I'm watching Top Gear, a TV series about vehicle. There's a scene when the driver is driving fast and listening to "ABBA in Spanish" at the same time. And the presenter describes this as "as weird as the way it takes Chicago, strangely calm that." Can you explain this phrase in simple English for me please?
"Chicago" is the name of the curve that the car is taking, maneuvering around, or dealing with. The announcer then mentions the next curve, "Hammerhead."
Take 4.8 from Oxford:
Deal with (a physical obstacle or course) in a specified way:
he takes the corners with no concern for his own safety
From the Top Gear Wikia:
The start and finish of the track are both placed on the same spot. The drive starts off with a very slight curve, followed by a large and fast left curve into a service road called "Crooner Curves", followed quickly by "Chicago", a long right-hand curve around a tire wall.
After Chicago, there are three short curves, called "Hammerhead", after which comes a long straight, ending with a right-hand curve,
The phrase as weird as makes a comparison between listening to ABBA in Spanish and the way the driver takes or deals with the curve called Chicago. The use of the comparison allows the presenter to move or segue from one topic to the next in a seamless fashion.