It’s all about challenges and some big questions. Which car makes the most smoke while going sideways – a Lamborghini Murcielago SuperVeloce or a Vauxhall VXR8 Bathurst S? What is best at drifting? – the Jaguar XKR, the Lotus Evora, Audi’s R8 V10 or BMW’s M3? To find out, I globe-trot from sun-drenched Spain to Silverstone via Oxfordshire…and Swindon. There is serious science too.
Can The Stig drift a car while wearing wellies? Can I corner in flippers? Can Formula One ace Anthony Davidson slide a car – in ice skates? Who is the best at off road driving? – Newswoman Kate Silverton, rugby’s Matt Dawson, singer Ronan Keating – or me? Which is fastest – a car or a man? Find out as the Aston Martin v12 Vantage sprints against flying rugby winger Tom Varndell in a 100 metre drag race. And at last, The Stig goes head to helmet against The Tiff. The white-suited racing driver and I join forces against Vicki Butler-Henderson and Tiff Needell. There’s carnage in an auto-test and I push the 190mph Aston Martin DBS Volante to the limit against Vicki in a £150,000 Ferrari California. I also pick a Ford Focus RS for a road race against his Stigness in a Lamborghini Gallardo Spyder. Who will win?
There’s more. What will hit the ground first from 150 feet up…a penny or a Ford Scorpio? Can the Stig ride a bicycle? And can a man with a rubbish car get it home using no fuel at all…. just a catapult. Meanwhile, there’s a terrible accident with a Morris Marina and a piano and everything else explodes…including Ronan Keating.