Past v Future is the thirteenth episode of The Grand Tour, and the last episode of Series 1. It was released on Amazon Prime on 3rd February, 2017.


The Grand Tour tent is in Dubai. Jeremy Clarkson and James May compete to see if electric cars can be better than traditional ones. Jeremy pits his Volkswagen Golf GTI against James'BMW i3 REx. Initially, they compete in a drag race at an airstrip, then in a 200-mile road trip to Devon to see Roger Daltrey and Wilko Johnson play at a local pub.

On Conversation Street, the trio discuss Dubai's strict motoring laws and their infrastructure investment compared to Britain's.

As part of the occasional series "Making James May Do Something He Doesn't Want to Do," James tries his hand at the sport of "Winching" where drivers must orienteer over a muddy course and get their vehicles stuck badly enough to require winching out.

This week's Celebrity Brain Crash participant in F1 racing driver Daniel Ricciardo, who drives a hovercraft toward the tent. This results in a crash and Ricciardo being pulled into the craft's fan, splattering all over the tent's window. They make James clean up the mess.

Anticipating something going wrong, Richard Hammond introduces a segment where he competes against a Bugatti Veyron in a Porsche 918 Spyder, only to lose a Nissan Patrol with 1900 horsepower.

Richard then learns how to drift cars properly at Michelin's proving grounds in France. He then proves his new skills in a competition against two professional drifters - a 13-year-old and a double amputee - at Rockingham Motor Speedway.

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