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  TopGear is the most qualitative tv show we have been blessed to see on TV. If you do not know about it yet, you have a lot to catch up with.

From the low and decrepit to the high and mighty, no car escapes the eyes — and opinions — of Top Gear hosts Jeremy Clarkson and James May. These two, together with Richard Hammond, have seen their fair share of vehicles of varying kinds so it’s safe to say that they’ve established a certain level of clout over the rest of us on picking which car they think is the best and which is the worst.

The latter, in particular, presents a good opportunity to garner some attention from gear heads everywhere. After all, picking the best car in the history of the world is a daunting enough task on its own, but picking the absolute worst of ’em all? That should be fun.

So Clarkson and May have taken to the world of DVD to present their latest offering to all of us: "The Worst Car in the History of the World".

To be fair, picking the worst of them all is a tough challenge in it of itself so the two set out a pair of parameters to lessen the pool of vehicles to choose from. First, the car has to be "not cheap,” and second, it needs to have been made by an automaker that "should know better.”

In the promo video for the DVD, we get to see the cars Clarkson and May get behind the wheel of and to their credit, a lot of them are modern-day exotics, including the Ferrari 458 Italia Spyder and the Ford GT . There are old models thrown in there, like the Lexus SC430 , so at least there’s some variety in there.

Check out the video and tell us if this new Top Gear DVD is worthy of being a holiday present.

Source: Top Gear

Everyone watching "Top Gear" knows that Jeremy Clarkson can be pretty difficult to impress when it comes to cars. With his notorious reputation, automakers are happy just to hear him murmur “Okay” after driving their cars.

The Toyota GT 86 is one of the latest that the Top Gear bad boy got his hands on, and it looks like Toyota has done an amazing job. Clarkson even goes so far as to name it "’One of the best cars I’ve driven in ages." So we guess this statement will help increasing the GT 86 sales, no?

Making things better, Clarkson gives the GT 86 a pretty good thrashing in his testing process. So, even though you already know the outcome of the test, the video is still well worth a look.

The GT 86 is powered by a 2.0-liter, naturally-aspirated petrol engine that delivers a total of 200 horsepower. On the U.S. market the sports car is being sold as the Scion FR-S and it is priced from $24,930.


Top Gear is at it again. If you don’t remember, several months back they brought us the “Deadly 720” – the world’s first ever double loop completed by a car. Well, Guinness was on location and awarded Top Gear the “official” world record for the stunt.

Apparently that world record combined with their latest record for being the most widely watched factual TV show are not enough, as the Top Gear boys, fresh off of a new contract, are bringing back the “Deadly 720.” This time around they will add in a new element to the double loop, allowing them to set yet another record, according to Top Gear’s creative director Rowland French.

In a statement, French said: “The original Deadly 720 was as far as our experience, technology and bravery allowed us to go and we’ve been inundated with messages from the British public asking us to perform the stunt in the UK this year,” explained French. “The restless nature of the production, however, means I was keen to do something different and shoot for another World Record. The only way to do that is push the boundary further and create an even more extreme stunt. We started working on the project almost immediately after the South African stadium show and have been in rehearsals for weeks. This stunt will break new ground and I can’t wait to see the looks on the audience faces when we reveal it at the NEC.”

We’re not too sure what this new addition will be, but we’re sure it’ll be interesting nonetheless. The record will be attempted at the Top Gear Live show taking place at the Birmingham NEC from October 25th through the 28th.

We’re sure there will be plenty of hints and clues in the coming weeks, so we’ll bring you up to date with each update.

Click past the jump to read Top Gear’s press release.

Top Gear Season 17 moved to June 26?

Fresh off of their earning the “Most watched factual television program ” record from Guinness and Clarkson’s riveting and tear-jerking speech regarding said win, the folks at BBC decided it was time to reward the Top Gear boys with a new contract. So now we get another three years of hearing James May, Richard Hammond, and Jeremy Clarkson talk about and beat the living crap out of cars.

On top of renewing the boys, BBC also bought out the remaining 50-percent share of Bedder 6, the company that Clarkson and Top Gear producer, Andy Wilman, own. Bedder 6 also happens to own the commercial rights to Top Gear, so not only does the BBC now have its hosts locked up for three years, but sole ownership of the entire series indefinitely.

Part of the deal the trio signed requires heavier global promotion of the show, so you can expect more Top Gear shenanigans going on in random parts of the world. Top Gear fans are getting everything they ever wanted: more Clarkson, Mays, and Hammond, more global Top Gear promotion, and indefinite Top Gear airing all in one quick swipe of a pen.

Congrats to the Clarkson and his cohorts, and we look forward to seeing more of them.

Source: BBC News

No true automotive junky can channel surf past Top Gear without at least stopping for a few minutes. Even if you can’t stand the show; the cars are bad ass, the driving is borderline insane, and Jeremy Clarkson’s snarly, sarcastic and brash attempts at humor are downright unsettling. That’s pretty much exactly what we love about the show.

Well, this extremely popular show – now watched in 212 territories around the world – has officially been named the “Most Watched Factual TV Program” by Guinness World Record. As expected, Jeremy Clarkson was front and center to accept the award with the rather bland “I am very proud to be associated with such a factual program” statement. Oh Jeremy, you are man of so many words…

Regardless of the “Eh, whatever” response, we tip our hats to the empire the Clarkson and his cohorts have built since 1977.

We tried finding out who owned the record before Top Gear, but the record seems to not exist in the 2012 edition of the book… Hm, interesting… We did, however, find out that you can submit your own world record. We wonder if there is a weird publicity stunt behind all of this. Nah, they would never…

Plus, Clarkson just looks oh so happy holding that plaque in the press image.

Jeremy Clarkon and James May spotted filming Top Gear segment in Beijing

Anyone who has Internetted before is likely well aware of how YouTube works. Legally, YouTube is a place where people go to upload their own random videos for people to see. In the real world, YouTube is a place where people steal other people’s videos and post them online, pawning them off as their own until YouTube shuts them down. Then the user just changes his user name, reposts the video, then repeat...

Sometimes, companies do actually use YouTube to promote their TV shows and movies, and the BBC is one of the biggest to do so. It is not uncommon to see 9 or so, minutes of “TopGear” and “Nigella Lawson” on YouTube for “promotional purposes.” In the UK, the Authority for Television on Demand (ATVOD) regulates on-demand videos and forces all companies to sign up and pay fees for TV-like programs on places like YouTube.

Well, the ATVOD is now calling these 9-minute pieces TV-like programs and are requiring the BBC to pony up ₤2,900 ($4,601 at the current exchange rates) per channel on YouTube for said programming.

The BBC is now appealing to the governing sector of its government, the Office of Communications (Ofcom) to have this matter resolved. The BBC actually operates its own On-Demand TV service and pays the fees related to it, as required by law, but it feels the YouTube videos are “short form” and are not typically watched at home.

We’ll keep an eye on this story, but we are pretty certain that the BBC will come out of this still paying a little money due to this odd law.

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In the latest installment of our Car Infographics series, we have a very special image with all the information you could ever want about the Top Gear test track. This infographic takes an in depth at the fastest cars to have ever lapped the Lotus-designed test track, whose layout “is designed to push a car to its limit and really show the strengths and weaknesses of each car tested.”

Additionally, a number of awards help to conclude the informative infographic with the illustrious award of “Most Affordable Speed” going to the incredible Ariel Atom 2 which managed to lap the Top Gear test track in just 1:19.50 when it aired in Season 5, Episode 9.

Before you head over the jump to check out the infographic in detail, keep in mind that the initial illustration may take a bit of time to understand and may require flipping your computer screen upside down. It may even seem as if you’re trying to lick your shoulder when trying to read the upside down writing!

Source: Boostlabs
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After Jeremy Clarkson confirmed a few months ago that Top Gear U.K. wouldn’t be returning until 2013, we had all our hopes rested on the USA version to deliver our Top Gear fix. Thankfully, they’ve come through for us, recently confirming that the third series of Top Gear USA will hit American screens on August 14 at 9pm eastern time.

Six episodes will air in the lead up to 2013, and after the New Year, a further 10 episodes will conclude the third season, totaling 16 episodes all together.

Co-presenter Rutledge Wood confirmed the news recently via his Twitter account stating “So happy it’s out! #TopGear on@HistoryChannel returns Aug 14th 9pm! 6 New shows, then 10 more after new year! You guys will love them!”

We have no idea what the trio of presenters have planned for us this time around, but it’s sure to be an epic season full of all the crazy adventures that the second half of the second season delivered. Add to that the always enjoyable segments of Big Star Small Car and new performance tests, and there’s no question that season 3 of Top Gear USA should be the best yet.

Are you as excited about this news as us, or is Top Gear USA simply not your cup of tea?

Source: Twitter

We absolutely love daredevil antics in cars and on motorcycles, given they are done safely and by professionals. The folks at Top Gear Live are just about to satisfy our craving by pulling off the first 720 on four wheels, which Top Gear has dubbed the “Deadly 720.” The term “720” refers to a pair of 360-degree loops in succession, so absolute perfection is required to succeed in tackling each loop.

To give you an idea of just how much precision is needed, the engineers heading up the stunt have estimated that the customized buggy that Top Gear Live is using for this stunt must enter each loop between 24 and 26 mph, 2 mph more could result in excessive G-force and result in the driver blacking out and 2 mph too low would cause the buggy to fall from the loop. To help avoid driver error, Top Gear has fitted the special stunt buggy with an accelerator lock that will hold the accelerator in a precise position to maintain the prescribed speed, so the driver can focus only on keeping the buggy on the 58-meter-long track.

Despite the accelerator lock, we all know that any given car can run drastically different from one day to the next, so even with the lock, there is still a great possibility that the car will have too much or too little speed and we will see a spectacular crash. We are pretty certain that there will be tons of test runs on the actual day to make sure the car is perfect, so a crash is very unlikely.

Crash or not, we are all set to see history take place at the Top Gear Festival in the Moses Mabhida Stadium in Durban, South Africa on June 16th – 17th, 2012. Ah, the things people will do to get in a record book.

UPDATE 06/19/2012: The group at Top Gear finally attempted the “Deadly 720” this weekend, and just as expected… It all went exactly to plan. This places the Top Gear Live clan in the Guinness Book of World Record for the most loops by an automobile. Congrats to our Top Gear daredevils. We have also attached a video of the stunt (above). Hit the one minute mark to skip the introductions.

Click past the jump to read Top Gear’s full press release.

James May, one of the three stars from Top Gear, had the chance to drive the amazing Bugatti Veyron SuperSport recently. Nicknamed "Captain Slow," May is anything but slow as he took the SuperSport on the Volkswagen Group’s private Ehra-Lessien test track in Germany where he managed to hit an incredible top speed of 417km/h or the equivalent of 259mph.

So how does the world’s second fastest man celebrate?! Check out his great victory dance!

The Bugatti Veyron SuperSport is powered by a 16-cylinder engine that delivers a total of 1200 HP and a peak torque of 1106 lbs-ft. The car can sprint from 0 to 60 mph is just 2.5 seconds and goes to an impressive top speed of 267 mph. However, this impressive supercar comes with a huge price: $2.4 million. So you can imagine that not many people will be able to drive one, let alone own it.


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