, a hydraulic handbrake, and a “Stayin’ Alive” siren, while May buys a Ford Scorpio Cardinal hearse and redesigns it with a plush interior, a (slow) motorised bay door, and a “loud-speaker” siren system. To see whose is best, each have the Stig do a timed lap in their ambulance while they’re in the back doing three medical procedures to a “patient”, see who can get a patient quickly out of their ambulance and into a “hospital” with a special system of their own devising, and then head out to deal with the aftermath of a “meteor strike” and see who can get a “casualty” back to the hospital as fast as they can as well as carefully. Meanwhile, Formula One driver, Daniel Ricciardo sees how fast he can be in the Suzuki Liana.