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Those watching Top Gear may have noticed the 535 DIESEL BMW has beaten the V8 Esprit (amongst other cars I like) round the Top Gear test track!

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I demand a retake! Can I drive it this time instead of the dosey Stig?!!

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I refuse to accept for one second that the Esprit in ANY turbo charged guise would be beaten anywhere by a bloody Ford Focus - even the RS and *especially* not the V8

They did say Stig moaned about not liking Lotus cars so I bet he barely tried and only did like one lap.

Like a bloody diesel anything would beat a V8... I'm sorry I just don't believe it

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I agree Dr!

Perhaps they put diesel in the Esprit before doing the track time :D

They also changed Stigs between filming seasons. Now we know why, he was sh1t.

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The V8 gearbox thing is 5th Gear on Channel 5 - their amazingly remarkabe "Can we make a car go 200mph" project that theyre making out to be such a big deal!

Errr.. Yes, Buy any modern Esprit and whack a 5th gear mod and a few simple other things... job done!

Daft!

They re-did the Murcielago track time cos they didn't like it.....

I demand a re-count! :D

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I know this is going to sound really whiney but I doubt anyone here will mind. That Top Gear time has always annoyed me and here's why:

1. Although it was dry, when they were discussing the time afterwards (it's not on that LEW .mov but there is another more complete version somewhere) Clarkson described the temperature as minus 500 or some such. So the time didn't get a 'wet' label but suffered similar.

2. As I recall the V8 was a stock 02, i.e. stock ECM which means boost limitation in all but fifth. The Top gear track is too short to get into fifth. Even had he stayed in the high rev range in one to four, I doubt the boost would have averaged more that 7psi compared to the S350's 11psi.

3. Yep, the Stig did make a balls up. Just listen to him bouncing off the rev limiter after the start with the on screen speedo going no where, before bothering to change into second! Plus he obviously overcooked a few corners.

4. They lied about the time! The video shows 1:31:90 whereas they wrote 1:32:50 on the board.

Whining over,

Neal

May: DON'T hit it with a hammer!

Clarkson: Why?

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Wel... in answer to the subheading to this thread.. I think I can safely say it's a resounding..

YES!! :D

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He has popped up in several threads...

He is two (at least!) different racing drivers... Basically he is anonymous on the show cos they can't guarantee getting the same bloke every time. So they stick him in a black Simmons crash helmet with a black visor and noone knows specifically who it is from week to week.

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Yep, the Stig did make a balls up. Just listen to him bouncing off the rev limiter after the start with the on screen speedo going no where, before bothering to change into second! Plus he obviously overcooked a few corners.

I seem to remember the Stig not liking the car much. I recon, given another driver who new how to drive an Esprit, would have wasted those shopping trolleys.

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I'd have like dto have overheard THAT conversation with Ferrari later! :D

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Nope; generally speaking the Stig is Perry McCarthy

Nope, was Perry Mc Carthy. Nowadays its mostly Ben Collins (BTCC) except when he can't attend (or something a bit special like the F1 car from a short while ago) then it's anybody's guess. So you can take the lap times with a pinch of salt.

As for the 5 series derv, I'm not convinced because it's two tonnes of metal despite the bhp/lbft....but it makes a good story. It's an "entertainment show", after all.

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Nope, was Perry Mc Carthy.  Nowadays its mostly Ben Collins (BTCC) except when he can't attend (or something a bit special like the F1 car from a short while ago) then it's anybody's guess.  So you can take the lap times with a pinch of salt.

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Yep, the black Stig (i.e. the one who drove the Esprit) was McCarthy. He's also famous for having the shortest F1 career of any driver. Pull out of the pits during opening practise and reaches the end of the pit lane before the car gives up. Team then told him to piss off home again. Nuff said :D

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Clarkson: Why?

May: Cause it's the tool of a pikey.

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