• Oct 3, 2007

In addition to hosting the world's most popular car show, authoring a library of books and writing regular columns for a variety of magazines and newspapers, celebrity automotive journalist Jeremy Clarkson has turned out a tall stack of DVD specials.

The video after the jump is a trailer of his latest video, called Supercar Showdown. In the new special, scheduled for a November 5 release, Clarkson takes to the road and the track in some of the most mouth-watering and earth-shattering supercars, including the Ferrari 430 Spider and 599 GTB Fiorano, Lamborghini Gallardo and Murcielago Roadsters, Bugatti Veyron, Audi R8, Porsche 911 GT3, Radical SR3, Aston Martin V8 Roadster and Ascari A10. Sabine Schmitz and The Stig also feature in a head-to-head in what looks to be a jaw-dropping orgy of Octane.

Click through to catch a sneak preview.

Kudos to Mike for the tip.

[Source: YouTube]


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      • 7 Years Ago
      Can anyone identify the make of the car that they exploded?
      • 7 Years Ago
      The dyno from the GT500 episode simulates engine horsepower for what has to be the millionth time. It isn't a normal rwhp dyno, so while it's obviously not as accurate as a true engine dyno, they were never saying that a car should produce it's claimed power rating at the wheels as it wasn't what they were testing.
        • 7 Years Ago
        This is just a very brief recap of what was discussed at the link below. Feel free to check it out at your leisure.

        http://www.autoblog.com/2007/03/05/hp-101-top-gear-provides-false-info-on-gt500-horsepower-rating/

        • The dyno used by Clarkson and company *extrapolated* engine horsepower by measuring brake horsepower.
        • This extrapolation invovled many assumptions, which may or may not be valid in the real world on a case-by-case basis.
        • The burden of proof rested on Top Gear to prove its dyno method an accurate extrapolation of engine horsepower, before baseless accusations of how the GT500 generated less engine horsepower than claimed by Ford.

        At best, Clarkson used a questionable method to arrive at a theoretical value for engine horsepower. At worst, he doesn't know or care about the difference between engine and brake horsepower. In either case, he is not much of an automotive authority, and his opinions mean squat to those who know better.
        • 7 Years Ago
        Moreover, it was not Jeremy Clarkson, but Richard Hammond, who did the segment on the Mustang anyway. Not that it matters; Top Gear is entertaining, and picking nits about an error here and there is pointless. Let's just put you on camera several hours a day talking about cars and see what sort of perfection you turn out, shall we?
      • 7 Years Ago
      What's with all the haters, Jezza is the man.
      HotRodzNKustoms
      • 7 Years Ago
      Only reason why I like Clarkson is he's a hoot to watch. Anything he says you have to take with a grain of salt.
      • 7 Years Ago
      It's obvious from comments that most of the people here don't watch top gear. Just recently Ford S-Max was given the best car for the money comments by Jeremy and other on the show and other cars in the comp were merc and vw. In fact, to me it seems this show is biased towards Ford Europe models. I don't think he or anybody on the show hates americans, germans etc.etc. If you watch the show few times you will know that this show has one of the best format for auto realted tv shows.

      Recently I signed up for AT & T uverse and now I can watch this show for free (before I was paying extra).

      In any case, I certainly think that euro cars are more evolved in terms of style. It would be so much fun to drive some of those european cars on american roads.

      • 7 Years Ago
      Gotta agree with bert, he's living all our dreams. I actually enjoy watching Top Gear even if I have to do it on Youtube and I actually like the way that Jeremy says exactly what he's thinking about a car. It's a good change from the pathetic attitude of the mass media that tries their hardest not to upset anyone. I say the fact that he can anger so many people with his words is just him doing his job well, very well.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Clarkson is better that 99% of the car reviewers out there. Sure he doesn't know every technical detail about the car he is reviewing and gets things wrong every now and then, but he makes the reviews fun.

      Top Gear is globally popular because it is fun to watch. All the American car review shows are utter crap in comparison because it is some boring tool talking about some minute detail that only 0.01% of viewers care about.

      We need more programs like Top Gear and we need more car reviewers like Jeremy Clarkson. Yes, I am a fan of british humour, which adds to the appeal of a British car show and reviews by a Brit, but thats because I am sick and tired of the slap you in the face attempts at humor American shows are forced to go with since the viewers turn off anything that makes you think.

      • 7 Years Ago
      He like cars and happens to have a big mouth also.

      I personally much prefer Tiff.
      • 7 Years Ago
      They brought back the older White Stig for this DVD.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Who's Jeremy Clarkson and why should we care?
        • 7 Years Ago
        Tell me, where is this rock you live under?
        • 7 Years Ago
        replying to Paul34....good luck with that american ignorant attitude since the dollar is freefalling against the Euro. Most stupid people are ashamed not proud, goddamn Yank.
        • 7 Years Ago
        To paul34 @ Oct 3rd 2007 6:40PM:
        The real shock is an alleged automotive expert who doesn't know the difference between engine horsepower and brake horsepower. Given his ignorance, why should anyone care what Clarkson has to say about cars.

        Source:
        http://www.autoblog.com/2007/03/05/hp-101-top-gear-provides-false-info-on-gt500-horsepower-rating/
        • 7 Years Ago
        They live in a place that says Zed rather than Zee. Strange indeed.
      • 7 Years Ago
      anyone knows how they obtain the cars the test? the top gear programme is broadcast widely and i can understand the self promotion from car manufacturers in that instance, but is this dvd comparable in terms of audience viewing?

      i think this dvd marks the 3rd (or 4th) time they use/test the bugatti veyron and that car is not the easiest car to gain access too, or is it?

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