Past v Future

Welcome back to the 13th episode of The Grand Tour: “Past v Future” is released this Friday, the 3rd of February on Amazon Prime. This week, the show comes from the United Arab Emirates, more specifically, Dubai. Here is a list of all the cars in the thirteenth episode of The Grand Tour that are for sale on JamesEdition:

Dubai, where the presenters say that they are the poorest people in the studio, and according to them, water in the fountain outside is Perrier water. Even the authorities are loaded. In the United Arab Emirates, they have a selection of astonishing local police cars:

Lamborghini Aventador

They have an Aventador, listed here on JamesEdition.

Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG

They also have an SLS, listed here on JamesEdition.

Bugatti Veyron Super Sport

And wait for it. They even have a Veyron police car! Listed here on JamesEdition. 

Airbus H125

And according to Clarkson, a taxi in Dubai looks like this. Clarkson: “You think I’m joking? Seriously, you call Uber up here and you’re given a choice, Prius or helicopter.” Hammond: “Wow! Do you get to rate the driver?!” See this UberChopper listed here on JamesEdition.

Porsche 911 Turbo S

Also in this episode, Clarkson compares his Volkswagen Golf GTI to May's BMW i3 with a drag race at an airstrip and a road trip from London to Dartmoor. May uses the longer motorway route because there would be more charging points. But he had his foot down. The electric car of the future even overtook a Porsche 911 Turbo S, listed here on JamesEdition.

Porsche 918

Next up, the Porsche 918. Earlier in this series of programmes we saw it in action and the trio proved that it is the ultimate of the hypercar holy trinity when put against the Ferrari and the Mclaren. But Hammond always wondered, “How would it fare in a straight race against a Bugatti Veyron”. 

Here’s how it all pans out on paper. The 918: 0-60 in 2.6 seconds and a power-to-weight ratio of 535 brake horsepower per tonne. Listed here on JamesEdition.

Bugatti Veyron Grand Sport
Bugatti Veyron: 0-60 in 2.5 seconds and a power-to-weight ratio of 523 brake horsepower per tonne. Listed here on JamesEdition.
However, as we learned when the presenters raced the 918 against the Laferrari and the P1 in their first show, hard facts like that count for nothing. In the end, it’s all down to your right foot. And as they are in the home of the hypercar, this is the place to find out! Are you curious about the outcome? Watch the 13th episode on Amazon by clicking here
At the end of this show, Hammond gets a lesson in drifting from Jérôme Haslin. He is Michelin’s chief tyre tester for BMW, Porsche, Ferrari and Bugatti. Rubber compound runs through his veins. He is a Zen master of grip, a Kung Fu Panda of drifting. And Hammond is going to be his new pupil. The car they use? This brilliant BMW M4, listed here on JamesEdition.
By Thomas van Doorn