The Holy Trinity is the first episode of The Grand Tour and the first of Series 1. It was released on Amazon Prime on 18th November, 2016.


Intro Edit

The episode opens with Jeremy Clarkson leaving the BBC Office in London and flying to Los Angeles where he picks up a Fisker-Galpin Rocket Mustang, while "I Can See Clearly Now" is played by the Hothouse Flowers. He smiles as Richard Hammond and James May drive alongside in the Shelby GT350 Mustang and the Roush Stage 3 Mustang and they power their way through the California desert to Lucerne Valley. Once in the dessert, they are accompanied by a veritable flotilla of cars[1] and a fly-over by the Breitling Jet Team.[2]

The trio then greet the audience and viewers, and after introducing themselves and the tent which will travel from location to location with, they set about educating the American audience on the correct way to refer to the parts of a car. They stay that the show is a Car Show and kick off the first segment.

Film Edit

As much as the trio hate the Toyota Prius, technology from that car is now being used in the world's elite supercar companies, to make raw naked speed. Clarkson states that the best is the McLaren P1, while Hammond believes it to be the Porsche 918 Spyder. The duo then head for the Autódromo Internacional do Algarve in Portugal, where mechanics from McLaren and Porsche set about fettling the cars, while Clarkson and Hammond try to score points. Once ready, Clarkson and Hammond swap cars and head for some sighting laps, with Clarkson describing the 918 as "absolutely brilliant" for being playful and Hammond falling in love with the P1 despite it being savage. As they try to reverse their claims, they are interrupted by May, who claims to have brought the best hybrid hyper, the Ferrari LaFerrari. After he gives a quick review, the trio take the Hybrid Hypercar "Holy Trinity" for a play round the track before beginning the tests.

Clarkson and Hammond agree to have an Electric only drag race but this annoys May, as the LaFerrari couldn't use electric power only, due to it's KERS system, so he sits out. Despite both getting a good start, due to it's more powerful electric motors, the 918 clinches a victory over the P1. Afterwards, Hammond and Clarkson agree to use their cars in the real world, on the road, however May reveals that the LAFerrari was not taxed as road car, due to devaluation, so cannot be used as a road car. Clarkson and Hammond therefore blast the P1 and the 918 down the Portuguese countryside while May is forced to travel in a lorry with the LaFerrari.

The next morning, back at the track, the trio line the "Holy Trinity" up on the line. Despite difficulties with their complicated launch controls, each car wins the drag race, twice over, after 6 runs. Belgian Formula E racing driver Jérôme d'Ambrosio, performs practice laps, before moving swiftly to timed laps with speed traps activated on three corners. As the P1 is set to take it's lap, Clarkson bets that if it's not the fastest, then both Hammond and May can destroy his house. The speed traps show:

Car (Driver) Max Speed (kph) Zone 2 (kph) Zone 3 (kph)
Ferrari LaFerrari (May) 231.4 194.9 110.0
Porsche 918 Spyder (Hammond) 231.9 183.0 110.1
McLaren P1 (Clarkson) 235.9 188.3 N/A

Back in the tent The laps times are shown:

Place Car (Driver) Time
First Porsche 918 Spyder (Hammond) 1:54.2
Second Ferrari LaFerrari (May) 1:54.4
Third McLaren P1 (Clarkson) 1:55.5

Hammond gloats that the 918 was the fastest and both he and May fulfil their promise, that since the P1 was the slowest, they would destroy his house.

Track Test Edit

Clarkson introduces the show's new test track, the "Eboladrome via a Ferrari 488 before testing a BMW M2 around the track. He praises the handling, speed and excitement, describing it as the Best M Car BMW has ever made. Back in the Tent, the trio introduce their new test driver, Mike Skinner—AKA "The American" who believes that anything that isn't American is basically Communist. He takes the M2 round the Eboladrome criticising it annoyingly but sets a lap of 1:26.2, making it the slowest M Car.

Conversation Street Edit

Sting: The trio are in deep discussion

In a segment called "Conversation Street", the trio take to talking about motoring issues. The topic of discussion this week is James May being caught speeding – going 37 miles per hour.

Celebrity Brain Crash Edit

A feature, called "Celebrity Brain Crash" is introduced where the trio attempt to interview celebrities with a device used in the Royal Air Force, which they claim is the greatest air force in the world, leading to a dispute with the audience, before going on with the show. The first, Jeremy Renner, is seen to jump out of an aeroplane—only for his parachute to fail and he is "killed" by impacting the ground. Clarkson is nonplussed, because they have a back-up, believing that something might go wrong. As Armie Hammer walks to the tent, he is attacked and "killed" by a rattlesnake. Now looking for a celebrity, Clarkson recalls that Carol Vorderman is in the audience, having been at an airshow nearby. However, when they find her, she is "dead" in the tent.

Cars featuredEdit

Featured Cars
Fisker-Galpin Rocket Mustang
Fisker-Galpin Rocket Mustang
Jeremy Clarkson
5-litre supercharged V8 engine with 725 horsepower.
Shelby GT350 Mustang
Shelby GT350 Mustang
Richard Hammond
5.2-litre V8 engine with 526 horsepower.
Roush Stage 3 Mustang
Roush Stage 3 Mustang
James May
5-litre supercharged V8 engine with 670 horsepower.
Mclaren P1
McLaren P1
Jeremy Clarkson
3.8-litre twin turbo V8 engine with an electric motors. It has 904 horsepower, a 0-62 time of 2.8 seconds, and top speed of 217 mph.
Porsche 918
Porsche 918 Spyder
Richard Hammond
4.8-litre V8 engine with two electric motors, 887 horsepower, 0-62 in 2.6 seconds, and a top speed of 215 mph.
Ferrari LaFerrari
Ferrari LaFerrari
James May
6.3 litre V12 engine with an electric motor, 950 horsepower, 0-62 in less than 3 seconds, and a top speed of 217 mph.
Ferrari 488
Ferrari 488
3.9-litre twin turbo V8 engine with 661 horsepower, a 0-62 in 3 seconds, and a top speed of 205 mph.
Jeremy Clarkson
Mike Skinner
3-litre twin turbo straight six engine, 365 horsepower, 0-62 in 4.3 seconds, and a top speed of 155 mph (limited).

Notes and referencesEdit

  1. Cars in the flotilla include: Alfa Romeo 4C, Artic Cat Wildcat X, Ariel Nomad, Aston Martin V8 Vantage S, Audi R8, Baja Jeep, Bentley Continental GT V8 S, BMW i8, BMW M5, Cadillac CTS-V, Cadillac CT6, Class 1 Baja buggy, Dodge Challenger Hellcat, Ford F-150 Raptor, Ford F-150 sand rail, Ford F-450, Ford Focus RS, Ford Ranger off road truck, Freightliner Pikes Peak, Jaguar F-type SVR, Jeep CrewChief 715, Jeep FC-150, Lamborghini Aventador SV, Lotus Elise, Mazda Miata Super20, Mercedes-AMG GT S, Mercedes G65 AMG, Mitsubishi Evo X Battlecar, Morgan 3-wheeler, Morgan Roadster, Need For Speed Porsche 911 Widebody, Nissan GT-R, Porsche 911 Carrera, Rolls-Royce Ascot Tourer, Vuhl 05 and the off-road Dodge Charger, Fast Attack Buggy, and Plymouth Road Runner from the Fast & Furious films.
  2. The Breitling Jet Team is the largest civilian jet display squadron. They fly Czech-built Aero L-39C Albatrosses.