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The Grand Tour Season 2 Episode 1: Past, Present, or Future [REVIEW]

The boys are back in town. Well, actually, they’re not in town at all, unless you live near Oxfordshire, UK, anyways. As you most likely have heard, The Grand Tour is no longer touring. But that’s not the point. Let’s get into what’s most important, how the premiere episode of the newest season did.

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The episode starts out with a similar preview segment that we saw last season, showcasing what we can expect over the coming weeks. This is quickly followed by the main film of the series, a fantastic comparison between three amazing supercars; the Lamborghini Aventador, Acura NSX, and Rimac Concept One. The film is set in the jaw-droppingly beautiful, Swiss mountains, as if we’d expect anything less.

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Clarkson, Hammond, and May debate throughout the film over which of the vehicles is best. Harkening back to the episode’s title, Past, Present, or Future, the cars each represent one of those aspects, Aventador being the past, NSX being the future, and the Rimac taking up the position of future. The boys never really come up with a solid decision, not that you’d expect them to, but the beauty of the cars and the scenery and the comedy musings we’ve come to expect from the trio result in a great start for the season.

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Conversation Street is back this season. The segment really just consists of the three hosts harassing each other and making fun of random subjects. If there’s one thing the Grand Tour hosts have fantastic chemistry, and the segment shines because of it. It’s nothing new, but we like that.

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As is the tradition with Hammond, Clarkson, and May, in the following portion of the Past, Present, or Future film, our hosts end up taking very nice, very expensive cars off-roading.

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It’s hard not to grimace at the sight of such high end driving machines scraping over rocks and rubbing into walls, but it does make for entertaining television.

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I know you’re probably wondering, do they ever end up racing these amazing cars? Well, yes. But no spoilers here. You’ll have to watch the episode to see who wins, but we do have a few gorgeous screenshots for you.

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The film then continues with some proper supercar hooning and Clarkson running into a bit of trouble with his Lamborghini.

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Continuing on, we see a welcome change to The Grand Tour, the replacement for Celebrity Brain Crash. From now on we will be seeing the new and amazing segment, Celebrity Face Off, or Celebrity F-Off for short, in which two celebrities from the same fields will face off in a Jaguar F-Type for the fastest lap times. No doubt this will do much better with audiences this season.

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The Grand Tour also has an all-new track for this season and, taking a bit of style from Top Gear UK, it’s got tarmac and gravel bits, which should create some excitement.

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The guests in the first ever Celebrity F-Off are a man who really needs no introduction, David Hasselhoff, aka the Hoff, and Ricky Wilson, lead singer of the Kaiser Chiefs and former judge on the Voice UK.

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While there’s no Stig (obviously), and no American (thankfully), the interview, the laps, and the segment as a whole are a breath of fresh air for The Grand Tour.

The premiere episode wraps up with an already infamous bit of film.  The boys take off to a hill climb event in Hemberg to see who’s car is the king of the hill.

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The course, which covers 1.09 miles, contains 11 corners, puts all three hosts and their cars to the test, but none so much as Hammond and the Rimac…

In a bizarre series of events, Hammond careened off of a turn and the Rimac was up in flames in next to no time at all.

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Luckily, and with a great sigh of relief, we can all be happy that while the car is no more, Hammond is alive and well.

The same can also be said of The Grand Tour. Gone are many of the gimmicks and forced humor, back is the fantastic chemistry, beautiful films, and amazing cars. I can easily say that The Grand Tour is off to a fantastic start and here’s to season 2.

We give this episode, 5 stars.

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Tesla Unveils the World’s Quickest Production Car: 2020 Tesla Roadster

With the bold claim that it will deliver a “hardcore smackdown” to gasoline-powered cars, Elon Musk, Tesla CEO, unveiled the all-new Tesla Roadster. In an amazing evolution from the original Roadster, the new roadster is truly awe-inspiring.

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Musk claims unheard of performance figures for a street-legal performance vehicle, boasting a 0-60 mph time of 1.9 seconds, a quarter mile time of 8.9 seconds, and a top speed in excess of 250 mph. These figures, Musk also noted, are only for the prototype and may very well increase by the time of production, in early 2020.

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Even more impressive perhaps, is the cars notably increased driving range, now 620 miles, due to its large 200 kilowatt-hour battery pack, which is twice the capacity of the currently largest available in any Tesla.

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Gear-heads will quickly note, and most likely love, the gorgeous targa top roof, racing style bucket seats, and sleek, NSX-esque styling.

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Pricing will start at $200,000 with a $50,000 deposit, and $250,000 to acquire one of the first 1,000 “Founder’s Series” that will be first off of the production lines.

What do you think? Will it live up to the hype? Will it be outpaced by other hypercar manufactures by the time it reaches production?

Let us know what you think in the comments!

McLaren to unveil their most extreme hypercar on December 10th

McLaren has announced that on December 10th at 12:01 a.m. they will unveil their newest, and most extreme hypercar, codenamed the P15. The car has been described by McLaren as the ultimate example of a road-legal track car. Teaser images have been coming from McLaren for a few days now, and show the rear taillights, rear grille, and other elements of the car (pictured below).

The car is rumored to have at least 800hp and be even lighter in weight than the P1 or 720S.McLaren claims it’s a “road-legal track car unlike anything we’ve built before,” so we can be sure it will be the new halo of the McLaren lineup.

Stay tuned and follow AutoMoguls for more news from McLaren.

TVR Is Back In a Major Way: The 500 HP, V8 Griffith.

Revealed at Goodwood Revival,  the all new Cosworth V-8 powered TVR Griffith is the first car to come out of TVR under the leadership of its latest owners. For those out of the know, TVR is now owned by a private millionaire consortium fronted by Les Edgar which acquired the company four years ago from Russian Nikolai Smolensky. You’re not here for a history lesson though, you’re here to learn about this amazing new car.

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The new TVR is a two-seater, V-8 powered, lightweight, supercar. The engine, a 5.0 liter, has been sourced from the Ford Mustang, but tuned and modified by legendary company, Cosworth. The platform also utilized the innovative and high tech “iSteam” architecture developed by Gordon Murray.

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Output, as noted, is 500 HP, which when placed in the lightweight, 2,755 lb body, rockets the Griffith to 100 mph in just 6 seconds, according to Top Gear, and is done so with, get this, a manual transmission.

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The car is expected to launch in 2019 but production numbers and distribution have not been announced.

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What do you think of the new TVR? Let us know and check out more pictures below the break.

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Source: Jalopnik , Autocar UK

Koenigsegg Wrecks at the Nurburgring

Koenigsegg themselves have confirmed that a One:1 has indeed wrecked at the ring. According to Koenigsegg, “Koenigsegg Automotive AB can confirm reports online that a Koenigsegg One:1 was involved in a crash during testing as part of Industry Pool at the Nurburgring on Monday, 18 July. The driver was taken to hospital as per standard procedures in such situations and was released the same afternoon.”… [Koenigsegg] working primarily on vehicle setups both for ongoing vehicle development and for an attempt at a Nurburgring lap record at some time in the future. A Koenigsegg is an extreme performance car and must be tested accordingly.This is an inherently dangerous undertaking that must be conducted progressively and methodically, working point by point on all areas of our highly adjustable vehicles. Our primary concern is always driver safety and any testing is structured and conducted accordingly.”

It’s truly a shame to see such an amazing vehicles destroyed. Koenigsegg has said they plan to rebuild the vehicle. Surely this will not be the last time we see them at the ring, and with any luck, perhaps a ring record will be set in the near future. A direct link to the press release can be found here.

Aston Martin/Red Bull Hyper Car! Code Name: Nebula

Is This The Ultimate Street Legal Racecar?

Their is a new hypercar on the horizon. Code named Nebula or the AM-RB 001 as it is known internally ( Aston Martin Red Bull 001). This car is reportedly a full carbon fiber car, with a mid-engine, Cosworth developed, naturally aspirated V12 drivetrain , and much like the Koenigsegg, a 1 to 1 power to weight ration in regards to kilos to hp. The car is also expected to have the lowest ride height of any production vehicle. Aston Martin has reportedly started to take deposits of $350,000 or 10% which equates to the car being north of $3.5 million dollars. Those with pockets deep enough for the vehicle have been shown a full scale model which is about 70-80% accurate of the final build according to Aston Martin CEO Andy Palmer.  Don’t expect to see many around though, as only 99 are currently slated to be made. The car is to include technology both from the Red Bull F1 team as well as Aston Martin. With the V12 expected to be used, a similar engine to the one found in the new Aston Martin Vulcan is probably not a far stretch in regards to what we can expect to see, although the internal goodies and build will again, be from Cosworth. With other details being kept very secretive, there is not much else to go on at the moment, but we will post updates as we have them!