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BBC Top Gear Magazine

BBC Top Gear Magazine Awards 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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13 Issues

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2 min.
welcome

Editor-in-chief @TopGearEditor editor@bbctopgearmagazine.com Welcome to the TopGear Awards 2019, a celebration of the very best cars of the year. At TG we always like to do things differently, so unlike most other automotive awards we don’t have set categories that get repeated every year. We award cars on their merits, not because we need to find a winner of the Compact Hybrid SUV Coupe by a Korean Manufacturer of the Year. In short, only the best of the best ever collect a TG Cog. Sitting down to discuss a long list that – after a few frank exchanges of views – will be distilled to the pure essence of brilliance in this mag, makes for a particularly good audit of the past 12 months. And what a year it’s been: 13 issues in which…

2 min.
christmas in nepal

TopGear telly returns this festive season with a Christmas special that promises to be groundbreaking in at least two regards. First, because it might actually be screened some time around Christmas. Second, because it genuinely, properly tackles a major motoring issue of our time. The issue of urban transportation. See, scientist-types predict that, by 2050, 70 per cent of the world’s population – some seven billion people – will live in cities. Which means that, in the future, the world won’t need SUVs or supercars. What the world will need… is city cars. Specifically, city cars that are tough enough to withstand anything the mega-cities of the future can throw at them. So, as a service to humankind, Paddy, Freddie and Chris were ordered to go out and buy, for less than…

1 min.
…stefan bellof perched awkwardly on a pit wall

Stefan Bellof was one of the fastest, most outrageously skilled racing drivers of all time. After winning the 1984 World Endurance Championship in a Porsche 956, he was widely tipped as a future F1 world champion, before a crash at Spa-Francorchamps ended his life at the age of just 27. For more than 30 years, Bellof’s 6m11 lap of the Nürburgring – set in a 956 at the frankly ridiculous average speed of 125mph – stood as the fastest-ever lap of the Green Hell. Stefan Bellof was, basically, a superhuman, capable of physical feats beyond the comprehension of us mere mortals. Stefan Bellof, as the photograph below proves, was a bit rubbish at perching insouciantly on a wall. This is a good thing. And not just because it’s nice to know that even…

1 min.
coffee break

Putting on some pre-Christmas timber A secret feeder at TGHQ has appeared, determined to fatten us up. We hate this. We love this. We ate this. Cars: Accelerating the Modern World This exhibition at the V&A has ‘Team Day Out’ written all over it. Reckon we could learn a thing or 10 from this one. Starts 23 November. NB joke – we know it all. Winter Wonderland: Hyde Park It’s cold. Let’s go to the middle of a park and queue for hours! Bah humbug. Actually, it’s great fun, worth the cold:) California playlist In tribute to folks heading to the LA Autoshow, office listening included Bran Van 3000, Warren G and The Beach Boys. Ken Block’s Climbkhana TWO A nail-biting 7mins of epicness from our Ken, to reach the top of China’s most dangerous road. FULL CODE BROWN.…

2 min.
mustang sell-out?

Ford’s new all-electric car is a 5dr crossover, but to make you want it, they’re calling it the Mustang Mach-E. Clearly, a battery-driven family car isn’t what you’d associate with the word Mustang, but it’s not a total imposter. Several design elements hint at the pony car, it’s primarily RWD (though AWD is available too) and some versions are Mustang-fast. You can put down a deposit now, directly on the web. It starts at just over £40,000, but the top-spec ‘first edition’ has AWD and the big battery plus extra equipment, at about £58,000. That buys you a biggish, long-range machine. It’s more the size of an Audi e-Tron than a Kia E-Niro. The base version has a 75kWh battery and RWD, for 280 miles of range (WLTP). A bigger 99kWh pack…

1 min.
skinny mac

WHO KNEW AAMS system awakens as speeds increase. Helmet on? You can turn it off and send air to cool the engine instead. Meet Elva – the lightest McLaren road car ever and the newest member of the Ultimate Series, following in the footsteps of the P1 and Senna and sitting alongside the new Speedtail. No weight has been announced, expect something below the 1,198kg Senna obvs. After all, there’s no roof, windows or windscreen, while the doors are McLaren’s smallest ever and single-hinged. You can wear a helmet, or you can specify a windscreen, but McLaren suggests you’ll need neither. An Active Air Management System (AAMS) uses a movable carbon deflector to direct air from the Elva’s nose, projecting it over the passengers and creating “a relative bubble of calm” beneath. Note “relative” because…