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BBC Top Gear Magazine January 2021

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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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13 Issues

in this issue

2 min.
welcome

Editor @jack_rix editor@bbctopgearmagazine.com So there you go, not a massive surprise is it? Besides being fairly rapid, having four wheels and some seats, Ford’s new Mustang Mach-E shares zero DNA with a Mustang. We all knew this was badge engineering from the start, so the question now is does pilfering its heritage to give its first proper EV some gloss really grate on you? If it does, that’s fine, you’ve been factored into Ford’s go-big-or-go-home equation… and V8 Mustangs are still available. Where do I sit? Well I won’t be rushing out to buy one, but I won’t be judging anyone that does; it’s a well-sorted, battery powered family SUV and if those Mustang vibes are your thing, fill yer boots. Hats off to Ford for building a car around similar battery and motor…

1 min.
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3 min.
doing the dakar

It’s called the BRX Hunter, and it aims to be the fastest way ever devised to get across rough terrain. It’s been built to take on the Dakar rally, that three week-long 10,000km romp across deserts, dunes, mountains and rocks that is the toughest motorsport event on the planet. And created by no less a firm than triple WRC champion Prodrive, which has a wealth of competition experience covering just about everything from rallycross to Le Mans and Formula One. But never anything like this. Built from the ground up around the FIA’s cross-country regulations – a slender 16 page document that provides real scope for creativity. It’s 4WD and powered by a familiar engine – Ford’s 3.5-litre twin turbo V6 EcoBoost that’s seen in everything from the F150 pickup to the…

1 min.
coffee break

Be More Keanu Film critic James King has compiled this book of pocket wisdom from the legendary Keanu Reeves to help you get ahead in life this year. “All we are is dust in the wind, dude.” Dark Waters, Amazon Prime This is the best film about an environmental lawsuit that you will ever see. You won’t be frying your eggs in a non-stick pan ever again… TopGear magazine fix You can download the latest edition and back issues direct to your phone or tablet from the App Store. Because when life gives you lemons… settle in and read TG Tetris, App store Downloaded for the commute from bedroom to kitchen. Wasn’t expecting this 35-year-old game to still be so addictive. Working now from bedroom Arctic Monkeys, Live at the Royal Albert Hall This album is a great way…

1 min.
mclaren x-1

You awake with a start, blinking in the harsh light. Where am I? How did I get here? A hard chair. An unfamiliar room. Empty, sterile. The whirr of air-conditioning. A row of white desks, each empty save for a neat row of pencils and sheaf of paper. A design studio. In front of you, a tall slab of cork, pinned with photographs. Gingerly you stand and move towards it. A moodboard. Eyes struggling in the pin-white light, you squint at the pictures. An art deco clock. A grand piano. A black and white photo of Audrey Hepburn. An aubergine. Involuntarily, you shiver. What deranged mind would wish to fuse these discordant images into a single entity? What Frankenstein would emerge? What dreaded purpose might it serve? A pneumatic hiss. Behind you, a hatch…

1 min.
mini magic moments

Welcome to yet another electric autonomous pod-like concept, this time from Mini. The Vision Urbanaut is a “digital vision vehicle that offers more interior space and versatility than ever before, but still on a minimal footprint”. Right then. Mini sees its future self primarily as an ‘enabler of and companion for unforgettable times or Mini Moments’. So the Vision Urbanaut has three modes, or Moments, that affect how the car behaves. Chill is for relaxation while Vibe is about spending time with others. These are for when you’re parked up. Wanderlust is where the Urbanaut becomes a car. You can drive it or it can drive you. One big sliding door on the passenger side is the only way in. There are four seats and three distinct areas. Up front is the…