Top Gear Live caught using fake Ferraris

Top Gear Live caught using fake Ferraris

Top Gear has often been accused of being a show solely about entertainment and little was done to change this view with the recent Top Gear Live event in Auckland. The Ferraris driven by precision drivers at the event didn’t exactly come from Maranello, in fact they originated from Sagamihara, Japan. In a classic move of motoring trickery the two Ferrari 360s were actually rebodied Toyota MR2s, which of course are not quite the real thing.

Showgoers reported that the heart-racing sounds they expected from Italian small-bore V8s were notably absent, replaced by deafening music instead. At least one fan was interested enough to snoop backstage, where he noticed that these specimens lacked the rear air intakes and the transparent engine cover of the real thing. Further inspection revealed mid-mounted engines with half the expected number of cylinders.

No one likes being tricked but is it a big deal or not? You decide, but why not just have two tidy MR2s pulling the stunts? It could have been the price of tickets and the expectation of the audience to see more exotic machinery.

Top Gear has often been accused of being a show solely about entertainment and little was done to change this view with the recent Top Gear Live event in Auckland. The Ferraris driven by precision drivers at the event didn’t exactly come from Maranello, in fact they originated from Sagamihara, Japan. In a classic move of motoring trickery the two Ferrari 360s were actually rebodied Toyota MR2s, which of course are not quite the real thing.

Showgoers reported that the heart-racing sounds they expected from Italian small-bore V8s were notably absent, replaced by deafening music instead. At least one fan was interested enough to snoop backstage, where he noticed that these specimens lacked the rear air intakes and the transparent engine cover of the real thing. Further inspection revealed mid-mounted engines with half the expected number of cylinders.

No one likes being tricked but is it a big deal or not? You decide, but why not just have two tidy MR2s pulling the stunts? It could have been the price of tickets and the expectation of the audience to see more exotic machinery.

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