Brogan takes part in Top Gear challenge

BSB-Evo champion Steve Brogan takes part in Top Gear challenge.
Sunday's episode of Top Gear featured a head-to-head race between reigning BSB Evo-class champion Steve Brogan and an Ariel Atom Supercar.

Filmed in October, Brogan - riding a stock BMW S1000RR road bike - raced the Atom around the famous Top Gear test track.

The Atom costs £150,000 - more then ten times as much as the stock S1000RR - and is powered by two 1300cc motorcycle engines, which have been bored out and turned into a 475bhp V8! The 999cc stock BMW produces 193bhp.

Brogan had the edge in a straight line, but the car was quicker through the corners and under braking. After several passing manoeuvres the Atom just took victory.

Presenter and slow driver James May was supposed to be at the wheel of the Atom, but in a post-race twist it was revealed that former racer and Top Gear presenter Tiff Needell had taken his place.

“I had a lot of fun filming with Top Gear,” said Brogan, speaking before the programme had aired. “I had a few laps in a car then it was out on the stock S1000RR.

“We got some good weather when we filmed it in October and the track was nice and dry so I could push hard. I turned the traction control off as I wanted to use some wheelspin in the corners.

“The car was very quick – and had more than double the horsepower of the bike. But the power to weight ratio was in my favour, so it was a fair race. I rode hard, it was very close!”

Brogan won the 2010 Evo title on a Jentin racing S1000RR. Brogan and Jentin have switched to Honda machinery for a full BSB class entry in 2011 (see separate story).

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January 24, 2011 4:00 PM
Last Edited 2372 days ago

Get over it, lads. It's a car show which offers light entertainment. Anyone with half a brain knows that the 'challenges' aren't real, and that on every stretch of flowing mountain road there are 4 camera men in a diesel hire car going twice as quickly so they can get the shot! Forget about the facts and reality, just look at the pretty cars and admire the cinematography. If you don't like it, just don't watch it!

bri t

January 27, 2011 6:02 PM
Last Edited 2370 days ago

Whey hey. I thought it stood the bike in excellent light. For anyone who hasn't seen it they pitched the Atom against a Lambo and another fast car in a 0-100-0 race and the atom trounced them. The bike v car race was close all the way. I didn't see a jump start. Then the new Stig ran it round their track and to me there was moisture on the track but it put in the fastest lap - beating the Veyron Super Sport easily (was the Veyron dry - wet track?). Considering the Atom beat a car costing iro $2,000,000? and the Bike gave it a close run race..result for the bike I say. I do think though with more technology the bike v car race will tend to benefit the cars. I am talking longer term though.

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