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It probably could have been foreseen that an erupting volcano in Iceland would be an irresistible lure for Top Gear. The smell of lava in the gave James May, Jeremy Clarkson, and Richard Hammond the urge to outfit a vehicle and drive from Reykjavik to the top of the caldera. Specifically, rather, it gave them the urge to get a vehicle outfitted by Arctic Trucks to make the attempt.

The Google oneline translating team has left us a bit in the dark on this one, but aside from installing a cold water system to keep the tires cool, it doesn't appear much else was done to the truck. Any of you Icelanders out there, feel free to fill us in. And for the rest of you – and us! – at least we have one segment to look forward to in the coming season. Hat tip to Baldur!



[Source: MBL.is (translated) | Image: Daniel Örn – CC 2.0]


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      • 4 Years Ago
      That is where the Stig lives.
      • 4 Years Ago
      • 4 Years Ago
      YES! TopGear is coming back with not only a bang, but in an eruption, from a mountain.
      This is awesome!
      I wish they never stopped for half the year to film their seasons..haha... I want continuous TopGear!!!

      Should be an epic season.
      Ferrari 458, A drive in the Rapide for sure, the Focus RS500 maybe?...... What else do we want to see..... the new Rolls,
      I wish they come to the States again, and do a true Muscle car trip. Mustang, Camaro,......."what's the spec of a car in my rearview mirror".... Challenger... hahaha
      • 4 Years Ago
      Tonight... Richard Hammond accelerates uncontrolably into a volcano... James May has a crisis on a mountain and I drive the best car... in the world; the Ferrari 458 Italia.
      • 4 Years Ago
      THIS is automotive film making art. If Top Gear was car, it would be a 67 Shelby GT500(not for the touchscreen, runaway car, hybrid, rat race crowd).
      • 4 Years Ago
      Man I want to go to Iceland badly enough as it is, and now they're filming a TG episode there? *death*
      Kumail
      • 4 Years Ago
      :)
      • 4 Years Ago
      Being Icelandic, I can fill you in on the details...

      James May of Top Gear and his filming crew drove a bunch of Arctic Trucks modified Toyotas, supported by two snow vehicles (the kind with belts instead of tires) and assisted by a local mountain rescue squad, to the volcano on Fimmvorduhals. May's car was modified with a tire water-cooling apparatus and a roof-mounted ash protection system, alegedly meant to enable driving on recently cooled lava.

      Despite the water-cooling apparatus, one of the car's tires caught fire (perhaps on purpose) and the attempt was subsequently abandoned. May was actually very lucky, as the thin layer of cooled rock that covers the molten lava could easily have cracked from the weight of the car, an event which would certainly have made this James May's last ever Top Gear episode. Needless to say, this kind of stunt just a few meters from a lava-spewing volcanic crater is completely insane.

      Furthermore, all off-road driving is actually forbidden in Iceland except on frozen ground and/or on glaciers (for nature preservation reasons). Since active volcanoes are neither frozen nor a glacier, what Top Gear was doing was actually not only reckless but also illegal.

      Luckily, Mr. May and his HiLux both escaped Iceland before the cops got hold of them.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I CAN'T WAIT !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
      • 4 Years Ago
      This better be for one of their "Specials". They are the only real great episode per season.
        • 4 Years Ago
        You got downranked into oblivion already... but you say something like that, I'll just downrank you anyways.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I don't care if I do or not. I love the show, but honestly over the last 2 to 3 seasons it has gone over the top with the scripted in jokes. Needs to be more free flow like season 8/9/10. Those were the best seasons. You have to agree with that ToniCipriani

        Polar Special, Vietnam Special, Bolivian Special all great episodes.
      • 4 Years Ago
      i honestly can not wait for this season to be out, even if i end up watching the whole thing on youtibe like season 14




      PS @ "simple car" i think i live about 4 miles away from your profile picture, could be wrong though
      • 4 Years Ago
      "...The smell of lava in the gave James May, Jeremy..."

      huh?
        • 4 Years Ago
        I knoz
        I'm not error proof, usually I can tell what is meant
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