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Top Gear’s ‘£1M’ vertical Wall of Death is scrapped after being used for just 16 minutes

Top Gear has scrapped its ‘£1million’ Wall of Death, after using the structure for a just 16 minutes on the BBC show.

Last month, Freddie Flintoff, Paddy McGuinness, and Chris Harris were all shown taking turns in driving cars around the near-vertical structure at 50 miles her hour.

However, The Sun now reports that the Wall of Death, housed at London’s Alexandra Palace, has been dismantled as the latest series came to an end last week.

Wall: Top Gear has reportedly scrapped its £1million Wall of Death, after using the structure for a just 16 minutes on the BBC show. Freddie Flintoff is pictured on the Wall of Death

With the publication estimating the wall’s construction and material costs totalling £1million, it would mean that the expenses amounted to £62,500 per minute of airtime, or £1,041 a second. 

A source said: ‘The Wall Of Death was scrapped. Now people know where their TV licence money is going. It was actually quite heartbreaking to tear it all down.’

When contacted by MailOnline, a representative for the show said: ‘Top Gear is produced and jointly funded by BBC Studios, the commercial production and distribution arm of the BBC, with the show sold and broadcast globally…

Defying gravity: Last month, Freddie Flintoff, Paddy McGuinness, and Chris Harris were all shown taking turns in driving cars around the near-vertical structure at 50 miles her hour

Defying gravity: Last month, Freddie Flintoff, Paddy McGuinness, and Chris Harris were all shown taking turns in driving cars around the near-vertical structure at 50 miles her hour 

Marvelling at the sight: (L-R) Paddy McGuinness, 47, and Chris Harris, 45, were seen watching Freddie's high octane action from above ahead of taking their turns

Marvelling at the sight: (L-R) Paddy McGuinness, 47, and Chris Harris, 45, were seen watching Freddie’s high octane action from above ahead of taking their turns

‘The Wall of Death was a purpose built set for the new series that was responsibly recycled after the wall had been dismantled.’

Last month, Freddie was seen attempting to pull off a gravity-defying stunt on the show, when he took a Maserati insurance write-off on the Wall of Death.

The 42-year-old former cricketer will tried his hand at driving along the specially built wall as his stunned co-stars Paddy McGuinness, 47, and Chris Harris, 45, watched the high octane action from above.

Ahead of Freddie buckling up for the wild ride, Chris told Paddy: ‘I think he has the worst vehicle for this, by a mile. I’m worried about what it’s gonna do on the top banking at sustained speed.’

Worried: Ahead of the wild ride, Chris told Paddy, 'I think he has the worst vehicle for this, by a mile. I'm worried about what it's gonna do on the top banking at sustained speed'

Worried: Ahead of the wild ride, Chris told Paddy, ‘I think he has the worst vehicle for this, by a mile. I’m worried about what it’s gonna do on the top banking at sustained speed’

Agreeing with his sentiment, Paddy added: ‘I mean, I’ve got everything crossed that nothing goes wrong with him, but it’s just not a good look.’

Donning a protective helmet, Freddie was soon seen starting his laps on the wall, describing it as a ‘completely different experience’.

As his laps continued and he hit a speed of 49mph, he said: ‘I can feel the weight of the car. It just wants to come down the wall. It’s completely different to the buggy.’  

Write-off: The Top Gear co-stars were convinced they’d found a way of bagging performance cars on the cheap with each buying a sporty insurance write-off for under £6000

Write-off: The Top Gear co-stars were convinced they’d found a way of bagging performance cars on the cheap with each buying a sporty insurance write-off for under £6000

Paddy, Freddie and Chris were convinced they’d found a way of bagging performance cars on the cheap with each buying a sporty insurance write-off for under £6000.

They first enjoyed a trio of challenges at the Top Gear Test Track – including the inaugural game of Car Park Musical Chairs where they met Britain’s most reckless drivers, the Stig’s Teenage Cousins.

The presenters were then ordered to make their cars road legal, and report to Alexandra Palace, where the Top Gear producers have constructed a monstrous Wall of Death. 

Responsibly recycled: A spokesperson for the show said, 'The Wall of Death was a purpose built set for the new series that was responsibly recycled after the wall had been dismantled'

Responsibly recycled: A spokesperson for the show said, ‘The Wall of Death was a purpose built set for the new series that was responsibly recycled after the wall had been dismantled’


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