The Stig’s flying hybrids
The Stig tries to make ultra-frugal hybrids oversteer, and then jumps them over a humpbacked bridge
Posted: 09 Nov 2010
Then, at the track, hand them over to the Stig and ask him to jump them. Yes, to get them a long way into the air. Yes, airborne, wheels in the sky, flying. You can't calculate a Top Gear Combined Cycle without a maximum-attack Stig thrashing, and you certainly can't test hybrids without understanding how they soar - not in Top Gear's books, anyway. Five laps of Millbrook's two-mile high-speed bowl at full throttle, to see which is faster and more efficient at maximum speed, will finish the day.
Then we'll fill them to the filler necks again in an extremely road-testery way and see which car has been more economical. After further chin-scratching and the making of sounds like ‘fnrrrrr' and ‘errherr', one car will be declared the winner, assuming it has survived Stig's big air car kicker. As I said, this will not be a scientific test.