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5 must-see deleted scenes from The Grand Tour Mozambique special

Published: 25/Jul/2020 19:35

by Alan Bernal

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Fans of The Grand Tour got a sneak peek of five hilarious moments behind the making of the Mozambique special that took the collective of James May, Richard Hammond, and Jeremy Clarkson on the quest to ‘end world hunger.’

As ambitious as the endeavor was, the gang, as is typical, took their own approach of how to attack the mission that didn’t necessarily pan out for them.

While each had a somewhat sensible approach for bringing fresh fish to the city of Bingo, some-200 miles away from the coast, they were all met with disaster along the way.

It’s here where The Grand Tour’s production picks and chooses which moments are worth immortalizing in the episode or get cut, but the DRIVETRIBE channel gave a great look at the “things you weren’t allowed to see” in the special.

James May fixing Mercedes for The Grand Tour Mozambique special.
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The cars that the Grand Tour hosts chose for the Mozambique special obviously had their issues.

As expected, May’s tank of fish in the haul of his 1984 Mercedes Wagon didn’t go well for the motorist. While the plan had some structure, the sea water from the tank would constantly overflow, leaving him drenched and the fish wanting for a sustainable environment to live.

In one of the outtakes, he can be seen giving one of the smaller fish a memorial of sorts. Unfortunately, with the amounts of sea creatures that didn’t make it to the final destination, this could have been one of many outtakes of a similar nature that didn’t make the cut.

Later on, he is seen fashioning a makeshift distributor for his car with a plastic water bottle. As funny as that stint of ingenuity was, May had a scary moment when a radiator cap shot out while he and a producer were taking a look at his beat-up vehicle.

The next outtake showed the trio crossing the ‘Indian Ocean,’ as the low tide created a wetland that stretched for miles.

Finally, of course, the extra footage included another moment in a long series of wet failures for him, as he attempted to drive in reverse with his fish tank full. The moment is brilliantly capped off by Clarkson having the time of his life at the expense of his long-time friend.

While The Grand Tour and its audiences can’t wait to continue the celebrated series, it’s these sort of moments that will keep the fans entertained until the postponed season can finally be realized.

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SSC accused of faking 331mph speed record revealed on Top Gear

Published: 27/Oct/2020 11:53

by Kieran Bicknell

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With the automotive world rocked by the SSC Tuatara’s record-breaking run during October 2020, YouTuber Shmee 150 has raised a number of doubts about the credibility of their record.

Land speed records are nothing new – ever since the dawn of the motor car, drivers have been competing to go faster and faster in an all-out race to beat each other’s top speeds.

With competitors Bugatti having set the previous production car speed record of 304.77mph in a Bugatti Chiron Super Sport, SSC has now obliterated their record… or have they?

SSC tuatara speed run
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The SSC Tuatara is the record holder for the world’s fastest production car, but many have pointed out there are issues with the footage.

Top Gear announces SSC Tuatara speed record

When BBC’s Top Gear announced the breaking news that the SSC Tuatara had broken the production car speed records, the automotive world went into pandemonium. To break any speed record is an incredible achievement, but to do so by such a massive margin is almost unheard of.

The record attempt itself was also unusual in that it was carried out on a stretch of public road. A closed-off section of dead-straight road near Las Vegas provided the setting, totaling seven miles long.

Unfortunately for SSC and potentially for Top Gear, a number of popular online personalities and journalists have now called out SSC, claiming that the record is “fake.”

SSC World Record run controversy

YouTuber Shmee150 has been one such journalist, and put out a very convincing video debunking the record attempt on October 26.

The first major issue that he identified is that the tires on the Tuatara were allegedly ‘stock’ tires. Since they were not made specifically for the record attempt (to the best of his knowledge) they would’ve been rated for a significantly lower speed than 300+ mph.

Shmee then goes further to discuss the timings between set points on the route. By calculating the distance covered and the time it took for the Tuatara to cover that distance, he was able to work out a rough average speed.

SSC Footage slowed down?

Unfortunately, the speed between the first and second point that he highlighted is significantly different to that shown by the on-board footage that Top Gear released. According to his calculations, either the onboard footage was slowed down “by around 30%” for some reason, or the figures shown are totally wrong.

He also points out that the dashboard was obscured in the first-person view footage, despite the fact the reading should’ve mirrored that of the telemetry. As Shmee points out, the car is always going faster than the calculated average speed, which is a “mathematical impossibility.. you can’t dispute [it].”

By Shmee’s calculations, the Tuatara only reached a peak speed of “around 280 miles an hour”. Given that the original video was a Top Gear exclusive, it will be interesting to see how this situation develops.