Series 13 preview: pushing the envelope

Porsche PanameraYou’ll be familiar with the Top Gear’s tried and tested car-versus-something-that-isn’t-a-car race format. Jet man, greyhound, scally on BMX, climber, skier, that sort of thing.

But what about racing a letter? The postal sort, not the alphabetical sort. More specifically, can a car get from one end of the country to the other faster than a first-class letter?

That depends, obviously, on the car. You’ll need something fast, luxurious and, if you’re Richard Hammond, with a boot large enough to lock James May in if he got too boring during the journey.

James and RichardSomething like the Panamera Turbo, then – Porsche’s new luxury saloon with four doors, four seats and a price tag worryingly close to six figures.

You might have seen that Zoo, Nuts, Pint, Vest (or whatever those other blokey weekly mags are called) picked up on this one, but let’s just say they don’t have a clue just what an epic this race really is.

So that’s a 39p letter against a £100,000 Porsche. Who’s your money on?

Top Gear returns on June 21. We’ll be backstage next week to bring you all the behind-the-scenes goings on – with outtakes…

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