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The Holy Trinity is the first episode of The Grand Tour. It was released on Amazon Prime on 18th November, 2016.

SynopsisEdit

The episode opens with Jeremy Clarkson leaving London to fly to Los Angeles to meet Richard Hammond and James May. As the Hothouse Flowers play "I Can See Clearly Now" the trio drive Ford Mustangs—Clarkson drives a Fisker-Galpin Rocket Mustang, Hammond drives a Shelby GT350 Mustang, and May drives a Roush Stage 3 Mustang—through the California desert to Lucerne Valley, accompanied by a veritable flotilla of cars[1] and a fly-over by the Breitling Jet Team.[2]

The trio then greet the audience and viewers, and introduce themselves and the tent which will travel from location to location. After educating the American audience on the correct way to refer to the parts of a car, the first feature shows Clarkson, Hammond and May testing three hybrid hypercars; the McLaren P1, Porsche 918 Spyder and Ferrari LaFerrari at the Autódromo Internacional do Algarve in Portugal. Clarkson and Hammond devise a series of tests that May can't participate in, chiefly because he wasn't meant to be there and has gatecrashed with his Ferrari—which is not road legal.

In a segment called "Conversation Street", the trio take to talking about motoring issues. The topic of discussion this week is James May being caught speeding – going 37 miles per hour.

Later, Clarkson introduces the show's new test track, the "Eboladrome." Clarkson jokes that initially they wanted to be able to bring the track with them to each location, but they couldn't because it was too heavy. A Ferrari 488 and BMW M2 are driven around the track by their new test driver, Mike Skinner—AKA "The American" who believes that anything that isn't American is basically Communist.

A feature, called "Celebrity Brain Crash" is introduced where the trio attempt to interview celebrities. The first, Jeremy Renner, is seen to jump out of an aeroplane—only for his parachute to fail and he is "killed" by impacting the ground. Clarkson is nonplussed, because they have a back-up, believing that something might go wrong. As Armie Hammer walks to the tent, he is attacked and "killed" by a rattlesnake. Now looking for a celebrity, Clarkson recalls that Carol Vorderman is in the audience, having been at an airshow nearby. However, when they find her, she is "dead" in the tent.

Returning to Portugal, Belgian Formula E racing driver Jérôme d'Ambrosio performs timed laps in the hypercars. Clarkson is so confident that his car, the McLaren P1 will prove the fastest, that he bets Hammond and May that if the car is not the fastest, they can demolish his house. Not only does the McLaren P1 prove to not be the fastest, but it is the slowest of all three hypercars. Hammond and May promise to make good on the bet.

Cars featuredEdit

Featured Cars
ImageCarDriverNotes
Fisker-Galpin Rocket Mustang
Fisker-Galpin Rocket Mustang
Jeremy Clarkson
5-litre supercharged V8 engine with 725 horsepower.
Shelby GT350 Mustang
Shelby GT350 Mustang
Richard Hammond
5.2-litre V8 engine with 526 horsepower.
Roush Stage 3 Mustang
Roush Stage 3 Mustang
James May
5-litre supercharged V8 engine with 670 horsepower.
Mclaren P1
McLaren P1
Jeremy Clarkson
3.8-litre twin turbo V8 engine with an electric motors. It has 904 horsepower, a 0-62 time of 2.8 seconds, and top speed of 217 mph.
Porsche 918
Porsche 918 Spyder
Richard Hammond
4.8-litre V8 engine with two electric motors, 887 horsepower, 0-62 in 2.6 seconds, and a top speed of 215 mph.
Ferrari LaFerrari
Ferrari LaFerrari
James May
6.3 litre V12 engine with an electric motor, 950 horsepower, 0-62 in less than 3 seconds, and a top speed of 217 mph.
Ferrari 488
Ferrari 488
3.9-litre twin turbo V8 engine with 661 horsepower, a 0-62 in 3 seconds, and a top speed of 205 mph.
BMW M2
BMW M2
Jeremy Clarkson
Mike Skinner
3-litre twin turbo straight six engine, 365 horsepower, 0-62 in 4.3 seconds, and a top speed of 155 mph (limited).

Notes and referencesEdit

  1. Cars in the flotilla include: Alfa Romeo 4C, Artic Cat Wildcat X, Ariel Nomad, Aston Martin V8 Vantage S, Audi R8, Baja Jeep, Bentley Continental GT V8 S, BMW i8, BMW M5, Cadillac CTS-V, Cadillac CT6, Class 1 Baja buggy, Dodge Challenger Hellcat, Ford F-150 Raptor, Ford F-150 sand rail, Ford F-450, Ford Focus RS, Ford Ranger off road truck, Freightliner Pikes Peak, Jaguar F-type SVR, Jeep CrewChief 715, Jeep FC-150, Lamborghini Aventador SV, Lotus Elise, Mazda Miata Super20, Mercedes-AMG GT S, Mercedes G65 AMG, Mitsubishi Evo X Battlecar, Morgan 3-wheeler, Morgan Roadster, Need For Speed Porsche 911 Widebody, Nissan GT-R, Porsche 911 Carrera, Rolls-Royce Ascot Tourer, Vuhl 05 and the off-road Dodge Charger, Fast Attack Buggy, and Plymouth Road Runner from the Fast & Furious films.
  2. The Breitling Jet Team is the largest civilian jet display squadron. They fly Czech-built Aero L-39C Albatrosses.

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