In this episode, the tent is pitched in Dubai in the United Arab Emirates. Clarkson and May compare a BMW i3 to a VW GTI, Hammond is taught to drift, and the trio drag races a Porsche 918 against a Veyron and a Nissan Patrol.
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May’s BMW i3 VS Clarkson’s VW GTi
The show starts with Clarkson and May comparing the BMW i3 to the V Golf GTi. They conduct a road test around London in which they find out that the i3 is cheaper than the GTi because of the tax relief and rewards you receive from the government due to it being an electric car. Clarkson obviously doesn’t like this and starts making fun of it while asking the public if James has thanked them yet.
At London Airport they conclude that the i3 is faster over short distances, but overall, the petrol powered GTi is the faster car. It also has a larger range but the i3 can be recharged for free.
After a race to a pub, the VW is considered the better car.
They begin with Dubai and how much it has evolved in the past years. Their driving laws have also grown as Jeremy gives an anecdote regarding drink driving. They discuss what should result in being taken to prison in the UK and Clarkson expresses his hate of hot airplanes.
They briefly discuss the Hyperloop train, which will travel at speeds of up to 500mph.
James Meets Winchers
May spends some time with the so-called ‘Winchers’ and spends some time off-roading 4x4s in deep, wet mud. James gets covered in mud and doesn’t enjoy it.
Celebrity Brain Crash
F1 driver Daniel Ricciardo drives a hovercraft to the event, but before landing, crashes and gets sucked into the fan.
Porsche 918 VS Bugatti Veyron
Hammond takes a Porsche to Dubai and forms a race against a Bugatti Veyron. It’s a drag race which the hybrid Porsche easily wins, until it’s faced with a Nissan Patrol 1,900 horsepower Nissan Patrol.
Hammond Learns How To Drift
It turns out that Hammond has always had a stunt driver double. So the boys tell him to go to Michelin’s proving grounds in France to learn how to drift. It takes a while for him to get the hang of it, but eventually he’s oversteering gracefully.
He then has to prove himself against two professional drifters – one 13-year old and a double amputee at Rockingham Motor Speedway.
This moves us onto the finale in which a number of outtakes of Clarkson and Hammond failing at drifting are shown.