On today’s episode of Top Gear Richard Hammond is in the Middle East again, this time in Abu Dhabi to drive a new hybrid sports car from Porsche, the Porsche 918. This car combines a 4.6-litre V8 petrol engine with a pair of electric motors to create an 886 horsepower, four-wheel drive supercar sensation.
The need for speed sees Hammond take a nocturnal trip to the famous Yas Marina Grand Prix to see if the 918 has what it takes to beat McLaren’s hybrid hypercar, the P1. Although the two cars have yet to go head-to-head, there is much riding on the outcome since if the German machine proves to be faster around the Top Gear track than its British rival, Jeremy Clarkson has promised to change his name to Jennifer.
Jeremy Clarkson and James May are tasked in today’s episode with shooting a public information film to promote safer cycling. Along the way, the pair creates some hard-hitting imagery, take a ‘fact-finding’ ride around the streets of London, and present their film-making efforts to an expert panel featuring big wigs from Westminster Council and Olympic gold medal-winning cycling legend Chris Boardman.
However, Clarkson thinks bicycles are too quiet and decides to strap a jet engine to the back of one and tested it on a runway.
Clarkson also oversees a hot hatchback showdown between the latest iteration of the legendary Volkswagen Golf GTI and a powerful, rear-wheel-drive pretender from BMW called the M135i.
Finally, American actor Aaron Paul, star of Breaking Bad and Need For Speed, tries his hand in the Astra out on the test track.