Greetings and welcome to the season finale of The Grand Tour! (Yeah, I am sad about it too)…On this exciting episode we are in Dubai and on the road all over England. We will see things such as Jeremy’s GTI vs James’ BMW i3. Richard learns how to drift (finally). James goes ‘winching’. Richard finally gets to race the 918 Spyder against a Veyron (and a tan-ish SUV) and so much more! So stay tuned in and read along on here for what Amazon’s X-Ray has to teach us this week.
What is General Trivia and where can you find it?
For those of you who watch The Grand Tour on the television, (like myself), Xbox or other means other than computer, (or I’ve heard tablets as well), you may have missed out on Amazon’s “X-Ray.” X-Ray provides General Trivia facts about the cars, track, places, crew and all sorts of things about The Grand Tour and everything involved, so for those that missed it here is X-Ray General Trivia for Episode 12!
Scene 1: Intro
Welcome to the finale for season 1 of The Grand Tour! Let’s get started!
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Jeremy Clarkson: Writer, broadcaster, gas.
Scene 2: Intro
Looks like this week it is ‘Jerome E Clarkson’ who gets the name change for the intro. Welcome Jerome and boys.
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Richard Hammond: Writer, broadcaster, hybrid.
Scene 2: Intro
This week we are treated to 3 extremely beautiful and very rare cars. A Lamborghini Veneno, a Lykan Hypersport and a McLaren P1 GTR. Mmmmmmmmm Hypercars.
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James May: Writer, broadcaster, electric torque
Scene 3: Welcome to Dubai
This week we come to you in the handsome desert city of Dubai! Where the rich are rich and..well…it’s a very fancy place.
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Jeremy’s opening monologue in the show was carefully backtimed to take place just as the Dubai fountains went off.
Scene 3: Dubai Has Awesome Vehicles….
The boys go over just how amazing some of the vehicles you will see if you are in Dubai. Their police vehicles…wow just wow.
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The amazing gullwing ‘bus’ in the opening monologue was invented by a man called Wubbo Ockels. He was the first Dutchman ever to go into space, thereby making him Holland’s highest man.
Scene 4: An Argument
Jeremy and James have an argument about whether or not electric cars ‘work’ right now. Jeremy thinks not, James thinks so. So they are put to the test.
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When James says Jeremy’s VW Golf seats are made from ‘Jackie Stewart’s trousers’ he’s referring to the seat fabric, which is very tartan. As most of the clothes worn by multiple F1 champion and none-more-Scottish person Sir Jackie Stewart.
Scene 5: Jeremy’s GTI
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Jeremy’s Volkswagen Golf GTI Performance Pack has a 2-litre turbucharged four cylinder engine making 227 horsepower. It can go from 0-62 in 6.5 seconds and has a top speed of 155mph.
Scene 5: James’ BMW
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James’s BMW i3 REx has a hybrid synchronous electric motor making 167 horsepower (and a 650cc, 34 horsepower, two cylinder petrol engine to charge the batteries). It can go from 0-62 in 7.9 seconds and has a top speed of 93mph.
Scene 5: The Trip begins
To decide what is better, Jeremy’s petrol powered car or James’ electric car, they set off for a drive around London.
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Jeremy swears that he didn’t want a red Golf. But does admit that yes, he thought he was buying a three door GTI until he realised he’d got the order wrong.
Scene 5: James Requests a Race
James believes he can beat Jeremy in a drag race….so they have a race….and James loses.
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The ‘London airport’ used for the Golf v i3 drag race is actually Wycombe Air Park, described by its own website as ‘more than just a place where aircraft land and take off’.
Scene 5: Free Electricity Fuel…
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Iniquitous – Unfair, unjust, morally wrong. A word used by Jeremy Clarkson upon discovering that James May is getting free electrical petrol.
Scene 5: Let the Trip Continue
Fed up with waiting for James’ car to recharge, Jeremy fills up ‘the old fashion way’ and hits the road without James.
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American viewers may be amused to notice that British fuel pumps don’t latch on, forcing motorists to stand in the cold and wet until all the petrol has gone into the car.
Scene 5: Jeremy Takes the ‘GTI’ Road
Not really wanting to stick to highways, Jeremy takes the less direct route so that he can drive on more ‘GTI’ type roads.
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Jeremy’s sporty GTI driving takes place on Dartmoor, the setting for the Sherlock Holmes book, The Hound Of The Baskervilles, and the Quidditch World Cup Final in Harry Potter and the Goblet Of Fire. There is also a mythical Beast of Dartmoor which might be some kind of lion, or maybe just a very massive cat.
Scene 5: James Does Maths
James has to do some maths because of his exuberant driving in his electric car of the future.
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Electric car purists believe ordering the range extender version of the BMW i3 with the back-up petrol engine is cheating and call the front-mounted fuel filler cover the ‘flap of shame’.
Scene 5: Wilko Johnson
Jeremy made it to their destination and was in for a treat. Wilko Johnson was guest starring on stage that night!
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Wilko Johnson – Guitarist and singer mmost famous as part of 1970s Godfather of punk, Dr Feelgood. He also played an executioner in Game Of Thrones.
Scene 6: Conversation Street
On this weeks episode of Conversation Street: Silly laws that can get you thrown into jail, silly things that SHOULD get you thrown into jail, Jeremy’s hatred of how hot planes are inside, a British street that looks like it may be a round-about….but it isn’t, a crazy fast metro in Dubai and much more interesting fun things.
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Heston Blumenthal – British chef famed for combining unusual tastes, textures and methods. Ideal for someone who likes roast wasps and pencil sharpenings served on a record player.
Scene 7: James Goes ‘Winching’
A little segment called ‘Making James May Do Things He Doesn’t Want To Do’. Last time James went to a ‘donut-ing event’ and this time hes at a thing called ‘winching’. It’s muddy and cold and not fun, for James that is.
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The home of James’s filthy misery is called Muddy Bottom. No, really. It’s in Hampshire.
Scene 7: Winching
James is having such a fun time doing this ‘winching’ thing…look at that smile.
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Seamus’s winching machine is home made, based around a Mitsubishi chassis.
Scene 7: James Falls
As we saw during this film, James doesn’t do so well at standing on slippery surfaces. But they did finish..kinda.
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As demonstrated in the winching film, James May is very bad on slippery surfaces.
Scene 8: Celebrity Braincrash!
On this weeks episode of Celbrity Braincrash. F1 driver Daniel Ricciardo! But like every week, he doesn’t make, cause he dies.
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Ricciardo – a type of fine red mist found all over Dubai.
Scene 9: The Veyron
After the Porsche won “The Holy Trinity” against the Ferrari LaFerrari and the McLaren P1, Richard wanted to put it up against a Bugatti Veyron…well here’s his chance. Will the mighty Porsche win?
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The Bugatti Veyron has an 8-litre quad turbo W16 engine making 1000 horsepower. It can go from 0-62 in 2.5 seconds and has a top speed of 253mph.
Scene 9: The 918
As the race is getting ready, we get to drool over beautiful shots of the Porsche and Bugatti. Mmmmmmmm. P.S. The Porsche wins
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The Porsche 918 Spyder has a 4.6-litre V8 + two electric motors making a total of 887 horsepower. It can go from 0-62 in 2.6 seconds and on to a top speed of 215 mph.
Scene 10: The Porsche Gets Whooped
After the Porsche 918 beats the Bugatti, some guy wants to race the 918 in his Nissan. He wins.
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It turns out that the beige SUV in the 918 racing film has a highly modified Nissan GT-R engine and drivetrain.
Scene 10: Richard Learns to Drift
Richard finally went off and learned how to properly drift a car here at Michelin’s secret test facility.
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Michelin’s top secret test track is located at Centre de Technologie de Ladoux, Rue Orange, 63118, Cébazat, France. But don’t tell anyone.
Scene 10: Richard’s Lessons Continue
Richard continues his lessons and is having an absolute blast. (Notice the Porsche RS seat in a BMW?)
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Keen eyed geeks will notice that the BMW M4 in the drifting film appears to have the driver’s seat from a Porsche. This is because test driver Jerome needs minimal padding and tight bolstering to make him feel as connected as possible to the car so he can analyze tiny differences between tyres.
Scene 11: Richard’s Drift Competition
Richard believes he is a ‘”driving God”, so James and Jeremy set up a competition to find out if he is. (He loses and is not…sorry Hamster).
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The 6.2-litre V8 in the Nissan drift car is a GM LS2, like in a Corvette.
Scene 12: Jeremy Has a Drifting Friend
Although it turns out that Richard isn’t a driving God, Jeremy is very happy to have a drifting friend to play with now.
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The playmates drifting montage depicts scenes from the grand tour of Italy (show 3) and the hypercar showdown (show 1).
Scene 12: Not All Drifts Work Out
After showing off to us all of Jeremy’s and Richard’s awesome drifting fun, James wants to show us how many times they failed trying to show off.
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The montage of drifting uselessness depicts scenes from the Abarth 124 test (show 10), Porsche 911 GTs v BMW M4 (show 4), Ford Mustang v Ford Focus RS (show 6), and the Lexus GS F test (show 11).
Well folks there you have it. The end of season 1 of The Grand Tour! It has been one helluva past many weeks and we hope you have enjoyed the show as much as we have. As far as this episode goes, with all the many things covered this past hour, we learned a lot, were entertained a lot and sure did enjoy seeing that Porsche take on a Bugatti! Until nest season, stay tuned here at Grand Tour Nation for any updates on the upcoming season, news about the boys and The Grand Tour and all things automotive! Ciao!