The ambulances that featured in episode three of the latest BBC Top Gear series, are now on display to the public at Beaulieu’s World of Top Gear.
Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May conducted a valuable piece of consumer research with their attempts to improve and enhance the ambulance.
Starting with a belief that current ambulances, which are usually very big and based on a diesel van, are in need of a rethink, the presenters went their separate ways to focus on the one area they thought could be improved. May focused on passenger comfort in a Ford Scorpio Cardinal hearse, Hammond, in a Chevrolet G20 van, tried to improve response times by getting other drivers out of the way more effectively, while Clarkson confronted the same issue with the invention of what he calls ‘the sports ambulance’ – a Porsche 944 Turbo.
Their three very different creations were then put to the test with a series of severe and often messy challenges, culminating in a fast reaction to a spectacular emergency.
The ambulances join a whole host of vehicles at Beaulieu created by the Top Gear presenters for some of their most ambitious challenges.
The ‘Enormodrome’ recreates the feel of the Top Gear studio with regular features from the programme, including the Cool Wall and the Celebrity ‘Lap Times’ board, kept up to date in line with the show. Visitors can also watch behind-the-scenes footage of the Top Gear production zone and clips of some of the best Top Gear moments.
World of Top Gear can be seen as part of a visit to the whole Beaulieu attraction which also includes the National Motor Museum, Palace House and Beaulieu Abbey.