The V8 engine. In the modern world of gastric-band-spec emissions regulations, the favorite of gearheads worldwide should be a relic. Deceased. An ex-engine. But it isn't. Because, gloriously, the V8 keeps evolving. Developing. Moving with the times. So with 2018 marking, as you'll all know, the 116th anniversary of the most enduring sports car engine of them all, it seemed the perfect time for a little celebration. So Matt, Chris and Rory each chose their ultimate all-round V8 sports car, and headed to Utah's Wild West for a series of challenges.
Rory arrived in a Jaguar F-Type SVR, while Chris went practical in the shape of the McLaren 570GT. Which is a practical, spacious GT car in very much the same way a pair of rollerblades is a practical, spacious GT car. Matt, in patriotic fashion, opted for a Ford Mustang GT350 R. But not just any Ford Mustang GT350 R. Oh no. A Ford Mustang GT350 R tuned by a man called John Hennessey, that tune being approximately 800hp.
V8 weapons selected, the trio set off on a motorsport-inspired pilgrimage across the States, a pilgrimage including oval track racing, a visit to the Bonneville Salt Flats… and a moonshine run to the border. Being hotly pursued by Officer Kenneth Block.
Yee, and, indeed, haw.
Plus, we have Rob Brydon in the studio as our Star in a Reasonably Fast Car.
NOTE: This article first appeared on TopGear.com. Minor edits have been made.