The presenters of Top Gear, Chris Harris and Eddie Jordan had to abandon an Alpine A110 on Monday morning after a warning light flashed up on the car’s dash, and the vehicle set on fire, British tabloid The Daily Mail reports.
The according to reports Harris was at the helm with Jordan in the passenger’s seat as they drove with four other cars on a closed segment of the Monte Carlo Rally’s SS17 stage in Monaco. That’s where the “engine management light” came on, and soon after, Harris was made extremely aware of a problem;
“I first realised I needed to get out when I opened the door and the flames went up my arm.”
Top Gear provided a statement on the incident, saying:
“There was an incident during filming in Monaco last Monday morning with an Alpine that led to a fire taking hold of the main vehicle – which Alpine is now investigating.”
Luckily both Chris Harris and Eddie Jordan, both escaped the vehicle unhurt.
While the presenters made it out unharmed, the gorgeous Alpine was ruined in under four minutes, leaving an upset Harris, who said:
“Sadly the car was lost and it always makes me sad to see a beautiful car destroyed.”
Jordan also expressed his sadness over the destruction of such a good car, especially before he and Harris could finish the drive:
“Doing a stage of the Monte Carlo Rally was a dream come true for me. The car was stunning – so light on its toes. It was dancing around the mountain and Chris was driving it beautifully.”
“It’s such a shame we didn’t finish the test, but these things happen.”
There’s currently no statement on what caused the fire. Alpine’s spokesperson admitted to The Daily Mail that there was a “technical incident” during filming, and that, as a precaution, the company has “frozen all driving activities for pre-production cars.”
A worrying sign for any car manufacturer.