James May Reviews Ferrari 488 GTB in Typical Captain Slow Style

He's a trained musician who plays marching tunes on the recorder and bakes a mean shepherd's pies, but does James May make a good automotive journalist? Let's find out as we watch his first review released after that whole Top Gear fracas incident that left the trio "jobless".
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This next video is an exclusive review for the Sunday Times Driving, featuring James May as the man behind the wheel of a brand new Ferrari 488 GTB. It seems Captain Slow is not a persona he puts on for Top Gear, as James doesn't have the same passion for speed and poweeeeeer as Clarkson or Hammond.

We've seen plenty of other 488 GTB reviews over the weekend, and none of other fellows spent quite as much time looking at the door handles of the car. You could say that makes James different from everybody else. But with his hands behind the back and looking at the new twin-turbo engine, the former Top Gear presenter looks like a museum visitor, respecting the exhibit.

Mind you this Fellow knows a thing or two about Ferraris, having owned an F430 in the past and now a 458 Speciale. So he's the ideal person to talk about how turbocharging changes the car, at least in theory.

With Richard and Clarkson by his side, May always had a sort of dry humor that we liked. Video quality is also something that's sorely missing. Maybe we've become too accustomed to Top Gear's super-HD slow-motion footage, but the color correction in this clip makes watching a pain in the wastegate. As one Youtuber put it, "what sausage did you use to film this with?"

Following the fracas incident where Clarkson was sacked, his colleagues were reportedly offered a large sum of money to stay. It's a good thing they didn't, because the format only really works one way.

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