The Grand Tour Season 2, Episode 1: Live Blog

Welcome to Jalopnik’s The Grand Tour Season 2 live blog, which no longer has a touring tent, leaving us only to judge whether or not it’s any grander than last season.

While the show is meant to drop on Amazon Prime on December 8th, we kind of figured it would pop up sometime tonight like the show’s premier did last year. And we were right! But we bet you may not have been aware of it, so we’re live blogging it because we care (and because we don’t want to do real work). How will they show the big Richard Hammond crash? Who did they end up replacing the American driver with? We’ll find out soon enough.

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So rush over to that new tab, log yourselves in, and strap on your hyper-critical judgement glasses. We’re not slowing down for anybody.

What did you all think?
Kristen will have a review up tomorrow.
Until then, bye-bye!

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I’ll come back for more next week. I honestly feel like there was nothing to that supercar film other than Hammond’s crash. They just didn’t do anything interesting with the cars. Here’s hoping things pick up.

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I found the show shockingly mediocre! The new celebrity segment was better, but it ran on for too long. The F-Type on the unfinished course is good enough, I suppose, but still feels derivative. Though I do like the themed celebrity segments now, with “fastest former talent show host” being this week.

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And that’s the show. I can see why they put the crash in the first episode... there just wasn’t a lot there! They totally undercut the emotional weight, and it wasn’t as effective as the Top Gear Hammond crash. What a missed opportunity.

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“The future is very fast, extremely quiet, but a bit burny.”

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May claims the car kept catching fire for five days as the battery cells all became compromised. “Thermal runaway.”

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Clarkson mad they had to get the clip from YouTube.

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Keep in mind the Aventador was driven by the young hot Italian Clarkson.

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The now-destroyed Rimac did the climb in 1:14.7, slower than the Aventador S.

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haha, May cuts in to announce the times

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Screen goes black and they run the audio. Cuts to camera pulling up to a burning car.

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“I’ve crashed!!”

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Oh, they just used the youtube footage! But kept the audio!

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It’s happening.

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I am tense!

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Hammond: Watch this!

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CAPS ON OR CAPS OFF FOR THIS

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HERE WE GO

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“A lot riding on your shoulders. You’ll be on a coin. Or a stamp.”

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May and Clarkson are pushing Hammond very hard to go as fast as possible.

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HERE WE FUKIN GO

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It’s be interesting if a show replaced the standard track test for new cars with a hill climb test.

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The Lamborghini test driver Clarkson is getting to drive for him looks like a hot young Jeremy Clarkson, though.

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Clarkson does not fit in the Aventador with a helmet on.

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