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Video: Ken Block and The Stig square off for Top Gear Australia

Video: Ken Block and The Stig square off for Top Gear Australia

The Stig is an intimidating character that even the most professional of racers can’t help but be in awe of. At least that’s what the Stig likes to think of himself. We can’t blame him for the lack of oxygen in his head. Lord knows how long it’s been since he last took that helmet off, but whatever you think of him, the dude is a polarizing figure that needs someone of equal stature to put him in check.

Enter Ken Block.

The world-class rally driver recently teamed up with Top Gear’s resident test driver for a promotional gig for Top Gear Australia magazine. The two are scheduled to be in the cover of the November issue of the magazine and you can expect that article to be a must-read.

Before that issue hits newsstands, though, Top Gear Australia bought a camera crew to a race track to film the two drifter extraordinaires participate in a one-on-one Hoonigan show in Melbourne, featuring Block’s Monster Rally Fiesta and the Stig’s ride-of-choice, the Australian-born Ford Falcon FPV.

Check out the video after the jump and wait for the dramatic climax in the end. There’s plenty of rubber-burning, tire-shredding action in this 90-second promo video.

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Ford and Top Gear Australia tinkering with new Mad Max Interceptor Concepts

Ford and Top Gear Australia tinkering with new Mad Max Interceptor Concepts

A lot of us were too young to remember this movie, but for those that had a chance to see George Miller’s Mad Max movie, you might have caught sight of Mel Gibson driving around in a Ford Falcon XB GT351 Interceptor. Thirty-two years after both Gibson and the Interceptor became Hollywood royalty - well we’re going to use the term royalty loosely with Gibson considering his latest personal antics -, an Australian group headed by Ford and Top Gear Australia magazine is in the process of developing two new concept studies of the Interceptor, or as we should say, a present-day take on Mad Max’s bad-ass ride.

Ford Australia formed a group of designers headlined by Todd Willing, the company’s chief of design for Asia, Pacific, and African passenger cars. Led by Willing, the team conceptualized and designed a number of design studies using the original Interceptor as the basis for their creations. In the end, the two best studies – designed by Nima Nourian and Simon Brook – were chosen for the next stage in the decision-making process.

The two designs will then be featured on a future issue of Top Gear Australia where readers will get the opportunity to vote on their preferred design, which would then be turned into a full-fledged scale model that’s scheduled to be revealed later this year.

Is this a case of nostalgia or a marketing ploy to drum up interest on what appears to be the fourth chapter of the Mad Max franchise, tentatively titled “Fury Road”? We can’t say for sure that both items are connected to each other, but it is a little coincidental, to say the least.

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Video: Top Gear Ford Fiesta road test

In one of the most exhausting road tests that Top Gear’s leading man Jeremy Clarkson has ever overseen, the BBC film crew take the little green Ford Fiesta econobox and put it through every kind of test imaginable. Starting off on the open road Mr. Clarkson remarks on how comfortable the Fiesta is, then on the Top Gear test track the GTI inside shines through. So what other tests are left for the English television host, how about being chased by a Corvette inside of a shopping mall and conducting a beach assault with the British Royal Navy. This is truly one road test for the record books.

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Ford Mondeo awarded Top Gear family car of 2007

Ford Mondeo awarded Top Gear family car of 2007

It takes something very special to impress the Top Gear team but the crew were unanimous in their decision to name Ford’s Mondeo as their 2007 Family Car of the Year.

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Ford Fab 1 - tested

Ford Fab 1 - tested

Ford Fab 1... where did I see this before? Oh, yes, Thunderbirds! Back then, Ford assist in the development of Lady Penelope Creighton-Ward’s FAB1 limousine a stunning pink, 27-foot, six-wheel/bubble canopy vehicle, which can transform between car jet plane and hydrofoil and features clear Ford Thunderbird design cues.
Pretty cool, no? Impressed by the car, James May decide to take this little beast to a ride. Watch this video to see the (...)

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