Top Gear - The Challenges Vol.4

Release Date: 07 June 2010
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The Top Gear team are at it again in a new DVD comprising of another 11 fuel-injected challenges. This time the boys take to the road and the ice to embark on more foolhardy ventures to out-do each other.

The Top Gear Race to the North pits a car, a bike and a locomotive in an epic journey from London to Edinburgh. After choosing their form of transportation out of a hat, car enthusiast Jeremy Clarkson runs the race on board railway locomotive 60163 Tornado - a brand new mainline steam engine completed in Britain in 2008 - leaving motorbike fan Richard Hammond to ride up on a Vincent Black Shadow and Jaguar fan James May makes the trip in an XK120.

Ever mindful of the environment, the presenters are challenged to create their own eco-car to rival the G-Wiz, using a milk float, some cutters and an old TVR. The first car, nicknamed " Geoff", is put through its paces in the city of Oxford, before being re-built as Hammerhead-i Eagle Thrust and undergoing a number of safety tests at the Motor Industry Research Association before finally being reviewed by Autocar magazine.

Have the Top Gear team bit off more than they could chew taking on one of France's best drivers in an ice race? Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May face Olivier Panis in one of their most terrifying contests to date, quickly discovering their 1,500 pound rear-wheel drive coupes were not up to the challenge.

Squeezed on to the DVD due to popular demand, this next challenge sees Top Gear go all PC, but not in the way you might suspect. With a budget of only £1,500 Jeremy, Richard and James attempt to build police cars able to surpass the Police's standard-issue Vauxhall Astra Diesels. Jeremy opts for a 1998 Fiat Coupe 20V Turbo for £900, painted in Italian Polizia di Stato livery. James buys a 1994 Lexus LS400 also for £900, which he paints in a traditional 'jam sandwich' livery and adapts with an air siren from an ice-cream van and adds paint sprayers to the back. Richard purchases a 1994 Suzuki Vitara for £750, equipping it with light barsand a self-deploying stinger on the front. The cars are then put to test around the Top Gear track which includes facing the Stig in the Vauxhall Astra diesel (with extra points awarded for flamboyance), clearing a crash site in less than two minutes, and then stopping the Stig in a police chase.

Armed with £3000 a piece, our trio trundle off to a classic auction to buy a pre-1982 car. Rather than undertaking a series of challenges to see who has got the best deal, the trio head off to Majorca to take part in one very big challenge - a seemingly unfathomable classic car rally. There's just one small problem - the office has chosen their co-drivers.

Other hilarious and equally explosive challenges not to be missed include James and Jeremy attempting to find out whether Communists ever made a decent car; James May riding shotgun with American stunt driving legend Ken Block and Jeremy responding to a reader complaint by landing a Ford Fiesta on a beach and being chased through a shopping centre.

Release Date: 07 June 2010

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