Top Gear hosts Rory Reid and Chris Harris threw on their guayaberas and headed to Cuba to create the first Cuba Grand Prix held in 57 years. Of course, in order to be fully prepared, they had to bring along some cars.
Chris Harris brought a Maserati Biturbo, which is not only a 2.6-liter twin turbo V-6 but also a manufacturer the Cubans know well. Maserati won the 1957 Cuba Grand Prix, and a Stirling Moss-driven Maserati won the last in 1960.
Rory Reid on the other hand stuck with what Cubans are familiar with: American muscle. Reid brought a mid- to late-’80s Camaro, with a 5 liter V8 engine that put out a whopping 170 horsepower. Even though it took more than 9 seconds to get to 60 mph, the locals seems to love all that iron and displacement.
The hosts set up a race track and invited some of the local car guys to take part in the grand prix. Since most of the locals drove pre-embargo cars composed of mostly salvaged parts, Chris Harris didn’t have much difficulty making short work of them in his newer Italian sport sedan.
Top Gear airs Sundays at 8 p.m. on BBC America.
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