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PostHeaderIcon Top Gear’s Test Track to Serve as Home to a New Housing Complex

Top Gear is on the verge of losing its test track and principal shooting studio after Sajid Javid, England’s Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, finally approved plans to turn the Dunsfold Aerodrome into a residential area as part of the local community’s goal to establish affordable housing in the area. With its iconic race track set to be demolished to make way for 1,800 homes, the show is going to have to find a new home for its studio segments and track tests.

PostHeaderIcon Alpine A110 Catches Fire During Top Gear Presentation

A car catching fire on Top Gear isn’t a new occurrence. A few years ago, a Zenvo ST1 burst into flames during filming. That prompted a bitter back-and-forth between presented Jeremy Clarkson and Zenvo. Fast forward to this year and it’s deja vu all over again for the hit motoring show. This time, the unwitting victim is a pre-production Renault Alpine A110 that was being driven by Chris Harris and Eddie Jordan.


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“According reports, Harris and Jordan were racing on a closed section of the Monte Carlo Rally’s SS17 stage when the Alpine A110 caught fire”

We can make jokes all we want, but this is a serious situation that fortunately ended without anybody getting hurt. According reports, Harris and Jordan were racing on a closed section of the Monte Carlo Rally’s SS17 stage when the Alpine A110 caught fire. “I first realized I needed to get out when I opened the door, and the flames went up my arm,” Harris said about the incident. “Sadly, the car was lost, and it always makes me sad to see a beautiful car destroyed.”

No reason has been given on why the new French sports car caught fire, but expect Renault to come out with a statement sooner than later. In the meantime, the automaker has stopped all driving activities for pre-production cars until it concludes a full investigation of the incident.

While it’s disappointing to see the A110 in a blaze, it’s good to know that Harris and Jordan were unscathed after the incident. It did bring an unceremonious end to what was a thrilling experience for both drivers, particularly Jordan, who admitted that doing a stage of the Monte Carlo Rally was a “dream come true.”

“The car was stunning – so light on its toes,” Jordan added. “It was dancing around the mountain, and Chris was driving it beautifully. It’s such a shame we didn’t finish the test, but these things happen.”

It’s going to be interesting how Renault responds to this incident. It’s not the kind of publicity the Alpine A110 needs at this point, but as Jordan pointed out, these things do tend to happen.

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PostHeaderIcon Alpine A110 Catches Fire During Top Gear Presentation

A car catching fire on Top Gear isn’t a new occurrence. A few years ago, a Zenvo ST1 burst into flames during filming. That prompted a bitter back-and-forth between presented Jeremy Clarkson and Zenvo. Fast forward to this year and it’s deja vu all over again for the hit motoring show. This time, the unwitting victim is a pre-production Renault Alpine A110 that was being driven by Chris Harris and Eddie Jordan.


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“According reports, Harris and Jordan were racing on a closed section of the Monte Carlo Rally’s SS17 stage when the Alpine A110 caught fire”

We can make jokes all we want, but this is a serious situation that fortunately ended without anybody getting hurt. According reports, Harris and Jordan were racing on a closed section of the Monte Carlo Rally’s SS17 stage when the Alpine A110 caught fire. “I first realized I needed to get out when I opened the door, and the flames went up my arm,” Harris said about the incident. “Sadly, the car was lost, and it always makes me sad to see a beautiful car destroyed.”

No reason has been given on why the new French sports car caught fire, but expect Renault to come out with a statement sooner than later. In the meantime, the automaker has stopped all driving activities for pre-production cars until it concludes a full investigation of the incident.

While it’s disappointing to see the A110 in a blaze, it’s good to know that Harris and Jordan were unscathed after the incident. It did bring an unceremonious end to what was a thrilling experience for both drivers, particularly Jordan, who admitted that doing a stage of the Monte Carlo Rally was a “dream come true.”

“The car was stunning – so light on its toes,” Jordan added. “It was dancing around the mountain, and Chris was driving it beautifully. It’s such a shame we didn’t finish the test, but these things happen.”

It’s going to be interesting how Renault responds to this incident. It’s not the kind of publicity the Alpine A110 needs at this point, but as Jordan pointed out, these things do tend to happen.

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PostHeaderIcon Top Gear Drops First Trailer of 25th Season

You might have forgotten about it because of how good The Grand Tour has been in its second season, but Top Gear is actually still around. The hit British motoring show has been off the air for a year, but it’s ready to return with a vengeance. The show will have the same hosting crew from the last time we saw it. That means we can expect a lot of fun and good times from Matt LeBlanc, Chris Harris, and Rory Reid.


“For the new season, the presenting duties will once again be done by Matt LeBlanc, Chris Harris, and Rory Reid”

For the new season, the presenting duties will once again be done by Matt LeBlanc, Chris Harris, and Rory Reid. The three hosts are returning for a second season, signaling a return to normalcy that has been absent from the show over the last few seasons. Judging by the new trailer, it looks like the BBC can breathe a sigh of relief now.

LeBlanc, Harris, and Reid have chemistry. It’s not exactly on the level of Clarkson, Hammond, and May, but it has the potential to get there with more time together. If anything, we already saw hints of that chemistry last season, and it looks like it’s carried over to the new season.

The 60-second spot also reveals some of today’s hottest cars. There’s a lot of them, too. We see a BMW M5, Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 LE, McLaren 720S, Alfa Romeo Stelvio, Ford Mustang, Kia Stinger, and an assortment of old-school Rolls-Royce and Bentley models. We also get decent helpings of unusual machinery, including a tractor that’s being trashed and another with enormous wheels on it. I’ve no idea what the latter is, but it looks fun to drive.


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“There’s no premiere date yet for Top Gear’s 25th season”

But the best parts of the trailer are the hosts, specifically how they look to be having a legitimately good time around each other. We haven’t seen that many smiles and giggles on Top Gear since the days of the old hosts, so it’s a welcome sight seeing LeBlanc, Harris, and Reid on the same page. Oh, and let’s not forget about The Stig. He also makes an appearance in the trailer, as does his Japanese cousin, Kung Fu Stig.

There’s no premiere date yet for Top Gear’s 25th season. Expect an announcement to be made soon.

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PostHeaderIcon Top Gear Drops New Trailer For Season 25: Video

Are you ready for the new season of Top Gear? Well, you better be, because it’s charging up your rear-view mirror in a cloud of tire smoke, mechanical abuse, and slapstick comedy. This will be the 25th season for the British motoring program, and as evidenced by this 30-second clip, it looks to offer viewers plenty of sliding, lots of airborne antics, and a generous heaping of gratuitous displays of speed. The clip looks as though it’s set in an abandoned industrial center, which is set up in perfect Gymkhana-style with dirt, jumps, and several heavy things to run into. Making their appearance is the trio of new hosts, Matt LeBlanc, Rory Reid, and Chris Harris, who are piloting a Shelby Mustang GT350, Jaguar F-Type SVR and McLaren 570S, respectively. Making a cameo is long-time friend of the show, Ken Block, who’s looking to take a little time off from nearly sliding off mountains to issue some high-performance justice to the TG crew as some kind of deputized speed sheriff behind the wheel of a custom off-roader. Of course, the boys aren’t taking it sitting down, and you can guess what happens as a result…

The BBC should release Episode 1 of the new season of Top Gear sometime early next year. Stay tuned to TopSpeed for updates as we get them.


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PostHeaderIcon Top Gear Magazine Names the Bugatti Chiron as the “Hypercar of the Year”

11 years after the Bugatti Veyron took its rightful place on top of Top Gear’s hypercar mountain, it’s successor, the Bugatti Chiron, has equaled that feat. The all-conquering supercar took home the “Hypercar of the Year” award on the strength of possessing one of the most impressive credentials of any performance car in the world today. On that front alone, the Chiron boasts an 8.0-liter quad-turbo W-16 engine that produces a staggering 1,500 horsepower and 1,180 pound-feet of torque. That translates to a sprint time to 60 mph of just 2.3 seconds and a limited top speed of 261 mph. Take out that limiter, and there’s no telling what the Chiron is capable of. Rumors have even suggested that it can reach 300 mph on a good day. It’s no wonder then that in declaring the Chiron as the “Hypercar of the Year,” the jury highlighted its incredible performance capabilities. “The thrust from rest to 100 mph (161 km/h) is insane but the way it bulldozes its way through the next 100 mph is spooky, and it just keeps going.” Hard to argue against that assessment.

Top Gear hasn’t announced the contenders for the Hypercar of the Year award, but seeing as 2017 has been an eventful year as far as hypercars go, it’s safe to say that the four machines below were in the discussion.

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First up is the Mercedes-AMG Project One, the German automaker’s first foray into the hypercar segment. Personally, I wouldn’t have had any problems had Top Gear bestowed the award on the Project One. Mercedes-AMG takes full advantage of its involvement in Formula One, and it shows in the development of the Project One. Its design carries a lot of F1 influence, including a powertrain setup that features a mid-mounted, turbocharged,
1.6-liter V-6 hybrid gasoline-electric engine juiced by no less than four electric motors. That setup gives the Project One an output of 1,000 horsepower, enough to help the hypercar go from 0 to 60 mph in 2.5 seconds on its way to a top speed of 217 mph.

Read our full review on the 2020 Mercedes-AMG Project One.

Aston Martin Valkyrie


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Raise your hands if you thought that Aston Martin was capable of building a car like the Valkyrie? I certainly had my doubts in the beginning, but I’m happy to have been proven wrong. The Valkyrie is every bit as glorious as all the other hypercars that have come before it. Red Bull Racing’s involvement in the car’s development helped create a Formula One-type mystique behind it, and the results have been nothing short of spectacular. It makes use of a high-revving, naturally aspirated 6.5-liter V-12 engine that produces 1,130 horsepower, enough muscle to help it sprint from 0 to 60 mph in 2.5 seconds before maxing out at a top speed of at about 220 mph.

Read our full review of the 2018 Aston Martin Valkyrie.

Koenigsegg Agera RS


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If you’re going to discus cars that deserve to be in the conversation for “Hypercar of the Year,” that discussion needs to include the newly-minted fastest production car in the world. The Agera RS follows a long line of demented supercars to come out of the Swedish automaker. It’s no surprise then that with 1,360 horsepower at its disposal, the Agera RS is capable of unspeakable power and speed. That much was on full display earlier this month when the Agera RS clocked in an average top speed of 277.9 mph, destroying the Bugatti Veyron Super Sport’s seven-year top speed record for a production car. The Agera RS is also the same car that laughed in the face of the Bugatti Chiron’s 0-249-0 MPH time and proceeded to beat the Bugatti’s time too.

Read our full review on the 2015 Koenigsegg Agera RS.

Hennessey Venom F5


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Just like a deadly snake, the Hennessey Venom F5 is sitting quietly in the shrubs, waiting for the perfect moment to pounce on the competition. That’s a perfect way to describe Hennessey’s latest predator, the Venom F5. Developed to conquer just about any performance car in the world, the Venom F5 is already being considered the favorite to become the first production car in history to eclipse 300 mph. It carries a brand-new 7.4-liter V-8 engine that produces 1,600 horsepower and 1,300 pound-feet of torque. Yes, you’re reading that right. That’s more power than the Project One, Valkyrie, Agera RS, and the newly crowned Hypercar of the Year, the Bugatti Chiron. It’s performance capabilities have yet to be displayed, but Hennessey has made no bones about its goal of achieving the holy grail of all car performance records. Whether it does so or not is anyone’s guess at this point. But seeing as we’re even talking about it speaks to how incredible the Venom F5 is.

Read our full review on the 2019 Hennessey Venom F5

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PostHeaderIcon Chris Harris Opens Revamped World of Top Gear

If you’re a resident of the U.K., or simply happen to be passing through, and you love all things Top Gear, then head over to Hampshire for a chance to get up close and personal with some of the show’s automotive stars at the World of Top Gear in Beaulieu. For those of you unaware, Beaulieu is a family visitor center in Hampshire, offering attractions like estate grounds, a palace house, and the National Motor Museum, not to mention several cars featured in the popular British auto show. The World of Top Gear just got a revamp with several new attractions, and was recently re-opened by Chris Harris, co-host of the new post-Clarkson show, alongside The Stig and Lord Montagu. During the opening ceremony, Harris also put in some time behind the wheel of a Mercedes-AMG C63 S, showing his skill in a flurry of RWD shenanigans.

According to the press release, new additions include the “Ssangyacht, the longest limousine selfie opportunity ever and a marine feature displaying boat challenge vehicles. While the Enormodrome boasts a brand new studio in keeping with the style of the latest series with presenters Matt LeBlanc, Chris Harris and Rory Reid.” All told, the World of Top Gear chronicles four decades of the show’s history, including the Clarkson era with the indestructible Toyota Hilux, the Reliant Robin space shuttle, the Hovervan, and the Snowbine. Check out a brief video clip of the opener.

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PostHeaderIcon Top Gear Is Back To Its Old Ways Of Getting In Trouble

Just because the names and faces have changed doesn’t mean Top Gear has changed with the times. It’s still a magnet for controversy, and just as sure as summer months bring unbearable heat, the show’s latest dive into hot water has found itself on the naughty list of the Norwegian government. According to The Drive, representatives of Norway’s Public Roads Administration revoked the show’s permit to go past speed limits in the country after magnetic loop speed sensors embedded in the road captured instances of cars used by Top Gear doing speed runs well beyond what was allowed in the permit. The show’s permit required it to not go past 87 mph on public roads, but these same speed sensors caught separate instances of cars from Top Gear going as fast as 151 mph. Oops.

The issue is currently under investigation by police authorities in the country, so said Møre og Romsdal police inspector, Anne Berit Lian, who told local news outlet TV2 that it’s natural for law enforcement officials to “investigate whether these speed overruns have been committed in the period when the road has been closed and has been used for filming.” For its part, the BBC has also come out with a statement of its own, telling The Drive that the network and the show are “fully cooperating with the police investigation into the matter.” It is worth noting, too, that neither Matt LeBlanc nor Chris Harris were in the area where the alleged speed infractions occurred.

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PostHeaderIcon Jeremy Clarkson Finally Found An SUV He Likes

For as long as he’s been in the public spotlight, Jeremy Clarkson’s long-standing disdain for the letters S, U, and V is a matter of public record. This is a man, after all, who has managed to describe SUVs as “idiotic,” “boring,” and a “complete waste of money” on separate occasions. But just like the time snow actually fell on the Sahara, Clarkson is not above turning some heads with his opinionated commentary. Lo and behold, then, because the SUV Scrooge finally admitted to liking one. Stand up and take the applause then, Alfa Romeo Stelvio. Jezza actually likes you.

The startling revelation on Clarkson’s column in the Driving section of The Sunday Times. Although true to form, Clarkson wasted little time adding another SUV to his “no-thank-you” list by throwing the Audi Q5 under the bus. Clarkson then pivots to the real subject of his column, the Stelvio, and to the shock of everyone, he actually had positive things to say about the Alfa Romeo SUV.
He liked the design. He liked the interior. And, most shocking of all, he liked how it performed on the road, even while acknowledging that he was behind the wheel of a diesel version of the SUV.
Ultimately, he even went so far as describing the Stelvio as “the only SUV that’s quite tempting,” and adding that the high-poweredStelvio Quadrofoglio “might even be irresistible.” Yup. Hell has frozen over.

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PostHeaderIcon Top Gear's Official Trailer For Season 24 Already Looks Better Than Most of Season 23

The 24th season of Top Gear is scheduled to premiere on March 5 in the U.K. and March 12 here in the U.S. We already know the details to that. What we still don’t know, or have little knowledge about at this point, is whether or not this new iteration of the show is going to better than the disaster that was last season. It is pretty funny that our expectations have dramatically dropped in a season’s time, but that just points to how bad season 23 was for the show and the BBC. But things are now looking up for Top Gear, and if this new trailer is any indication, the hit motoring show could be rounding into form at just the right time.

It’s safe to say that Matt LeBlanc, Chris Harris, and Rory Reid will never have the same kind of chemistry that Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond, and James May had. Last year’s host, Chris Evans, tried to dip his hands into that barrel, only for the barrel to blow up in his face. But after watching this new trailer, it appears that the BBC should have gone with the trio of LeBlanc, Harris, and Reid to replace their iconic predecessors in the first place.

Sure, the dialogue may have been kept at a minimum in the 60-second ad, but all three appear to finally be in their element. That’s especially true for LeBlanc, who’s Hollywood background made him an odd choice for some people last year. But give credit to Joey Tribbiani for coming into his own. He seems more relaxed now and his commentaries, limited as they were in the trailer, now come from a place of confidence. The same can be said for Harris and Reid, who themselves look to have come into their own given how happy they seem to be in the trailers.

We’re not going to pass judgment of Top Gear ahead of season 24. That’ll happen at some point in the next few months. But as far as promising trailers are concerned, this new one hits a lot of our sweet spots.

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PostHeaderIcon Top Gear Is Finally Getting A Proper Reasonably-Priced Car

It seems that the BBC is serious about wiping the slate clean with Top Gear, isn’t it? It feels that way after last year’s tumultuous season, and now, a new report indicates that even the car used in the “Star in a Reasonably-Priced Car” segment will also be new to the show. Yep, say goodbye to that ill-fated Mini rallycross car used in last year’s segment.

For the 24th season of the motoring show, British tabloid The Sun is reporting that the show will revert to the reasonably-priced car segment, doing away with the rally format that was reportedly the brainchild of departed host Chris Evans. Just as important, the segment will also have a new reasonably-priced car in the form of the Toyota GT86.

To be fair, Evans’ “Star in a Rallycross Car” segment had its share of laughs, but it steered so far from the spirit of the original segment that it felt a little too gimmicky, a word that could also be used to describe the whole Evans era of the show, short-lived as it was.

So now, we have the Toyota GT86 that’s reportedly going to be the new reasonably-priced car that the show’s guests will take turns driving. It’s a good choice on paper and an even better one when you consider that its predecessors included the likes of the Kia Cee’d, Vauxhall Astra, and the immortal Suzuki Liana, which to this day is still being used when the guests are Formula One race car drivers.

The Toyota GT86 is clearly a better representation of Top Gear and it can also be described as a reasonably-priced car. Even better, upcoming guests will not only have the Stig as their instructor, but also Chris Harris, who himself is considered a pretty good driver, even by motor racing standards.

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PostHeaderIcon BBC Announces Top Gear's Season Premier On March 5

There’s no denying that Top Gear and the BBC are under a lot of pressure to make sure that the long-standing motoring show gets back on the right foot after the disastrous and short-lived Chris Evans era. Everything that could’ve gone wrong went wrong with Evans behind the wheel and the man that was tapped to succeed Jeremy Clarkson as the face of the show soon found himself on the outs after just one season.

But now that the show is on the precipice of premiering its latest season, there’s no reason to believe that the ills of last season will rear its ugly head once again. Or will it?

Well, we won’t have to wait too long to find out after the BBC announced the premier of Top Gear’s 24th season on March 5 in the U.K. and March 13 in the U.S.

For the third season in a row, Top Gear is going to have a different starting lineup of hosts with Matt LeBlanc taking the reins from Evans as the show’s main host. LeBlanc will then be joined by Chris Harris and Rory Reid, both of whom mostly spent the last season on the spin-off show Extra Gear. Harris and Reid have since been promoted to serve as co-hosts next to LeBlanc and altogether, the trio is under the toughest of pressures to jolt some life back into the beleaguered show.

It’s too early to tell if LeBlanc, Harris, and Reid can carve their own identity as a three-man hosting unit, but based on early returns – one of which was the trailer that was released last week – the trio have the potential to make it work. At the very least, they’ve already exhibited more chemistry in that 22-second clip compared to what Evans and LeBlanc had in all of last season.

That’s a promising start for the show and the BBC, although only time will tell if the show can recapture the magic it once had when Clarkson, Richard Hammond, and James May were at the helm.

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PostHeaderIcon Top Gear's New Trailer For Season 24 Is Off To A Promising Start

There are times when you just have to wipe the slate clean and start over from scratch. Such scenarios typically happen when someone goes through something disastrous and they’re left with nothing more than hope for a sunnier future. You could say that it happened to Top Gear last year as the popular motoring show suffered through one of its worst seasons in history. Everything that could have gone wrong with that show did, but now, on the heels of the 24th season, Top Gear is returning with a fresh outlook in life, and judging from the newest trailer of the show, that positivity could soon pay off.

Gone are Chris Evans, Sabine Schmitz, and Eddie Jordan, and we’re left with what could very well be said as the three presenters that really made a good account of themselves in the last season: Matt LeBlanc, Chris Harris, and Rory Reid. It is funny to think though that while LeBlanc and Harris were regarded as solid hires a year ago, Reid was the biggest question of the group. Good for him that he was able to prove his worth. Also, to be fair, Schmitz also did well for herself last year.

So, about the trailer. The new one dives back deep into the dry comedic wit that made the show famous in the first place. In it we see Harris, LeBlanc, and Reid sitting inside the BBC’s insurance department as they’re grilled about the insurance costs they needed for the show. Throughout the whole scene, we’re also treated with snippets of the 24th season of the show, including Harris taking the wheel of the Ferrari FXX K, LeBlanc doing what could very well be an ill-fated impersonation of James Bond, and Reid crashing into what might be one of the show’s production trucks. All the while, the three hosts continue to uncomfortably sit in the insurance department as they take questions from the head of the insurance department. It’s good for a few laughs, which is probably all that the BBC is looking for at this point.

Speaking of the BBC, the network has yet to announce the schedule for the 24th season of the show. But we all know that it’s coming; it’s just a matter of when, not if. Hopefully, the 24th season fares a lot better than the last one when it does arrive.

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PostHeaderIcon Top Gear Might Have To Find A New Test Track

The Dunsfold Aerodrome in Surrey, England hold a soft spot in the hearts of Top Gear fans since the airfield has been the site of the test track that the show has been using since 2002. But all that could change after the BBC reported that a local council has approved plans to redevelop the Aerodrome and turn into a housing complex with 1,800 new homes expected to be built.

The votes were casted by the Waverly Borough Council and the majority won out in a 1,008-vote to redevelop the airfield with hopes of creating more jobs and adding more affordable homes in the area. The same BBC report indicates that the area around the Aerodrome is already home to over 100 businesses.

The runways, in particular, are also likely to be closed down and be redeveloped as a business park. That’s not good news for Top Gear as it could face the all-too real possibility of having to find a new test track for its show. Plans are still unclear on how the parties involved are going to move forward with their plans, but from the looks of things, we might have to say adieu to “Hammerhead” and “Gambon,” two of the more famous turns in the track.

Hopefully, producers of the long-running motoring show can find a way to preserve the track while the development of the residential project begins. But given the nature of what the local council in Surrey wants to built, it’s highly likely that Top Gear will have to find another test track for The Stig.

At the very least, you can add this new development to the array of changes that have befallen the once mighty auto show since the departures of stalwarts Jeremy Clarkson, James May, and Richard Hammond.

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PostHeaderIcon BBC Giving Jeremy Clarkson and His New Show "The Grand Tour" a Hard Time

Let’s look at the reality of things for a minute. Top Gear hasn’t been the same since Clarkson’s altercation with that producer and his subsequent firing. While the show has tried to make a comeback, it’s been plagued with one problem after another. Ratings are horrible in comparison to the old show, it just doesn’t have the same flare that it used to have, and let’s not forget about Chris Evans acting like a whiny diva. Clarkson’s new show, The Grand Tour, is pretty good, but it’s apparently subject to a lot of legal scrutiny from BBC.

In an interview with The Telegraph, Top Gears old executive producer, Andy Wilman – now a producer for The Grand Tour – broke silence around some of the ridiculous legal threats BBC has been issuing against Clarkson, Hammond, and May. Naturally, BBC doesn’t want its intellectual property used in The Grand Tour, but this is a little ridiculous. For instance, BBC says that the show can’t have “handwritten lap times,” a news segment can’t be called “The News,” and the guys aren’t even allowed to call Namibia beautiful because it was said during an episode of Top Gear. The worst complaint from BBC really takes the cake, however, as apparently, James May can’t say the word “cock” because, well, he said it during an episode of Top Gear.

If BBC is complaining about these kinds of things, you can only imagine how long the list really is with complaints that haven’t be announced to the public. At the end of the day, Top Gear is pretty much falling apart now that the trio has taken off and started their new show with Amazon, and it’s likely that Top Gear will never get the same kind of following that it had. Despite the fact that Clarkson was in the wrong when he got into that physical altercation, he was the bread winner of the entire show, and the show is suffering because of this. BBC is clearly butthurt that the guys are doing their own thing now and is trying to do everything it can to make their life harder.

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PostHeaderIcon Want to see The Grand Tour Live? You Better Hurry…

It’s finally been confirmed that The Grand Tour is coming to the States and, as expected, it will be filmed in front of a live audience. Previously, the show ran a contest to pick who would be invited to the audience, but this time, things are a little different (aren’t they always here in the U.S.?) Anyway, Clarkson, Hammond, and May trio will be filming their show in Southern California on September 25th, 2016. This time, those picked won’t get free travel or lodging, but you can get two tickets and, of course, the thrill of being at the show.

You can apply to be in the audience here, but you have to answer a couple of questions as part of the application process. We’re not sure what the criteria is, but I’m betting that you’ll need to have some pretty interesting answers to get picked.

Question 1: “Tell us why you would like to go to the recording?”

Question 2: “Which of the hosts do you like the most and why?”

In addition, you also have to select which state you currently reside in, and the fine print says the Applause Store (the company that handles ticket fulfillment) may contact applicants with follow-up questions about you and your thoughts on the show. If you want to be in the audience, however, you better hurry. The application process opened earlier today and will shut down on August 8th at 11:59 p.m. PST.


PostHeaderIcon This Rapper Thinks He Can Save Top Gear

Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson III has never been the type to dial down his commentary. If he has something to say, you can be sure that he’s going to say it. Now the controversial rapper has made it clear that if there’s anybody who is up to task of saving Top Gear from its recent run of mediocrity, it’s him.

Speaking with The Daily Star, Jackson was his usual candid self when the topic of Top Gear was broached. Apparently, he thinks that he could save the show from its current malaise and restore its enormous popularity…for a price. Jackson added that his credentials speak for themselves since he’s owned his fair share of exotic cars over the years, even boasting that his car collection “is as good as anybody’s out there.”

While it’s hard to argue against his collection – the man has had some interesting wheels over the past years – it takes more than a fancy car collection to be qualified in hosting a show like Top Gear. Look no further than Chris Evans himself. He owns some of the nicest and most expensive cars in the world, yet he flamed out as the lead host of Top Gear and is the largely blamed, fairly or unfairly, for the show’s disappointing quality.

Jackson did prove his knowledge of Top Gear when he waxed nostalgic on what has become of the show. “The show since the old team left has been unrecognizable,” he said before adding “if it [doesn’t] get back to where it should be soon, then it may never recover.”

Hard to argue against that point.

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PostHeaderIcon Here Are The Behind-The-Scenes Changes In Store For Top Gear

Chris Evans may be gone from Top Gear after one disastrous season, but his exit isn’t the only significant change we should expect to see from the long-running motoring show. Most of these changes won’t be seen in the cameras, but most of them will be just as significant to the way the show is going to be produced moving forward.

The Daily Telegraph is reporting that the BBC is set to make a lot of behind-the-scenes changes that include the hiring of a new series producer, putting more focus on the scripts, promoting two “junior” presenters, and introducing a regular “celebrity road trip feature.”

These dramatic steps are reportedly being taken in response to the disastrous first season of the Chris Evans era, which fell flat on its face in the eyes of a lot of its dedicated fan base. Evans’ departure was the first domino to fall, but apparently, it won’t be the last.

One of the most significant changes is the search for a new series producer who can “manage their own emotions in the face of pressure,” and “proactively offers constructive feedback to others.” Nobody has been attached to this role yet, but the BBC has already given the creative reins of the show to Alex Renton, the editor of the show from its previous incarnation.

More details are expected to revealed in the coming weeks, and from the looks of things, it wouldn’t come as a surprise to anybody if the show undergoes more changes as it tries to completely distance itself from the ill-fated and short-lived Chris Evans era.

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PostHeaderIcon Everything You Need To Know About The Grand Tour

While Matt LeBlanc and the remaining hosts of new Top Gear take a little breather post Episode 6, we thought it would be a good idea to turn our attention to that other motoring show everyone seems to be talking about – The Grand Tour, a.k.a., TGT. Ever since Clarkson and company split with the BBC and announced they’d be making their own program, fans have been clamoring for details, and in response, the Three Amigos have dropped a few tidbits here and there to keep us engaged. We collected the pieces, put them in a row, and prepped them for consumption right here.

All in all, it looks quite promising. Amazon is plunking down a lot of money to secure all those wandering devotees of old Top Gear, and if everything goes according to plan, TGT should draw in even more converts from the general gearhead population. So what can you expect? Read on for everything you need to know about The Grand Tour.

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PostHeaderIcon More Problems Brewing Around Top Gear

The previous incarnation of Top Gear may have had its fair share of controversies, but one thing that it also had was the undeniable chemistry among the three hosts of the show. Like them or not, Jeremy Clarkson, James May, and Richard Hammond complemented each other perfectly and that played a huge part in Top Gear becoming the hit that it was until they left the show. Unfortunately, the same can’t be said for the current iteration of Top Gear as the show has been engulfed with rumors of discontent from the current crop of hosts. A lot of the rumors appear to have lead host Chris Evans at the center of it, and the latest whispers have it that co-host Matt LeBlanc is threatening to quit the show if Evans isn’t booted out first.

Apparently, the gulf between Evans and the rest of the hosting crew is getting wider to the point that the atmosphere between the hosts have become “frosty.” Evans, it seems, has been the biggest headache among the bunch for allegedly being rude, cold, and very hard to work with. If that’s not enough reason to worry, Evans is also rumored to be jealous of the reception that Chris Harris and Rory Reid have received and has become distant with the rest of the cast. And now, LeBlanc is rumored to have had enough of Evans to the point that he’s ready to throw in the towel if his co-host decides to stay on for the next season.

Even if these rumors are proven to be untrue, there’s no doubt that the current crop of hosts don’t have the same kind of chemistry that their predecessors had and that has translated itself directly into the episodes. So far, five episodes have aired and they have been largely maligned for a number of reasons, not the least of which for being an oversized copycat version of the old Top Gear.

Clearly, the BBC has a lot to think about before filming for the next season starts in September 2016. There’s no point on going back this season because the episodes are all in the can already. But next season is another story and the BBC needs to do a lot of in-house cleaning to address the growing number of controversies engulfing the show.

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