The Clarkson, May and Hammond era of Top Gear were famous for its farcical ...
The Clarkson, May and Hammond era of Top Gear were famous for its farcical ambitious but rubbish cars. Well, from the vehicles that were converted into amphibious cars that traveled across the Channel, to creating the stretch limousine out of the Fiat Panda, the list is endless.
Last week’s episode of The Grand Tour treated us to another one of Jeremy Clarkson’s crazy creations: The Excellent. The aim was to build the new fashionable breed of SUV using the Land Rover Discovery as the foundation.
This treated us to the disturbing scene of Jeremy Clarkson driving the bare naked chassis of the Discovery around the Ebola come test track.
The body of the 1978 MGB roadster was then fused to the Discovery to create the freaky Frankenstein creation of the car which, you have to admit, looked comically out of its comfort zone. After the failed attempt to take it off-road, the MGB was scrapped. The Excellent was born.
Merging the Land Rover with the sleek 1980’s Mercedes SL, the result was spectacular, but probably blasphemous to fans of a classic convertible. As Jeremy Clarkson describes it, The Excellent is derived from the internal organs from the Land Rover discovery mated to the beautiful skin of the glamorous Mercedes SL.
In all honesty, this segment looked like it could have come out of old Top Gear. And it was undeniably entertaining and, unlike the misguided environmental challenge, didn’t outstay its welcome. What it did lack, however, were some challenges.
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