I would like to see the following challenge:
Engine transplants: Each presenter chooses a nice but underpowered 2nd hand car and replaces its engine with something better. Personally I would like to put an Honda 2.0 VTEC (200 - 240 HP) on a Peugeot 106 (2nd generation) GTI (which only had 120HP but had good handling and nice looks). Another obvious choice would be a Lotus Elise 1st generation, although that has the problem that it has been done (some tuner put an Audi 1.8 turbo, and Lotus itself has increased the power a lot with more recent Elises/Exiges). Or a Mazda MX-5.
Give them a comfortable budget (enough to also upgrade brakes and suspension if needed, and maybe install a roll cage), and make the final challenge (announced at the start) to sell the car attempting to make a profit. This is to prevent the usual accidentally/on purpose crashes/vandalism. The other challenges could be to do a lap time at a track, at an hillclimb or a rally special stage, etc. Maybe also some challenge to test if the car still worked in normal use (city driving, etc).
I got the idea from an old article in the French magazine "L'Echappement", in which someone installed the biggest Peugeot 4-cyl. engine available (the 2.2 from the 405 tuned with 2 double-barrel carburettors (at the time a high-performance injection ramp was quite expensive)) on a 205 GTI.
The final result could be Q-cars, but knowing Top Gear, I suspect they would go for flashy paint-jobs (I am thinking of the cheap Porsche challenge).
How much bus do you get.
Say give them 5000 pounds (or how much ever) and ask them to get a second hand bus. And with the remaining money, modify the bus in any way possible.
Tests include real time bus service across London (or any other city) to find out the most convenient of them (easy to turn, park, pick up passengers etc etc etc), london to nurnburghring epic race, race around nurnburghring and then sell them for a profit.
Points include for every mile over 4 MPG in London, every KMPH over an average of 70 KMPH (from London to Nurnburghring), every minute under 20 minutes around the track and every pound got for the bus upon selling.
a film on Carroll Shelby and how he brought down Ferrari and won Le Mans
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A brief review of Gordon Murray's Rocket, McLaren F1, T25 and T27 to see if the new cars are as leading edge as the old in their respective categories.
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SSC Tuatara vs. Koenigsegg Agera R at a runway such as Ramenskoye, or any 3+ mile runway that could be made available for a top speed run.
Edwards on wikipedia
If this idea is done in the USA, perhaps it could become a Top Gear on History vs. Top Gear UK, with Tanner in the SSC and James in the Koenigsegg.
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Roll a tribute to Carroll Shelby, Roy Salvadori and Ted Cutting, and a review of the Aston Martin DBR1 into a review of the new Vanquish.
Sir Stirling Moss could be a part of the tribute, if he is available.
If this idea is done, a 427 Cobra (one with an authentic 427 side-oiler) could be used in a drag race during the review of the Aston Martin Vanquish.
Edit: Another Carroll Shelby idea, that would probably be better for the American version of the show, would be to tell the three presenters that they are getting three Shelby's to drive on a road trip. They could set off with visions of the Sunbeam Tiger with the 260 Ford, the 260, 289 and 427 Cobras, Shelby Series 1 or even the 60's Shelby Mustangs. They could then end up with a Shelby Charger, Shelby GLHS, Shelby Lancer, Shelby Dakota etc.
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1)I'd like to see another magazine interview of Bob Lutz. Only this time the story could pick up where the last one left off, with a motorcycle ride.
With that, Lutz starts to reel off pre-landing checks with the same calm reassurance that had started the process, and I pause in my intense investigation of a plastic bag just long enough to note: "Landing gear down and engaged..."
The landing itself is so gentle it's barely perceptible. We roll up to the hangar and debrief. A debrief which consists of a gently delivered: "Charles, the accuracy of your puking is greatly appreciated."
With that, the flight is over. I feel like a nice lie down, but Bob's day is only just getting started. So what does that afternoon hold? A gentle walk, a quiet snooze?
"No, I've got a good friend of mine coming round, and I'm going to take my new BMW HP2 Sport out."
Obviously. The friend sends a message to me later to say that the speeds were ‘interesting' and he struggled to keep up with Lutz. As I head back to the airport, I try to process the last few intense hours. It comes down to a quite simple thing...
In this industry, the term ‘legend' is bandied around far too frequently, and has lost some of its potency as a result. With Robert Anthony Lutz, it is in danger of being an understatement. Lotus may have a massive challenge ahead of it over the coming few years, but has a much better chance of success with people like Bob Lutz on board.
He's one hell of a guy to have as a wing man. And mainly because he's not just maximum by name - he's maximum by nature.
A jet flight with GM's ex-chief, Bob Lutz
2) Have Hammond and Clarkson get in an argument about what the new A45 AMG should sound like. One could argue that it should have a cross-plane crankshaft, while the other could argue that it should just sound like a normal four-cylinder car. To end the argument, the presenter arguing for the cross-plane crankshaft could wheel in a Yamaha R1, start it and rev it up.
Dear Top Gear,
Due to some unfortunate borrowing of ideas, I can no longer continue to post ideas in this thread. Please accept my apologies, it's been a blast.
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Hey, this is topgear2013. I thought it would be cool if TG would include "normal people" from the crowd to be apart of the show. With this being said, I also think it would be a good idea, for them to teach someone some skills on the track.
They should do a race triathlon where they (or Jeremy) swaps (new) cars twice during a race. Three car reviews AND a race rolled into one.
Oooh, I like that idea!
A tribute to Sergio Pininfarina and his amazing designs. It would be both a piece of pure pornography, but fluffy enough to keep the non-gearheads interested (it'll be all about the looks, no mention of any underlying engineering).
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