In celebration of America’s love of all things tough, episode three of Top Gear US attempts to crown the baddest heavy-duty pickup sold stateside, Tanner races a boat in the tough-looking Local Motors Rally Fighter and the tough-to-spell-his-last-name comedian Bill Engvall is the Big Star in a Small Car.
The best-selling vehicle in the United States is a Ford pickup, as it has been for the last 28 years. Trucks are as ‘Merican as Twinkie Pie and the citizenry’s relationship with them isn’t platonic – Americans love their pick-me-ups, and the ones they love the most are the biggest, baddest, longest, widest, heaviest, most chrome-addled Texas Cadillacs with the most leather and absolute worst fuel economy possible. Rutledge, Adam and Tanner each select their favorite 4X4 heavy-duty diesel offering from Chevrolet, Ram and Ford and head towards the high desert. These trucks have 2,215lb ft of torque among them, something like the energy potential of a small nuclear device. A number that big that requires big tests, big things to pull on and big lapses in judgment.
Tanner Foust gets his hands on the internet-designed Local Motors Rally Fighter and takes it deep into the swamps of Louisiana to find a location suitably inhospitable – and a machine wild enough – to challenge this truck-car-thing’s off-road prowess. If standing water, muck, and crocodiles weren’t enough, Tanner lines the Rally Fighter up against a boat powered by a very large and supercharged V8 that doesn’t seem to care much whether there’s water under it or not.
Comedian Bill Engvall sits down with Adam to discuss his love affair with cars classic and current. Any man whose wife drives an Aston Martin Vanquish is alright in our books.
Enjoy, American fans of the American Top Gear– it’s on History at 10/9c. You can catch up on episodes you’ve missed on the History Channel Top Gear site and get breaking news on the Top Gear USA Facebook Page. Let us know what you think…