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Top Gear

Series 21 - Episode 5

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Review

Jeremy Clarkson has voiced his views on Porsches loudly and often. He’s even promised to change his name by deed poll to “Jennifer” if Porsche’s new hybrid supercar proves to be faster than the McLaren PI, which blew him away when he raced it around Spa-Francorchamps.

A Facebook page under the name of “Jennifer Clarkson” has been set up so fingers crossed that the German machine acquits itself well when Richard Hammond puts it through its paces in Abu Dhabi.

In a more leisurely feature, Clarkson and James May shoot a public information film about safer cycling, plus there’s an American in the Reasonably Priced Car – Breaking Bad’s Aaron Paul.

Summary

Richard Hammond visits Abu Dhabi's Yas Marina circuit to drive the Porsche 918 Spyder, a four-wheel-drive hybrid hypercar capable of astonishing speeds thanks to the 886 horsepower it can generate from its screaming V8 petrol engine and electric motors. Jeremy Clarkson and James May join forces to create a public information film to promote safer cycling, with their efforts presented to a panel of experts including members of Westminster Council and Olympic gold medal-winning rider Chris Boardman. Meanwhile, Jeremy - who has promised to change his name to Jennifer if the Porsche is faster around the test track than the McLaren P1 driven earlier in the series - compares the seventh-generation Volkswagen Golf GTI to BMW's critically acclaimed M135i. Breaking Bad star Aaron Paul fires up the Reasonably Priced Car to see what lap time he can achieve.

Cast & Crew

Presenter James May
Presenter Richard Hammond
Presenter Jeremy Clarkson
Guest Aaron Paul
Executive Producer Andy Wilman
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