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Series 12

Top Gear Series 12 (2008)

Top Gear gets eco-friendly with an economy race which sees Richard, James and Jeremy attempt to make it from Switzerland to Blackpool on a single tank of petrol, while the electric Tesla and Honda’s hydrogen-powered Clarity also get reviewed. For balance, the presenters set a lorry on fire, race a powerboat against a Ferrari, and attempt to travel the length of Vietnam in just eight days. Meanwhile, Michael Parkinson and Sir Tom Jones join a plethora of guests lining up to have a go in the Reasonably Priced Chevrolet Lacetti.

Episode 1

The one with the lorry driving adventure

The boys decide to be truck drivers and buy three cheap lorries; Jeremy starts another fight with Richard about the Porsche 911 and Michael Parkinson has a go on our track.

2 videos

Episode 2

The one with the US muscle car trip

The bulk of this one is given up to an epic road trip from San Francisco to Utah, with Richard, Jeremy and James testing some proper American muscle. Will Young is our celeb.

1 video

Episode 3

The one with the homemade Evo

The team try to deliver Evo-matching performance by modifying the least sporty car ever made. Oh, was there something about a Hollywood star in our Reasonably Rriced Car?

0 videos

Episode 4

The one with the race to Blackpool

The boys take part in a big race from Switzerland to Blackpool on a single tank of fuel, James power-tests the insane Zonda F Roadster, and professional funny-type person Harry Enfield takes a spin in our Reasonably Priced Car.

4 videos

Episode 5

The one with the Ferrari vs powerboat race

The BMW M3 takes on the Lexus IS-F, a bunch of buses take to the track to discover the best sort of public transport, while Richard and the Ferrari Daytona take on James and a powerboat around the French Riviera…

1 video

Episode 6

The one with the ‘sensible’ Fiesta test

Some say one of the best episodes ever – Jeremy does a ‘sensible’ road test of the new Fiesta (including a chase through a shopping centre and a beach landing), while Richard tests a lightweight German on the track. Also features Communist cars and Boris Johnson.

1 video

Episode 7

The one with the electric cars

A green theme to this one – Jeremy tests the electric Tesla, James drives Honda’s hydrogen-powered Clarity and Richard, er, celebrates the 50th birthday of Touring Cars. Tom Jones also stars…

1 video

Episode 8

The Vietnam Special

Top Gear ends series 12 in epic style as the boys try to travel the entire length of Vietnam in just eight days, thereby achieving what the American military failed to do in 10 years.

0 videos