Top Gear’s Richard Hammond drives Sahara desert with no air-con on Jeremy Clarkson trip

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Top Gear’s Richard Hammond drives Sahara desert with no air-con on Jeremy Clarkson trip

Former Top Gear star Richard Hammond drove across the Sahara desert alongside Jeremy Clarkson with broken air conditioning.

The team were out filming across North Africa for the latest Grand Tour: Sand Job special set to be released on February, 16.

Richard took a stunning Aston Martin DB9 Volante on the trip but was soon caught out.

The trio were replicating the Paris-Dakar Rally as they bounced over sand dunes near the iconic Senegal city.

However, the popular TV star quickly realised one of the most vital tools had broken as he battled to stay in a straight line.

Looking concerned, Richard quickly starts fiddling with dials on his dashboard but appears unable to fix the issue.

Frustrated, it is implied Richard gets in touch with his friends to alert them of the issue. In the latest trailer, Richard explains: “Oh no. My air conditioning just packed up.”

However, fellow co-hosts Jeremy Clarkson and James May were not very sympathetic with the pair simply laughing back.

To make matters worse, Richard has his roof up the whole time while Jeremy and James are behind the wheel of convertibles.

The three hosts will start their trip in the remote country of Mauritania before following the route of the iconic Paris-Dakar rally event.

However, the journey was completed in cheap modified cars instead of custom-built machines.

Jeremy opted for a gorgeous Jaguar F-Type while James went for a luxurious Maserati GranCabrio.

The programme was filmed back in May 2023 with temperatures said to be around 50 degrees. Reflecting on the show, Jeremy has since claimed filming the special was “bloody tough”.

He explained: “We drank litres and litres of water, and we didn’t pee. I mean, I don’t know where it was going. Hammond said after three or four days, ‘I’m going to have a pee’.

“And I suddenly thought, ‘I haven’t had a pee this whole time’.”

Jeremy added: “We hardly saw anybody at all but if we did occasionally encounter a small village, it would have maybe six or seven huts and everyone would be inside them all day. They venture out only after the sun has set because it’s so hot.”

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