Top Gear Power Laps
In the Power laps segment, The Stig completes a lap around the Top Gear test track to gauge the performance of various cars.
The qualifications for the normal Power lap Board is that the car being tested must be road-worthy, and be able to go over a speed bump which is referred to sometimes in the UK as a 'sleeping policeman'. There is a separate unofficial board of times for non-production cars.
The most powerful production car ever featured on Top Gear, the 1,001 PS (987 hp/736 kW) Bugatti Veyron, has not yet been driven around the track by The Stig. According to Clarkson, this is because Bugatti has not given Top Gear permission to run the car through a power lap. This was confirmed on the Veyron's second appearance in February 2007, when Clarkson made an appeal to Veyron owners to let Top Gear borrow their car and allow The Stig to drive it around the track, offering up to £30 to do so. However in the twelfth series the Bugatti made an underwhelming time of 1.18.3. This currently puts the Bugatti at 6th place in the board.
The car that recorded the fastest lap time on the Top Gear track was the Renault F1 car, at fifty nine seconds (0:59.00), although it was disqualified because the rules only include production cars able to get over speed bumps.
As of the Sixteenth Series, the fastest road legal car that met the 'sleeping policeman' requirement was the Ariel Atom 500 in a time of 1:15.1. This is 1.7 seconds faster than the former lap leader, the Bugatti Veyraon Super Sport. This was later beaten by the Ferrari FXX in a time of 1.10.7 but this was later disqualified for using slick tyres.
Without the 'sleeping policeman' requirement the fastest time around the track for a road legal car would be the Caparo T1. The Caparo posted a time of 1:10.6 despite its reliability problems.
- Pagani Huayra - 1.13.8
- Lamborghini Sesto Elemento DISQUALIFIED - 1.14.0
- BAC Mono - 1.14.3
- Ariel Atom - V8 500 1.15.1
- McLaren MP4-12C - 1.16.2
- Lamborghini Aventador - 1.16.5
- Bugatti Veyron Supersport - 1.16.8
- Gumpert Apollo - 1.17.1
- Ascari A10 - 1.17.3
- Koenigsegg CCX (with Top Gear spoiler) - 1.17.6
- Pagani Zonda F Roadster - 1.17.8
- Nissan GT-R (2012) - 1.17.8
- Caterham R500 - 1.17.9
- Bugatti Veyron - 1.18.3
- Pagani Zonda F - 1.18.4
- Maserati MC12 - 1.18.9
- Ferrari Enzo - 1.19.0
- Mercedes SLS AMG Black Series - 1.19.0
- Porsche 911 GT2 (997) - 1.19.5 (pd)
- Ariel Atom - 1.19.5
- Lamborghini LP560 - 1.19.5 (pd)
- Porsche 911 GT2 - 1.19.5 (pd)
- Ferrari Scuderia - 1.19.7
- Nissan GT-R - 1.19.7
- Porsche Carerra GT - 1.19.8