Top Gear Fly to the Finish Line at Zip World
BBC’s hit motoring show Top Gear has returned for it’s 29th Series featuring Paddy McGuinness, Freddie Flintoff and Chris Harris. The show’s mix of attention grabbing supercars and daredevil stunts sees them take on the fastest zip line in the world when they visit Zip World Penrhyn Quarry to take on Velocity 2 in episode 4.
In the new series, which after 18 years on BBC2 lands on primetime BBC1 at 8pm on a Sunday evening, the team visit beautiful North Wales as part of a Best of British challenge. A slightly covid-disrupted schedule has meant that the team couldn’t jet-set across the globe as per usual and instead took the opportunity to discover what’s on their doorstep in the UK.
At Zip World, the episode involves a supercar 4x4 race up the slate quarry track to reach the starting point to Velocity 2. All three presenters were there for the shoot but it was Paddy McGuinness who took up this challenge in the British Aston Martin DBX against the German Audi RSQ8 with former Formula1 driver Heinz Harald Fritzen as his challenger.
The trio arrived in an impressive line up of the Best of British motor cars featuring Aston DBX driven by Paddy, a Bentley Flying Spur driven by Chris and a McLaren GT driven by Freddie.
As the world’s biggest car show, it has huge international appeal and is one of the BBC’s biggest exports, most recently launching stateside on BBC America.
The finale of this episode sees Paddy, who’s used to driving fast cars, get a very different adrenaline fix travelling head first at approx 100mph on a zip line down a welsh quarry. He can be heard in the scene screaming ‘I’m Flying’. He also raved about the experience in promotional interviews with The One Show and This Morning!
You can catch the episode here on iPlayer.