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The (New) Stig returns to Top Gear

Ever since Ben Collins outed himself as The Stig a few years ago, the producers of Top Gear have been extra cautious in protecting the identity of Collins’ replacement .

It’s one of the shows most important traditions; to keep the Stig’s identity confidential under all circumstances. That’s precisely the reason why you see this man barely register an emotion on the show, opting to stick to his go-to-move of crossing his arms to tell you what he thinks about you.

Very stoic, The Stig is.

But a recent report by the Daily Record may have Top Gear execs fidgeting in their seats after the British daily pretty much took the mystery out of the box and splashed it all over the news.

According to the Daily Record, The Stig is none other than Scottish racecar driver Gordon Shedden. Rumors that Shedden was The Stig took on a new life after the Scot demonstrated the Honda Mean Mower, a lawn mower that can do an incredible 135 mph. But demonstrating a garden vehicle didn’t register too much of a blip on the radar. What did, though, was a recent episode of Top Gear that showed The Stig giving the Mean Mower a run. The unfolding of events eventually gave way to rumors that Shedden was the man under the white racing suit.

The man didn’t even try to squash the rumors when he was asked about it, opting only to say"I don’t think anyone can say that. At the end of the day, it is just a person in a white suit. It’s more about the myth of Stig than who it is."

While no confirmation was made, this is one of those times where the adage "where there’s smoke, there’s fire" can be aptly used.

Click past the jump to learn more about Gordon Shedden

Source: Daily Record

The day when Top Gear returns to television is a cause for joy for a lot of us.

Our three favorite TV hosts are returning to BBC2 this Sunday, June 30th for their 20th season, a remarkable achievement for Jeremy Clarkson, James May, Richard Hammond, and yes, we’re counting The Stig in there, too.

So what exactly are we all in store for with season 20? Judging by the photos and the trailer for the season that were both recently released, we’re expecting nothing less than the usual doses of witty zaniness mixed with some high-powered vehicles and the occasional lemon thrown into the mix.

Supercars galore are also expected to be headlined, including the Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Black Series , the Jaguar F-Type , and of course, the Ferrari F12berlinetta .

In other words, we’re expecting Top Gear to be, well, Top Gear.

Click past the jump to watch the first official trailer of Top Gear’s 20th season

Source: Top Gear

If there’s one thing we know about the Stig, it’s that he never gets awestruck no matter how big the celebrity he meets. It didn’t happen with Tom Cruise or Cameron Diaz.

And apparently, it didn’t happen with Honda’s very own ASIMO .

Top Gear’s tame racing driver was recently featured in a hilarious new ad promoting the new look Top Gear Magazine. In the video, ASIMO tries to engage The Stig in a good ol’ fashioned dance-off, only to be met with the kind of stony indifference that has made the latter the enigmatic character that he is.

Numerous attempts prove futile until The Stig, still with his arms crossed, decides to just leave ASIMO in grooving to God-knows-what.

If for nothing else, its a pretty hilarious video that should provide quite the chuckle for anybody who wants to watch it. Anytime you can get the The Stig and ASIMO in one room on a proverbial dance-off, it makes for a must-watch video.

Even if one of them wants no part of it.

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From the series: "Which was first: the chicken or the egg?" we present you the latest series of Sealed Air’s Professor Packaging called "Will it Break?" It is pretty clear that the new series if a spoof of Top Gear’s "Will it Drift" question, except that it is more fun to watch!

Professor Packaging took an egg to a famous racetrack where he tied it to a the back of a Caterham 7 racecar in an attempt to see if the egg would break or not while the car is driving at high speeds. Behind the wheel was young driver Daniel Lloyd – AKA “Stag” – who did quite an amazing job behind the wheel.

So, what do you think; did the egg brake or not? Check the video to learn the answer to this question and also let us know what show do you prefer: "Will it break?" or "Will it drift?"

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Forza Horizon, the fifth installment in the Forza Motorsport series - was officially unveiled on October 23rd, 2012 and since then, Turn 10 Studios expanded it with tons of packages. The latest one was developed in cooperation with Top Gear and will be available now at a price of 400 MS Points. All the models in the pack can be individually ordered at a price of 240 MS Points.

The new pack includes a total of six cars: 2012 Aston Martin Vanquish , 2012 Bowler EXR S, 1998 Mercedes-Benz AMG Mercedes CLK GTR , 2011 Alfa Romeo TZ3 Stradale Zagato , 2011 Ford Transit SuperSportVan and 2002 BMW M3-GTR (available for free).

By far our favorite addition is the new Vanquish - a car that has already stolen the heart of many enthusiasts. It is powered by a 6.0-liter V-12 engine that delivers a total of 565 horsepower that sprints the car from 0 to 60 mph in 4.1 seconds and up to a top speed of 186 mph.

Hit the jump to rear Turn 10 Studio’s press release.

You may have seen an amateur video of this helicopter crash back in May of last year, but what we saw before pales in comparison to the ones that were captured by the actual cameras filming the first episode of Top Gear Korea.

During the filming of a segment involving a race between a Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 and an AH1 Helicopter, the pilot manning the controls of the latter somehow loses control of his ride. It ends up careening straight into the ground in a spectacular crash that was caught live on camera by the Top Gear crew.

While we’re thankful that the pilot escaped the nightmarish experience without any injuries, we’re wondering why the scene looks to have made it to the first episode of the show.

We’re all for hyping up a show the best way you can, but not at the expense of someone losing his life.

We’ve waited a long time for Top Gear to return to TV land and now that they have, it’s definitely great to see them back in the swing of things.

The first episode saw a whole lot of the unpredictable shenanigans the three hosts - and The Stig - have come to be known for. While the real treat of episode 1 was the Pagani Huayra’s record-setting lap around the Top Gear test track, the other segments also got our good jollies up and running again.

There’s James May taking a ride with rally driver Chris Meeke on board a Bentley Continental GT Speed , a car that probably isn’t the most suitable for rally-racing purposes. But seeing as this is Top Gear where nothing appears to be out of bounds, May and Meeke still went ahead and did the whole rally routine complete with Captain Slow playing the role of befuddled navigator.

Oh, and you can’t forget about Jeremy Clarkson’s new bad boy of a vehicle, the P45, which nobody should really confuse with the Ferrari P4/5 Competizione . Whereas the latter is a bona fide exotic super/race car, the former is, well, a cute little contraption with wheels.

Check out the highlights of the Top Gear’s pilot episode of Season 19 after the jump!

Pagani Huayra

The accolades just keep on coming for the mighty 2011 Pagani Huayra .

Already considered as one of the fastest and most beautiful supercars on the planet, the Huayra recorded yet another milestone during the first episode of Top Gear’s 19th season.

With the venerable Stig at the wheel, the Huayra managed to set a new record for a street-legal car on the Top Gear Test Track, breaking the line with a lap time of 1:13.8, more than a full second faster than what the previous record-holder — the Ariel Atom V8 — accomplished when it clocked in a time of 1:15.1.

It’s an impressive achievement for a street-legal car, although it’s still a little ways off of the time its brethren, the Pagani Zonda R , set when it blasted through the course in a scintillating 1:08.5. Of course, the Zonda R isn’t street legal, as is the Ferrari FXX , which posted a time of 1:10.7.

Be that as it may, the Huayra’s time is still spectacular.

The day many gearheads have all been waiting for is finally upon us. Everybody’s favorite auto magazine show is scheduled to return on January 27th. That’s right, folks, Top Gear is back!

This teaser, which you can see above, gives us a glimpse of what to expect when Jeremy, James and Richard return for another rollicking season full of laughs, races and challenges. This teaser puts a nice little twist into the antics that these fellas pull off. We’re not going to give it away, but it’s definitely a hoot.

And yes, don’t forget about the Stig. The boys aren’t the only one included in the trailer, as he is there is all of his white-racing-suit-donning glory.

Check out the video and let us know just how antsy you are to see this hit show back to running new episodes. We definitely can’t wait to see it.

Correction: Ah, mistakes happen sometimes. We mistakenly said the 19th season debuts on January 19th. Thanks to the fine folks at the BBC and Top Gear’s fantastic PR representative for informing us that it actually debuts on the 27th of January, so reset your TiVo!

Car enthusiasts from all over the globe be aware, as the 19th season of the famous British show Top Gear is just around the corner. The teaser video says nothing about an official date, but rumors suggest an official launch date for January 27th, so finger crossed.

Shortly after its UK premier, Top Gear will also be aired on BBC Entertainment, BBC Knowledge and BBC HD. As usual, Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May will be present and accounted for, as they once again test some of the best – and worst – cars in the world, and give them some of the most scathing reviews they’ll ever receive. Also returning for the 19th season is the calmer one of the bunch, the “professional” driver creatively named “The Stig.”

We’ll let you now once the official debut date is dropped, so stay tuned and get ready for the Top Gear boys to return. This is sure to be nothing short of another amazing season.

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