BBC Top Gear UK returns for Season 32 with motorsport, electric vehicle and supercar thrills

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  • Top Gear heads to Florida to participate in professional motor racing.
  • The team also pay tribute to Sir Clive Sinclair and the Sinclair C5 EV.
  • Petrolheads, fear not as plenty supercars are lined up this season.
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Season 32 of BBC Top Gear UK blasts on to television screens this evening in South Africa. Get ready to feel the high adrenalin action from your favourite armchair with five action packed episodes. We caught up with the boys, Freddie Flintoff, Chris Harris and Paddy McGuinness, who are back for their sixth series at the wheel of Top Gear, all three now with their racing licenses. This season's highlights see the trio head to the United States of America on a motorsport mission to the home of grassroots racing: Florida.

You can also look forward to a TV cop car tribute as well as some suggestions for some new Cop Cars that drama producers might like to consider, and the presenters going head-to-head in a heavy- duty challenge as they train to become heavy-duty vehicle drivers. They also review the stunning new Maserati MC20, and all-electric Rivian R1T bakkie and more.

Freddie Flintoff, Paddy McGuinness, and Chris Harr
Freddie Flintoff, Chris Harris, Paddy McGuinness. (Photo: Top Gear/BBC)

Top Gear Season 32 Episode Guide

To ensure you don't miss a beat of the action in the latest season of BBC Top Gear UK, we've compiled this handy episode guide to plan your next five weeks of viewing pleasure.

Episode 1 - Top Gear does Florida

Over the past few years, the presenters have tried their hands at quite a few motorsports. And let’s face it, they’ve not done very well. But with all three now boasting their racing licences, the producers decided it was time to send them on a motorsport mission. Team Top Gear will be up against the talented Florida locals in events including donk-car drag racing, a swamp buggy shoot-out, all ending up at the Freedom Factory Raceway for a NASCAR-style showdown in old American police cars. Their team bus for the trip? An old RV that, to be honest, has seen better days.

Episode 2 - Bobsleighing in a Sinclair C5

Last year, Britain lost one of its greatest inventors. Sir Clive Sinclair was a true pioneer, and Chris and Fred are out to celebrate his genius by breathing new life into one of his most iconic creations - the C5. Though much derided, the Sinclair C5 was an all-electric, eco-friendly, low-speed personal mobility vehicle, launched 40 years ahead of its time. On a mission to give this trundling trailblazer one more eccentric adventure, Fred will attempt to break the national speed limit whilst piloting the C5 down an Olympic bobsleigh run. TV Cop Cars feature again in this episode. Just think of Starsky and Hutch’s Ford Gran Torino, Magnum PI’s Ferrari and Inspector Morse’s Jaguar. After a drive down memory lane in some old TV favourites, the presenters decide to 'inspire' the drama producers of today by each picking a brand-new, high performance hero car for a proper screen test, to prove just what today’s TV cop shows are missing.

BBC Top Gear presenters season 31
Chris Harris, Freddie Flintoff, and Paddy McGuinness are back with season 32 of Top Gear.

Episode 3 - Heavy duty trucking heroes

Britain is running short on truck drivers. So Chris, Freddie and Paddy have decided to do their bit by studying hard, getting their licences, and becoming fully fledged heavy duty drivers themselves. But once they’ve passed the test, here’s the question: who’s the best big-rigger of the bunch? Time to hit the road, live the trucker lifestyle, and tackle a few heavy-duty challenges – plus a healthy dose of high- octane racing – to decide.

Episode 4 - Used cars for under £500

Since the pandemic started, Britain’s second-hand car prices have been soaring, as it has in South Africa, up by nearly a third in the last year alone. But don’t worry, because the boys reckon that, on even the tightest of budgets, you can still bag a dependable used car that’ll keep soldiering on, no matter what you throw at it. Nice theory, but with only a few hundred pounds each to spend, it can’t be long before the cracks begin to appear.

Episode 5 - The future’s bright, the future’s electric

The world is changing, and petrol’s days are numbered. So what does that mean for the traditional petrolhead? Chris and Paddy are on a mission to show that going green, doesn’t have to be dull. In fact – as they discover while testing some of the most ground-breaking new cars out there at the Top Gear test track – whether it’s batteries, hydrogen, or the brave new world of synthetic petrol, the future of fuel is looking very bright indeed.

Classic car challenge on Top Gear
Classic cars on Top Gear

You can catch all the Top Gear action, starting tonight on 23 June, on BBC Brit (DStv channel 120) at 8PM. New episodes air weekly.

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