The latest instalment of Top Gear hit the UK airwaves overnight, and this newest Ferrari F40 vs Porsche 959broadcast offers fans of the series with a few ‘firsts’ to whet their appetites.

As a child of the 1980s, among my favourite toys cars in my Matchbox collection was my model of the iconic Ferrari F40, which Richard Hammond gets to pair up against the Porsche 959 – the very first supercar to break the 200mph barrier.

The episode assumes a rather constellation-esque theme, with Jeremy Clarkson attempting to find out if he can race Jaguar latest XJ model from Land’s End (England’s most westerly point) to Lowestoff (England’s most easterly point) between the hours of sunset and sunrise on the following morning. Sounds easy, right? Not when NASA's new moon buggythe challenge is on Midsummer’s Night – the shortest night – and the sun is down for less than seven hours.

Continuing with the theme, James May gets to road test NASA’s latest lunar buggy as part of the 40th anniversary celebrations of Apollo 15’s voyage to the moon, which was the first to utilise a Lunar Roving Vehicle (to use its correct nomenclature).

The Cool Wall also makes an appearance for the first time in almost two years, and the British Government’s transport spokesperson, Lord John Prescott, is the Star In a Reasonably Priced Car. The man who introduced bus lanes on many UK motorways is hardly a popular figure among the Top Gear fan base, and the interview is certainly interesting to say the least.

The latest happenings in Formula 1 are also a topical highlight in this week’s episode, with a short debate on suitable replacement venues for the cancelled Bahrain Grand Prix, as well as a teaser trailer for the soon-to-be-released Senna documentary.

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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.