Rowan Atkinson takes on the Top Gear Test Track – Click above to watch video after the jump

Before you get angry at us in the comments, we're using the first line of this post to issue a spoiler alert.

Rowan Atkinson is best known to American audiences as Mr. Bean. He's a hilarious comedian with a lengthy career comprising works on both the silver and small screen. If you weren't already aware, he's also completely infatuated with cars. You've got to be if you wind up putting a McLaren F1 in your garage, and then tack over 37,000 kilometers on the odometer. Recognizing this passion for speed, it's no surprise that Atkinson wound up on the Top Gear guest couch staring down Jeremy Clarkson.

Rowan brought along a prop car from his upcoming film Johnny English Reborn. What appears to be a standard Rolls-Royce Phantom from the outside actually hides a rather large secret under the hood. According to Atkinson, Rolls flirted with the idea of building a 9.0-liter V16-powered Phantom, but ultimately scrapped the idea. Still, the British car maker wound up producing three or four of the mega mills, and Atkinson asked to use one for his new film. The engineers at Rolls obliged, and his Phantom is now a truly exotic luxury coupe.

Rowan wasn't there simply to talk about his movie and the Phantom. He is a star, and the Reasonably Priced Car was on the track waiting for him. How'd he do? Click past the jump to find out.



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      Krazeecain
      • 3 Years Ago
      Wait. A. Minute. There was a car with a V16 on the TG set, and they DIDN'T race it around the track?! I don't care HOW posh that rolls is, I wanted to see that V16 in ACTION! T_T
      David Opanga
      • 3 Years Ago
      big fan of the movies now im a big fan of the man himself. odd how when i was watching the episode on my computer i had at first thought they were introducing the guy that played Monk lol ANYways im definitely going to check the movie out should loads of fun... haha ... Petrol PumpSss.!
        Mundotaku
        • 3 Years Ago
        @David Opanga
        Didn't you know him from Mr. Bean? If you haven't watch Mr Bean, you must go to netflix now. (do not watch the animated series, it sucks)
      BrainJock
      • 3 Years Ago
      what a great interview....I think Jeremy (like Howard Stern) does excellent work of keeping a topic while revealing more about the person to the audience...I think I might actually see my first movie with Rowan in it.
      arsenal.serge
      • 3 Years Ago
      this was great. I truly believe he's one of the best comedic (expressionists) period. Very subtle, very proper, very funny. By far one of the better Top Gear guests. V16 Rolls - down the straight line :) - Around Chicago :( - perhaps thats why they didn't test it.
      vic5ta
      • 3 Years Ago
      everyone has to watch this episode, the train part is hilarious
      murdoxxx
      • 3 Years Ago
      I paid $32.67 for a XBOX 360 and my mom got a 17 inch Toshiba laptop for $94.83 being delivered to our house tomorrow by FedEX. I will never again pay expensive retail prices at stores. I even sold a 46 inch HDTV to my boss for $650 and it only cost me $52.78 to get. Here is the website we using to get all this stuff, CoolCent. çom
      • 3 Years Ago
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      Old Timer
      • 3 Years Ago
      He is not best known as Mr. Bean. He's best known by one of the greatest sitcoms in history, so to speak, Blackadder.
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      Mundotaku
      • 3 Years Ago
      I usually skip the interview segment on Top Gear, since it is the most boring part of the show, but this time I could't resist watching it. The only thing that you could say that disappointed me was that I know he hates Porsches and I was expecting a joke against Hammond.
      torqued
      • 3 Years Ago
      I couldn't take my eyes off the girl in the audience behind Rowan during the interview. If I have a type, she's it.
        EnzoHonda
        • 3 Years Ago
        @torqued
        Agreed. I know they do it on purpose, but it's seriously distracting sometimes.
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