mark at shepher.fsnet.co.uk
Mon Feb 23 09:30:12 PST 2009
Apparently to get on the audience part of the show there's a very long wait,
technically 20 years IIRC...
It's a good show because they get to test drive the latest cars, and are not
afraid of being extremely rude about cars they don't like. Last night it
was a concept car; a Golf V12 IIRC... 0 to 60 in less than 4 seconds.
A bit like my Quantum ;o)
----- Original Message -----
From: "Matt_Lisa" <matt_lisa at sprynet.com>
To: <vwdiesel at vwfans.com>
Sent: Monday, February 23, 2009 4:36 PM
Subject: Re: [Vwdiesel] 7-7-7
> Top Gear is a British car show shown on BBC2. The episodes shown on BBC
> America are pretty butchered up; they cut around 20 minutes out of each
> episode to fit commercials. I've seen all the episodes, and can vouch
> that it's a great program. Torrents are available at
> The crew converting the Rabbit is from the American version of Top Gear.
> They've filmed a pilot plus a couple more episodes, and they are currently
> shopping it around. NBC passed on it (suckers), so they're trying for
> cable. If you look at the Rabbit they picked, it's a Westmorland car
> built in PA, which was not sold in Europe.
> It's possible that the Polo engine could bolt up to the Rabbit, as long as
> the mounts are the same. One of the problems with the mk4 Golf TDI is
> they changed how the engine mounts to the car. As long as the Polo hasn't
> changed, anything can be made to work. Hopefully we'll get some Polo's
> stateside, and can start experiencing a proper VW 'supermini'.
> -----Original Message-----
>>From: William J Toensing <toensing at wildblue.net>
>>Sent: Feb 23, 2009 4:13 AM
>>To: vwdiesel at vwfans.com
>>Subject: [Vwdiesel] 7-7-7
>>To my knowledge, TopGear is a British car magazine published by the BBC.
>>They also have an automotive comedy show that appears on Monday nights on
>>BBC America. You can watch it on Dish satellite channel 135. Don't know
>>about various cable channels or Direct TV satellite. If you are a gear
>>head you will most likely enjoy these shows, especially if you enjoy
>>seeing foreign as opposed to American iron & many cars you can't buy in
>>the USA. However, keep in mind their orientation is towards speed vs.
>>economy. Also, the 70 MPG probably relates to Imperial vs. USA gallons.
>>FYI for converting, one USA gallons= 3.785 liters.
>>This article makes me wonder how easy it would be to transplant a 3
>>cylinder VW Polo TDI diesel into a first generation Rabbit. Also, to you
>>members living in the UK, how much are good used Polo TDI engines going
>>for in the UK in junk yards? I think you call them "breaker" yards. For
>>that matter, what would a good Ford Focus diesel engine & manual
>>transmission go for? Or would a Focus diesel engine bolt up to a Focus gas
>>engine transmission? As you in the UK probably know, we can't get the
>>diesel Focus here but I believe it is legal in most states to convert gas
>>car to a diesel.
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