Fifth Gear is back for an all new series on HISTORY. As usual it will be presented by the most knowledgeable drivers on TV – Tiff Needell, Vicki Butler – Henderson and Jonny Smith.
Tiff Needell (professional racing driver and motoring journalist), Vicki Butler-Henderson (racing driver and motoring journalist) and Jonny Smith (serial petrolhead and motoring journalist) will race wheel to wheel in high octane track tests, present exclusive reviews of the world’s newest supercars cars, offer essential consumer advice on the issues that matter to motorists, and witness spectacular crashes conducted in the name of road safety. Each episode will include a Team Test of an affordable new car, involving all the presenters, and from time to time there will be reviews of classic cars and affordable, but never dull, second hand buys. Also, Shoot-Outs will be making a welcome return to the series. A Fifth Gear favourite over the years this pits two like-minded cars against each other to find out which is fastest. Along the way the regular presenting team will be joined by a number of guests, who are either expert drivers in their own right, or celebrities who are up for a challenge.
In this episode of Fifth Gear Tiff Needell and Vicki Butler-Henderson take part in a unique car v plane challenge. Nigel Lamb is the current Red Bull Air Race champion, which makes him the airborne equivalent of Lewis Hamilton. His MX2 aircraft is Formula 1 quick as well. But Tiff and Vicki also have a very special machine, a £300,000 Lamborghini Aventador. Once Vicki has experienced a ride in Nigel’s plane, and Nigel has had a spin in the Lamborghini, it’s time for them to go head to head. The aircraft is faster, but the car can turn tighter. The result is very close.
In this episode of Fifth Gear Tiff Needell and Vicki Butler-Henderson visit sunny South Africa to drive everything from rally cars, to supercars to military vehicles. Tiff and Vicki visit Paramount Group, makers of the fastest, toughest, military vehicles around. Using Paramount’s off road facility they stage a tortoise versus hare race. Tiff has the faster machine but must complete the longer, smoother route. Vicki’s vehicle is slower but she can take the rougher short cut. Does winning matter? Yes, because the loser will have to occupy the passenger seat as the presenters take on the most extreme off-road course, in Paramount’s most extreme machine. Expect hyper ventilation.
In this episode of Fifth Gear Tiff Needell and Karun Chandhok take two high performance saloons to the track to discover which is the fastest, and most entertaining, to drive. BMW have a long history of producing very quick family sized cars, and on paper their new M4 looks every bit as good. By comparison Lexus has never made a car of this type – however their new RC-F seems to match the BMW blow for blow. Three tests will determine which car best deserves its £60,000 price tag. The Bentley Mulsanne Speed is, according to the manufacturers, the fastest limousine in the world. But, being a Bentley, it’s extremely luxurious to. Jonny Smith takes a tour of this £300,000 car, which has a top speed of 190 mph but also comes equipped with Champagne flutes.
In this episode of Fifth Gear Tiff Needell visits northern Sweden for a very chilly rally challenge. He has just a few hours to learn the skills of racing on sheet ice before he takes on a rally champion over a treacherous rally stage. The potential for disaster waits around every corner. Jonny Smith journeys to Iceland to drive Land Rover’s new Discovery Sport. On paper it seems to be the perfect all-round car, combining brilliant off-road ability, with comfort, sportiness and space for seven. Jonny has a day to put the car through its paces, which includes driving through blizzards and a very wide, freezing, river.
In this episode Fifth Gear re-unites two of the greatest names in Formula 1 history – Prost and Senna. This time it’s Ayrton’s nephew Bruno and Alain’s son Nico who will do battle on the track. With Tiff Needell and Karun Chandhok in attendance they set out to discover which of a current crop of hot hatches is best. It’s a knockout competition that will eventually result in just two cars racing head to head around the Snetterton circuit. And that means one thing – it’s Prost v Senna all over again. After nearly 60 years the greatest 4x4 in the world, the Land Rover Defender, is about to go out of production. Vicki Butler-Henderson celebrates the end of an era by taking part in a high speed off-road challenge against current Defender Challenge Trophy champion, Edd Cobley.
In this episode of Fifth Gear Vicki Butler-Henderson and Tiff Needell travel to Romania to sample some of the car culture there. This includes driving some massive off-roaders, meeting a local classic car restorer, and racing a motorsport mad Mayor up the streets of his town. Tiff and Vicki travel to the wilds of the Romanian countryside to drive some extreme off-road vehicles made by a company called Ghe-O. They start off by having a race in Ghe-O’s fast Fighter buggy. The winner then gets to drive the company’s biggest machine, the Rescue. It can go literally anywhere so Tiff decides to take Vicki for a spin…up a river.
In this episode of Fifth Gear Tiff Needell and Formula E driver Karun Chandhok race two supercar GTs worth over £400,000 between them, the Ferrari F12 and Aston Martin Vanquish.
Jonny Smith looks at the ultimate British getaway car of the 1960’s, the Mk2 Jaguar, then drives a brand new version.
The Fifth Gear team test Renault’s new rear wheel drive city car, the Twingo.
And Vicki Butler-Henderson puts Alfa Romeo’s new lightweight sports car, the 4C, through its paces on some challenging Welsh roads.
In this episode of Fifth Gear Tiff Needell and rally driver Mark Higgins set Olympic Skeleton Bob gold medallist Amy Williams and World Pentathlete champion Samantha Murray a track challenge. Expect car damage and the closest ever finish to a Fifth Gear celebrity contest.
Vicki Butler-Henderson drives Aston Martin’s most powerful Vantage and Porsche’s most powerful 911 to find out which is quickest around a track.
The Fifth Gear team test BMW’s first ever front wheel drive car, the Active Tourer.
Tiff goes off-road in Fiat’s little Panda Cross, and finds out if it can keep up with the king of 4x4s, the Land Rover Defender.
And Vicki looks at three UK built Restmods, classic cars you can use all year round.
In this episode of Fifth Gear, Tiff Needell and Formula E racing driver Karun Chandhok put two supercar fast limos up against each other on the track - the Mercedes S63 AMG and Jaguar XJR.
The presenting team test the Citroen C4 Cactus, a car with airbags on outside, and find out how well it can stand up to some abuse.
Vicki Butler-Henderson drives the BMW i8 and decides if it’s the future of supercar design.
And Tiff drives a forty year old Formula Ford racing car with a special story to tell, then finds out if it can beat a modern day Lotus with twice the power.
Tiff Needell and Vicki Butler-Henderson visit Poland to sample some of the sights, sounds and car culture there.
Tiff competes in the final stage of the Barborka Rally, that takes place on the icy streets of Warsaw as night falls. It marks the end of the Polish motorsport season and tens of thousands turn out to watch the event. With only a few hours practice in the car and no practice on the course itself, Tiff has just one chance to get it right.
Tiff Needell and motoring journalist Chris Harris put two track focused supercars through their paces – the Ferrari 458 Speciale and the Porsche 911 GT3. Tests involving agility, road manners and head to head racing will decide which is best.
Jonny Smith visits the Ascari Circuit in Spain to take place in an unusual challenge. He must attempt to beat a lap time set by a very fast Audi RS7, which is completely automated.
Tiff Needell and guest presenter Rebecca Jackson take part in one of the most enduring and eccentric motorsport events in Britain – The Exeter Trial.
They must tackle thirteen impossibly steep and muddy hills during a 24 hour driving marathon through Devon, and get up every one of them to win a coveted gold medal. Can they make it in their 44 year old Ford Escort?