Tom Cruise’s long-awaited Top Gun: Maverick will hit theaters on November 19, 2021 and as part of a promotional campaign leading up to the film’s release, the Hollywood star was a guest of the Mercedes F1 team at the British Grand Prix. While there, he also filmed a special segment for Channel 4 in the UK.
The high-octane clip features Cruise, David Coulthard, and Mark Webber driving a trio of 992-generation Porsche 911 GT3s around the Silverstone F1 circuit while trying to recreate some of the scenes from Top Gun, albeit with cars.
During the video, Webber and Coulthard can initially be seen cruising down one of Silverstone’s straights when a silver 911 GT3 driven by Cruise speeds past both of them. From there, the three engage in the automotive equivalent of a dog fight and while Tom Cruise doesn’t have the same racing experience as Coulthard and Webber, he has actually driven a Red Bull Formula 1 car in the past.
The new 911 GT3 is arguably the sports car of the moment and features a 4.0-liter naturally aspirated flat-six with independent throttle bodies pumping out 502 hp and 346 lb-ft (469 Nm) of torque. Cruise, Webber, and Coulthard all appear right at home behind the wheel of the Porsche, even though Cruise brake checks Webber at one stage and the Aussie almost slams into the rear of him.