In Top Gear, the popular BBC motoring show, a back-up car, sometimes called the forfeit car, is a vehicle provided by the producers, usually in Specials, that is used by a presenter on the show should his car break down. Back-up cars are generally cars that the presenters unanimously dislike. To date, no back-up car has even been needed on a Top Gear Special. Outside of the specials, the back-up car has only been used once, during an episode in the thirteenth series when May's Capri died.
List of Cars Used in SpecialsEdit
Below is a list of the back-up cars which have been used in Top Gear Specials.
|Patagonia Special||Citroen 2CV||Not needed. The car was one of the many cars damaged in the attack on the Top Gear convoy as the crew fled Tierra del Fuego. It was the only 'star car' to escape Argentina to Chile.|
|Africa Special||Ford Scorpio Estate||Sank to the bottom of a Tanzanian river after being incorrectly loaded on to a homemade ferry by the producers of the show as Jeremy, James, and Richard celebrated their successful crossing.|
|India Special||Austin Allegro||Not needed|
|Middle East Special||Vauxhall Astra Cabriolet||Not needed|
|Vietnam Special||Honda Bike with 'Born in The USA' Song Playing and American Decals||Not needed|
|Botswana Special||Volkswagen Beetle||Ironically crowned to be the "winner" by the presenters as it didn't suffer from any breakdowns during the trip. It was not, however, driven by any of the presenters.|