In Series 12, Episode 4 of the BBC show Top Gear, Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May attempt to make an eco drive to arrive at Blackpool in time to turn on the "world famous illuminations."
They started the journey in Basel, Switzerland and drove to Blackpool. A distance, they claimed as being 800 miles. He wanted to go past his house because he was convinced he wouldn't make it all the way to Blackpool and he said he wanted to run out of gas where he could get a nice dinner.
Throughout the drive, Clarkson repeatedly tries to burn away as much fuel as possible so as to break down in front of his house. He drives with the air conditioning on, the seats heated (including the passenger seat for no reason) the radio on, he's driving quickly - not driving at optimal MPG speeds (at least not attempting, apparently).
Yet despite all his best attempts to run out of fuel, he eventually changes strategy and arrives at the final destination in time to turn on the lights.
What's even more ridiculous is that he states later that the gas tank was examined and there was enough fuel still in the Jag to do 150 miles.
Did Clarkson really make it all the way to Blackpool with a Jag that could drive 1000 miles between trips to the pump?
Or was there foul play? Or was a different route used than was shown to be his true route throughout the episode?
It seems a little hard to believe that a fuel-thirsty car would have such a large gas tank or be so fuel efficient to make that kind of trip.