TopGear Track Guide

The Top Gear Track

Our Guide to the Top Gear Track

Located at a top secret facility outside a slightly rubbish and shoddily-built studio just off the A281 between Bramley and Bucks Green, sits the world-famous Top Gear test track. Lotus designed the two-mile long, figure of eight circuit with a raft of awkward corners designed to a) give each and every car a proper workout, and b) humiliate celebrities.

From the opening 'Crooner Curves', through 'Chicago', the tricky 'Hammerhead' and the terrifying 'Follow Through' (so named because you will if you take it flat out) to the troublesome Gambon Corner - a corner named after actor Sir Michael Gambon cornered on two wheels - the circuit has seen some of the most heroic, and dim-witted racing moments ever filmed. But whatever your time, you'll always be slower than the one they call Stig. Sorry.

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Star In A Reasonably Priced Car

We know you didn't want to see half-a-million quid's worth of expensive, temperamental and loud exotica being driven by celebrities. What you really wanted to see was an averagely priced lump of automotive reasonableness being badly piloted around a purpose-built and quite shoddy test-track. Welcome everyone, to Top Gear's Star in a Reasonably Priced Car.

Rowan Atkinson faces The Stig

For the first seven series of new Top Gear, and following a lightly amusing conversation with Clarkson, our little Suzuki Liana carried the famous derrieres of the likes of Harry Enfield (the first ever star), Sir Michael Gambon, Roger Daltrey, Simon Cowell, Lionel Richie, Jay Kay and even a blind man named Billy Baxter. We saw spins. We saw Sir Michael Gambon on two-wheels. We saw blindingly quick laps.

It was in the eighth series that we had to put our little Liana out to pasture – only resurrecting it for our roll call of F1 drivers past and present – and replaced it with a Chevy. But this be no Camaro or barn-storming V8-powered Corvette. Remember, this is reasonably priced. Enter the Lacetti, our prized averagely priced celeb-chariot, taking over duties from series eight to 15. And while it gave good service – seeing Simon Cowell and Jay Kay battle for the top spot – we gave it a proper send-off. By crushing it under a demolished chimney.

And so we turn to our new reasonably priced celebrity steed, and it's a very averagely priced slice of Korean reasonableness. It is a Kia Cee-apostrophe-d. And it's already hosted the rather famous backsides of Tom Cruise and Cameron Diaz, both of whom recorded scorching times. Until some northern comedians turned up and obliterated them. May we present to you, the fastest Star in a Reasonably Priced Car, Mr Rowan Atkinson and his time of 1m 42.2s. Beat that Cruise.

Power Lap Times

  1. Pagani Huayra 1.13.8
  2. Lamborghini Sesto Elemento DISQUALIFIED1.14.0
  3. BAC Mono1.14.3
  4. Ariel Atom V8 500 1.15.1
  5. McLaren MP4-12C1.16.2
  6. Lamborghini Aventador 1.16.5
  7. Bugatti Veyron Supersport1.16.8
  8. Gumpert Apollo1.17.1
  9. Ascari A101.17.3
  10. Koenigsegg CCX (with Top Gear spoiler)1.17.6
  11. Pagani Zonda F Roadster1.17.8
  12. Nissan GT-R (2012) 1.17.8
  13. Caterham R5001.17.9
  14. Bugatti Veyron1.18.3
  15. Pagani Zonda F1.18.4
  16. Maserati MC121.18.9
  17. Ferrari Enzo1.19.0
  18. Mercedes SLS AMG Black Series1.19.0
  19. Porsche 911 GT2 (997)1.19.5 (pd)
  20. Ariel Atom1.19.5
  21. Lamborghini LP5601.19.5 (pd)
  22. Porsche 911 GT21.19.5 (pd)
  23. Ferrari Scuderia1.19.7
  24. Nissan GT-R1.19.7
  25. Porsche Carerra GT1.19.8
  26. Lamborghini LP6401.19.8
  27. Koenigsegg CCX1.20.4
  28. Ascari KZ11.20.7
  29. Mercedes McLaren SLR1.20.9
  30. Ferrari 599GTB1.21.2
  31. Mercedes SLS AMG Electric Drive1.21.7
  32. Ford GT1.21.9
  33. Porsche GT3 RS1.22.3
  34. Ferrari 360 CS1.22.3
  35. Corvette Z061.22.4
  36. Noble M151.22.5
  37. Merc SL Black1.23.0
  38. Aston Martin DBS1.23.3
  39. Murcielago1.23.7
  40. Zonda1.23.8
  41. Koenigsegg1.23.9
  42. Prodrive P21.24.3
  43. Audi R81.24.4 (d)
  44. TVR Sagaris1.24.6
  45. Mitsubishi Evo FQ4001.24.8
  46. TVR Tuscan1.24.8
  47. Noble M4001.25.0
  48. Lotus Exige S1.25.1
  49. BMW M31.25.3
  50. Lamborghini Gallardo Spyder1.25.7
  51. Lotus Dress Shop1.25.7
  52. Lamborghini Gallardo1.25.8 (w)
  53. BMW Z4 M1.26.0
  54. Porsche 911 Carrera 2S1.26.2
  55. Brabus Biturbo Roadster1.26.2
  56. Porsche Cayman1.26.2
  57. Vauxhall VXR8 Bathurst1.26.3
  58. Lotus Exige1.26.4 (mm)
  59. Chevrolet Corvette1.26.8
  60. Mercedes CLS 55 AMG1.26.9
  61. Aston Martin DB91.27.1
  62. Aston Martin Vanquish S1.27.1
  63. Holden Maloo1.27.1
  64. Porsche 911 GT31.27.2 (mm)
  65. Tesla Roadster1.27.2
  66. TVR 350C1.27.5
  67. RenaultSport Megane Cup 2651.27.7
  68. BMW M3 CSL1.28.0 (vw)
  69. Roush Mustang1.28.0
  70. Renault Megane R26.R1.28.1
  71. Mitsubishi Evo X1.28.2
  72. Subaru WRX Sti1.28.2
  73. Marcos TSO GT21.28.2
  74. Vauxhall Astra VXR1.28.3
  75. Dodge Viper SRT-101.28.5 (vw)
  76. MG SV1.28.6
  77. Mitsubishi Evo VIII1.28.9
  78. Porsche 911 Carrera S1.28.9
  79. BMW Alpina Z81.29.0
  80. Mercedes CL651.29.0
  81. Ford Focus RS 20091.29.3
  82. VW Golf W121.29.6
  83. Ford Focus ST (2013)1.29.6
  84. Alfa 3.7 GTA Autodelta1.30.0
  85. Ford Shelby GT5001.30.0
  86. Subaru Impreza STI1.30.1
  87. Vauxhall Monaro VXR1.30.1
  88. Aston Martin DB7 GT1.30.4
  89. Golf R321.30.4
  90. Audi S41.30.9
  91. Porsche 911 Turbo1.31.0 (vw)
  92. Vauxhall VXR81.31.3
  93. Vauxhall VX220 turbo1.31.3
  94. Subaru BRZ1.31.3
  95. Toyota GT861.31.3
  96. New Audi TT1.31.4
  97. Honda NSX Type R1.31.6 (vw)
  98. Mazda RX-81.31.8
  99. BMW 535d1.31.8
  100. Nissan 350Z1.31.8
  101. BMW 1301.31.9
  102. Renaultsport Clio 2001.32.0
  103. Ford Focus RS1.32.2
  104. Mazda 6 MPS1.32.2
  105. Lotus Esprit V81.32.5
  106. Audi TT V61.32.7
  107. MG ZT1.33.0
  108. Noble M12 GTO1.33.1 (vw)
  109. Mercedes SL 55 AMG1.33.2 (vw)
  110. Volkswagen Golf R321.33.2
  111. Peugeot 208 GTi1.33.2
  112. Cadillac CTS1.33.3
  113. Honda Civic Type-R1.33.5
  114. Holden Monaro1.33.9
  115. Ford Mondeo ST2201.34.5
  116. Jaguar XKR1.34.7 (w)
  117. Ford Focus ST1.34.9
  118. Volvo S60R1.35.0
  119. Ferrari 575M1.35.2 (vw)
  120. Vauxhall Vectra VXR1.35.3
  121. Our Car1.35.4
  122. Fiat 500 Abarth1.35.5
  123. Alfa 147 GTA1.35.6
  124. Lotus Elise1.35.6 (vw)
  125. Aston Martin Vanquish1.36.2 (vw)
  126. Renault Clio V61.36.2 (vw)
  127. Honda Civic Type R1.36.5 (w)
  128. Alfa Romeo Brera1.36.9
  129. Ford Fiesta ST1.37.2
  130. Saab 95 Aero1.37.9
  131. Maserati 3200 GT1.38.0
  132. Alfa Romeo 8C1.38.2 (vw)
  133. Bowler Wildcat1.39.4
  134. Bentley Arnarge1.40.8
  135. Overfinch Range Rover1.44.0 (vw)
  136. Aston Martin DB51.46.0