In the past few years, we’ve become so accustomed to Top Gear airing two seasons annually that when we heard a report that Top Gear wouldn’t return until next year, we were almost blown our off our chairs, quite literally.
The last couple of seasons have begun with a Christmas special while the remaining episodes of that season air in the weeks after the calendar ticks over for another year, before the ever-hilarious British show returns for our viewing pleasure in the later-half of the year. However, if Jeremy Clarkson is to be believed, and on this issue he definitely is as he hosts the show, Top Gear won’t return this year, meaning we’ll just have to settle for watching old re-runs.
Clarkson broke the news while talking to South African radio show Ballz Visual Radio stating, "There’s no Top Gear on this year." So the rest is pretty self-explanatory, right? Well, not exactly as it’s unclear just why Top Gear won’t be adding a nineteenth season this year, but we suspect a few factors could be at play.
First and foremost the Olympic Games in London kick off on the 27th of July, right around the time a new season of Top Gear would premiere and the show’s producers obviously cannot compete with the viewing audience which will be glued to their TV’s watching the Olympics. Another possible reason for the delay is rising production costs needed for producing the show and perhaps the BBC is saving up cash to deliver one balls-out, full-on, epic season of Top Gear annually.
Check out the video of the telephone interview below and tell us, why do you think Top Gear won’t appear until 2013?
Ben Collins rose to what some may call infamy last year when he exposed himself as "The Stig" from the famous Top Gear show. Shortly after his reveal, Collins got fired , but unemployment was never an avenue we thought he would take. Turns out we were right, and he is doing rather well and currently working as a stuntman on the set of the new James Bond movie "Skyfall."
Once the man behind the white helmet, Collins is now the man doing all of the dirty work for Daniel Craig. Collins has been in the driver seat in some of the most daring chase sequences filmed in Istanbul and Turkey. His recent job was to crash a grey Land Rover into the side of a black Audi, almost destroying it. However, this is not the only Audi crashed in the movie: a total of 15 cars found their death during filming, including six during pre-filming tests.
Collins has done stunts for James Bond before in Quantum Of Solace and Casino Royale. The job seems to be pretty easy for him, but it’s actually a tough job and an expensive one: just one scene can cost up to $1 million.
BMW has always been obsessed with producing the ‘ultimate driving machine,’ and no, those machines don’t just come in the form of M-series vehicles. Nope, BMW strives to deliver perfection in every single car made by the German giant, and if Richard Hammond is to be believed, they may have just created the best car ever with the recently launched BMW 320d coupe.
On paper, a claim like that may sound unfounded considering there are cars literally 10 times the price of the 320d on the market, and surely they’re better? But, that’s not the point. The point is whether a car is or isn’t the complete package, and Hammond truly believes the 320d is that exact package. He praises the styling, the handing, the rear leg room, the price and has great difficulty naming even one flaw.
In the end, the respected journo simply states that the red stripe running across the dashboard in the Sport trim variant is the only downside of what else is a perfect car.
It’s very interesting to note that the 320d in question is actually the base version in the diesel range, yet it seems to be the best. It may only come fitted with a four-cylinder diesel engine producing 184 HP at 4,000 rpm, but it does deliver 280 lb-ft of torque and as we know from experience, the best thing about diesel’s is the seemingly never endless torque they deliver.
Follow the link to find the original review on the Mirror.
Richard Hammond is stepping out of Jeremy Clarkson’s enormous shadow and heading over across the pond here to America for his own TV show.
Lest we forget what Hammond has done in the past when you put a crazy vehicle in front of him, all of that will be on full display with his new BBC show, "Crash Course." The premise of the show is pretty straight-forward. You take the Hamster and put him inside some of the "world’s toughest vehicles" and then you see what happens next.
This trailer for the show will at least tell you what to expect. Whether it’s an Abrams tank, a fire truck, or even a crane with a wrecking ball on it, Hammond will find a way to learn as much as he can about these machines without destroying everything around him. Of course, promises like that pretty much mean nothing when it comes to Richard Hammond.
And that’s exactly why Crash Course will soon be on our must-watch list when it makes its debut on April 16, 2012 over at BBC America.
The new BMW M5 has been out for quite some time, but this may actually be the first time we see Richard Hammond from Top Gear behind the wheel of the sports sedan. He recently took it out for a test spin and seemed to rather enjoy himself, which isn’t surprising considering the BMW M5 has all the tools needed for an invigorating driving experience!
For those of you who still don’t know, the M5 is powered by a high-revving 4.4-liter V8 engine with an M TwinPower Turbo package that delivers an impressive 560 hp at 6,000 – 7,000 rpm and a peak torque of 502 lb-ft from 1,500 rpm. The model will sprint from 0 to 60 mph in 4.4 seconds and, when the speed limiter is removed, is capable of hitting an impressive top speed of 190 mph.
There’s been a number of stars to sit behind the wheel of Top Gear’s "Reasonably Priced Car," but this week’s celebrity may have a leg up on his competitors. On Sunday, March 18, 2012, Formula One race car driver, Kimi Raikkonen, will try to set his best lap around the Top Gear test track and get to spend some time with the Stig.
Obviously, the Stig didn’t have much to say during the whole ordeal, but Jeremy Clarkson told Raikkenon that the Stig was one of his biggest fans. To that, Raikkenon replied that the Stig had the best job because he could drive cars and not have to talk. Future Stig in the making? Maybe.
All that aside, this teaser video shows part of the interview with Kimi Raikkenon, as well as some shots of him calmly taking his lap around the track. How did he fare in a car that is nothing like the Formula One cars he is used to driving? Check out Top Gear on Sunday to find out!
A show like Top Gear invites so many risks, especially when it comes to doing stunts on moving objects traveling at great speeds on the road.
Or sometimes, in the sky.
What you are watching isn’t a stunt, nor is it the result of digital effects. That, ladies and gentlemen, is an actual AH1 Cobra military helicopter that’s on its way to crashing. The accident took place at the Coolidge Airport in Coolidge, Arizona while filming a high-profile stunt for the first episode of Top Gear Korea . You might be wondering what Top Gear Korea is doing filming in the US, but that’s inconsequential at this point.
What’s important is that while the scene looks incredibly scary, nobody was seriously injured or killed when the helicopter slammed into the ground. Everything was going smoothly until the pilot of the chopper lost control of his bird, sending it hurtling down the ground faster than anybody could yell "watch out!"
According to Coolidge Police Chief Joe Brugman, the pilots walked out of the crash relatively unscathed after helicopter’s safety gear sprung into action moments before the helicopter hit the ground. No word yet on whether there were any mechanical failures from the retired chopper that could have led to the accident, but at this point, we’re relieved that nobody was seriously harmed from the entire debacle.
In the latest episode of Top Gear, Jeremy Clarkson got behind the wheel of one of the most impressive sports cars of the moment: a Mercedes C63 AMG Coupe Black Series . But he didn’t just test drive it; Clarkson put it up against Maserati’s GranTurismo MC Stradale to see how it would fair. The result was an impressive show.
As a refresher: The C63 AMG Black Series is powered by a 6.3 liter V8 engine that delivers a total of 510 HP and a peak torque of 457 lb-ft. It sprints from 0 to 60 mph in just 4.2 seconds and can hit a top speed of 155 mph.
If just last week we brought you a trailer video for the Top Gear Season 18, today is time to watch the full episode 1. That of course if you haven’t already watched it on Sunday, January 29thh at 8pm on BBC2. But still, if you did and just want to see some of the cool scenes, this is your change.
For the first episode of the series 18, Top Gear crew returned to Italy for a road-trip behind the wheels of three amazing cars: a McLaren MP4-12C , a Noble 6000 and of course a Lamborghini Aventador. The crew started their journey in the southern town of Nardo, then they head to Imola, via Rome, taking in a series of challenges along the way.
Hit the jump for a few more video. We hope you’ll enjoy it!
A few days after releasing the first video teasing the 18th season of the famous UK auto show, Top Gear has now trickled out some preview images of the new series.
Plenty of cool cars have made it to the Top Gear set for their 18th season, including the brand new Lamborghini Aventador , the McLaren MP4-12C , the Mercedes C63 AMG Black , and many, many more. These photos will also show a behind the scenes look on the trio of Top Gear hosts, as well as some ninja fighting moves by the Stig.
"Those who like to keep up with the fast-moving digital age will have seen our new trailer by now: Ray Winstone, Richard at the NASCAR, James on a rather bizarre lap of Dunsfold, a flying man with wings, Jeremy in a wig blowing up a caravan, a C63 AMG Black in a cloud of tyre-smoke and a new, dapper incarnation of the Stig."
Check out the premiere of Top Gear UK Season 18 on Sunday, January 29th at 8pm on BBC2.