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Series 8

Top Gear Series 8 (2006)

The presenters take on a raft of engineering challenges as they build a convertible people carrier out of a Renault Espace, make three amphibious cars and attempt to construct a Caterham Seven faster than the Stig can drive from Surrey to Scotland in a ready-made version of the same vehicle. There’s also the prospect of a caravan holiday in an Eldis Shamal XL, while the trio also take on a drive-time radio show and a quest of van-based idiocy. The terrifying Koenigsegg CCX visits the track and defeats The Stig, while the not so terrifying Sir Michael Gambon drives the new Reasonably Priced Car: a Chevrolet Lacetti.

Episode 1

The one with the convertible people carrier

The boys chop the roof off a people carrier to make a convertible, Richard drives an embarrassing Micra and James marvels at the new Honda Civic. We also wave goodbye to our Suzuki Liana.

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Episode 2

The one with the drive time radio show

Jeremy drives a ‘Vette, Richard races a jet-powered canoe and all three of them host a drive time radio show. Gordon Ramsay pops back for a lap in our new Reasonably Priced car.

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Episode 3

The one with the amphibious cars

The legendary first attempt at a channel crossing in our home-built boat cars, plus Jeremy’s race in a Lotus against Stig in a Mustang and Life on Mars star Philip Glenister in our car.

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Episode 4

The one with the Red Devils

Can Hammond cover a few miles in a Porsche Cayenne before a crack parachutist can drop 10,000 feet? We find out. Plus, Clarkson designs a car interior using wing-backed chairs and bookcase.

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Episode 5

The one with car football

Richard’s VW Foxes take on James’ Toyota Aygos in our own little version of the FA Cup. Kind of, anyway. Jeremy is nearly sick in a Prodrive Subaru and we use a Citroen as a camera car at the races.

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Episode 6

The one with the caravan holiday

It all ends in flames and tears as the boys go caravanning together. Stig, meanwhile, attempts a world record for driving indoors in a Toyota F1 car and Jeremy drives a Vauxhall.

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Episode 7

The one with Stig getting arrested

The boys try to build a Caterham faster than Stig can drive one from Surrey to Scotland – and Stig gets arrested. Steve Coogan returns to our track and Clarkson buys a Lambo Gallardo.

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Episode 8

The one with all the vans

JC and the boys each buy white vans to complete various challenges in, while Ray Winstone and Jenson Button both turn up for a lap of our track. We also have a go at being roadies for The Who.

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