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Top Gear Series 21 teaser includes McLaren P1, Mercedes 6×6, and Alfa Romeo 4C

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The BBC 2’s Top Gear, the world’s most-watched television show, returns for its 21st Series this Sunday, at the exact same time as the 2014 XLVIII Super Bowl. And I can tell you which one I am going to be watching: Top Gear.

In the all-new, second trailer, we see Clarkson, Hammond, and May are up to some wacky hijinks, as usual. Clarkson drives a McLaren P1, May gets dropped into a river, and Hammond drives the Mercedes-Benz G63 AMG 6×6 by some lovely ladies.

Just a few series ago, I worried that my beloved Top Gear had jumped the shark. Looking at this video, though, I think the boys are back in a serious way. And I am very, very pleased.

What high-flying mayhem lies in store for us over the 21st Series? We’ll have to just wait and see.

Want to know which Top Gear episodes I think are best? Check out my list of the Top 10 Best Top Gear Episodes.

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Porsche unveiled last week a very special barn find indeed. It’s the world’s first Porsche – and it’s electric.
Called Porsche 2, but known as the P1 for short, the horse-drawn carriage-looking wood-wheeled unit was hand-built by Ferdinand Porsche in 1898. Powered by a three-horsepower electric motor, which could be over-boosted to five horsepower in a pinch, the car could do 35 km/h for three to six hours or for 80 kilometers.
“The vehicle speed was regulated via a 12-speed controller, which offered six forward gears, two reverse gears and four braking gears.”
So why are we just learning about this car now? After Porsche demonstrated his creation at the 1899 international motor vehicle exhibition in Berlin, the P1 was parking in a warehouse in 1902, never to be touched again.
That is, until now.
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The McLaren P1 hybrid supercar already has some pretty impressive numbers to its credit, but it's missing one thing: an official Nurburgring lap record.
McLaren previously announced that the P1 had lapped the infamous German racetrack in under seven minutes, putting it in contention for the record. However, officials wouldn't reveal the actual time.
Rumors suggested that time was close to 6 minutes, 30 seconds, but McLaren has remained mum.
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If the report is accurate, the P1 is not only faster around the 'Ring than its hybrid rival, the Porsche 918 Spyder (which completed a lap in 6 minutes, 57 seconds), it's also the faster production car to ever lap the track.
The current production-car record is held by the Radical SR8 LM, which is essentially a scaled-down prototype-style race car with license plates. Its best lap was 6 minutes, 48 seconds, making the P1's (potential) victory fairly decisive.
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Jeremy, James, and Richard will be back for a 21st series of the globe’s most popular television show, Top Gear, later this month.
To celebrate the momentous occasion, the BBC Two has released a very, very short teaser clip. In it, show star Jeremy Clarkson is tiredly slumped over the wheel of a Volkswagen Up!, as he drearily repeats “lorry” over and over.

It’s believed this is a snippet of the Top Gear trip to Sochi, Russia to help open the Winter Olympics … well, perhaps “help” is the wrong word.
Based upon some videos captured by some adoring fans, the trio are slogging their way through Europe in subcompacts; Richard Hammond in a Ford Fiesta, James May in a Dacia Sandero, and Jeremy Clarkson in the Up!.
What the boys will be doing in Russia is only up to your imagination. Surely, however, it will be full of memorable hi-jinx – ones tame enough, though, to keep them out of a Russian gulag.
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As soon as we learn of the exact release date, or any more of the adventures in store for us in Series 21, we’ll be sure to update you. So stay tuned!

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