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Top Gear: Series 1, Episode 5

On a DIY-themed Top Gear, Richard built a Bond car for £300, and the Stig man-handled a palace around our test track.

But first, Maybach. It was around £280,000-worth of the best that Mercedes-Benz engineers could offer. Richard tried it on the show and, what a surprise, he liked it very much.

On the next branch down the Mercedes tree was the dictator's car of choice, the S-Class. Brimming with new technology, this car demonstrated gadgets that would probably trickle down into the family hatchback in the coming years.

The star in a reasonably priced car was Jonathan Ross, who strapped himself into our Liana, complete with his own specially made purple driving gloves. He did well, but he also cheated.

In our previous episode we'd asked for gadget ideas to bolt to our £300 budget Bond car. The best ideas were passed over to our cut-price Q and the finished Rover 820 was armed with paintball machine guns and firework rocket launchers, which we tested in the studio. It was also fitted with an ejector seat using scrap springs, an oil slick (dispensing children's play balls) and a tea tray bullet deflector - ready to tackle the mighty Spectra!

Source: http://www.bbc.co.uk/topgear/show/episodes/series1episode5.s

Episode Info

Episode number: 1x5
Airdate: Sunday November 17th, 2002

Director: (Unknown)
Writer: (Unknown)

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Guest Stars
Jonathan Ross
As Himself
Main Cast
Jeremy Clarkson
As Himself
Richard Hammond
As Himself
Perry McCarthy
As The Stig (Black)
Jason Dawe
As Himself
Episode Notes
Star In A Reasonably Priced Car:
Th celebrity guest this week is chatshow host Jonathan Ross. His time was 1:57 (wet lap)

Stig's Lap Times:

Bentley Arnage: 1:40.0 (wet)

Episode Quotes
Jonathan Ross: [talking to Jeremy about torque] You made that word up. I believe that when you started writing car journalism, you invented several words you threw in just to confound and perplex people. And in the true style of the Emperors New Clothes, no one has called you on it. And now, Clarkson, I put it to you, torque does not exist.

Warning: Top Gear season 1 episode 5 guide may contain spoilers
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