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The Grand Tour: S2E3 – Bah humbug-atti [Review]

To say The Grand Tour has hit its stride would be putting it lightly.  Where-as in Season 1 TGT stumbled like a toddler, in Season 2 they’ve certainly grown and come into their own as full-fledged adults, or as close to adults as Richard Hammond, James May, and Jeremy Clarson possibly can be.

While I strive not to come across as a so-called “fan-boy” of any one automotive show, I can’t say enough good things about Episode 3 of TGT.

The episode starts with James May giving us a superb review of the somewhat new Kia Stinger. The review is so far the best and most “traditional” car review that we’ve seen so far from The Grand Tour this season. I would bet that there will not likely be any others that are more in-depth or more classicly done as this, as the show continues.

Kia Stinger GT

The segment features an entertaining challenge, beautiful backdrops, and left me rather impressed with Kia’s first foray into the sporty sedan market.

Kia Stinger GT on the coast

Conversation Street in this episode was an absolute gem. The comedic banter we all love to see from the trio was reminiscent of the glory days of Top Gear UK, mostly at Hammond’s expense, and is sure to make you “lol” at least a few times.

Conversation Street Episode 3 of The Grand Tour

One of the most entertaining segments in the episode, and what will surely become a highlight of the season overall, was the next bit, business park racing. The boys decide the best way to perk employees up during their mundane lunch breaks is to create a racetrack inside of a business park with two companies going toe-to-toe in their own vehicles.

Two cars racing

The whole concept was fresh, fun, and had some surprising automotive cameos. This is the kind of content I hope to see more of in the future from The Grand Tour.

The crown jewel of episode 3 is certainly fitting of that title. Jeremy Clarkson shows off the amazing Bugatti Chiron while attempting to prove that you no longer need a jet to be a “jet-setter”, although with the shockingly large price of the Chiron, really, you might as well have the jet and save a few dollars.

Bugatti Chiron The segment has everything you want from a Clarkson film. Humor, loud boisterous noises, (both from Clarkson and the car), beautiful scenery, and a healthy dose of car specs.


The other segments of the film including Celebrity Faceoff, the in-between banter, and everything else, was top notch. Episode 3 was a shining example of the potential The Grand Tour has to be not only a highly entertaining show but one automotive enthusiasts as well as those who are not so petrol-minded can both enjoy.

We give Episode 3 five stars.

gold star


Can Hennessey steal the title of “World’s Fastest” from Koenigsegg?

If you somehow missed out on the most recent news in automotive speed records, the hypercar company Koenigsegg has just managed to claim five new records for their own with the amazing Koenigsegg Agera RS.


The feat was managed in the hot Nevada desert on a stretch of road about 11 miles long. While there, the car managed to go from 0-249mph-0 in just 33.29 seconds. The time of 0-249 was achieved in a blistering 24 seconds even, with the stop taking a quick 9.29 seconds. While not Koenigsegg’s focus, the car also did the quarter mile in 9.96 seconds.

Certainly impressive.

The Agera RS wasn’t done there. It managed to achieve an average speed of 277.87, in two directions, and a top speed of 284.55 setting two new worlds records!

Koenigsegg took home even more records, which were that for the highest speed ever recorded on a public road, hitting 284.55,  (previously set at 269mph in 1938) as well as highest average speed for a flying kilometer on a public road (268mph), and highest average speed for a flying mile on a public road (268.74mph).

It’s clearly time to celebrate. Or is it?

John Hennesey, whom you may have heard of from his Hennessey Venom GT, in addition to a slew of drama in the car community, brought out his newest addition to the hypercar world, the F5, at SEMA this year. According to Hennessey, the car will have over 1,600hp and be capable of exceeding 300 miles per hour for its top speed. Surely this means the car could beat the Agera’s recently attained records, right?


Well, when it comes to Hennessey and records, it’s not that cut and dry. While the specs are surely impressive, there isn’t yet any true proof of the car’s capabilities, and no one actually has an F5 in their possession yet, aside from the car Hennessey has.

In addition, Hennessey has never broken an official world record. As Top Gear put it,

“Despite going quicker than the Veyron Super Sport, the Venom can’t call itself the fastest production car in the world, at least not in the eyes of Guinness. See, to qualify for a Guinness speed record, a car must make two runs, one in either direction, with the two top speeds averaged out for the official time.”

Couple this with the fact that many debated the Venom GT’s legitimacy as a production car because of its chassis being based on a Lotus Exige (and according to some reports, even the official vehicle title states the car is a Lotus), and you have some very muddy waters.

So can Hennessey shake the image of an unreliable boutique builder and take down one of the world’s most iconic hypercar companies?

We will just have to wait and see.

[Video] Watch as the Koenigsegg Agera RS destroys the 0-400-0 world record. Sorry, Bugatti.

Supercar and hypercar manufacturers are always trying to duke it out for the top spot in the leader boards. From 0-60 to top speed there is always a competition. A regular comment from fans of these cars is “What about Koenigsegg?” Well Koenigsegg is has answered to at least one of those requests, shattering the 0-400 km/h-0 (249 mph) record with a time of 36.44 seconds.

Check out the video below.

What record do you think they should go after next? Let us know in the comments.

The Grand Tour Season 2: Sneak Peak Trailer

Debuting on Amazon Prime Day, the sneak peak trailer for The Grand Tour: Season 2, is here! The trailer which describes the show as;

the world’s greatest show about three middle-aged men rampaging around the world having unusual adventures, driving amazing cars, and engaging in a constant argument about which of them is the biggest idiot.”

showcases some very exciting looking clips which leaves the automotive community around the world with a lot to look forward too.


Examining the trailer we see a bit of something for everyone. From some sort of tank crashing through walls, to the already infamous Rimac that Richard Hammond had his recent crash in during a hill climb event, which ended in a fiery blaze, to a few other high level exotics such as the AMG GT, Mclaren 720S, and Bugatti Chiron.


While the last season of Top Gear (U.K.) received abysmal ratings, per IMDB, with an average of just over 2 out of 10, the premier season of The Grand Tour soared to the number one spot for auto and comedy enthusiasts, with nearly a 9 out of 10 rating, on the same scale.*



If the trailer is any indication, would seem that the Amazon and the trio is aiming to hold on to their top spot this season as well. There’s obviously going to be a wide variety of classic hi-jinks, wacky adventures, and awesome cars which, undoubtedly, will leave most people happy.


If there’s anything we can hope to see a lack of this season, it’s “The American”, some of the over-scripted segments, and the love-it-or-hate-it, celebrity segments.

What do you think of the trailer? Check it out below, and let us know in the comments!



*As of the time of publishing

Photo/Video Credit: Amazon, The Grand Tour