Richard Hammond finally disclosed his experiences while filming The Grand Tour Presents: A Massive Hunt with co-hosts Jeremy Clarkson and James May.
Finally launched this month following months of coronavirus-related setbacks, the latest episode follows the trio as they travel to Madagascar to find the long lost treasure of pirate La Buse.
To navigate the treacherous roads of the island, the trio modified their cars to adapt to the awful roads.
Hammond’s Ford Focus RS gave him a rickety ride as the vehicle encounters more bumps and potholes than it can handle. On the other hand, Clarkson seemed surprisingly relaxed with his Bentley Continental GT modifications.
“Perhaps my installation of it wasn’t brilliant. And it was just that route asked too much of it,” Hammond confessed on his car’s poor performance.
May’s Caterham 7 310R performed exceptionally well. The only regret the host may have is when he decided to leave the roof off which cause him to bathe in mud.
Naturally, the brutal challenges on top of the vehicles not functioning as planned inevitably contributed to several tense moments between the three presenters.
The trio’s competitiveness dominates at every stage of the series. However, Hammond’s car undergoes more repairs which forced him to lag behind Clarkson and May.
The always skeptical Clarkson ridiculed Hammond’s claims that the trio was actually searching for a pirate gold worth millions.
Though the hosts often argue and debate on every detail on the show, Hammond guaranteed the bickering stays on camera.
When asked if the trio fights off-screen, Hammond confidently responded:
“No, ‘cause the bickering is part of the show.
“We’re asked so often, ‘what happens when the cameras aren’t rolling?’ They roll, and if something funny happens or there’s an argument or an accident, it goes in.”
The trio has been working together since Top Gear premiered on the BBC last 2002, and have since mastered their teamwork on screen.
With Top Gear coming to a swift end in 2015, car enthusiasts and fans still loyally watch them at their latest home on Amazon as their opposing personalities provide a breath of new entertainment and insights.
The trio, being perfectly in-cync, know just when to deliver the punch lines, bloopers, and unforgettable scenes in the show that makes them loved more by fans.
“It’s why there are very few blooper reels for the show, because that is the show,” Hammond revealed.
“The only behind the scenes stuff is the business of making the show, and no one wants to watch that so much,” Hammond added.
While their attitude on screen may indicate differently, the presenters are always on good terms and just rant and rave when there’s a good TV set to make.
Once and for all, Hammond cleared one thing:
“No, God no, we wouldn’t argue off camera because we’d roll the cameras and argue on camera. That’s what people want to see.”
The viewers of the Grand Tour are thrilled to see the show return and hope the airing of the following seasons will not be as lengthy since the next season is filmed near home.