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The telly show this week has something of a green theme about it (which is a bit ironic ‘cos we could do with a bit of global warming here at the studio today, it’s freezing again). 

The rehearsal and script read-through isn’t always the most reliable way to work out exactly what’ll end up in the show, but we know that James flew to the US a couple of weeks ago to drive Honda’s hydrogen-powered Clarity - which won Top Gear’s Green Car of the Year award on Monday - and that Clarkson has power tested the all-electric Tesla on our track.

Richard, meanwhile, has restored the TG carbon footprint by making a film about 50 years of touring car racing - The Mole has seen this and it’s worth a look for the wheel-to-wheel archive footage of Minis and Mk1 Escorts giant-killing Mustangs and Camaros. Awesome.

The star in our reasonably priced car this week - prepping for his practice laps as we type - is voice of the valleys Tom Jones. We’ll bring you some pics of him on-track later.

Oh, don’t forget that Top Gear’s on BBC Two at 9pm this Sunday, rather than its usual 8pm slot, because of Sports Personality of the Year or something. And last week’s is still available on iPlayer.

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