Top Gear is back and better than ever, with Paddy McGuinness, Freddie Flintoff and Chris Harris testing the weirdest and most wonderful cars the world has to offer. In the first episode of series 33, Chris Harris tested an all-new all-electric supercar from Croatia – the Rimac Nevera.
He said: “Croatia is a lovely place. Crisp seafood scene. But not one with a history of building fast cars. Or any car building story.
“But this Navera could be the car that will put Croatia on the automotive map because it’s built by a company called Rimac.”
The company is less than ten years old, but is already being compared to Aston Martin, Porsche and Ferrari.
The Navera is built entirely from scratch, with the only non-Rimac components being the tires and a few air conditioning parts.
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It is also the fastest accelerating road car ever built, with Chris Harris describing the car as “remarkable”.
In August 2022, Formula 1 champion Nico Rosberg took delivery of the number one car of 150 models in production.
After seeing the stunning performance of the Rimac on the track, he asked, “So that’s it? Electric won? Should all gas-powered supercars just give up?
In response, Chris said, “It’s not that simple. They have to give up acceleration and sprinting because those things are so fast and there’s no catching up.
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Along the way, Paddy McGuinness got red-faced after being charged with breaking a key driving law in Thailand.
On their car radios, Chris Harris asked the other tankers if they knew what the most important rule of the road in Thailand was.
He said: “It is actually illegal to drive without wearing a shirt. And McGuinness, say, you push it lightly.
Despite the often tropical climate, drivers can be fined for driving in Thailand without a shirt.
Police can, and do, issue tickets if they spot shirtless motorists driving a car or motorbike.
The penalty can range from a simple slap on the wrist – or sunburned shoulders – to a few hundred baht, usually around £10.
Top Gear series 33 starts tonight at 8pm on BBC One and available on BBC iPlayer.