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BBC Top Gear Magazine BBC Top Gear Magazine

BBC Top Gear Magazine

May 2019

Top Gear is the worlds most exciting Car magazine bringing you up to date news, the latest drives and stunning features.

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United Kingdom
Language:
English
Publisher:
BBC Worldwide Limited
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13 Issues

IN THIS ISSUE

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welcome

@TopGearEditoreditor@bbctopgearmagazine.comElectric beats petrol. As headlines go, those three words carry huge significance, an impact I’m well aware is amplified when placed on the cover of the world’s largest monthly car magazine. It’s clearly a controversial statement but, such is the pace of change in our world, that a claim that only a matter of years ago would have been fanciful is now a reality.While electric cars have beaten their traditional combustion-powered rivals in a number of key parameters since their inception, no EV has delivered pure driving thrills to match the heartland performance-car heroes. So when Elon tweeted that the “dual-motor, all-wheel-drive performance Model 3… will beat anything in its class on the track”, we felt duty-bound to go and test the claim. The results will surprise many, irritate some…

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director’s cut

Philipp Rupprecht“My first commission for TG, so I wanted to make a statement. Went fully backlit, lots of harsh shadows for maximum drama”Dan Read“Interviewing F1 rookie Lando Norris: he was on time, talkative and a gent from start to finish… He’s got a lot to learn”Tom Ford“Idyllic, but a 40hr ferry in a Force 8 gale nearly finished me before we began. Had to tie myself to the bed… and not in a sexy way”…

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topgear

CHARLIE TURNER EDITOR-IN-CHIEFDEPUTY EDITOR Jack RixMOTORING EDITOR Oliver MarriageASSOCIATE EDITOR Tom FordCONSULTANT EDITOR Paul HorrellEDITOR AT LARGE Jason BarlowSENIOR ROAD TEST EDITOR Ollie KewSTAFF WRITER Tom HarrisonEDITORIAL ASSISTANT Greg PottsBRAND MANAGING EDITOR Esther NeveHEAD OF COMMERCIAL CONTENT Chris MooneyEDITOR, TOPGEAR.COM Vijay PattniDEPUTY EDITOR, TOPGEAR.COM Stephen DobieDIGITAL EDITOR AT LARGE Rowan HorncastleSOCIAL MEDIA TEAM Simon Bond, Olivia MortonSUB-EDITOR Tom CobbeDATA SUB-EDITOR Craig JamiesonART TEAMCREATIVE DIRECTOR Andy FranklinART EDITOR Elliott WebbSENIOR DESIGNER Peter BarnesDIGITAL ART DIRECTOR Owen NorrisREPROGRAPHICS EXECUTIVE Chris RowlesCONTRIBUTING EDITORSMike Channell, Chris Harris, Richard Holt, Timo Knees, Sam Philip, Dan Read, Rory ReidCONTRIBUTING PHOTOGRAPHERSLee Brimble, Mark Fagelson, Rowan Horncastle, Alex Howe, Jamie Lipman, Greg Pajo, Mark Riccioni, Philipp Rupprecht, John WycherleyADVERTISING DIRECTOR Jason ElsonHEAD OF PARTNERSHIPS Phil HollandGROUP TRADING HEAD Dan HellensBUSINESS DEVELOPMENT MANAGER Liam Kennedy,SENIOR X-MEDIA SALES EXECUTIVES Kit…

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ferrari’s p80/c

WHO KNEW?As it’s not road-legal, there are no headlights. But there are ‘ocular’ apertures, so that the car doesn’t look blindThis is the P80/C, the latest in Ferrari’s client-driven one-offs, and we’ll stick our necks out and call it the best yet. Sure, any new Ferrari will provoke a debate so fierce it can get more heated than the sun, and these totally bespoke SP (special project) cars are often very personal interpretations of a theme. Former Ferrari CEO Amedeo Felisa says that the SP clients “effectively embody the marque, and go beyond just being a collector”, and they certainly need to have the funds to back up the vision of designing their own car. Previous examples include 2009’s P540 Superfast Aperta, a gold tribute to one of Federico Fellini’s…

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coffee break

What we’re watching/listening/doing, while we should be workingFormula 1: Drive to SurviveWe’re streaming this Netflix series about 2018’s ups & downs – “It makes F1 way more enjoyable”. SPOILER ALERT! May contain swearing from HaasSix-hour Britpop playlistIt’s spring… Wake up Boo!Foals – Everything Not Saved Will Be Lost Part 1The Brit guitar band’s new album has been getting us in the mood for going to pressThis Time with Alan PartridgeAlan’s back at the Beeb! The series will have finished by now, but that won’t stop us watching endless repeats on BBC iPlayerOff Menu with Ed Gamble and James Acaster podcastWho knew food could be this funny?…

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diary of a test driver

When TopGear’s editor asked me if I’d write a diary of my life as a development driver, I immediately said yes, even before he got to the bit about not being able to pay me on account of recent budgetary restrictions.Firstly because I hope that, in some small way, my story might inspire schoolkids to consider a career in the exciting world of automotive testing. But also because I have been stuck in Finland’s frozen Kokapu testing facility, on my own, since September. The wi-fi went down six weeks ago. I need something to pass the time or I fear I may go crazy. My friend Niiko agrees. Niiko is an elk.Growing up, I dreamed of being a development driver, risking my life to push the fastest new supercars to…

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