It will also be the first episode of season two set in America.
Can you believe we’re already halfway through the second season of The Grand Tour? Six episodes in, and there still haven’t been any traditional cheap car challenges that were once a staple of Top Gear. Amazon has previously said that we won’t be seeing any cheap car challenges this season, but one look at the trailer for this week’s episode says otherwise. In the first episode to be set in America, the trio buys a bunch of knackered old Jaguars to prove that they’re old and reliable by taking them on an epic road trip across Colorado.
Along the way, The Grand Tour trio will be tasked with “a series of challenges.” That sounds like a recipe for a Top Gear-style cheap car challenge to us. This has all the hallmarks of a classic road trip - Hammond even gets left behind after his Jaguar inevitably breaks down. It will also feature one of the trio's most perilous challenges yet.
During the automotive adventure, we'll see Clarkson, Hammond and May attempt to drive their cars down a ski slope to avoid paying for expensive lift passes and ski equipment. For once, their fear doesn't look fake. Meanwhile, after wreaking havoc in Dubai in the Ripsaw tank Hammond looks like he’s having a lot of fun again in a custom off-roader. There will also be a drag race situated at the highest altitude airport in the United States. In Celebrity Face Off, actors Luke Evans from Fast & Furious 6 and 24’s Kiefer Sutherland will compete to find the “world’s fastest actor whose middle name is George.”
“It was fantastic, really fun and it was a beautiful day as well! I haven’t got a clue if I’ve beaten Kiefer,” Evans said about his lap in the Jaguar F-Type. “It is very difficult to know. Weirdly, my best lap was the one when I thought I wasn’t even thinking about the lap itself. I’m quite competitive too, I never used to be as a kid but I’m much more as an adult.” “This morning was great! I have no idea if I’ve won,” Kiefer also commented. “I think the nice thing about getting to my age is that over time you just lower your own expectations. I’m just so glad that I didn’t hurt myself or anybody else.”