In this episode of The Grand Tour, a short man drives a bright orange Lambo, a short man drives a redSkoda, and a tall man drives a short Lancia.
Hammond Reviews The Lamborghini Huracan Performante
In the first film, Richard has a poke around the Eboladrome in the Lamborghini Huracan Performante, and miraculously doesn’t crash. Emphasis on the miraculous. Hammond is the show’s de facto Lamborghini specialist, as he was on Top Gear. It’s a classic review–crisply written, full of nice engine noises, and plenty of dazzling shots of a very orange Lamborghini doing very big speeds.
James stops by for a drag race in his 458 Speciale, marking one of very, very few times that a power test involved more than one presenter. Of course, having May as a driver isn’t exactly fair to the Ferrari, but it would have lost anyway. Around the track in Abbie’s hands, it becomes the fastest road-legal car they’ve ever had.
Hammond and May Test On-The-Move Fueling
Hammond and May devise a car-to-car refueling system to remedy the massive amounts of time people spend sitting in petrol stations. After one or two broken windows and a forcibly removed fuel filler flap, and a predictably unfunny explosion, they switch to two men crawling all over the car, which again results in an unfunny explosion. The final, functional solution is pulling the car onto a little truck with a pump on board.
Two men who make a living punching other men, boxer Anthony Joshua and wrestler Bill Goldberg, head around the track and make Hammond very uncomfortable. Goldberg started out with a beautiful Pontiac Trans Am, and Joshua with a slightly less cool Vauxhall Astra. Joshua’s 1:18.7 beats Goldberg’s 1:20.4 by a considerable amount, despite both of them wiping out several times on one corner in particular.
Clarkson Compares The Audi Quattro and Lancia 037
Next comes one of The Grand Tour’s beautifully produced historical pieces like James’ GT40 segment last season, this time between the Lancia 037 and Audi Quattro. I won’t bother getting into all the details of the story here, but all you have to know is that it’s yet more beautifully produced, exceptionally written historiography, even including interviews from Lancia and Audi’s drivers. If you watch the episode for only one segment, let it be this one. It’s truly excellent car television. I you weren’t paying attention, you could easily mistake it for a BBC documentary about rallying.
On the whole, Episode 7 isn’t quite as strong as the previous episode in Colorado, if only because the previous film had such a generally strong major film. The only weak part of Episode 7 is that uninspired refueling segment, but the rest of the show is buoyed by the absolutely first-rate Huracan and rallying films. It’s well worth a watch.