The Patagonia Special is a two-part Top Gear Christmas special, which aired as part of the show’s twenty-second series. The special is the second that Top Gear has filmed in South America, after the Bolivia Special. Although originally presented with a challenge to drive from a hotel in Bariloche to a lodge American outlaw Butch Cassidy used as a hide-out, the presenters soon learned that their actual objective was to drive more than one thousand six hundred miles to Ushuaia as a homage to the V8 engine. There, in what is claimed to be the world’s southernmost city, they would host a game of car football against a local Argentinian team. The special was broadcast in two parts – with the first part airing on the 27th and the second part going to air on the 28th of December – like the previous two specials: the Burma Special and Africa Special.
The Patagonia Special is infamous among fans of the show as filming of the two-part episode was prematurely suspended in October of 2014 as a result of a series of violent protests by local Argentinians against the show, culminating in an attack on the convoy as they fled to Chile. The episode is also famous for being Top Gear’s final special, and the last in which Jeremy Clarkson, James May, and Richard Hammond appear.