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I Watched The Grand Tour’s First Episode: The Good, the Bad, and the Supercar Hybrids

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Last night at 12:01 GMT (or like 7pm for we Ohioans), The Grand Tour’s first Episode went live, and fans of the old version of Top Gear (myself included) rejoiced and leapt to the Internet.


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Now, I don’t want to go into much depth on the show itself (I wouldn’t want to spoil things for those who have not yet seen it or those countries that won’t get it until next month), but I do want to tell you, that if you haven’t seen it: you should. It’s good. It has much of the ingredients that made Top Gear such a treat: amazing cars, the trio of grumpy British funnymen, making fun of Americans, and ridiculously gorgeous views.

There was one little thing that bothered me, though. First there was the intro sequence, which was one of the first times that I have ever said, “Wait, don’t I know that giant flame-throwing scorpion?” (I totally did—I wrote about it back in June).

The Scorpion

There it is!
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The show launched into introductions, but then went into another trailer montage for the rest of the episodes to come.

Honestly, there was no need to show us another trailer—we were already pumped. The hype train for The Grand Tour has been long and strong, and delaying that once the show had actually started felt like The Grand Tour was an older sibling holding the cookies just out of reach over my head.

However much the show started to lose me, though, it swiftly found me again because the first thing that they did was launch into a comparison of three of the greatest hybrid cars that exist today (two of which can run on electricity alone): the MacLaren P1, the Porsche 918 Spyder, and the Ferrari LaFerrari.


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2015 Porsche 918 Spyder

Oh, yes

As one of the biggest lovers of electric vehicles on The News Wheel, I was especially pumped by the eerily quiet all-electric drag race between the MacLaren and the Porsche. Really, such a high-profile car show praising electric-powered cars (even if they are conventional/plug-in hybrids) had me happily puffed up for the rest of the day.

So, seriously, go see it. It was good.

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    Daniel Susco is a native of the Dayton-Cincinnati area, and has written on a multitude of subjects. He can discuss Shakespeare, expound on Classical Mythology, and even make witty jokes about Pliny the Elder (More like “Pliny the Rounder,” right?). In his free time, Daniel enjoys reading, cooking, woodworking, and long walks on the beach (just kidding – sunburn is no joke). See more articles by Daniel.