Suzuki Adds To The Liana Range | Part Three

A Star in a Reasonably Priced Car

Apart from a roll cage, racing seat and harness - which were fitted to meet on track safety and insurance requirements - the car driven by BBC Top Gear's guests was a totally standard Liana GLX Sedan with manual transmission.

Only one car [GX52HFN] has been used throughout the filming of both the 2002 and 2003 series which consisted of 19 programmes. GX52HFN appeared on the Top Gear test track in every programme except the 2002 Christmas Special where the fastest lap of the series `trophy' went to the famous musician Jay Kay of Jamiroquai.

This car is now `resting' at Suzuki's HQ, awaiting a decision from Top Gear about its future when `casting' requirements for the next series - which is scheduled for Autumn, 2003 - have been taken. Others who competed for the Top Gear accolade of Fastest Star in this reasonably priced car were - in alphabetical order [and not by time achieved] - Steve Coogan, Alan Davies, Harry Enfield, Sir Michael Gambon, Boris Johnson, Vinnie Jones, Ross Kemp, Jodie Kidd, Neil Morrisey, Jamie Oliver, Tara Palmer-Tomkinson, Rick Parfitt, Gordon Ramsey, Anne Robinson, Jonathan Ross, David Soul and Richard Whiteley.

A highlight of the second [2003] series was when Jodie Kidd recorded a faster time than Jay Kay, `pipping him' to the post by a marginal 0.3 secs.

During the eighteen weeks of filming the Liana covered almost 4,000 flat out track miles in the hands of Top Gear Presenters, The Stig - the programme's professional racing driver - and the stars themselves.

Collectively they 'burned up' no fewer than sixteen sets of tyres, three sets of rear brake pads, one set of front discs and destroyed five standard clutches*.

In between filming `sessions' Liana Sedan GX52HFN was checked over by Suzuki technicians who found that nothing other than tyres, brakes and clutches needed any attention. Demonstrating the excellence of Suzuki's engine manufacturing expertise, the car consumed only one half of a litre of oil during this entire period!

*Two of which were `accounted for' by David Soul Published 30 August 2003 Melanie Carter

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