Top Gear Russia

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Top Gear Russia
Top Gear Russia title card.jpg
Top Gear Russia title card
Genre Motoring
Created by BBC Worldwide
Developed by REN-TV
Presented by Nikolai Fomenko
Mikhail Petrovsky
Oskar Kuchera
Theme music composer Dickey Betts
Opening theme "Jessica"
Country of origin UK (Top Gear)
Russia (adaptation)
Original language(s) Russian
No. of series 1
Production
Executive producer(s) Cameron Miller
Producer(s) BBC Worldwide
Ren-TV
Location(s) Moscow
Running time 60 minutes (w/ commercials)
Release
Original network Ren-TV
Original release 22 February – 25 October 2009
Chronology
Related shows Top Gear (current format)
Top Gear Australia
Top Gear (US)
Top Gear Korea

Top Gear Russia (Russian: Top Gear: Русская версия) is a Russian motoring television series that ran on Ren-TV, and was based on the British program Top Gear produced by the BBC. It premiered on 22 February 2009.[1] The show was cancelled due to low ratings and aired for the last time on 25 October 2009.

Presenters[edit]

The hosts of Top Gear Russia were:

  • Nikolai Fomenko, former musician (as part of the band Secret), former race car driver, theater actor and TV presenter. He is also involved in the creation of the Russian supercar Marussia.
  • Mikhail Petrovsky, actor,[citation needed] automotive journalist and blogger.
  • Oskar Kuchera, ex-MTV Russia presenter and actor.
  • The Stig, a local version of the mysterious driver from the original British show.[1]

Segments[edit]

Power Lap[edit]

Similar to the original UK series, Top Gear Russia features a Power Lap segment, in this case held in an abandoned airfield in Mnevniki. To inaugurate the track and populate the lap board in the first episode, the hosts invited numerous local celebrities to participate and treated them to a picnic with shashlyk and a smoking samovar.

Lap times[edit]

Pos Time Car Conditions
1 1:12.00 Germany Porsche 911 Turbo Cabriolet damp
2 1:12.96 Japan Nissan GT-R wet
3 1:13.16 Germany 1985 Porsche 911 damp
4 1:13.88 United Kingdom Bentley Continental GT Speed damp and icy
5 1:14.00 Germany Alpina B3 moist
6 1:14.83 Italy Lamborghini Gallardo some snow+summer tyres
7 1:16.85 United Kingdom Aston Martin V8 Vantage Roadster damp
8 1:17.85 United Kingdom Aston Martin DB9 wet
9 1:19.00 Italy Ferrari 550M
10 1:21.01 United Kingdom Range Rover Sport damp
11 1:22.12 Japan Mazda MX-5 damp
12 1:22.27 Italy Fiat 500
13 1:49.17 Sweden Volvo XC90 snow
14 2:08.71 United Kingdom Land Rover Defender 90 SVX soft top ice+snow
15 2:15.93 Russia UAZ 469 Off-Road modified ice+snow
16 2:23.25 Germany Audi R8 snow
17 DNF Italy Ferrari F430 snow

Star in a Reasonably Priced Car[edit]

The Star in a Reasonably-Priced Car segment are mirrored with Russia's own version. The car used is a race-prepped Lada Kalina. Unlike in the UK version of Top Gear, the lap format for this segment is different from that of the Stig's power laps.

Cool Wall[edit]

Introduced in episode 2 of season 1, the Cool Wall mirrors the popular segment from the UK original.

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