Last season, Rutledge held the reins for an episode of Top Gear, during which we learned about tiny cars and how to crash a $100K race truck. This season, Adam finagles an hour to share the things he loves most – exquisite Anglo/American iron, football and road rage.
Adam drives the dream car of his youth, the Ford GT40. And not just a GT40, but the GT40 that first beat Ferrari at Le Mans. Sure, he glosses over the fact that the first three iterations of the GT40 were built in the UK, but no matter– it’s still one of the more delicious cars that has ever, and likely will ever be produced.
Rut shows up in a grand touring Ferrari to offer a modern performance benchmark, but of course fast cars are only as fast as their drivers. So after some shredded hydrocarbons and egos, Tanner shows up to put heat into their respective tires.
What few “American man” points Tanner and Rut score as gearheads are, according to Adam, canceled by the fact that your average Shih Tzu knows (and cares) more about professional sports. To cultivate an understanding and perhaps even love of American football, Adam equips a fleet of cars for Car Football and enlists demo-driving talent to flush out the teams.
Finally, Adam shares with us his very own definition of a concept car. Rather than stretching future design language over a sleek form that rides on wheels milled from unobtanium, Adam packed a cruiser with technology designed to combat his greatest problem with cars: other drivers. With the assistance of Tanner behind the wheel of a idiotacular BMW, Adam demonstrates solutions for distracted drivers, tailgaiters, people who attempt to pass a qeue of cars by driving down the right shoulder, and those who drive slowly in the fast lane. His innovations may not all be legal, but neither is speeding.
Think Tanner will survive Adam’s machines and machinations?
To find out, you’ll have to tune in, American fans of the Top Gear USA– it’s on History this Tuesday at 9/8 central. You can see older episodes on the History Channel Top Gear site and get breaking news on the Top Gear USA Facebook Page. Let us know what you think!