Top Gear stars Chris Harris and Eddie Jordan had a lucky escape when a car they were driving erupted in flames during filming.
The incident happened in Monaco as Harris was behind the wheel of a new £50,000 Alpine sports car on Monte Carlo’s SS17 stage, with Jordan in the passenger seat as they drove up a hill.
The warning lights flashed as the engine cut out and they stopped the car and got out just as flames appeared from under the vehicle.
Alpine is now investigating the incident after the car was engulfed by the flames in just four minutes.
Harris and Jordan, who were wearing fireproof overalls and gloves, did not suffer any injury or smoke inhalation.
Harris said: “I first realised I needed to get out when I opened the door and the flames went up my arm.
“Sadly the car was lost and it always makes me sad to see a beautiful car destroyed.”
Jordan said: “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.”
He added: “It’s such a shame we didn’t finish the test, but these things happen.”
A spokesman for the BBC Two show said: “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.
“Thankfully Chris Harris and passenger Eddie Jordan, both exited the stationary vehicle unhurt.”