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The Grand Tour: Interview with Clarkson, Hammond and May

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2. Season 'The Grand Tour'
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  • James May on super sports cars, electric mobility and SUV drivers
  • Richard Hammond on his accident, German autobahns and autonomous driving
  • Jeremy Clarkson on cyclists , human error and McLaren
  • start of the second season
  • Review of the first new episode of season 2
  • Review of the 1st season

A mazon Prime . According to the title of the series, the presenters are going on a wild trip around the world again. Filming locations included Mozambique, Croatia, Switzerland, Spain, New York, Dubai and Colorado. A new trailer, which received almost 700,000 views after just one day, already gives entertaining insights into the TV spectacle. For example, you can see the trio plowing over a snow-covered peak with three old jaguars, Richard Hammond slapping a motorcycle in the mud and the Bugatti Chiron will also be part of the party the categorically ill-tempered test driver Mike Skinner aka 'The American'. The character did not develop as it was intended, it was said officially. In terms of audience favor, Skinner could never really step out of the shadow of his predecessor 'The Stig' from Top Gear times. The moderators are currently looking for a replacement for the test pilot in short video clips. Another innovation will be that in the second season celebrities actually come to an interview in the studio tent and are no longer haunted by a fictitious death. The studio tent itself has, by the way, found a permanent place in the British Cotswolds and no longer tours the world with the moderators.

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For the first episode, Lamborghini, Honda and Rimac are going to Switzerland to find out whether the technology of the past, the present or the future wins the race.

What is new is that from now on two celebrities from the same subject area for the interview compete, and then on a racetrack made of gravel and asphalt in a Jaguar F-Type around di duel best lap time. This should sound familiar to fans of earlier Top Gear times, which will certainly provoke one or two grins. For the season opener, Clarkson has invited Ricky Wilson and David Hasselhoff as former casting show jurors. The “Conversation Street” format, on the other hand, remains in its familiar form. Overall, episode one of season two is more reminiscent of the Top Gear style. Which means: You can still do it. At the beginning, the compulsory cut of the entire season is shown. And so much should be said: There is still a lot to look forward to.

For now, the opening episode is a reason to be happy. The selection of the cars already shows that the show has not stopped, but moves with the times. Both the delight of a screaming V12 in the tunnel and the silent violence of more than 1,000electric PS are illustrated in the usual entertaining way. In between, of course, the little mishaps that are always good for a laugh should not be missing. Although episode one is less a cause for laughter, but whether the location and the cars are more astonishing. As far as the humorous component is concerned, there is still room for improvement, but good entertainment is still provided. After all, we're just three feet behind the start line, if you will. After processing the feedback on the first season, round two should serve even more for self-discovery. New formats also want to be introduced first. The celebrity studio guests, for example, should get to the point a bit crisper, maybe you could show their lap times on the split screen and thus gain some speed instead of playing both in succession. link name='anchor_1'> That was the first season

The first season is a must for car fans! Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May made the weekly wait for Friday even more urgent for 12 weeks, or 13 episodes. With 'The Grand Tour' (only to be seen via Amazon Prime - test 30 days for free ) the expectations of the fans have been confirmed: Not just to continue Top Gear under a new title, but to add one or two shovels.

During the show, the trio visited countries all over the world to duel in changing cars. As usual, not always factual, but with lots of prejudice and humor. In their tests, the moderators always attach great importance to capturing and describing the essence and character of a car. Not the pure numbers. Highly subjective and highly entertaining.

Top and flop? Well, the newly introduced test driver, the “American”, could be described as a “flop”. Record sayings and an overall concept that can still be improved. Otherwise: everything was great!

The highlight of the first episode

A highlight is difficult to name if you constantly catch yourself grinning like a madman. The core of the first episode is the long-awaited duel between the three hypercars Porsche 918 Spyder, McLaren P1 and Ferrari LaFerrari, which shoot over the Algarve International Circuit in Portugal. In short: sensational pictures, first-class soundtrack and three moderators in top form. We won't reveal who wins the duel at this point, you can see for yourself.

The low point of the first episode

' The Grand Tour “not a single second so far. Of course, quite a bit of airtime is spent on the new onesPresent formats and settings. In this respect, there is still room for improvement if the next few episodes really get down to business. Only the suggested fight with the American audience over the question of which country has the best air force could have been dealt with a little faster.

What are the differences to Top Gear?

Die Good news: Everything that made the former show of the three presenters so great can be found again. 'The News' is now called 'Conversation Street'. Instead of a “star in a reasonably priced car” there is “Celebrity Brain Crash”. However, three announced studio guests die fake deaths for this format on the show. Hollywood star Jeremy Renner jumps out of a plane with a parachute and pitched next to the studio tent.

In order to evaluate the cars presented in the show, there is a new race track, the driver is no longer 'The Stig', but a bad-tempered and overweight American and the studio has of course a new look. The structure and dramaturgy of the program, on the other hand, is pleasantly familiar. The trio has retained the politically incorrect joke and the taunts against cars and against each other. Not least because of this, we look forward to the next episode in Johannesburg with joy.

New season, new hairstyle: James May thinks the second round of The Grand Tour is better because some areas have been sharpened.

May : Slightly better than in season one, because we are more practiced and some processes have been optimized. The studio tent is now stationary and doesn't move around the world with us. That saves us time that we could use for our filming. And we needed them because both of my colleagues are very unreliable, as you may have read, and they have accidents and then lie around in the hospital. If we hadn't decided to leave the studio tent in one place anyway, then these antics would have forced us to do so anyway. Otherwise the second season would not be finished yet next year.
And season two is better in and of itself because we re-sharpened and removed parts of the show that didn't work. Or parts of the show that the viewers didn't like. For this we have packed one or two secret surprises in.

AMS : So? We love surprises! How secret are they?

May (turns to one of the TGT agents): How secret are they?

Agent : Pretty secret.

May (back to us): Okay, so they're pretty secret.

AMS : All right .. Then let's talk about trends. What do you actually think of electromobility and autonomous driving? Have you come into contact with this yet?

May : Yes, I am. At least with electric cars, because I drive a BMW i3 privately. I like electric cars, they are interesting and new things to talk about. Which is good when you work as a moderator. I'm less convinced of autonomous driving because the most disappointing part of scientific progress has historically always been robotics. We were promised the robo-butler back in 1985 and today these things still can't even throw a ball. Although the idea of ​​an autonomous car is appealing. It appeals to a lot of people because a lot of people have cars and it also seems like an obvious step. Because traffic would be guaranteed to be safer if the machines did itand could also communicate with each other. But this robotics-driven idea moves in an ambitious environment. Because driving a car is a great talent that mankind has acquired.

AMS : At least some.

May : That's right. But even those who are bad at driving move a car at speeds that their minds weren't made for. Not everyone only drives 30. There are so many sensory impressions, a lot to process, many processes take place simultaneously in different areas of your body. And to replicate or even replace that is a mammoth task. We have ACC, lane departure warning and emergency braking functions and everyone thinks 'Yes, we are very close'. But in reality we still have a long way to go. Maybe we already have an alternative for the car before it can really drive autonomously.

AMS : Speaking of long distances. Can you give us a quick overview of the places you went for the second season?

May : So we were in Dubai, Colorado, Mozambique, New York, Spain, in the Cotswolds ...

AMS : Because that's where the studio tent is now, right?

May : Yes, that is actually the only reason to get lost there. Unless you're someone like Jeremy and you live there.

AMS : Have you been to Germany again?

May : No, unfortunately not for this season. I was in Germany myself. In Stuttgart and Karlsruhe, because I have friends there, but this time we weren't there for The Grand Tour.

AMS : What a shame. But you're on the road a lot. Who turned out to be the most terrible road user? Apart from Clarkson and Hammond.

May : You mean which country is the worst?

AMS : No, which kind from road users.

May : Oh .. Hmm ...

AMS : Maybe truck drivers?

May : I usually find truck drivers to be quite professional. You have to be to drive a truck. But ... there are tons of annoying SUV drivers.

AMS : Well, all manufacturers also build a lot of SUV models.

May : Yeah, that's probably part of the problem. My girlfriend has the theory that buying an SUV is part of the human aging process. By the way, she drives a Fiat Panda and she says that when you drive a small car, you feel useful and carefree. But when you buy an SUV, you're really just afraid of dying because you think you're safer in a vehicle like that and that makes you feel saferolder. I think many SUV drivers have the wrong idea of ​​their own invulnerability and that often makes them more aggressive drivers.

AMS : More than sports car drivers, although they do too sometimes says ...

May : Oh yes, a lot more. It has even been found that open sports cars in particular make you a very polite person. Because you no longer have a protective shield around you. I think if I drive very conspicuous cars or supercars myself, like a Bentley or an orange Ferrari ... I have an orange Ferrari myself ... then that also makes you a better driver. Simply because everyone is looking behind you and you are much more conspicuous on the way. Of course, you try harder than in a dark blue 3 Series BMW.

AMS : I think so right away. Speaking of flashy cars, what do you think of the latest British contributions to the automotive market? About the new Rolls-Royce Phantom?

May : Yes, I like that. And TVR is making its comeback too, as we've heard. But it's such a thing with Great Britain. I did another TV show that was also about the post-war industry and its winners and losers. And although the UK has lost a lot, the UK is still a good place to build cars because our factories are efficient and the workforce is good. Let's ignore Brexit for a moment, the Nissan plant here in England is one of the most efficient in Europe. That is remarkable. And even though we have such a talented workforce here, there is a lot that we couldn't keep and we sold the auto brands. You Germans are even better at building cars.

AMS : We invented it too. We had most of the time to perfect it.

May (laughs): Yes, of course that is also true.

AMS : Still: Even if the Phantom is actually a BMW, in the minds of many car enthusiasts it is still a British car.

May : Well, there's a lot of British design in a Rolls-Royce, probably true. Despite everything, I believe that taking over BMW was the best thing that could have happened to Rolls-Royce. Because we have the problem that we are too attached to the idea of ​​brand history, to tradition and the romantic idea of ​​what would be particularly British. And if Rolls-Royce had remained a British brand, they would probably have built their cars at some point, like an amusement park attraction. Disneyfied, you could say. But BMW did it very well. You kept the essence of philosophy. Maintain what such a car stands for. But they still built a modern car with modern materials. After all, there is more than just wood and leather. And so it became acontemporary car. I drove the first BMW Phantom and it may be controversial, but I think they did it really well. A happy marriage of German efficiency and British craftsmanship.

AMS : But then there is also McLaren, and they are definitely still British.

May : That's them! McLaren is an excellent organization, I wrote about it recently. If you compare them to, say, Italian supercars, then many McLaren think they are too clinical, too tidy and maybe too pedantic. But these people get it wrong. McLaren makes very good cars. They are exciting and well designed and their factory is fantastic. And that's modern Britain - that's how it should be. I should buy a McLaren. And I probably will too, I guess.

AMS : In the end, a McLaren gets at least as much attention as an orange Ferrari, doesn't it?

May : They do now, yes. I will be driving the 720 S soon. Jeremy is still on the road with it at the moment and he hates him.

AMS : Really?

May : Yes, Jeremy don't like supercars, but I love them. I find it almost magical. The last time I had a McLaren, it was the 540 C, I drew a comparison with Ferrari. People both like to look at each other, but there's a kind of warmth in the look to the McLaren. Because these cars are not yet associated with footballers or other giggolo drivers. It's just a very tastefully designed car.

AMS : Finally, is there anything else you would like to give your German fans on the way?

May : Do I have German fans?

AMS : I think so ... At least the show has some, but you certainly do too.

May : I would like to tell you (in heavily accented German): 'But of course Hans is wet, he's standing under the waterfall'. And “The cat jumps on Ms. Eiler's kitchen cupboard and the fried egg falls to the floor”.
Those were the things I learned in German class at school. And those stories aren't particularly useful in the real world. You will probably never meet a Hans under a waterfall. So to all the fans in Germany, to whom I have just said this: I would like to apologize for this (laughs).

As if on our own little “Grand Tour”, we are now looking for our next conversation partner Richard Hammond, who is in another room of the two-story pub. Through typical British drizzle it goes around the Hampshire Hog to the back entrance. A narrow, carpeted staircase leads up to a dark room with heavy wooden furniture. ThereHammond sits in an elegant suit with a Coke and asks if the interview is being filmed. We say no.

The Grand Tour /DRIVETRIBE
Richard Hammond broke with his recent accident with the electric sports car from Rimac, but was able to save himself from the wreck.

Hammond : Um .. Well I was traveling too fast with the Rimac. For those who do not know the car: this is a very rare and expensive electric super sports car with 1,088 hp. And in a hill climb, I flew out of a curve rear-first and rolled over twice in the car. I broke my leg and the car landed on the roof and caught fire. Which is not good, with so many batteries on board. But I still crawled out on my own. It could have turned out a lot more dramatic.

AMS : Good to hear that in the end it wasn't as horrible as it could have been. Aside from the accident, how did production of the second season of The Grand Tour go?

Hammond : It was great. We shot more posts because that's what people want to see. We're taking viewers back to interesting places around the globe that they might not otherwise go and do things that viewers definitely wouldn't.

AMS : And probably not should either.

Hammond : Yes, definitely not. But it was very funny. In the meantime, of course, also exhausting and we had to push our limits, but that's okay, that's part of it. And I have it inFeeling that we have improved significantly compared to season one. After all, we also had to learn from the first season. We tried a lot - some worked very well, we replaced others.

AMS : Have you been traveling more now that the studio tent is stationary?

Hammond : I think that was us. The films we're making are actually also the touring aspect of The Grand Tour. We were able to use our resources better this time.

AMS : Nevertheless, we are a little sad that you haven't been to Germany ...

Hammond : Yeah, we weren't there. Sorry But we'll be back. We know of course that we have a lot of fans in Germany. This is probably due to the similar sense of humor.

AMS : Then season three should take place in large parts in Germany.

Hammond : Definitely! Maybe we'll shoot the whole thing in Germany. In German!

AMS : But that would mean that only James May would speak, because otherwise none of you can speak German ..

Hammond : Oh ... yes .. I don't even know how good his German is.

AMS : It works like this. He told us something about a cat with a fried egg under the waterfall ...

Hammond (laughs loudly): I think his skills are pretty much that. He has Tried a few times to get us out of trouble with his language skills, but the success was manageable. But I also had German lessons at school. For a few years. However, not much - nothing - stayed in my head. And the teacher wasn't particularly talented either.

AMS : So you couldn't get anything more from it when you were in Stuttgart for the first season?

Hammond : Unfortunately not. That's how we British are - miserable in languages. Maybe it's because we'll soon no longer belong to the EU anyway?

AMS : Hm ... Yes, maybe. But since you're doing a show for online consumers now, at least you are part of the whole world. What is it like to work for the Internet?

Hammond : The main difference to before is the way the content is consumed. You don't look at what's going on, you just look at what you feel like doing. That's great for people like us too, so we can reach a lot more viewers. And amazon is a great employer because they just let us do our thing. They wanted us and the show we deliver. Nevertheless, we have set ourselves limits, because that is also important for creativity. Freedom and limits. With regard to the time aspect, for example. We could between oneTransmission times vary from 20 minutes and two hours. However, that would not be beneficial for the creative processes in the editing. We are part of a further development of the media and happy that we can still be at our age.

AMS : You have even become part of social media after you opened the portal Have launched Drivetribe.

Hammond : Yes, exactly. The media world is changing so quickly and nowadays you can no longer just come with means of production. Because virtually everyone can get involved, you have to have good ideas, and that's why it's more about people than about expensive camera equipment. This is fantastic, especially for young people who are now entering the industry. Because if your ideas are good, they can also be implemented. And the whole world can see it - and if your ideas are really good, then the whole world will also look.

AMS : Where we are at the brave new world. There is a clip on the net in which you are sitting in a Volvo XC 60 that drives itself. And you don't seem to like it ..

Hammond : Yes, the semi-autonomous part. That's where the mistake lies: Autonomy is absolute. I also fly helicopters, for example, and if you learn that, you will have a pilot with you who will train you. It is very, very important that you know who is in control right now. When the pilot hands over to you, he has to tell you 'You are now taking control' and you have to say 'All right, I am now in control'. It is very, very important that this is perfectly clear. Otherwise you will be in the air and everyone will assume that the other is in control. And then there is this Volvo that drives semi-autonomously. It keeps you on track, it follows the corners, accelerates and brakes, but when it gets too complicated, it just gives up. And all that informs you about this quite significant circumstance is a small light on the dashboard. But I want the car to yell at me: AAAAAHHHHH !!!! You have to take over !! But instead, only a light flashes.

AMS : And do you think this technology will conquer the world soon?

Hammond : Uh, no. We still have a long way to go. But it would be nice somewhere. Let's take freeway journeys for example. Who the hell likes that?

AMS : Well, in a traffic jam it's stupid. But in Germany you can fa ...

Hammond : Now don't give me that. You Germans always say that. And then a truck pulls out onto your lane. It's just always like that. The first thing a Brit thinks when he comes to Germany is “Oh, great! The highway! Now I can really freak out. ”And then the truck pulls over.

AMS : Or an old Opel Corsa.

Hammond : You're damn right there. Okay, without the stupid speed limits it is of course still better. You have ahead of us. But still. I live outside of London and my route into the city via the M4 is hell. If I could just press a button and my car would coordinate with the other vehicles around me, then I would be there in half the time because nobody is driving around anymore. That would be safer, faster and more efficient. That doesn't mean that I don't want to race through the countryside in my 1960s Mustang on the weekend. Because that's what I want. But you should like to drive autonomously on the autobahn.

AMS : And which manufacturer do you think will go ahead?

Hammond : Phew, I've now gained experience with Volvo, but then there are all the corporations that actually don't make cars. Apple, Google and whatever they are called. Even Dyson wants to build an electric car, and they actually make vacuum cleaners. But that's a good thing. We can always use clever ideas, and maybe one of them has a brainstorm. I think this development is pretty cool.

AMS : Do you have an electric car yourself?

Hammond : No, I have Not. But I think about it. So far, my fleet is not that current. The most modern car I own is my Land Rover. I had a Porsche 911 GT3 RS, but I sold it when the value went through the roof. I didn't move the car enough anyway and it was too close to a supercar for me. And they're stupid. I still have a 911 from 1969 because it was born in the same year as me and I love it. But I'm looking for an electric car. Tesla also does exciting things. But whenever I start to come to terms with a model, the next revolution comes on the market. I'm still waiting for the model that will bring my reluctance to collapse. What would be important to me is the range. Tesla can do that.

AMS : James has an i3.

Hammond : Yes, the little i3. It works for James because he lives in London. My route would be too far for the BMW. I also have a wife and two daughters. We have to pull horse boxes and transport the dogs. Everything is muddy, the car is getting dents. That wouldn't be possible with a small electric car.

AMS : So an electric SUV? There was material at the IAA.

Hammond : Tesla already has such an SUV-like vehicle on offer.

AMS : And you really like that?

Hammond : Um .. Well. Not so right. The coolest thing is of course the doors on the Model X. You can still say 'Yes,it's ugly, but look it can do this ”- and then you open the doors. A fantastic car. But then I'll buy one. A new model comes out the following week and mine is worth exactly a pound. (laughs loudly)

AMS : As with the computers ..

Hammond : Exactly. But they are always exciting times. Especially for people like us, at a time when the car is reinventing itself. Even at the beginning of the automotive age, nobody could have guessed how big it would be. Nobody could have guessed what would be influenced by the automobile - music, sex, drugs, war, everything. But now that a new chapter is being turned, we already know all of this. We know the social significance of the car. The political and global significance. And this knowledge in turn influences the latest developments. So an exciting time to do this job.

AMS : Speaking of the exciting job. How fun is it to work with Clarkson and May after all these years?

Hammond : Oh, that was never fun. (Laughter) I guess we're doomed to stick together. And then there's Andy Wilman, our producer, who we've been working with since 2002. His personality shines through even more clearly than ours.

AMS : I'll meet him tomorrow too.

Hammond : Super! So he's an unkempt shabby rag and looks like he's about to be thrown out of the building. But this man plays a huge role in our show. When we all work together, we can do things that we wouldn't otherwise. The combination is crucial. It must be exactly the four of us. This is the only way The Grand Tour could be such a success. And it's great fun to see people who really enjoy the show. That makes the work worthwhile, because it is really damn exhausting at times. But it's ok like that. If it were too easy ... That would be simply wrong.

AMS : Then anyone could do it.

Hammond : Exactly. So it can't be easy. But the reward is that people all over the world will come up to you and tell you how much they like your show. And that is crucial. After all, if you're in the world of film and television, you won't complain about people watching your show.

AMS : In your book I read, that 'Sorry for that ..' is one of the most used phrases in all your filming in foreign countries ...

Hammond : Hahaha, yes we apologize quite often. This is our standard way of saying goodbye to people. We lean out the window of a car, drive off, look backand shout “Sorry!” But it's so much fun that we will almost certainly keep doing this until one of us reaches out.

AMS : Well Hopefully that won't happen anytime soon. But just in case: Do you have one last word ready for your German fans?

Hammond : Yes, of course. The German fans have loyally accompanied us three idiots from the start. Which is certainly due to the similar sense of humor. What I want to say is, I wish we British could build cars like you. But we can't. But thanks anyway.

Whom we should talk to next? Richard asks as he leaves. Clarkson, let's reveal. Oh, better not make hasty movements and avoid eye contact then, advises Hammond. Well, that's great prospects. The “Grand Tour” continues and leads us to the next room on creaking wooden floorboards. Inside is a large table littered with soda cans and a Jeremy Clarkson who is just putting a stomach pill in his mouth. He kindly offers us one too. We decline with thanks.

Jeremy Clarkson is not a fan of the new McLaren 720 S. Therefore he also came with his private Golf GTI instead of the Supersport test car.

Clarkson : Yes, I do I. I have no idea what they did to the undercarriage - it's intolerably tough. Even in comfort mode. My friend wanted to send a text message from the passenger seat yesterday and just wrote a confused joke because she didn't hit the buttons. And the part is too tight. The seats don't go back far enough. And the wipers don't work properly. And the brakes are terrible. And it is very difficult to drive in normal traffic. Ferrari, for example, has become very good at building cars that are fun on the racetrack but also work on normal roads. But this thing .. I haven't been to a racetrack in the McLaren yet. But I'm pretty sure he'll be fantastic there. But the price you have to pay for it. It wasn't that drastic with the P1.

AMS : So would you prefer the P1 to the 720 S?

Clarkson : Definitely! I would prefer any McLaren that I have driven so far. They were all great, so I was looking forward to the new one. But let's put it this way: my private Golf GTI is parked in front of the pub, although I could have come in the McLaren. But that would have been just too hard work.

AMS : Good keyword: hard work. Let's talk about season two. Will there be such a heroic opening?

Clarkson : No, there won't be. We didn't think it was necessary. It was a must for the first season because we had to establish the show first. Nobody knew what to expect, so we finished the opening credits with the past and started the new show. Also, the opening was a salute to a very specific guy named Danny on the BBC. Overall, the scene was like a new calling card. And a 'F ** K You' for the critics. It was necessary because there was a story to tell at the start of the new series, and it doesn't exist in that form now. So we start right away withsecond season. Of course there is a compilation of the highlights at the beginning. And you'll look at the compilation and think, 'How the hell did they manage all of this when they spent most of their time in the hospital?'

AMS : Right, you were yes sick too.

Clarkson : Yes, all three of us were sick. But now we're fine.

AMS : That sounds very harmonious. What is the best or worst thing about working with James and Richard?

Clarkson : So the best part is that although we are very different, we have no mutual friends and we would never socialize together, we get along wonderfully for some mysterious reason when we work together. I don't know why, but that's exactly how it is. And the worst part is ... Hm ... the list is so long ... So Hammond is incredibly forgetful. And May is incredibly pedantic. When James begins to explain how a spark plug works, you lose your will to live. And Hammond doesn't even know what a spark plug is. They would say about me that I just scream all the time, but it doesn't matter. Maybe it works so well precisely because we are so different. But there is a very special chemistry between us, that's for sure.

AMS : Speaking of which, we're talking about excitement qualities. Which road user is the worst for you.

Clarkson : So in London it's the cyclists. Because they were told that they were going to save the planet and now they think they were doing God's work. Unfortunately, this also made them incredibly angry contemporaries. Woe to you dare to be in their way. They become furies. Although I would still prefer to get rid of the buses. It's like this: you have a road on which cars should drive. That's what roads are made for, by the way. And then the planners come and say, “Oh, we need a bit of the road for the buses. And then a little more for the cyclists ”. But the road is too small for that and they put cyclists and buses in the same lane. And then there is slaughter and the cyclists get angrier because they have to go where the cars are going. So that means: We cannot have bikes AND buses. When people choose to be poor and not own a car, you have to give them a choice: Either this or that. You can't have both. And then we'd rather give them bikes. This will make them fitter and less of a burden on the healthcare system. So let's get rid of the buses. And create extra lanes for cyclists. With barriers to keep them away from the cars.

AMS : Especially when there are such chic British cars. What holdYou from the new Rolls-Royce Phantom?

Clarkson : Well, I've only seen it in pictures so far and haven't driven it yet. But one thing is crystal clear: This is a German car.

AMS : Um, yes that's right.

Clarkson : That is also the reason why the car is so good. I was already a big fan of the previous one. I can't imagine that BMW could have screwed up the new one. At least as long as they don't get on the rapper track like Bentley. Because if they found out that a bunch of rappers in the US are buying Rolls-Royce, then I don't know what future cars would look like. It's like the new Range Rovers. I could never drive one - way too much bling bling. My old Range Rover has a gray grill with no frills.

AMS : But hasn't he given up the ghost?

Clarkson : No, I resuscitated him. It's the one with the 4.4 liter diesel engine. Actually not to be broken. And actually there is no better car at all. I honestly never want to be separated from it. Even though it costs me £ 21 a day to drive around London.

AMS : Oha!

Clarkson : Yes, an old diesel costs a whopping 21 pounds a day. That's pretty tough.

AMS : Who knows how much longer? In Germany people are discussing complete driving bans ...

Clarkson : Yes, in Great Britain too. Something should change there by 2040.

AMS : It's still a while away. What is closer is the second season of The Grand Tour. Why should you watch them at all?

Clarkson : There are some car shows. And also some auto channels online. There are also some auto magazines, including a few very good ones in Germany. That's good if you really want to find out about cars. How they work, how they feel, where their limits are and so on. But if you just want to see cars driven by three incompetent fat people with bad teeth, then you have to turn on “The Grand Tour”.

AMS : Okay ...

Clarkson : Yes, it is like this: With us you can see human error. Fail. And we welcome this failure. We like to fail. Most people fail at some point in life. For example, if you try do-it-yourself stuff or want to fix something yourself, it won't work. It's going wrong. And that's exactly what we do. We go out and do things and they go wrong. That's okay. I mean, Hammond can't drive, James knows how a car works and still can't drive, and I can't drive and I don't know how a car worksworks. We are all hopeless cases. But you can watch our show after you have a bad day and everything goes down the drain. Then you will see that everything goes wrong with us.

AMS : So you make your full-time work to make people feel better?

Clarkson : That's exactly how it is. And then there are a few cars in each episode. But it is certainly not a car show. Although we also have the Bugatti Chiron with us.

AMS : You drove the hell part, right?

Clarkson : Yes, we made a cool story there. Do you know the movie Rendezvous with the Ferrari in Paris?

AMS : Yup.

Clarkson : So we have the officials asked in Turin if we can do something like that in Turin. With a Bugatti Chiron. And, irritatingly, they said “yes”. They didn't even block the streets. You can only do that with the Italians. (laughs) I have to admit that our film isn't quite as good as Rendezvous. We had to cut out some scenes that massively violated the traffic regulations. But chasing a Chiron Flatout through the rush hour in Turin is just ... Wow.

AMS : Sounds impressive.

Clarkson : Absolutely. I mean ... we have big budgets for doing nonsense with cars. And there are some amazing shots. We were also on a banked curve course in Spain. 72 percent angle of inclination, built in the 1920s, used once and then closed. But the part is built so well that you can still use the course today. I drove there in an Aston Martin DB4 GT Lightweight. That was a breathtaking experience. So overall we did really spectacular things, and not just for car fans.

AMS : Then at this point again the question that I asked Hammond: Why is “Sorry about that” one of the most frequently used sentences of yours?

Clarkson : We absolutely never leave a location where someone says: “Was nice, please honor us again . “Never. It is always said: “Get out! Get out of here! ”Maybe because we break everything every time?

AMS : And yet you were in Scotland twice in the first season ..

Clarkson : Yeah, we just ran out of money. Because moving with these tents was simply really expensive and time-consuming.

AMS : So it got easier with the second season, right?

Clarkson : Absolutely. A Formula 1 team has a lot less stuff with it than we do. And fewer people too. So it is really a welcome relief that we give ourselves the freedom to move and ourselves moreconcentrate on the individual film contributions. Because that's what viewers want to see most.

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