The second episode of the Grand Tour has been released and we just wanted to write a small follow up to what we thought about the debut of the show. Not that we plan on talking about each episode as they come out, but I felt as if the second episode showed us the other half of what we’ve all come to love from the trio of Clarkson Hammond and May.
The First episode gave us our car fix with the Holy Trinity shootout and almost every other segment was very much car related. But if you remember from the old Top Gear days some of the best parts of the show were just the three of them doing some random shit. Pardon the language, but that’s usually what it was. Complete random nonsense. And it was fantastic. That’s usually when you would find yourself literally L.O.L., or “laughing out loud” for the non-millennial readers.
That is exactly what the second episode was, completely random nonsense, and it was hilarious. Sure there were some parts that didn’t go over well, but that almost makes it better because it was even funnier. I mean really, those three clowns going through a high advanced military training scenario? How great is that!? As with previous random adventures they still sprinkled in a little car action with the Audi S8, which I almost peed myself when Clarkson was attempting his “understeering distraction” in the big German car. Who knew that you couldn’t powerslide an S8 even with it producing 605hp from a 4.0L twin turbo V8.
They didn’t forget it’s a car show, though. Not at all. I wasn’t expecting the Aston Martin Vulcan to make an appearance for another couple episodes, but damn is that car something special. Considering I’m a major fan of the McLaren P1 I was slightly disappointed when Clarkson mentioned that the Vulcan was something like 7 or 9 seconds faster around some track of which I can’t remember. It does soften the blow a little bit being that I’m also a huge fan of the Vulcan. Either way, that car is brilliant, even if it is illegal on the roads as well as tracks all over the U.K. due to how loud and obnoxious it is. There’s no shock at all that it went to the top of the lap time leaderboard, I mean really that thing is a racecar with a more powerful motor. We hadn’t really noticed it before, at least not as much, but when you watch the in-car footage that thing is actually quite violent. Between the vibrations, the ferocious sound coming from it, the tremendous amount of grip ripping you from side to side, and the slamming of the gear-changes, driving the Vulcan around for a lap around a racetrack is like riding a bull for 8 seconds. Only better.
They did bring back “The American” to run the lap in the Vulcan so maybe he will actually be a main feature of the show and not just a one-time thing like I thought. We get that he wants to show his “Murican Pride” as part of the gig, but when he hates on a car like the Vulcan it really discredits him even as a character on the show ,in my opinion. At least in the way that he did talking about how slow it was and he could get his “old truck” out that has 800hp and take it fishing or whatever he said.
So just within the first two episodes of the Grand Tour, we’ve seen the two best parts about what Top Gear was. The cars and the interaction and chemistry between Clarkson, Hammond, and May. That immediately tells me what I felt to be true in the beginning, this is going to be the best car show ever made. After the first episode, I said that I felt it would be, but it wasn’t there yet. But it only took one more episode for me to know it’s true. Don’t get me wrong, I still feel as if it’s going to get better and better as time goes on and the team really gets into a groove. But I think already they’ve lived up to our expectations and we really look forward to what the future will bring.