• Nov 25, 2009
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Many electric vehicle fans out there are constantly complaining about how long it's taking automakers to bring plug-in vehicles to market. We've had commenters on this site claim that automakers should be able to bring EVs to the street in six months. Apparently even six months is too long for the crew at Top Gear.

For those unfamiliar with the format of the show, most episodes involve the producers giving a challenge of some sort to hosts Jeremy Clarkson, James May and Richard Hammond. The most recent episode, aired this week on the BBC in the UK, included just such a challenge. The boys were tasked to build their own answer to the extended-range EV Chevrolet Volt.

In a mere 18 hours they transformed a TVR Chimaera (interesting choice since a chimaera is a mythological creature composed of parts of a number of animals) into the Hammerhead Eagle i-Thrust pictured above. Once the i-Thrust was completed, it was turned over to Autocar magazine for an independent road test. As you might guess based on the photo, the results were not surprising and are a testament to perhaps taking all the time you need when developing a car. You can grab a copy of AutoCar's full road test as a PDF or just watch the entire Top Gear segment and video of the Autocar road test after the jump.

[Source: Autocar]











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      • 5 Years Ago
      Interesting clip on Chevy Volt R&D:

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SP-n7pmWX-k
      • 5 Years Ago
      No...this is not news worthy. Next you guys will be reporting on the latest cars MT, C&D or R&T reviewed. UN-NEWSWORTHY.

      I hope it doesn't make it to the podcast either.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Just realx. Does every story need to be a hard news story, they are just trying to throw some entertainment into our day.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Calm as a bomb Mayoman but this still doesn't need any coverage; at all.

        And hit my ass on the way out to where? I'm lost on how that works here. On another note, I do believe Top Gear is by far the best current automotive show. Mistakes and nonsense aside, it's all entertaining. That box, however still doesn't need coverage.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Don't let the door hit you on the ass on the way out. Top gear is an awesome tv show about cars. I like that it gets coverage for those who don't live in england/download it
      • 5 Years Ago
      Is that a 550/575 parked on the far side of the road in part 2?
      idriveeuro
      • 5 Years Ago
      I do believe that the Hammerhead Eagle i-Thrust was built as an answer to the G-Wiz.
      • 5 Years Ago
      That's a hilarious article, haha. And it finished 3rd. :P
        • 5 Years Ago
        Yeah the article is pure gold.

        If you haven't seen the R8 V10 vs ZR1part from this episode you really need to download the HD torrent. If you are not interested about the review the AMAZING editing and camera work will be more than enough.
      • 5 Years Ago
      first 3 videos have been taken down....lame
      • 5 Years Ago
      I think its pretty cool these three, of all people, manged to cobble together a working RE-EV in 18 hours no less. How hard an it be? I guess not as hard as we think.

      I liked Geoff better as a name though.
      • 5 Years Ago
      am i seriously the only person who noticed clarkson's penis paintjob?
        • 5 Years Ago
        I gotta better things to look than to a penis drawing ;)
        • 5 Years Ago
        No.. although you're the only one who deemed it mentionable
      • 5 Years Ago
      The car they built was an answer to the G-Wiz, there was no mention of the Chevy Volt at all in the entire episode. They did however refer to the number of batteries present in a Tesla.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Worst. Episode. Ever.

      Anyone else? Just me?
        • 5 Years Ago
        Personally I liked the
        event. There was
        nothing wrong with it
        including all the
        subtle jokes.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Aww c'mon! Most of the show focused on the silly Geoff thing. I suppose different strokes for different folks but I didn't find it funny at all - seemed so forced...

        As for R8/ZR1... it was clearly the best part of the episode, but even then neither car is "new" and for me, personally, particularly interesting...

        Compare this week to the last - it's night n day. Last week was everything I love about TG... I guess this week was just ...
        • 5 Years Ago
        No, it was the best episode ever, esp the crash test.
        • 5 Years Ago
        R8 V10 vs ZR1and you call it worst? what's wrong with you man. That's one of the best, most relevant head to head races I've seen in a long time, and without a doubt, clarkson at his most objective.
      • 5 Years Ago
      This was possibly the funniest Top Gear I have ever seen. And it was to go up against the Gee Whiz. Watching them do the test in slow motion and backwards almost made me piss my pants.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Toyota can sell this.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I'd think it fits more Wolksvagen (at least in Brazil...)
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