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Series 17

Top Gear Series 17 (2011)

It’s the 50th birthday of the Jaguar E-Type, which means a celebration involving a marching band, some Spitfires and the white cliffs of Dover is in order. Less bombastically, three hot hatches are driven around the circuit of the Monaco Grand Prix, the McLaren MP4-12C lines up against the Ferrari 458 on our track, and the presenters decide to have a go at improving the railways… with cars and caravans. Northern comedians Ross Noble and Rowan Atkinson get strapped in to the Reasonably Priced Kia Cee’d, as do music legends Alice Cooper and Bob Geldof.

Episode 1

The one with Jaguar E-Type's 50th Birthday

Jeremy celebrates the E-Type’s 50th Birthday; Richard tries the Humvee lookalike - the Marauder; James takes on Olympian Amy Williams in the new Mini rally car; Jeremy examines the BMW 1 Series M Coupe and the Star in a Reasonably Priced Car is Alice Cooper.

11 videos

Episode 2

The one with hot hatches

James May tests the Aston Martin Virage. Jeremy in his Citroen DS3R, Richard in the Abarth 500C and James in the Renault Clio RS drive through the Riviera in their own special way. And comic, Ross Noble, sets his own record.

4 videos

Episode 3

The one with Sebastian Vettel

Can the McLaren MP4-12C see off the car it was benchmarked against, the Ferrari 458? James goes to California to test the Range Rover Evoque, before taking a drag around Vegas. We also compare cheap new cars and the second hand cars you can get for the same moolah - Rolls Royce, anyone? FI driver Sebastian Vettel soars in the reasonably priced car.

7 videos

Episode 4

The one with Rowan Atkinson

Rowan Atkinson guest-stars for the first time ever as the boys review the Jaguar XKR-S and the Nissan GTR, and build a train out of an old Jaguar and some caravans.

5 videos

Episode 5

The one with the Jensen Interceptor

It’s a blast from the past as the guys get their 60s groove on and sample the reborn Jenson Interceptor. Jeremy tests the F1-esque Lotus T125, and our safety-vest-loving trio take on the coolest construction job of all - knocking down big buildings with giant machines.

7 videos

Episode 6

The one with the Lamborghini Aventador

If electric cars are part of our driving future, they need to function as… well, cars. Jeremy and James set off to the seaside in a Nissan Leaf and a Peugeot iOn. Richard lets loose in the Lamborghini Aventador, while our star in a reasonably priced car is X-Factor UK’s lovable bad guy Louis Walsh.

5 videos