• Nov 10th 2008 at 10:28AM
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Click above to view videos from the latest Top Gear after the jump

Top Gear is widely regarded as the best television show ever produced about cars. The production values are outstanding, the hosts are amusing and their tamed racing driver, "the Stig", is amazing to watch as he improves his mind while hustling cars around the test track. A few months back we all got wind that Jeremy, Richard and James had returned to the U.S. for another road trip. This time around they headed to the West Coast to drive a new Corvette ZR1, Cadillac CTS-V and Dodge Challenger SRT-8 from San Francisco to the Bonneville Salt Flats. Along the way, Jezza decided to stop at some desolate spot somewhere in Nevada or Utah to lay down some black lines on the pavement. Now while we generally love to watch Mr. Clarkson playing with fast cars, he doesn't quite seem to have mastered the art of the burnout. If you start about 9 minutes into the first clip after the jump and continue to the second and third videos, you'll see our favorite limey trio attempting to shred their tires during last night's second episode of Series 12 (Download via bittorrent here). Compared to Clarkson in the ZR1, Hammond and May were utterly hopeless in their Challenger SRT-8 and Cadillac CTS-V, respectively. After that, watch the last video with GM's Chris Berube showing us all how it's done properly in both the ZR1 Vette and Caddy CTS-V.

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Top Gear Season 12, episode 2 part 4

Top Gear Season 12, episode 2 part 4

2009 Cadillac CTS-V burnouts during testing at GM'

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      • 6 Years Ago
      I wonder who tipped them to these vids hmm....
      • 6 Years Ago
      Uhhhhh. He wasn't doing a burnout, he was just laying some 11s. The purpose is to keep the wheels spinning, laying rubber for as long as possible, not making the biggest burnout....
      • 6 Years Ago
      On a related issue: didn't one of the timing bods inform Clarkson that he'd broken the production car record but he was too busy being frustrated to pay attention. Can anyone confirm if this was in fact true and therefore his final run broke the record again.

      For three middle aged blokes 'at the cutting edge of cocking about' what they've achieved whilst doing so is pretty impressive. Who else has been to the North Pole, crossed the astonishingly beautiful Makgadikgadi, launched the largest non-commercial rocket in Europe, and set the indoor world speed record?

      And they get paid handsomely to do so whilst apparently thorougly enjoying themselves. Jammy barstewards.

      BTW - what's the story with Hammonds Challenger? Did he actually buy it - if so, will be bringing it over or is it shortly to appear as your eBay find of the day?....
        • 6 Years Ago
        The sunset view near Lekhubu Island looked pretty damn good to me and as far as I know there isn't an analogue anywhere near Reno.

        It was called the Polar special. When Clarkson calls Hammond he says "..we're at the North Pole...". You may be right, and assuming they weren't lying completely I guess they meant magnetic North.

        Now ask me whether I care or it negates the point I was making
        • 6 Years Ago
        Astonishingly beautiful Makgadikgadi?

        I for one am glad I bypassed it and went right from Savuti to Moremi. If I wanna see miles of flat, I can drive 50 miles past Reno.

        They haven't been to the North Pole. The North Pole is at 90 degrees north.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Leave it to the Americans to make it an overachieving event than to have fun! =]
      • 6 Years Ago
      Love this video - especially the Frank Klepacki Song when the Challenger startetd doing the twisties

      (Klepacki is more known for making the soundtrack for Command&Conquer)

      The sound of an american V8 can never be matched.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Loved this episode! First episode of season 12 got me worried, but it all seems good now.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Well I enjoyed the first one, but this one was better. I find it hilarious that Chrysler actually refused to give them a Challenger to test. LOL
      • 6 Years Ago
      I really expected May to slam into the vette, budget constraints I guess..
      • 6 Years Ago
      The word "limey" really only refers to people who come from Liverpool.. Great job Sam..
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