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We’ve waited a long time for Top Gear to return to TV land and now that they have, it’s definitely great to see them back in the swing of things.

The first episode saw a whole lot of the unpredictable shenanigans the three hosts - and The Stig - have come to be known for. While the real treat of episode 1 was the Pagani Huayra’s record-setting lap around the Top Gear test track, the other segments also got our good jollies up and running again.

There’s James May taking a ride with rally driver Chris Meeke on board a Bentley Continental GT Speed , a car that probably isn’t the most suitable for rally-racing purposes. But seeing as this is Top Gear where nothing appears to be out of bounds, May and Meeke still went ahead and did the whole rally routine complete with Captain Slow playing the role of befuddled navigator.

Oh, and you can’t forget about Jeremy Clarkson’s new bad boy of a vehicle, the P45, which nobody should really confuse with the Ferrari P4/5 Competizione . Whereas the latter is a bona fide exotic super/race car, the former is, well, a cute little contraption with wheels.

Check out the highlights of the Top Gear’s pilot episode of Season 19 after the jump!

Pagani Huayra

The accolades just keep on coming for the mighty 2011 Pagani Huayra .

Already considered as one of the fastest and most beautiful supercars on the planet, the Huayra recorded yet another milestone during the first episode of Top Gear’s 19th season.

With the venerable Stig at the wheel, the Huayra managed to set a new record for a street-legal car on the Top Gear Test Track, breaking the line with a lap time of 1:13.8, more than a full second faster than what the previous record-holder — the Ariel Atom V8 — accomplished when it clocked in a time of 1:15.1.

It’s an impressive achievement for a street-legal car, although it’s still a little ways off of the time its brethren, the Pagani Zonda R , set when it blasted through the course in a scintillating 1:08.5. Of course, the Zonda R isn’t street legal, as is the Ferrari FXX , which posted a time of 1:10.7.

Be that as it may, the Huayra’s time is still spectacular.


British customers will enjoy a new addition to their already very impressive Kia Soul Originals collection. The new addition, the Soul Shaker will be offered in both petrol and diesel engine variants and will carry a relatively low price.

The model sits above the "2" specification version and shares some high-tech features with other models in the Soul Originals range, including iPod and Bluetooth connectivity, cruise control and air conditioning.

When compared to other Soul models in the lineup, the new Shaker edition will be distinguished by an exclusive paintjob, a new set of alloy wheels, and premium interior in a new unique ’Houndstooth’ design.

Kia also paid intensive attention to the car’s safety level and equipped the new Shaker with technologies like electronic stability control, anti-lock brakes with electronic brake force distribution, vehicle stability management and hill-start assist control.

Hit the jump to ream more the 2013 Kia Soul Shaker.

Add McLaren to the growing list of automakers that are celebrating their anniversary this year.

The British automaker has been mum about their plans, but now that every other automaker has unfurled their respective anniversary plans, McLaren has finally announced their own anniversary plans 50 years after founder Bruce McLaren started a company that has since reinvented the supercar genre.

To celebrate this momentous occasion, McLaren will use a 50th anniversary logo on everything from their merchandise all the way to the new MP4-28 Formula 1 race car.

It’s certainly worth noting that McLaren has a lot to celebrate about, considering the trail they’ve blazed in the supercar world. Whether it’s through exotics or even the world of motorsports, the British automaker has made the kind of emphatic stamp in the industry only a few can claim to have matched.

And as Ron Dennis, McLaren’s executive chairman, eloquently puts it, "This is a book that’s still being written...and that, perhaps, is the greatest legacy of McLaren."

The day many gearheads have all been waiting for is finally upon us. Everybody’s favorite auto magazine show is scheduled to return on January 27th. That’s right, folks, Top Gear is back!

This teaser, which you can see above, gives us a glimpse of what to expect when Jeremy, James and Richard return for another rollicking season full of laughs, races and challenges. This teaser puts a nice little twist into the antics that these fellas pull off. We’re not going to give it away, but it’s definitely a hoot.

And yes, don’t forget about the Stig. The boys aren’t the only one included in the trailer, as he is there is all of his white-racing-suit-donning glory.

Check out the video and let us know just how antsy you are to see this hit show back to running new episodes. We definitely can’t wait to see it.

Correction: Ah, mistakes happen sometimes. We mistakenly said the 19th season debuts on January 19th. Thanks to the fine folks at the BBC and Top Gear’s fantastic PR representative for informing us that it actually debuts on the 27th of January, so reset your TiVo!

Chevrolet Corvette Stingray

Seemingly everyone that has any remote fascination with cars has spent the better part of the week anxious to see the uber-hyped unveiling of the Chevrolet Corvette Stingray .

And now that Chevy has officially released it into the spotlight, we just can’t get enough of it. And apparently, the folks over at the UK are equally as excited after reports from Auto Express UK have said that the Corvette Stingray will head to the UK.

Don’t get too excited dear chaps of ours from across the pond, because Corvette chief engineer, Tadge Juechter, said that the Corvette Stingray won’t land on British soil for at least a couple of years.

Talking to Auto Express UK, Juechter remarked that "There is no plan to build a right-hand-drive version in the short term. In the long term it’s something we definitely want - to make this a more global car - but it won’t be for a couple of years."

Guess you’ll take good news any way you can get it, right?

Be patient, chaps! The Corvette Stingray is coming to the UK. It won’t be for a few more years, but hey, at least it’s coming!

A year after Caterham launched their low-cost karting championship, the British automaker is pushing through with those plans with the debut of the CK-01 kart at the AutoSport International in Birmingham, England.

Created to give youngsters a chance to get their feet wet in the world of motorsports, the Caterham kart championship will be open to any child between the ages of 13 and 16 with a maximum of 120 entries. Each applicant, or to be specific, their parents, will have to pay €6,200 plus tax, or about $8,100. The season package includes a number of add-ons, including a race-ready CK-01, a paddock trolley, an ARKS race license, entry to the six-race season and technical support.

The six events will be held on various circuits across the UK and will comprise of practice sessions, a qualifying session and the actual races, which will carry points with it.

The inaugural season isn’t expected until 2014, which gives all the little tykes out there plenty of time to get their racing groove on.

According to Tony Fernandes, CEO of the Caterham Group, Caterham is the perfect place is to enjoy an affordable and competitive kart series, providing the upstarts racers a chance to showcase their skills in motorsports.

"Caterham Karting will once again make this fantastic sport accessible to everyone, without losing any element of the competition and experience," he said.

With the way the series is shaping up, who are we to disagree?

Nissan UK has just added a new special edition to its Qashqai lineup in the form of the new 360, which replaces the n-tec+ and adds additional equipment for the same £19,945 (about $32,000 at the current exchange rates).

The new Qashqai 360 will be distinguished by a set of additional features like gloss-black roof rails, door mirrors and "360" badges. For the interior, the model will add part-leather trim with double white stitching, a gloss-black gearlever surround, gloss-black door handles and a leather armrest. The model can be ordered in a new Storm White exterior paint priced at £500 ($804) and will be offered with an exclusive set of 18-inch "Onyx" alloy wheels, rear privacy glass and a panoramic roof.

The list of standard equipment will include Nissan’s Connect with 360-degree Around View Monitor system with integrated satnav, Bluetooth and smartphone connectivity.

Under the hood, customers can choose between all the engines and transmissions offered for the current Qashqai lineup, but Nissan believes the 1.6 dCi diesel with stop/start technology will be the most popular variant


We’re sure you have gotten all of your friends and family great Christmas presents, right? However, we are pretty sure there is someone you have forgotten about and that’s your car, of course! Luckily, your car is not a very picky person. It only asks that you fill it with premium, open up the throttle once in a while and wash it when you get a chance. The latter is exactly what the gift we are talking about here accomplishes in a rather luxurious way.

This luxury car soap comes from the Scottish specialists in exotic and bespoke car care, Mitchell and King. With this high-end bubbly for your car, Mitchell and King has officially launched the world’s most expensive car shampoo, which it has dubbed “SPA.” When it comes to car soap, you are usually breaking the bank when you splurge and buy a $20 bottle. Well, SPA will do that and then some, as it will set you back £150, which is about $242 at the current exchange rates. However, we are pretty sure that this price is nothing when compared to the love you have for your cars.

The new SPA shampoo includes the finest cosmetic ingredients and is offered in a custom-engraved crystal decanter. Of course this means the bottle costs more than the shampoo, but you know, when it comes about a present is the exterior pack that makes all the difference. Additionally, you can create your own bespoke fragrance for said shampoo.

Unfortunately, it takes about four weeks to develop this personalized shampoo, so if you order it now, you will end up getting it a little bit after Christmas. Buy hey, all you have to do is reset the date on your car and it’ll never know the difference, right?

To snag up this Cristal Champagne of car shampoos, check out Mitchell and King’s website.

In case you had any doubts about the global reach of the Gymkhana phenomenon, look no further than the United Kingdom to understand that its popularity is far-reaching.

The event was the finals of Gymkhana GRiD and it served up the kind of racing and drifting action that had everybody in the UK scratching the Gymkhana bug. Ken Block and Vaughn Gittin Jr. were the headline names at the event, yet they weren’t the only big names in attendance.

Some of the world’s finest drifters were also on hand for the event, including Liam Doran, Paul ‘Smokey’ Smith, Buttsy Butler and Terry Grant. Somehow, through all that burning rubber and smoking tires, there was also plenty to take away from the festivities, which culminated with the crowning of the winners of the Gymkhana GRiD series.

Check out the video for a brief recap of the event and, as always, enjoy all the smoking and screeching by turning up the volume of those speakers.


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