Top Gear has a bit of a reputation for setting cars on fire, having and after thrashing it around the track. Mind you, those Danish supercars did seem to have a heat management issue in their early years.
While the old trio has changed channels since then—and continued on by demolishing a Rimac Concept One—filming Top Gear hasn't become any easier.
, "Chris Harris and co-driver Eddie Jordan were filming on a closed section of the Monte Carlo Rally’s SS17 stage with four rally cars, and a pre-production Alpine sports car."
Said pre-production A110 rewarded their efforts by flashing a warning light on the dashboard; sometime after that, the car caught fire. Fortunately, having been advised that flames were coming from the bottom of the car, Harris managed to pull over, and he and Jordan exited the car without sustaining any injury.
Said Harris: “I first realized I needed to get out when I opened the door and the flames went up my arm. Sadly, the car was lost and it always makes me sad to see a beautiful car destroyed.”
Eddie Jordan was equally sad about their lightweight A110 getting even lighter: “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."
If the words "Renault," "Alpine" and "fire" remind you of an earlier Top Gear affair, you're not alone: Here's a throwback to the Truck Driving Challenge on the Alpine course of Millbrook, with a Renault Magnum set on fire by Jeremy Clarkson: