Top Gear Apocalypse Ever wondered what motoring might be like in a post-apocalyptic world?

No, neither have I, to be honest. But Top Gear co-hosts Richard Hammond and James May have certainly been giving this plenty of thought to produce a not-seen-on-TV special called Top Gear Apocalypse.

Dubbed as the “definitive guide to motoring in a post-apocalyptic world”, the duo sets out to hypothesis how everyday motoring experiences would change in a world stricken in the grip of a nuclear fallout or zombie plague.

The pair embark on a series of typical Top Gear challenges, exploring concepts of how one will drive around if the world was perpetually dark due to a nuclear winter, how motorsport could be made exciting if there were just two people still alive, and how to survive the post-nuclear roadworthiness test when everyone’s cars are equipped with weapons for survival.

Perhaps more pressingly, they also ask the ultimate motorists’ dilemma: just what car would you take on your final drive if there was a single tank of fuel left in the world?

The DVD is made at the usual high standard that is typical of Top Gear and contains all the typical features – explosions, slapstick, beautiful cars – you would come to expect.

What is odd – although not necessarily a detraction in this case – is the absence of Jeremy Clarkson from the entire production, but the rest of the ingredients are there.

If your principal demand is to have Clarkson on board, then this won’t be for you. But if you’re a general fan of the show, then this will certainly please and it’s great to see the chemistry between Hammond and May working very well in this special production.

Using our unique ‘Chequered Flags’ rating system, we award Top Gear Apocalypse


Top Gear Apocalypse is available for purchase at major stores.

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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.