Win Exclusive Prizes In Jeremy Clarkson's Grand Tour Breakdown Challenge!
WE HAVE OUR ANSWER!
As we know, filming for Season 3 of The Grand Tour is now well and truly underway. We've already seen Clarkson testing the Lamborghini Urus in northern Sweden and the Citroen DS 7 Crossback in London.
Clarkson revealed this morning that all three presenters are currently in Scotland, testing three classic Italian cars. He posted a video in his tribe in which he challenged DriveTribe to guess which of the three cars would break down first, and for what reason. Mike Fernie, a Content Editor at DriveTribe, then helpfully outlined the details of the competition in a separate post. Here's everything you need to know:
THE CARS (AND WHAT'S WRONG WITH THEM)
JEREMY CLARKSON - 1983 ALFA ROMEO GTV6
As we might have predicted, Jeremy chose an Alfa. He once said that this car 'makes the nicest noise of any car I've ever driven'. It cost him around £10,000 and carries a 160bhp, 2.5-litre V6 engine. It will do 0-60 in 8.5 seconds and has a top speed of 128mph.
All is not necessarily well in the Italian car, however, as The Grand Tour's mechanic found several potential faults. A slight smell of petrol was reported, as well as a stiff clutch and a crunching gearbox on the way down. The car also suffers from an oil leak which drips onto the exahust, as well as a broken driver's side mirror, and a slow one on the passenger side.
RICHARD HAMMOND - FIAT X1/9
Hammond also opted for an Italian car, the so-called 'Baby Ferrari'. Its infamous cheap Russian steel might be something to watch. It has an 85bhp four-cylinder engine and weighs 920kg (making it 290kg lighter than Jeremy's Alfa and nearly half the weight of James's Lancia).
There is plenty that could go wrong with this car too, of course. The boot won't stay up and the car has been re-painted from a lighter blue. An after-market ariel has been glued onto the soft-top roof, so that the roof won't come off, and there's a random spare wheel behind the driver's seat.
The bonnet catches on the wing when you try to open it, the engine overrruns when it is turned off, there's only one door mirror and the fuel gauge and temperature gauge are both broken. As if that wasn't enough, a previous owner also spent over £7,000 on mechanical work.
JAMES MAY - LANCIA GAMMA COUPÉ
Rounding off the trio, Captain Slow plumped for a Gamma, which has a 2.5-litre flat-four engine. This car has a famously poor engine design, and the cambelt on one side of the engine is known to jump, because it is also responsible for running the power steering pump. The positioning of the thermostat is also very odd, which has led to many head gaskets falling on these cars, not to mention the rampant rust that takes hold at the slightest exposure to moisture.
The Grand Tour's mechanic also discovered that the passenger side mirror only works on two of its axes, and the temperature slider moves back to the cold setting of its own accord when the air conditioning button is pressed. Oh, and there's no code for the radio.
HOW TO ENTER THE COMPETITION
To win the competition, all you need to do is guess which of these three ancient Italian bangers will come to a clunking halt by the side of a Scottish country road first, and why. Guess both things correctly (which car, and the fault) and you'll win a DriveTribe t-shirt signed by the trio.
To enter, simply comment your answer on Clarkson's video post: