After last week's fun but generally unadventurous episode of The Grand Tour, expectations are high for the second episode dropping tonight on Amazon Prime. And in general, it seems like we'll be retreading more familiar ground--but that's not a bad thing.
THE NEW YORK RACE
The headline part of tonight's show is the classic TopGear-style car-vs.-public-transport race. Jeremy, driving the new Ford GT, will be racing May and a wheelchair-bound Hammond from the heart of New York City to Niagara Falls. It's only a distance of 415 miles, but New York's infamous traffic means the journey can easily take six or seven hours. Public transport, meanwhile, entails the use of buses, a plane, and likely the New York subway to reach the edge of the city. We'll get to watch Clarkson be captured by road works, and Hammond captured by the TSA. Should be fun.
CELEBRITY FACE-OFF: KEVIN PIETERSEN AND BRIAN WILSON
Taking the F-Type around the track are English cricketist Kevin Pietersen and American baseball player Brian Wilson, neither of whom I've ever heard of. The only shot we get of them in the trailer is one of them screaming while driving the car and the other of the F-Type going quite sideways, proving that you can have fun in the four-cylinder version even at 12 miles an hour.
THE AMG GTR REVIEW
This week marks the triumphant return of the Eboladrome, whose inclusion was momentarily in question after there was absolutely no mention of it in last week's show. The first car going round this season will be the almost-new Mercedes AMG GT R, whose cousin, the GT S, James May liked very much on TopGear. This also means we might finally get to see who the new driver is, whose name hasn't been revealed. Perhaps it'll simply be the Stig's Amazonian cousin.
Officially, the show drops tomorrow morning, but that's only on European time, meaning Americans will get to see it this evening instead. Watch for our full episode review and recap tomorrow!