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Flash animation, the reason behind the names of those corners, a Stig's-eye view, and a dose of good 'ol TG wit: This is the official tour of Top Gear's decommissioned British airfield. Powarrrr!


Granted, there seem to be a few errors — there's no way in hell that the Star in a Reasonably Priced Car Dacia goes through Chicago faster than the random "A Supercar" shown — but it's still worth a few minutes of your time. Also, you get charming little insights like this:

Chicago: It's hard on the brakes and around the tyres at Chicago. Designed by the big brains at Lotus, this is what they call a "steady state corner," designed to stiff out understeer or oversteer in badly set-up chassis. The title comes from the band of the same name, much beloved by the original Stig. God, his taste in music was rubbish, wasn't it?


The interactive animation can be found here. The official Stig biography can be found here. Captain Slow driving a Veyron very, very fast can be found here. And in case you missed it, this is the Top Gear USA crew battling an attack helicopter against a Dodge Viper. You know, just because.

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