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
Wide stuff isn't usually allowed down here. But after much diplomacy, we find ourselves straddling the narrow lanes of the service road between the Chunnel's two railway tunnels. Safety crews are down here most days, though they rarely drive the whole length. Certainly no civvie has ever done this in an off-the-shelf car before. So with a thirsty editor with a sudden taste for French lager, I'm dispatched on a booze cruise with a TopGear twist. Eurotunnel's people set just one rule: the car must run on battery power while underground. Which means there's only one thing in our garage up to the job: the Ampera. We'll use petrol power for the drive down, then switch into pure battery mode for the tunnel. With some careful driving, we should make it to Calais and back to the office in London without fuelling or charging.