Wednesday, January 28, 2015

You Can Be the Star in Top Gear’s Reasonably Priced Car for Less Than $300

Top Gear Star in a Reasonably Priced Car Track Experience

For most of us, the best thing about the U.K. Top Gear TV show isn't the cars, or the carefully scripted setups, or even the sight of Jeremy Clarkson's bald spot spreading across the back of his head season-by-season. No, it's the bit where they strap a Star—sometimes loosely defined by U.S. standards—into the Reasonably Priced Car and then unleash them onto the show's test track at Dunsfold Park in Surrey.

And now anybody who can get themselves to England, possesses a driving license, and is over four feet, nine inches tall can do the same thing in exchange for the small matter of £175 ($265 at current exchange rates). That's a fair chunk of change for what's basically a two-lap track day in a right-hand-drive Kia Cee'd, but it does of course bring the harder-to-quantify bragging rights of being able to prove that you are indeed faster than Ryan Reynolds or Jeff Goldblum. And at least the circuit's figure-of-eight layout does mean that you're guaranteed to have it for yourself for your attempt, with an instructor showing you where to go. While you won't get the one-on-one training from The Stig that the actual celebrities are accorded, a hot lap with The Stig driving is among the various other packages offered.

Top Gear Star in a Reasonably Priced Car Track Experience

As rabid Top Gear fanboys will already know, the Cee'd is actually the last Reasonably Priced car—which is why, we presume, it's availability for such duties—having been replaced in 2013 by a Vauxhall Astra 1.6 Tech Line. And according to the online leaderboard, one attendee has managed to go a whole four seconds quicker than top celeb Matt LeBlanc.

from Car and Driver Blog


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