Final episode of The Grand Tour’s first season fails to make a loud bang

Article by Christian A., on February 8, 2017

The Grand Tour, a motoring TV series at Amazon Prime, has just aired its series finale. While it was set in one of the most affluent cities in the world – Dubai – the final lap in the first season was less intriguing, less entertaining and has less fireworks than when The Grand Tour went online the first time.

In the last episode of the first season, The Grand Tour saw the battle- and gag-hardened trio of Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May pitching their tent in Dubai. Each of them drove a hypercar on the way -- a McLaren P1 GTR, a Lamborghini Veneno Roadster and a Lykan Hypersport. These hypercars are usually an extraordinary spectacle. In Dubai, however, these hypercars are your average rides.

It is not easy to overlook the extraordinary affluence of the people living in Dubai. In fact, even police officers are driving luxury sports cars in Dubai. Clarkson even remarked that for the first time at The Grand Tour, they are the poorest people in the tent. The final episode showed a drag race -- at an airstrip – between Clarkson’s Volkswagen Golf GTI and May's BMW i3, with the two comparing their personal rides against the other.

The final episode also saw drag races involving a Porsche 918 Spyder and a Bugatti Veyron. The Porsche 918 Spyder sports car outran the Veyron – an expected outcome considering that the Porsche creation is the current sprint king among hypercars. However, the Porsche 918 Spyder lost to an SUV, a Nissan Patrol. But this was no ordinary Nissan Patrol as it boasts of a whopping 1,900 hp.

May, meanwhile, was flown to France to take part in an interesting off-road motorsport called Winching. However, as many may have speculated, this scene is just another ploy to see May tumble first into a sludge. Not surprising, as May has been the resident punch bag among the trio, even from their Top Gear days.

Hammond, meanwhile, was sent to France for some lessons in professional drifting. His drifting skills were then pitted against an armless guy who races with only his feet. Bartek Ostalowski, a drift specialist from Poland and first armless racing driver in the world – lost both of his arms after a motorcycle accident around a decade ago. He now has his own racing team and a drift-spec Nissan Skyline. Hammond was also schooled by 13-year-old Conor Shanahan.

The Grand Tour’s final episode basically summarizes what its problem has been in the entire season – a lack of meaningful discussions. Well, it was just the 13th episode of the planned total 36 episodes in three years, and perhaps the trio could do better in the next season. While Amazon had said that The Grand Tour was the most watched program at its Amazon Prime video service, the company has yet to release any viewing figures.

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