The second episode of Top Gear USA was recently broadcast on the History channel, and on the basis of this episode, the show is starting to head in the right direction of trying to create an identity separate from its more-famous UK cousin.

This episode is entitled ‘Blind Drift’, and the main feature of the episode sees the show copy an idea from the British show – where it managed to get a blind man to lap its test track quicker than Richard Whiteley – but give it its own twist.

After being forced to engage the services of blind comedian Brian Fischler as his pilot, host Tanner Foust (who is himself an accomplished drifter) is set the challenge of trying to outperform his co-hosts Adam Ferrara and Rutledge Wood in a series of drifting challenges, with varying degrees of success and plenty of surprises.

Wood also compares the best of British motoring – those being the Aston Martin V8 and V12 Vantage cars – and is strangely none too-impressed, while Foust recreates a classic Top Gear race, competing against two downhill skiers while he navigates his way in a Mitsubishi Lancer Evo.

Lost and Lord of the Rings trilogy star Dominic Monahan is the show’s celebrity driver in its ‘Big Star, Small Car’ segment, and thankfully less of the interview lands up on the cutting room floor in comparison to the premiere episode’s interview with Buzz Aldrin.

[Original images and videos via Top Gear USA official website]

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