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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.

Watching the Ferrari LaFerrari smoke its tires on a race track never gets old. Sometimes, all you have to do is sit back and watch because seeing it mesmerizes you. That was the case in this video when the folks over at Top Gear Magazine were given a chance to take the LaFerrari out for a spin.

It may not be as interesting without the always entertaining comments of Jeremy Clarkson while he sits behind the wheel and starts bloviating about how mental the LaFerrari is, but the video is still worth checking out.

It’s not too often we get to see the mighty Ferrari supercar get pushed to the limit like it was in this video so you can appreciate the fact that while this supercar costs over seven digits, people can still channel that beast within and unleash it out in its natural elements.

Top Gear host Jeremy Clarkson is embroiled in another controversy, only this time, he could be in a lot of trouble if claims made by the Daily Mirror that he made a racist remark during filming of an episode of Top Gear are proven true.

According to the British newspaper, Clarkson said the "n-word" when he was filiming a segment featuring the Toyota GT 86 and the Subaru BRZ in the third episode of the show’s 19th series. The scene never made it to the final cut, but a video of it has since surfaced and the Mirror claims that Clarkson can be heard saying "Eeny, meeny, miny, moe, catch a n***** by his toe, when he squeals, let him go, eeny, meeny, miny, moe."

We watched the clip in question repeatedly and while it’s hard to make out the words he said in the middle of the quote, because it was badly mumbled. However, the word did end with "er." Now, depending on what you are thinking of at the time you listen to the piece, you may just hear mumbling, "Tiger," "Tigger" or the "N-word." Clarkson quickly responded to the Mirror’s allegations, posting a tweet on Twitter saying "I did not use the n word. Never use it. The Mirror has gone way too far this time."

This controversy is just the latest one that Clarkson has found himself wrapped up in. Just recently, he also caused a stir for using the term "slope" while filming the show in Thailand. In case you’re not familiar with the term, its an acronym meant to denigrate people of Asian descent. Clarkson issued an apology after that episode, but this time, he’s standing firm and denouncing the Mirror for claiming he said what a lot of people believe to be the most vile word in the English language.

We’re not accusing Clarkson of saying the word, but the Daily Mirror is equally holding ground on its allegations, even saying that it had hired a firm of audio forensic experts to analyze the clip, when it received confirmation that the word Clarkson said was the "n-word."

Shortly after his tweet came out, Clarkson issued another response (after the jump). In it, Clarkson goes into more detail about the circumstances surrounding that scene and admitted that while he tried to do everything in his power not to use the word, one of the three takes done on that scene made it "sound like" he did use it.

I take mild issue with him saying he "tried to do everything" not to use the word. If you really have to try to not say that word, then there must be some latent desire to use it. Having said that, after seeing the outtake, I just think he mumbled "tiger" and it sounds odd on the low-quality video.

Click past the jump to see the Daily Mirror’s video and article regarding this situation and Clarkson’s response video.

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There is the rare occasion that TopGear UK manages to grab my attention and keep me entertained, and its review of the Zenvo ST1 happened to be one of those times. No, it is not because Jeremy Clarkson was just so witty that I couldn’t turn away. No, it was more like the Zenvo was such a train wreck that I couldn’t drag myself away.

The ST1 is a 1,106-horsepower, £800,000 beast that looks to have all of the goods — on paper that is. To hit this monster output, it uses a 7.0-liter V-8 that is both supercharged and turbocharged, which is rather impressive I must say. However, when TopGear got its hands on one of these supercars , the whole thing went downhill almost immediately.

It started well by Jeremy finding that it was a blur in a straight line, and was capable of hitting a insane 230-plus mph. This is the last of the good things, as from there Jeremy found that the car was literally undrivable in "Race" or "Sport" mode and he must have spun it out a dozen times. As if that wasn’t bad enough, the ST1’s rear brakes then failed and the clutch wasn’t far behind. So, back to Denmark the car goes.

In act II, the ST1 arrived with a new clutch and rear brakes, but before the guys can really take a crack at it, the cooling fan fails and the car does its best Fisker Karma impersonation. Back to Denmark it goes for more repairs...

In act III the ST1 returns yet again, and looks to be in perfect working order. So, the Stig finally gets his crack at it on the TopGear track. Well, the ST1 lays down a crap-tastic 1:29.9, which is one second slower than the Ford Focus ST, folks...

According to Zenvo, the roads were not suitable for driving the ST1 and that is why it turned in such a time, but for my money, it had better beat a Focus in the rain.

Check out the video above to see the full video of TopGear testing the Zenvo ST1.

For a lot of sports fans, late-January and early-February is always a time to look forward to because of the NFL playoffs Super Bowl.

But another January tradition that has people waiting with baited breath is the return of Top Gear, considered by many as the preeminent automotive series on television. So, with the days winding down before the debut of the 21st season on January 23, a lot of gearheads are counting down the days to get a new look at the new Top Gear season, featuring the lovable and controversial, trio of Jeremy Clarkson, James May and Richard Hammond.

To give us a small sample size (a really small one, at that) of what to expect for the coming season’s worth of episodes, BBC released a short preview of one of the episodes with Clarkson driving aimlessly while counting all the lories that pass his way. Those are called trucks on this side of the Atlantic, by the way.

It’s nothing to go by, to be honest, and the look on Clarkson’s face seems to suggest that he’s having a not-so-enjoyable time behind the wheel of what looks like a compact hatch . Still and all, Top Gear’s back and that’s great news for everyone who has waited a while for these fellas to return.

Click past the jump to read about Top Gear

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Mercedes SLS AMG Black Series

"Lairy" is defined as cunning or conceited; ostentatiously attractive or flashy; or aggressive or rowdy. Is this how you would define the Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Black Edition ? Well, this is exactly how the fellas over at TopGear feel about it...

According to TopGear magazine, the last iteration of the SLS AMG GT Black Series is more manageable than its predecessors and Jeremy Clarkson loved it for its power and tire life. However, for the rest of the world, it’s an inconvenience. And this put the ’Black Series’ in the top position as TopGear’s "Lairy Car of the Year."

It is lairy, but in a good way, they say. It lets you have all the fun and still assists you if you get slightly overboard. “It looks like it wants to bite your leg off, but actually it bear hugs you and covers your back like a best mate. It is lairy but not scary.” We’re willing to bet that those convoluted, yet genius, words came from Clarkson’s own mouth.

Tom Ford (@tomwookieford) quoted Tobias Moers, Chairman of Mercedes AMG GmbH, as responding to the award with "Thanks - that’s pretty much what we were aiming for with the car." Ah, a tongue0in-cheek response to a even more tongue-in-cheek award — isn’t the world of automotive journalism such a wonderful world!

Anyway, so there you have it. TopGear’s "2013 Lairy Car of the Year" is the Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Black Series.

Click past the jump to read more about the SLS AMG Black Series

It’s not often that you find somebody that is given a license to throw a supercar around a race track. But Top Gear seems to be an exception most of the time.

Recently, the benevolent McLaren P1 was spotted at the Spa-Francorchamps and with it was the Top Gear crew, fully dressed and looking like they’re ready to do something serious on the McLaren supercar.

The ensuing video proceeds to give us an idea of what we can expect when season 21 of Top Gear comes around. For now, we can enjoy this video and see who we assume to be The Stig giving the P1 all it can handle, including one powerslide attempt at left a lot to be desired.

We doubt that’s the one that’s going to be in the future episode, but we can certainly appreciate the fact that The Stig is running the P1 to its limit. Then again, we shouldn’t be surprised when it comes The Stig and Top Gear, right?

Click past the jump to read about the McLaren P1

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The upcoming Forza Motorsport 5 driving game is set to feature the legendary TopGear driver himself.

Some say, he is even faster in the dark...
The Stig!

That’s right, Forza Motorsport 5 will offer you the chance to race against The Stig.

The Stig’s Digital Cousin will only be available for those players planning to get both the new Xbox One and Forza 5 next month. So, if you are really good on racing games, the virtual Stig is waiting for you.

You will be able to race against him on the famous Top Gear test track that was rendered in meticulous detail, including the follow-through and Gambon sections. The game will also offer lots of in-game commentary from Jeremy, Richard and James on the career modes, and races inspired by Top Gear events, amongst other things.

The new Forza Motorsport 5 will be released on November 22nd, 2013.

Be warned, though, The Stig’s Digital Cousin doesn’t take defeat lightly.

Cruise over here for even more Forza 5 action.

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Car television shows have come a long way in the last five years. From the previous drought of anything car-related but entertaining on American television, there are now at least 10 incredible automotive-themed television shows.

Some focus on road and track testing, some on adventures and some on the popular resto-mod template. Finding which of these shows is the best for real car enthusiasts can be tricky. They take a long time to film, are expensive to make and edit, and generally are nowhere near as popular as TMZ and other garbage.

To help car guys to find the best way to see all the latest cars being driven to the max, these 10 television programs are our favorites right now. The best part? The new seasons of Top Gear USA and Fifth Gear UK are airing, so there is some new car content to devour.

So sit back, relax, and never have to suffer through MotorWeek again.

Please click past the jump to see the full details of the Top Ten Best Car TV Shows.

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Top Gear USA is finally back for its Season 4 premiere this Tuesday, September 3rd at 8pm on History Channel. The season looks outstanding, starting off with a bang via a top speed run through the Eisenhower Tunnel in Colorado in a McLaren , Lamborghini and SRT Viper .

The show is, of course, the American version of the legendary BBC TopGear formula, which finally took the dull and nap-inducing American car show equivalents (like MotorWeek), and sent them to the crusher.

This high-budget thrill-ride of a television show maintains the production values, incredible locations/filming methods, and finally the creativity to successfully re-launch the series with American tastes in mind. This season: out goes the boring Big Star Small Car and studio shoots - and in goes even more awesome driving action.

Central to this humorous and personality-oriented approach to cars, part of what makes Top Gear USA such a must-watch television show is the manly camaraderie and mischief of these three car guys.

Rutledge, Tanner and Adam almost could not be more different, but over the first three seasons, a real bond is forming among them that is funny and entertaining to enjoy. Watching the show makes you feel like one of the gang, and the guys are all very social in reality on Twitter and in the blogs.

Each Top Gear USA host brings a special verve and energy to the show’s sometimes-difficult driving challenges, which is pretty easy considering these gents are a cool 20 years younger than Clarkson, Hammond and May.

The adventures are many, and Top Gear USA should be on the DVR of all car guys in America and abroad. This series really gets the magic formula right, with enough laughs and stunning cars to make every hour event television.

Click past the jump for the Top Gear USA Season 4 Sneak Peek, ahead of the season’s estimated 8-episode run starting Tuesday September 3rd on History Channel.

It’s very rare that you see The Stig lose control of a car, let alone one with the sheer power of a Lamborghini . If we’ve come to know anything about Top Gear’s tame racing driver, it’s that he rarely makes any mistakes when it he sits behind the wheel of any car.

But the improbable happened in a recent episode of Top Gear. Not only did he spin out on a car, he did it on one of the rarest exotics in the world, the Lamborghini Sesto Elemento .

People eventually found out that the world was round and now, we also found out that The Stig is human after all.

The Stig spinning out rarely happens. In fact, before doing it on the Sesto Elemento, the only time the masked driver did it was with a Koenigsegg CCX some years back, an episode that infamously led to the Swedish automaker installing a rear wing to add downforce to the CCX.

In this case, downforce wasn’t the issue that resulted in the Sesto Elemento spinning off the track. A high-speed left turn just caused The Stig to lose control, sending the ultra-limited Lambo into the grass, damaging the underside.

It’s tough seeing The Stig lose control of a car like the Sesto Elemento. It’s like watching Jay-Z mix up his lyrics during a live concert.

But even the best fall down sometimes and we’ve no doubts that The Stig can bounce back from this like nothing ever happened.

Click past the jump to read about the Lamborghini Sesto Elemento


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