Top Gear - The Challenges (4) Top Gear: The Challenges, Vol 4
2-disc DVD, © 2010 BBC Worldwide, 5 hours

The Top Gear team is at it again with the fourth volume of their ‘Challenges’ series, where they again attempt to outwit and outdo each other with a selection of eleven high-octane challenges.

Our favourite trio of Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May – plus The Stig – take to the road and the snow as they take motoring to the edge of what’s possible.

Some of the highlights include:

  • Train Race: An epic 1949-style race from London to Edinburgh where the mods of transport are a rebuilt steam train, an old Jaguar, and a legendary (and very painful) motorcycle.
  • Electric Car: Challenged to create their own eco-friendly car to rival the G-Wiz, the boys create ‘Geoff’, a car built using a milk float, some cutters and an old TVR. There are plenty of false starts before their effort is reviewed by AutoCar magazine.
  • Ice Racing: Is rear-wheel drive the one and only way to have proper racing? To find out, the boys head to France in three RWD vehicles and meet a certain Olivier Panis to compete in some ice racing…
  • A Shopping Fiesta: Faced with criticism that the Top Gear road tests are boring, Jeremy puts the everyday runabout Ford Fiesta through its paces in one of the most hair-raising tests ever done!
  • McLaren vs Bugatti Commie Cars: Did the Communists ever build a good car? The short answer: No. But the boys had plenty of fun proving the point!
  • McLaren vs Veyron: Is Bugatti’s 1000bhp monster quicker than McLaren’s legendary F1 hypercar? There’s only one way to find out: take them both to Abu Dhabi, persuade the local officials to close a long stretch of road, and let them loose!
  • The best of the ‘Challenges’ bunch so far, this is a worthwhile addition to the DVD collection for any Top Gear fan.

    There’s also an assortment of bonus features in the two-disc set, including extended interview with Jenson Button and AC/DC’s Brian Johnson among the assortments.

    Using our unique ‘Chequered Flags’ rating system, we award Top Gear: The Challenges, Vol 4…

    Chequered_flag (4.5)


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Richard Bailey

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