Ambitious but rubbish!
- Jul 12, 2004
- Sydney, Australia
- 1998 Subaru Legacy 2.5L
NASCARMore motoring thrills and spills as Fifth Gear continues its 13th series, with Vicki Butler-Henderson, Tom Ford, Tiff Needell, Jason Plato and Jonny Smith at the helm. This week, Tiff and Jonny go behind the scenes at the NASCAR Daytona 500, Vicki heads to Anglesey for another shoot-out, Tom drives the new Citro?n C5 in Lisbon and Jason meets skier Chemmy Alcott, who tries out a Group N rally car.
Celebrating its 50th anniversary this year, the NASCAR Daytona 500 is one of the world?s truly great races ? and Fifth Gear is lucky enough to have been granted privileged behind-the-scenes access to this American phenomenon throughout the race weekend. While Tiff Needell gets behind the wheel of one of the 200mph race cars, Jonny Smith talks to some of the fans, team owners and competitors ? including ex-Formula One driver Juan Pablo Montoya ? ahead of the big event.
Also this week, Vicki Butler-Henderson is in Anglesey for another Fifth Gear shoot-out. This time the the Porsche Cayenne GTS is facing off against the BMW X5. Both are big 4x4s, but both handle like cars ? so which will be quickest?
Also featuring in this week?s show is the new Citro?n C5. The old version was a bit bloated and rather eccentric ? something which did not win it a lot of fans in the UK. Citro?n have now had a complete re-think, and the new C5 is sleek and contemporary, modelled on the principles that have made many German car makers so successful. Tom Ford drives the car in Lisbon and discovers whether it has now earned the right to genuinely challenge the might of models like the BMW 3 Series.
Finally, Jason Plato meets Chemmy Alcott, Britain?s best-known downhill skier who also happens to be a genuine petrolhead. Comfortable with going down near-vertical slopes at 90mph, how will she cope in a Group N rally car at the same speeds, driving on loose gravel? Jason is there to find out.