Top Gear drives the Channel Tunnel
While daytrippers settle into train and ferry rides, we’re the first civilians to drive a production car to France...
Posted: 09 Nov 2012
We're halfway between Dover and Calais when I learn the French word for horn. On a thin road in a secret tunnel, many metres under the English Channel, I appear to be playing a very slow game of chicken. "Le klaxon!" shouts my co-driver as he palms an imaginary steering wheel. I press the Ampera's quiet beeper, used to alert oblivious pedestrians. "Non! Le grand klaxon!" he says, now furiously kneading the air with his hand. So I give the bigger one a blast. The noise tumbles off towards France, while the oncoming - and somewhat slimmer - car swerves up the curved wall like a Mini in The Italian Job. I do the same, and we squeeze by with just a layer of paint to spare.
Words: Dan Read
Photos: Joe Windsor-Williams