Yo, Yo, Yo, James May Has A New Sick Car And It’s Not A Ferrari

Contrary to his nickname – Captain Slow, James May loves fast cars and, particularly, Ferraris. Over the years, he has owned quite a few of them, such as the 308 GTB or 458 Speciale.

His car collection also includes the marvelous Alpine A110, which is made by the resurrected Alpine brand under Renault Sport’s close watch, and rocks a mid-mounted 1.8-liter turbo-four with nearly 250 horses and rear-wheel drive.

The Porsche 718 Cayman rival starts at £46,905 in Pure and £50,805 ($60,662-$65,706) in Legende trims in the UK.

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Aside from the rides that fascinate all most petrol heads, James May has others, too. A BMW i3 has also been parked in his garage for the past five years, sharing the same space with several scooters and motorcycles, as The Grand Tour presenter is also a fan of all cool things on two wheels, a passion shared with co-host Richard Hammond. Jeremy Clarkson, on the other hand, has a thing for yachts.

But this story is not about The Hamster or Jezza, but about May’s latest car. And if those lines visible from beneath the Ferrari cover don’t tell you anything, then perhaps you need to pay more attention to our news feed.

May’s new toy was not made in Maranello. It doesn’t have a mid-engine and rear-/all-wheel drive layout, nor a big V8 or V12 engine. In fact, it drives in complete silence, features vegan leather and a huge touchscreen display. It is very, very fast, though, and you can see for yourselves what model (pun intended) he chose in the video that follows. Or you can cheat and check out the tabs instead, but there’s no fun in that, obviously.

Fun fact, May also bought another car, and he’ll reveal what that is in a future video.


  • HD

    Only one dinosaur left: Jeremy Clarkson.

    • Ben

      Majority of people consider dinosaurs cool. You don’t see children clamoring to get into modern art museums.

    • Matt

      If you hate ICE, you’re on the wrong website! This is for people that appreciate and follow all types of cars.

      • HD

        I love the future of automobile. I hate cancerous emissions. If ICE was clean and efficient, I would have absolutely no problem with it, but it’s not. Weekend car: sure. Daily car? No way.

        • XX30

          If you believe the global warming bullshit story then you’re just as gullible and stupid as the rest of the sheep on this planet. Our planet goes through cycles. Before the Ice Age there were dinosaurs that lived in pretty hot weather. “The Cretaceous, which occurred approximately 145 million to 66 million years ago, was one of the warmest periods in the history of Earth. The poles were devoid of ice and average temperatures of up to 35 degrees Celsius prevailed in the oceans”. Then why the hell did the planet get colder with time, become cold enough for the Ice Age, and then become warmer again? Its a cycle that even the scientists in Antartica admit to be true. I will never buy an electric car and I’ll never be one of those sheep that believe whatever the media and corporations say.

        • ChrisInIL

          It’s a good thing electric cars don’t need energy to run.

          • HD

            It’s even cooler thing that electric cars are 4 times more energy efficient on the average. To translate it for you, they can run 100km from the same amount of energy as an ICE car would be propelled for only 25km. On top of that you CAN use green energy for “filling” electric cars, you CANNOT use green energy for filling ICE. It’s not rocket science.

          • ChrisInIL

            Nice pivot, but you’re really going to defend your position by changing the subject, and based on what “can” happen, instead of what “does” happen?

            Do you realize “green” energy is a misnomer, as all generation of energy has a negative impact in some fashion?

            Do you understand that thus far, electric cars would not be a thing without the oppressive government intervention that has been imposed?

          • HD

            That’s simply not true. Have you ever looked at how much energy an electric scooter consumes? You would be mad to buy an ICE electric scooter nowadays. This has nothing to do with the government. If oppressive you mean investing in cleaner air to have less pollution related death then.. Oh wow. The billions invested in health care have alternatives: invest in healthier food, air, sport possibilities. The less sick, the less money spent on health care. So yes, giving incentives for cleaner alternatives does make sense.

          • ChrisInIL

            Nice pivot to “electric scooters”.

            93% of worldwide energy generation is from coal, oil, and biofuels. Your electric car is not as “green” as you claim, and doesn’t provide anywhere near the benefits you claim it does.

            Once again, you are providing your opinions about a world where everyone drives an electric car powered by electricity generated by “renewable” sources. That world does not exist.

          • HD

            Which part of the word efficiency you don’t understand? Electric cars drive on an equivalent of only 1-2 liters of petrol per 100km energy. That is insanely energy efficient. Have you ever looked into this or just writing for the sake of writing? Your numbers about energy generation are absolute rubbish, the reality is: “In 2014, the share of world energy consumption for electricity generation by source was coal at 41%, natural gas at 22%, nuclear at 11%, hydro at 16%”. The percentage of coal is every decreasing each year. Most electric car chargers are powered by renewable energy and in many countries you can choose to opt to buy from green energy provider, so your car is as green as you want it to be (unlike an ICE, which pollutes and is extremely energy inefficient). Please do basic research instead of replying.

          • ChrisInIL

            What part of the words “coal, oil, and biofuels” don’t you understand?

            You want to have your cake and eat it too. Electric cars pollute because their engery comes from these sources.

            The numbers I provided from my more pertinent research are from a source that has more current 2018 information.

            I get it. You’re a mindless fanboi. Get over yourself.

  • Raymond Chuang

    Just the “vegan leather” part indicates a Tesla Model 3. And likely a Performance model, too.

    • Perry F. Bruns

      Cowhide is made from vegans. ;}

    • Matt

      It’s a Model S.

      • Raymond Chuang

        That might be possible given the front end of the current Model S.

        • Matt

          Lol ‘might be possible’? Watch the video….

          • S3XY

            Just shows people only click and assume. They smart

  • Joff

    Aston Martin

    • S3XY


  • S3XY

    I’m enjoying my lovely pearl white paint. Thanks

  • S3XY

    Funny how he dumbs it down because his fanbase consists of prehistoric gear heads that are opposed to change and might rebuttal against him for his proper choice

    • Matt

      Never watched Top Gear then huh? They bring everything down to the basic level for comedic value. That’s why it was the most popular show in the world.

      • MMMBRAP

        I think you meant “the most popular show…………………in the wuurrrldddd”.

  • Tumbi Mtika

    Tesla Model 3, on account of the ugly front bulge.

  • saifullizad samsudin

    renault megane rs

  • XX30

    If I do not get conclusive evidence as to how and why there was an Ice Age and how the planet was much warmer before and after the Ice Age happened then you’re whining is nothing but whining. When people whine and do not provide evidence then all they’re doing is being gullible fools like yourself. Either provide evidence that debunks the cycle or go find proof for your imaginary global warming nonsense to make me believe it.

    • HD

      There is no need to debunk the natural cycle, because that’s a fact. What you don’t understand is what even ExxonMobil knew from the 70’s is greenhouse effect. Ever looked up the amount of CO2 naturally produced by our planet compared to our output? Ever looked into the atmospheric CO2, parts per million (ppm) that we have now? Ever taken just 10 minutes to understand how human made climate change works and how is that different from the natural cycle? Or you are just going to continue about a topic you have zero knowledge of?

  • ThatGuy

    I will take the Alpine A110 in the background, Tesla is nice though.

  • HD

    Electric cars are not great but better. If all vehicles would be electric the transportation sector would consume 1/4th of the energy they do it now. If we all went plant based we would use 1/100th of the clean water we use now, 1/10th of the land etc. Yes, we can change big time, it’s only a matter of changing the way we do our things, and yes, this is also a personal choice to be more eco-friendly. Green is not so misleading when it comes to your health, imagine a city without any ICE vehicles. You would have crystal clear air, who doesn’t want that? Also the energy that comes from the sun is pretty much infinite and the solar panels are getting more and more energy efficient.

  • ChrisInIL

    If you “hate cancerous emmisions”, as you claim, then don’t drive.

    You cannot propel yourself in a vehicle without adding pollution to the environment. That is a simple fact. You don’t have to agree with it, and you don’t have to accept it.

    It remains a fact, nonetheless. Your claims to the contrary don’t change it.

    • HD

      – Electric vehicles have ZERO tail-pipe emissions. What it means is that we don’t cause cancer to our loved ones if we drive them in urban environments
      – Electric vehicles are FOUR times more energy efficient than ICE vehicles
      – Electric vehicles get cleaner all the time as the energy grid gets cleaner (unlike ICE’s)
      – Nothing that is being produced causes zero pollution, but EV production is much more eco-conscious, as they tend to use renewable energy for production and source recycled materials for the interior for example

      These are the very basic facts that you need to comprehend.

  • iggination

    Definitely a Tesla by the creases on the front and hood.

  • Nastinupe1911

    Looks like a Tesla Model S under there.

  • TrevP

    I hope he’s right! I would love the ICE to stay around forever for enthusiasts. I still haven’t owned a Rolls or Bentley. I am rooting for this next advance in motoring. Whether its EV, fuel cell or hydrogen. Whatever it may be. Let the masses buy into it and leave all the ICE for us.

  • An Existing Person

    Captain slow just became captain boring.

  • Michael Cohen

    I realize that the future may be against ICE engines, but I just hope somebody finds a real way to tune these electric vehicles for more power. Getting more out of a car that I buy has always been one of most enjoyable aspects of owning a car. I plan to buy a performance car early next year, sadly it will probably be my last ICE engine.

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