8 of the best Grand Tour films for petrolheads
You don’t have to be a car enthusiast to watch The Grand Tour. Each and every episode is filled with moments that will make you laugh until your belly aches - a fact which draws viewers beyond the traditional petrolhead crowd. In this blog however, I aim to collate a list of the best films from The Grand Tour when they dedicated their efforts to making something for the serial car lovers. So, in no particular order...
Jaguar XJ220 vs Bugatti EB110 SuperSports
Two mighty hypercar rivals from the 90’s - one built for ultimate speed, the other for speed and comfort. Old car tests like this are notoriously difficult to create nowadays, so to see these legends in action was a real treat.
Aston Martin Vulcan
A car that speaks entirely for itself - with over 800 horsepower available from a 7 litre V12. With its speed emphasised by Clarkson’s traditional comedic approach, this was a film that the petrolheads loved, and made everybody else understand why people adore cars.
Past, Present, Future - Aventador, NSX, Concept One
A fantastic film, with the most unfortunate of endings. Aside from the conclusion that we’re all familiar with, this film explored something of genuine fascination: the comparison between where supercars have been, where they are now, and where they’re going. It also showcased the brutal acceleration of the Rimac Concept One in all its glory.
I don’t think I’ve looked forward to a Grand Tour film more than when Clarkson drove the Chiron. For each and every hypercar that comes along somehow seems even more epic when it’s given the Clarkson seal of approval. And my God, with the Chiron, his traditional “POWWWWEEERRR” motto never had a higher meaning.
Le Mans - Ford vs Ferrari
James May’s film about the rivalry between Ferrari and Ford during the 1960’s is one of my all time favourites in car show history. Not only does it show in great detail where the hatred between Enzo Ferrari and Henry Ford began, but also the journey Ford had to reach glory. Throw in a few drives of priceless 60’s racing cars, and you have yourself a masterpiece of a film!
Rallying - Lancia vs Audi
Another wonderful film - this time, from series 2 - showcasing a brutal war in motorsport. Clarkson’s rallying film tells the story of how Lancia won the world rally championship, and became the only team with a rear wheel drive car to beat the 4 wheel drive giants. A jaw-on-the-floor sensation!
Jaguar XKSS, Aston Martin DB4 GT, and Honda Civic Type R
A film that introduces people to continuation classics - and in fabulous style. The Civic is the clear odd-one out amongst this trio - but it does at least provide a useful service. For being there, it showed us how two cars that were once some of the fastest on the planet compare to a front-wheel drive hatchback from the present.
The Holy Trinity
The first feature of the very first episode - and it was the car test the entire world wanted to see. The rivalry between the Porsche 918, McLaren P1, and LaFerrari is arguably the greatest in all of automotive history, and The Grand Tour depicted it in a way where everyone could enjoy it. In their film, the Porsche was the fastest, and the McLaren was the slowest. Best not to mention Chris Harris’s test.
So then, those are my favourite petrolhead films from The Grand Tour. Now, please feel free to fill the comments by telling me what your favourites are.
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