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Proving once again that Top Gear, in all its forms, is a show meant solely for entertainment are new accusations that the Ferraris driven by stuntmen at last week's Top Gear Live event in Sydney didn't exactly hail from Maranello. In fact, it seems that the cars really originated from Sagamihara, Japan. How's that? The twin red cars that looked to all the world like Ferrari 360s were actually rebodied Toyota MR2s, which, of course, cost significantly less than the real thing.
Showgoers reported that the soul-stirring sounds they expected from high-strung small-bore V8s were notably absent, replaced by deafening music instead. At least one fan was interested enough to snoop backstage, where he noticed that these specimens lacked the rear air intakes and the transparent engine cover of the real thing. Further inspection revealed mid-mounted engines with half the expected number of cylinders.

We'll leave to you to decide if this is really a big deal or not, but ask yourself this: Would the Top Gear Live organizers have gone to the trouble of using Ferrari lookalikes if they thought attendees didn't care whether they saw less exotic machinery?

[Source: Drive.com.au]


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      • 6 Years Ago
      Top Gear USA would have used Fieros.
        • 6 Years Ago
        i'm sure by now the number of clean, operational fieros are outnumbered by hideous, hilarious fiero-based kit cars. sad indeed.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I don't see as how it really matters all that much. A lot of the stuff they do on the show is staged, that doesn't make it any less entertaining.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Top Gear did extensively talked about a Ferrari 360 made from a Toyota MR2. Maybe they found the fugitive who pieced together the fake ferrari and bought it from him.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Yeah, I've lost the faith just thinking about it.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I'm kind of disappointed by it, I think part of the Top Gear appeal is that they're willing to do crazy stuff with really expensive cars. The use of fakes taints that image. I mean if they outright stated they're fakes, made a joke about it, or something, I'd be okay, but not saying anything is a breach of trust. I hope it's not true.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Keep Top Gear in proper perspective: they are sort of the "Monty Python" of auto journalism. Funny, irreverent, ridiculous...but usually worth watching.

      I'm not a shill for them, but I recommend a quick look through YouTube at some of their funnier "challenges" such as "Budget Super Cars", and the "american Cars for $1000 + alligators" episodes as examples of their better work.

      Top Gear is best when it is the most ridiculous.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Personally I don't think it matters either way. It's pretty stupid to care about trivial things like that...was the show good or not? Yes or no? If yes then no one can complain. Besides we won't get TG Live in the States anyway so I could care less.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Would Top Gear catch as much heat if everyone found out the Stig was actually Adam Carolla?

      Some say he has his own mainstream morning talk show in America, and that nobody laughs at his jokes, all we know is he's called the Stig.
      FENNIX
      • 6 Years Ago
      AS AN OWNER OF '89 SUPERCHARGED MR-2 & '77GTB-S & MANY many friends that own 430'S I can understand why? they 'top Gear' would use Toyota, the same reason I on one, Ican at any time,any wk-end, get in turn the key & go. Unlike the Ferrari's that have a check list longer than any Jumbo-jet, funny how the screw on the passnger vent away's backs out & falls on the carpet, you begin to wonder what else is backing out & falling out while driving! Pretty unnerving, wonder why stunt men took to'fack Ferrari's' notice 'fack verse fake'-Yes I love my Ferrari, yes there are many things fake on it, love the Toyota too, I can drive it to the track & race it, then drive it home if need be, but choose to drive my bio-fueled Ford w/trailer & tools instead. So in real world, a Ferrari has to have a support team to run. The Toyota can be driven by a any fool and of course the Ford truck can tow any of them home!
        • 6 Years Ago
        @FENNIX
        Yeah, um, I read this and your other previous coments. I doubt you own anything larger than a Big Wheel.

        BTW, here's a pile of periods that you can borrow the next time you post, since apparently your keyboard lacks that button.

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        • 6 Years Ago
        @FENNIX
        Terrible grasp of the English language kind of means you will never make enough money to buy a Ferrari (that's actually worth buying) and having the "pain" of living with one.

        "The Toyota can be driven by a any fool" and fools drive Toyotas.
        • 6 Years Ago
        @FENNIX
        knapps, after a long day's work your "pile of periods" made me crack up for the best laugh I've had all day. If you're ever in Davis, you'll drink for free.
        • 6 Years Ago
        @FENNIX
        "Terrible grasp of the English language kind of means you will never make enough money to buy a Ferrari (that's actually worth buying) and having the "pain" of living with one."

        Agree, because all those oil rich Saudi's with Ferraris just to get them to the toilet all have a perfect grasp of English...
        • 6 Years Ago
        @FENNIX
        The OP's name kinda shows he is an English speaker, and one who cannot command his own language efficiently will lack other skills as well and thus struggle in life and career. Those who are fortunate by birth and come into a large inheritance or win lotteries or hit it big on the silver screen or MTV are of course exceptions although most of them are still hard-working and good at what they do. (Paris Hilton excepted, and what is it that she does anyways?)

        And many of them probably speak really damn good English anyways.
      • 6 Years Ago
      If they ever once said or implied that they were Ferraris, then it's deceitful. If there's a single Ferrari logo on the cars, it's deceitful. The fact that they're not just MR2s or generically-exotic-looking is deceitful, unless they come right out and lampshade it... and even then, it raises an eyebrow.

      I'm sorry, but zooming around in fake Ferraris does not give me the flavor of Top Gear. It's actually the OPPOSITE of Top Gear. If the orchestrators of the show had any sense of Top Gear's je ne sais quoi, they'd have recognized that throwing around VW Polos or Reliant Robins would have been just as true as throwing around Ferraris, but passing off anything else as a Ferrari is worthy of ridicule and shame.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Top Gear is like the WWF of automobile shows. The most popular, most profitable and arguably most entertaining.
      But should not to be taken seriously.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I'd guess Ferrari is going to sue TG and put an end to this.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Personally I think this is really lame of them. People watch Top Gear first and foremost to see exotic cars do their thing.
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