Top Gear’s Chris Harris And Eddie Jordan Escape Burning Alpine A110

Top Gear’s Chris Harris and Eddie Jordan have escaped from a burning Alpine A110 during filming of the show’s latest season.

Last Monday morning, the two presenters were piloting the French sports car on a closed section of the Monte Carlo Rally’s SS17 stage in Moncao.

As Harris was behind the wheel, an engine management light came on, The Daily Mail reports. Shortly after, Harris opened the door and noticed flames coming up his arm. The duo then immediately bailed out of the Alpine before it was engulfed by the flames.

In a statement concerning the incident, Top Gear said the carmaker is investigating the cause of the blaze.

“There was an incident during filming in Monaco last Monday morning with an Alpine that led to a fire taking hold of the main vehicle – which Alpine is now investigating. Thankfully, Chris Harris and passenger Eddie Jordan, both exited the stationary vehicle unhurt.”

It reportedly took just four minutes for the Alpine to be totally destroyed by the fire, much to the dismay of both Harris and Jordan.

“Sadly the car was lost and it always makes me sad to see a beautiful car destroyed,” Harris said.

“Doing a stage of the Monte Carlo Rally was a dream come true for me. The car was stunning – so light on its toes. It was dancing around the mountain and Chris was driving it beautifully. It’s such a shame we didn’t finish the test, but these things happen,” Jordan added.

Alpine says there was a “technical incident” during filming and is continuing to investigate. In the meantime, it announced that it has “frozen all driving activities for pre-production cars.”


  • fabri99

    I’m glad they are both unharmed, it must have been scary to say the least. Hopefully Alpine finds out what went wrong, but I fear an episode like this may hit really hard the sales of the Alpine. A burning-cars brand status is not ideal.

    • LWOAP

      You mean like what happened with Zenvo? That car caught on fire during the Clarkson days and I’m sure it didn’t hurt them [Zenvo] too much.

      • fabri99

        I really don’t know what happened to Zenvo, but it sure didn’t help their sales.

        • Actually Zenvo is doing okay, in fact some Russian businessman held controlling state.

          But Caparo tho… that brand is dying after a lot of incidents.

          • fabri99

            Oh, good to know. Sad story for Caparo, the T1 is mind-blowing.

          • Caparo is still exists, their main business was in engineering and components manufacturer anyway.

            There was a talk of reviving T1 for 2015-2016. They even manage to advertise it before it suddenly disappear in 2017. But with low volume cars, we never know that they might return.

    • exeptor

      Hope it won’t hurt them bad, but it is probable. Such things doesn’t bother only companies like Ferrari and Porsche.

  • Six_Tymes

    wholly shiza. glad both are OK. thats some response from Chris, he is a class act.

  • João Ricardo

    Copying The Grand Tour, I see

  • Six Thousand Times

    That “video” was sure worth adding.

    • hahahaha, I was their source of image I think so had to use it.

  • kachuks

    That was quick. Managed fuel lines involved?

  • GobbleUp

    Worst video in history. Don’t click.


    Ah, so it was a pre-production car, huh? Well, I guess that could explain why this happened.

  • Bash

    Glad that they are ok..
    Besides, I’ve always thought that the Apline A110 is HOT! so far it didn’t fail me! lol


    it’s renault… this craps likes fire, but who want to buy car with vagina on the hood

    • Matt

      If it’s good enough for Ferrari, Porsche and Audi…

    • CADOX

      I don’t think you’ve ever seen a vagina IRL

      • JAN JAWOR

        I’m sure that if cows are wearing panties, you will never seen pus#@@# 😉


    early recall?

    • Pre-production, I bet the car has high mileage too, don’t rush to judgement.

  • Donal Maher

    No biggy, burning GT3s, Gallardos and 458s and the prototype NSX going up on the Nurburgring didn’t affect sales. I suspect this will be the same.

  • Sean Sweeney
  • All manufacturers have burning cars, but when it happens on a TVshow, or to Tesla it makes headlines. It will probably be bad for Alpine’s image world wide, but don’t think it will hur too much their sales.

  • I actually salute Harris and Jordan, they both didn’t create sensation out of it. Honestly if this is the old TG trio, they would make fun of it in their review. I bet.

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