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Top Gear: Series 5, Episode 5

On a Europhile Top Gear, the Nürburgring took its toll, and Richard was busy inventing a new sport...

The story of the people carrier began with the Renault Espace. For a long time, it looked like Renault had lost its mind. It sold nine in the first year. But over time, the Espace became a common sight on UK roads. While you wouldn't necessarily associate people carriers with racing, that didn't stop us from having a go. You see, we were bored by F1 and felt there was a gap in the racing calendar that needed to be filled.

So we got some of the finest drivers and put them in a selection of the best people carriers known to man. The drivers did their best, but somehow the vehicles didn't seem to have what it takes. First and second places went to the Renault Espaces, though.

The M6 Toll road has described itself as 'the most exciting development in British transport history for many years'. Well, sorry to break it to you guys, but the Germans have taken toll roads to a whole new level of exciting. Imagine being allowed to take your car for a spin at Silverstone. That's what Nürburgring does. You can drive as fast as you like around a one-way racetrack.

So, what better way to test the diesel engine in the Jaguar S-Type than by trying to get it around in under ten minutes. Jeremy's 'course coach' found the whole thing jolly amusing, and didn't seem to think he was up to the task. Thankfully for his pride, Jeremy proved her wrong.


Episode Info  

Episode number: 5x5
Airdate: Sunday November 21st, 2004

Director: (Unknown)
Writer: (Unknown)

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Jeremy ClarksonJeremy Clarkson
As Himself
Richard HammondRichard Hammond
As Himself
James MayJames May
As Himself
Ben CollinsBen Collins
As The Stig (White)
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