Top Gear tonight – Series 27, Episode 2, features home-made electric cars, Chris Harris with the Tesla Model 3 and Danny Boyle plugging Yesterday.
Top Gear made its comeback last week with the first episode featuring Paddy McGuinness and Freddie Flintoff alongside Chris Harris. And it wasn’t half bad.
There seems to be some properly decent chemistry between the three, Flintoff reigned in his predilection for acting like a demented three-year old (most of the time) and there were some genuinely funny bits. It augers well.
This week the new intrepid trio are back, taking on a bit of electric car racing, having a long hard look at the Tesla Model 3 and welcoming Danny Boyle and Himesh Patel.
The brief for the electric car racing section is for the trio to build their own electric race cars for very little money and head to Mansfield for a bit of testing, including the ’24 Minutes of Mansfield’ endurance race.
To help the TG team, Mansfield council actually closed the High Street to allow some racing to go on unhindered.
Chris Harris takes on Elon Musk’s statement that the new Model 3 is faster than BMW M3, so we get Harris behind the wheel of a Model 3 – and a few rivals – on track to find out, as well as some arty footage filmed overnight in Canary Wharf and the City.
The ‘Star’ section features Danny Boyle and Himesh Patel (you’ll know who he is if you watch Eastenders) as they play stars in cars to promo the new ‘Yesterday’ film. Which has a quite passable soundtrack.
Top Gear, Series 27 Episode 2, is on BBC2 tonight at 8pm.
Pity we didn’t have more of this from Top Gear starting a decade ago. For a show so traditionally obsessed with speed it’s taken them a heck of a long time to finally start backing and plugging EVs.
Obviously combustion die-hards will hate every minute – they’ll also hate it when the ice-caps melt away, sea levels rise by 3-4 feet and a few gazillion tons of tundra-stored methane are released. And of course those same Clarkson-Clone petrolheads will blame everyone but themselves.