The episode begins with a film of Clarkson leaving the BBC and meeting Hammond and May in Los Angeles, America to the song, “I Can See Clearly Now” by the Hothouse Flowers. The three presenters drive three Ford Mustangs over the California desert to Rabbit Dry Lake, accompanied by a large group of incredible cars worth a reported £3 million and a fly-over from the Breitling Jet Team.
They roll up to a large crowd of people and cars with the band ‘Hothose Flowers’ playing ‘I Can See Clearly Now’,
They also introduce the new touring tent where in this episode Jeremy Clarkson gives the American audience a lesson in English and linguistics. It ends with the audience chanting ‘USA’ with the three presenters hiding behind their table.
The Holy Trinity
The presenters meet at Algarve International Circuit in Portugal to compare the McLaren P1, Porsche 918 and Ferrari LaFerrari, known as the Holy Trinity of cars – a selection that was hoped to appear on Top Gear but never did.
They drag race the cars several times, with each race resulting in a different result.
To settle the dispute of which one is faster, Jérôme d’Ambrosio performs timed laps in the hypercars with the following times:
Jeremy bets his house that the P1 would come first in the timed laps, but as you can see from the times, he lost the bet. The results of this will come later in the season.
Clarkson introduces The Grand Tour’s new track named the Eboladrome where he laps a Ferrari 488 and a BMW M2 to kick-off the lap time board. Read about the Eboladrome here.
He also introduces The American, who you can read about here.
Celebrity Brain Crash
Armie Hammer, Jeremy Renner, and Carol Vorderman are all killed before making their interview, beginning the joke by James May: “Does that mean they’re not coming on then?”