Top Gear: Series 18Top Gear: Series 18
3-disc Steelbook DVD, © 2012 BBC Worldwide

Tonight, I do a skid, Richard steals some tyres, and James gets kicked in the face.

Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May are back for an eighteenth season of the world’s most popular car show, Top Gear, which the folks at Roadshow Entertainment have now released as a three-disc Steelbook DVD set on sale in major stores across Australia. For individual episode reviews, check out the links on the RichardsF1.com website here.

Series highlights include Jeremy and James traveling to Beijing to investigate China’s ever-expanding car industry, Hammond going to Texas to learn about NASCAR (as well as getting a treat of driving the pace car to start the race)  making a movie car chase, re-invent the mobility scooter and  go motor racing for less than it costs to play golf. We also meet the worst Stig Top Gear has ever had, The Stig’s Chinese cousin.

From testing the first 4wd Ferrari FF on an icefield to an Aero-engineered Bentley powered by a 27 litre V12 from a Spitfire, there is a wide variety of cars that are tested throughout the season, with the regular manufacturers like Mercedes, Lamborghini and Jaguar making their usual appearances.

The Stig's Chinese cousin Kimi Räikkönen meets the real Stig

The Star in a Reasonably Priced Car segment sees the amateur driving styles of Ryan Reynolds, Slash Matt LeBlanc and more, with Kimi Räikkönen being the Formula One driver to take the car around the track this season. Jeremy also talks to Kimi about his return to Formula One, and how he hopes that Kimi has a successful season, purely because he loves his post-race interviews. Jeremy mocks Kimi by asking him “Is it a Finnish thing to be economical with words?” then goes on to list some of his favourite answers.

The series is sent off by Slash performing his version of the show’s theme ‘Jessica’.

The DVD set has a good set of extra features that take us behind the scenes of the Top Gear studio, with the boys each giving us a small preview of Series 18.

Richard takes us through his trip to America and driving a NASCAR, he also tries to explain that F1 is “boring and for snobs” and NASCAR is more exciting. Jeremy and Richard have very different views on this as seen in Episode 2 where Jeremy introduces the show by saying “Formula One is better than NASCAR, it just is. If you compare them to musical instruments, F1 is a Stradivarius violin; NASCAR is banging a saucepan with a wooden spoon.” 

We get to see the stars in the reasonably priced car race around the Top Gear track and we also see Matt LeBlanc and Michael Fassbender drive a McLaren with the Stig.

Top Gear Series 18 is yet another great season with funny and entertaining challenges, fast sports cars smoking up the test track and continued banter between the boys.

Top Gear is set to return with a Christmas special at the end of the year and Series 19 at the start of 2013.

Using our unique ‘Chequered Flags’ rating system, we award Top Gear: Series 18…

OUT OF A POSSIBLE 5.

Top Gear: Series 18 is available for purchase at major stores. Our review copy was supplied to us by Roadshow Media.

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Today’s review was written by Melbourne-based reader Josh Kruse, who has joined the RichardsF1.com team as a guest product reviewer. If you would be interested in learning more about becoming a product reviewer, click here.

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Hasn't missed a Grand Prix since 1989. Has a soft spot for Minardi. Tattooed with 35+ Grand Prix circuits.

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