Star in a Reasonably-Priced Car was a segment of Top Gear, in which presenter Jeremy Clarkson interviewed a celebrity and then showed a clip of their attempt to drive round the Top Gear track, filmed earlier. Their times were then put on to a board. There have been four reasonably priced cars: the Suzuki Liana, Chevrolet Lacetti, Kia Cee'd and a Vauxhall Astra.
Suzuki Liana Leaderboard
Chevrolet Lacetti Leaderboard
Kia Cee'd Leaderboard
Vauxhall Astra Leaderboard
Formula 1 Leaderboard (Suzuki Liana)
The Formula 1 Leaderboard differs to the main one as the competitive nature of the drivers featured is embraced, allowing the lap times to be compared more scientifically. In keeping with this, Top Gear has used the same car, the Suzuki Liana from the 2002 series, for all professional drivers on the show, Even returning drivers, such as Lewis Hamilton, use the same car when attempting to improve their lap times.
Children in Need 2012 Top Gear Challenge
For a segment of the 2012 Children in Need appeal, three BBC newsreaders were sent around the track in the Kia Cee'd, which for this time was decorated in Pudsey-like spots. The results are as follows:
Note: all laps were in dry conditions.
- 1:46.8 - Bill Turnbull
- 1:47.8 - Sophie Raworth
- 1:50.5 - Fiona Bruce
On occasion, an additional term is written next to the time (such as "Wet"). This indicates that the Stig and the Top Gear team consider that the prevalent weather conditions have hindered the car's performance and consequently the comparative accuracy of the lap time.
The time on the board is not adapted; a time of 1:50 with the MM (Mildly Moist) classification is deemed to be equivalent to 1:48 on a normal dry track.
The following list displays the handicap terms used on the programme with their corresponding approximate time disadvantages:
|HOT||Track surface or car performance affected by high temperature / humidity||-2 seconds|
|Mildly moist (MM)||Track surface slightly damp after light rain or drizzle||-2 seconds|
|Wet (W) / Melted snow (MS)||Track surface wet due to light rain / melted snow||-4 seconds|
|Very wet (VW)||Track surface wet (with large puddles) due to heavy rain||-6 seconds|
Introduction speeches and quotes
- Top Gear Series 2, Episode 8 2003.07.06 - Original time of 1:48 was prior to recording fractional seconds. Jeremy Clarkson to Jodie Kidd: "We don't have points on this, but actually you were point three of a second faster than Jay Kay."
- Top Gear Series 5, Episode 9 2004.12.26 - Jeremy ACTUALLY wrote 1:46.1, but placed her in the right place. (look for it at the 25 minute mark.)