Top Gear USA debuted in November 2010 as the States' version of the best car show on television, Top Gear UK. The new Top Gear brings together Adam Ferrara, Tanner Foust, and Rutledge Wood in their attempt to rival the UK show with their crazy challenges, mystery driver, and on screen antics. Top Gear USA has not been met with much enthusiasm from lovers of the original Top Gear, but the History Channel is hoping they can turn things around and make Top Gear USA a force to be reckoned with.
You know the countdown for Top Gear USA is fast approaching when it seems that there isn’t a day that goes by where you find news about the show that’s set to debut on November 21st.
Today, we came across two new trailers for the highly anticipated – and seemingly overly hyped – show on the History Channel. The first trailer, titled “Theater”, basically gives us a lowdown on what to expect on the show with the hosts describing the feeling of being able to get behind the wheel of so many exotics while getting paid to do so. The second, and much shorter, trailer basically just gives the jaw-dropped faces of Adam Ferrara, Rutledge Wood, and Tanner Foust as they perform their own unique donuts.
While we’re still not convinced that these three can carry the show the way the holy trinity of Clarkson, Hammond, and May can, we’re going to reserve all our judgments until we see at least a few episodes. For now, check out the trailers and try to get geeked up for what promises to be an interesting first season of Top Gear USA.
This has been quite a hectic week in the world of automotive journalism as Top Gear USA is getting close to hitting the airwaves. Now, we finally have a date for when the show will premier on The History Channel. The first episode will hit the air on November 21st.
There is no doubt in our minds that the show will be worth watching, as most shows that involve fast cars usually are. We are worried that it might not be the hit that the original was, as Americans don’t usually take to these sorts of programs, but the popularity of Top Gear UK and the fact that Top Gear Russia and Top Gear Australia are doing okay on their own, leave us to believe that the big name auto show might just make it on this side of the pond.
Okay, so we don’t have the witty repertoire of Clarkson, Hammond, and May, but rumors are suggesting that theAmerican trio have built a good chemistry of their own plus we still get the same secret race driver , celebrity guests , and funny challenges . Our hope is that this show will get the chance it deserves after all of the time and effort has been put into ts production. Basically, watch the first show before you decide if you love it or hate it.
Stay tuned for further updates on the next chapter of Top Gear and make sure to mark November 21st on your calendars as the fateful day where we are sure everyone in America that is obsessed with cars will make their final decision on what they think of America’s version of Top Gear.
With Top Gear USA set to debut on the History Channel at the end of November, details surrounding the show have been popping up recently, much to the delight of its growing fan base.
Yesterday, we told you the big news that the US version of the hit UK show would be getting its own Stig after Tony Hawk tweeted a photo of him and The Masked One doing some test runs on what could be the car TG USA will use for its “Big Star in a Small Car” segment.
Today, we finally discovered what the ‘small car’ is that these big stars are going to drive in the future. Ladies and gentlemen, feast your eyes on the Suzuki SX4 Sportback !
Fitting in nicely with the label ‘small car’, the Suzuki SX4 looks to be perfect for the show. The car is powered by powered by a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that produces 150 horsepower and 140 lb/ft of torque so you definitely won’t mistake it for a sports car.
Now, celebrity guests on the show will have the opportunity to take the SX4 on a couple of hot laps to determine their best time for the highly popular celebrity segment. Maybe we’ll get to see how Tom Cruise and Cameron Diaz fare with this car.
Before anyone goes all crazy and starts posting things like, "This has ruined Top Gear" or "This is going to suck," why don’t we sit back and actually give the show a chance? Fellow auto journalists, Jeff Glucker and Michael Harley from AutoBlog, did just this and weren’t in the least bit disappointed with what they witnessed when they were invited to attend a taping of the American version of Top Gear this past Monday, October 18, 2010.
They were not able to divulge details on the actual escapades of the show because they were slapped with an NDA as soon as they stepped on to the old plane hanger on the former El Toro Base in Irvine, CA., but the two journalists had nothing, but good things to say about what they witnessed.
On the Top Gear USA set there were the usual types of vehicles you would see on the British version of the show. There were two older cars which were no doubt used for some sort of vehicular challenge, a few supercars, a souped-up pick-up truck, some high end sports cars, and a few other random vehicles.
Any doubts or questions on whether or not Top Gear USA would have its very own Stig after the whole Ben Collins controversy rocked its UK counterpart may have finally been answered. And we have Tony Hawk and Twitter to thank for it.
This photo was published by Hawk himself in his Twitter account that shows him mugging it on the camera with The Stig himself. They look good together, don’t you think? And unless our eyes deceive us, that car just outside the US Stig’s window looks a lot like an Aston Martin V12 Vantage .
Tony Hawk, US Stig, and a V2 Vantage in the same photo? Top Gear USA’s looking like it’s spending its resources wisely.
We still don’t know who’s inside that familiar white suit and helmet, even though we have heard rumors that it’s Williams F1 driver Rubens Barrichello , but seeing a US Stig on Top Gear USA is a big plus for the show.
Let’s just hope that whoever’s inside that suit and helmet doesn’t have plans of writing an autobiography anytime soon.
Here’s an interesting rumor all you fans of Top Gear USA should know.
Inside Line just posted a tweet of an “unsubstantiated rumor” linking Williams F1 driver Rubens Barrichello as the man that will portray The Stig in the US version of Top Gear.
There’s no telling where this rumor came from, but seeing as the Brazilian is still tied to Williams and is currently driving for them in Formula One - albeit for the last three races - we don’t see how Rubens can juggle being an F1 race car driver and a super secretive Top Gear USA masked test driver at the same time.
If it is true, however, the addition of Barrichello to the TG USA line-up adds some much-needed star-power to a team that, no offense to Tanner Foust, Adam Ferrara and Rutledge Wood , doesn’t exactly scream of household name material.
On the flip side, given BBC’s uproar during the whole Ben Collins scandal, leaking Rubens Barrichello’s name as The Stig on Top Gear USA violates whatever confidentiality agreement these parties are supposed to have?
Then again, there’s a reason why it’s called a rumor.
Top Gear USA is hell bent on replicating the success enjoyed by its namesake – and original Top Gear – over at the UK. And while trying to even come within a puncher’s chance of being mentioned in the same breath as the original show is a monumental task in its own right, Top Gear USA is doing its best to do take elements from the UK show and put them into their own.
According to sources that spoke with Jalopnik, one of the elements present in the UK – or at least until Ben Collins outed himself and got fired in the process – that is being rumored to be making its way to Top Gear USA is no less than The Stig.
We don’t know how valid this rumor is, but Jalopnik’s source has said that not only is a U.S. Stig going to be in Top Gear USA, but the car testing site for the US has also been determined to be at the El Toro Marine Corps Air Station just outside of Irvine, California.
All of this is still speculation until an official announcement is made, but we’re secretly optimistic that we will be able see the “U.S. Stig” hit the History Channel starting this fall. Now if only he can learn to drive left-hand vehicles.
Top Gear USA has a long way to go to even be mentioned in the same breath as their counterparts from the UK, but as this new trailer of the show suggests, they’re off to a pretty good start.
Unlike the last trailer we saw of Adam Ferrara driving a ’76 Cadillac Deville through a “moonshine” run dirt course, this new trailer features the type of cars that we’re getting all excited about: three Lamborghinis !
More importantly though is that the three hosts - Ferrara, Tanner Foust, and Rutledge Wood - seem to be in their element behind the wheel of these Lamborghinis. Whereas they didn’t show a whole lot of testosterone in the last trailer, this one’s got them in fair amount of supply.
Like we said, they still have a long way to go before they can stack up against the iconic trio of Clarkson, May, and Hammond. But if they can have more supercars in their show and a little less giggling and high-fiving, then they should be in good shape.
We’ve waited long enough for this show to finally hit American television and now that we’re drawing closer and closer to Top Gear’s – the US version, that is - debut on the History Channel, we’ve been given a first look at what we’re all in store for in the coming months.
We already know that Top Gear US will be hosted by the troika of Tanner Foust, Adam Ferrara, and Rutledge Wood and while these three have enormous shoes to fill to even come close to replicating the success enjoyed by its more established British counterparts – Jeremy Clarkson, James May, and Richard Hammond – this video, which is actually the first official trailer of the show, gives us a pretty good indication of how Foust, Ferrara, and Rutledge work together.
From what we saw, there seems to be good chemistry among the three – not to the level of Clarkson, May, and Hammond; but it’s there – and they even went as far as coming up with their own quirky challenges, including the featured challenge of running the best $1,000 car through a “moonshine” run dirt course, a challenge that all three hosts will participate in.
We only got a glimpse of Ferrara’s supposed lap time on board a ‘76 Cadillac Deville and by all accounts, he used up every square inch of that car he could use just to cross the finish line. As for Foust and Rutledge and their respective lap times, well, we’re going to have to catch the pilot episode of Top Gear US to find out.
Yes, we all know Top Gear is headed to this side of the pond in a new USA version. Some skeptics are decidedly unsure of how this series will turn out and they have every reason to be. After the pilot episode with Adam Corolla, Tanner Foust, and Eric Strohmer flopped with the intensity of Toyota’s reputation, Top Gear fanatics were even more distraught over the decision to air Top Gear USA. The History Channel, however, saw a spark in the show and decided to give it a chance with a ten episode contract and a couple of new hosts. Tanner Foust returns to the Top Gear USA spotlight and is now joined by Adam Ferrara and Rutledge Wood.
Who are these guys? Well, hit the jump and find out.