Jay Leno closed out the first week of his new show with the premier of the Green Car Challenge. The first celebrity to get behind the wheel was the marvelous Drew Barrymore who was on plugging her new movie (which just happens to have been shot here in Ypsilanti last fall). As it turned out, the challenge was not quite what Top Gear fans have come to expect from the celebrity in a reasonably priced car segment. The new Focus BEV looks like it could easily outdo the Chevy Lacetti used on Top Gear, but the track looks really lame. It's basically just a 40,000 square foot parking lot with the edges of the track painted on the pavement so that running off has no consequence unless you hit the outer wall.
Drivers get two laps with Al Gore and Ed Begley popping out into the track on the second go around. Drivers have to avoid the obstacles or they get a penalty. Unlike on TG where the stars tend to dress a bit more casually when they race, Drew was dressed in more typical Hollywood style. Fortunately the single-speed electric Focus doesn't need any shifting so the high heels didn't seem to hinder Barrymore very much. Check out the video after the jump.
[Source: Jay Leno Show]