Italian Lessons is the eleventh episode of The Grand Tour. It was released on Amazon Prime on 20th January 2017.
To prove that a second-hand Maserati priced under £8,000 are a better buy than a Ford Focus, the presenters travel to France for a series of tests with Clarkson's Maserati Biturbo S Coupé, Hammond's Maserati Biturbo 430 Saloon, and May's Maserati Biturbo Zagato Spyder. May had to buy an automatic version because he injured his right arm prior to the challenge. The first test is a drag race against a modern car, and then individual flying laps around the racetrack.
The trio then embark on a road trip to the south of France. The cars soon show their technical problems. After a breakdown that requires Clarkson to urinate on his engine, they decide the south of France is too far, and the north of France is closer.
Arriving at Honfleur, they have to navigate extremely narrow roads. The three then decide on a bet – they will race back to England and the loser will have to sell their Maseratis. Clarkson's dies, but he continues the race with it on a tow truck. He reaches the ferry port, but discovers that his Biturbo fell off the tow truck while chasing Hammond. May launches his Spyder toward a boat and crashes in spectacular fashion. The presenters conclude that buying a second-hand Maserati will result in a 66% chance of it working.
Track Test Edit
Sting: Hammond breaks a wine bottle on Clarkson's head.
May brings up an argument about leather seats in cars. Also, the trio talk about cars designed for women. Clarkson brings up a 1960s electric car called the Scamp and assures to the audience that it is "Scottish" and not "British".
The guest on Celebrity Brain Crash this week is Chris Hoy. As he rows towards the tent across Loch Ness, the boat strikes an underwater mine. To fill the time Clarkson demonstrates a hands-free system for a car using a Bulgarian man, and an inexpensive massaging back seat using a Thai woman.
Tent Location Edit
This week, The Grand Tour is on the shores of Loch Ness in Scotland.