The grand Tour Spotted in Croatia
While we don't know a lot about what they're getting up to, we know plenty about the cars!
These behind the scenes snippets we get from The Grand Tour, while are interesting, aren't always overly informative. From this one we know that they are definitely in Zadar, Croatia, Hammond is driving an Ariel Nomad, Clarkson is driving an Audi TTRS, and James is staying behind with the team while the ape and hamster drive off.
While we don't really have a clue as to what they're doing, we know plenty about the cars. But before we delve in, take a look at the beauty Croatia can throw at you. This is a recent post from Jeremy's Instagram.
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The Ariel Nomad
As you can tell, this ins't just any car. It's part sports car, part rally car, part off-road buggy. Sharing some of its components with the Ariel Atom, the very popular track car, it also shares something much more important - its philosophy.
This philosophy being the idea that this is a pure vehicle, distilled down to its basic functions. This means it's very good at what it's made for. Very good indeed.
Tucked within the orange (or is it brown?) cage is a 2.4 litre iVTEC unit made by Honda. This produces a modest 235bhp and 300Nm of torque. This may not sound a lot, but when paired with a weight of just 670kg, you realise that this Nomad has a bit of poke.
0-60 is achieved in 3.4 seconds and 0-100 in 8.7, but the most interesting part of this car is its suspension.
It has double unequal length wishbones all round, outboard Blistein dampers front and back, and alloy steel Eibach coil springs. This concoction of hardware gives the vehicle 250mm of travel, 300mm of ground clearance, and because of this, a very individual looking stance.
This car's a proper Swiff Army Knife.
The Audi TT RS
The little Audi leaves its hairdresser car status behind with its latest update. It is now a proper baby supercar, boasting performance very close to its bigger brother, the Audi R8.
The power unit is of course Audi's signature 5 cylinder, turbochaged 2.5 litre, pushing power levels to around 394bhp and 354lb ft. This leads to a 0-62 time of 3.7 seconds, easily beating its rivals the 718 Boxter S and Cayman S. Compared to the Nomad it looks like it could be lacking in the figures department, but with a top speed 49mph faster than the Nomad at 174mph, it could certainly outgun it on a less technical track.
It's also four wheel drive compared to the Nomad's rear setup, so cornering stability should theoretically be better, although I'm sure you know that the words 'Audi' and 'understeer' often accompany each other.
Inside the car you will want for very little as it's covered in nappa leather and contains the usual Audi gizmos that make life easier during a long drive. Compared to the Nomad, there's also a... roof. That's always nice.
So there we have it - a run down of the two cars that will definitely be appearing in The Grand Tour Season 2. If you have any idea what they will be getting up to in Croatia, please make it known in the comments below.!