Yes, the basic idea behind it - and I really do mean BASIC - is from the Botswana special (off-roading in regular 2WD cars), but that's really the only similarity I can find with the UK show.
How the little Toyota managed to survive that is beyond me, because from what I could see there were several instances where most of the car's weight was being supported by the floorpan as it slid down the rocks (how did it not tear up the brake and fuel lines?).
...now that I think about it, this goes for the Mustang as well.
I thought the land anchor was going to let go at some point while Tanner was winching the Town Car down the cliff.
The destruction of the Mustang was pretty stupid, I'll admit. As soon as I saw that wing on the roof I immediately thought, "bye-bye Mustang." How Adam thought that it was even remotely close to a good idea is beyond me.
I guess one of the cars had to bite the dust for "entertainment" value...
Overall this was an entertaining episode, though I have to deduct points for the ridiculously hopeless Mustang glider stunt.
Decent episode. Technically Rut won, but he sucked most of the way and then cheated at the end. Was sad to see Adam fuck up the end in his stereotypical fashion. I would have rather that Tanner helped them down with his winch and charged them an arm and a leg.
In any case, Tanner was the true winner. He never got stuck, made it down A FUCKING CLIFF by himself, and helped the other two constantly.
Also, this does bear some similarity to the TGUK Botswana special, but I think it's closer to the India special with the offroad-equipped Jag, Rolls, and Mini.
Okay, well, a weird sort of combination of the Botswana and India specials.
The miracle is, we're now talking about "who won" as opposed to "this crew sucks." They've definitely found their footing here.
I'm now debating as to who would win in the "dumb ideas" category: Adam, or the Hamster. And I will admit to a perverse sort of enjoyment of the Mustang's final fate, and its execution (that it hit the castle was definitely something I don't think the crew could have predicted).
I think this is one of a few episodes were I laughed out loud a bit. I gave it an 8 for good effort and the idea of a big adventure. There is still a lack of story or narrative and more just that feeling of, here is a bigger task than normal and it has some smaller events through out it that are pretty daunting. Don't get me wrong, I think it was good, and pretty well pulled of, but I am still missing a little something. However, the day that I rate a show a 10 is probably the same day that I go out and buy the dvd.
I really loved this episode. I LOL'd a few times thinking I wish I did something like that myself. Rut definitely won the challenge in my opinion just because he made it in one side and out the other in a tennis ball car.
I now realize why I have been told never to buy a used rental car - they get more air time than a skateboard at a skate park...