Coming hot off the press from being broadcast last Sunday in the UK, the fifth episode of Top Gear’s fifteenth season pulled out all stops with another great episode.

As we’d mentioned earlier this week, the show pulled off a major coup with its biggest-ever celebrities to compete in the ‘Star in a Reasonably Priced Car’ segment, with A-list Hollywood actors Tom Cruise and Cameron Diaz making their first appearance on the show to vie for top honours on the timing board.

As you’re no doubt aware, the potty-mouted Miss Diaz managed to beat the record posted a fortnight earlier by Harry Potter actor Rupert Grint, before Cruise lowered the benchmark further with a lap in the 1:44 range.

There was also plenty more to the show…

Richard Hammond paid a trip to the Swedish ski resort region and competed in a race against professional snowmobilers Daniel Bodin and Dan Lang (the man rumoured to have played The Stig in the show’s Winter Olympics special episode). What is Hammond using? Why, a Dakar Rally edition Volkswagen Touareg, no less!

James May gets back behind the wheel of a Bugatti, but this time it’s the manufacturer’s all-new SuperSport model, designed purely to re-establish the top-speed record. Visiting the Volkswagen group’s secret test track, May breaks the car’s theoretical top speed of 258mph, although his incredible effort is later bettered by the group’s test driver, former F1 driver Pierre-Henri Raphanel, who hauled the car up to 267mph! The SuperSport is also taken for a spin by The Stig around the Top Gear test track in a bid to break the lap record for a road-legal car.

Lastly, and certainly my most favourite part of the best episode of this season to-date, Jeremy Clarkson narrates an excellent tribute to Ayrton Senna, who would have celebrated his 50th birthday had he still been alive today. What I found most interesting was Clarkson’s revelation that he had never really been a Senna fan, but upon viewing the brilliantly-produced tribute to the man – including extensive interviews with Lewis Hamilton, Mika Hakkinen and Martin Brundle – even the most ardent Senna hater will struggle not to soften after watching this.

I urge you to check this episode out when its broadcast in your home nation.

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Richard Bailey

Founder & Chief Editor at MotorsportM8
Hasn't missed a Grand Prix since 1989. Has a soft spot for Minardi. Tattooed with 35+ Grand Prix circuits.