When Jay Leno officially hung up his gloves as a late-night talk show host, the prevailing thought was it was only a matter of time before he ends up in front of the cameras again.

Apparently, the return was sooner than most of us thought. Leno is scheduled to debut a one-hour prime-time show, which is predictably called, ‘The Jay Leno Show’, and being a true pistonhead, Leno is pitching to include an auto-racing event as one of his key segments.

While the format for this segment seems familiar – Leno actually copied it from Top Gear’s ‘Reasonably-Priced Car Challenge’ from which, ironically, he was one of the guest drivers – the ex-late night host is adding his own personal twist into this segment.

He’s calling it the “Green Car Challenge”, which will have celebrities racing around a specially-designed track inside the NBC compound in a – you guessed it – environmentally-friendly car.

Continued after the jump.

While there are still no announcements as to what specific car the celebrities will race in, Leno says that he’s in advanced talks with a ‘major manufacturer’ to provide high-powered electric cars for the celebrities.

We’re all excited to see how this all plays out, especially if you put a high-name celebrity behind the wheel of an electric car masquerading as a sports car. In any case, the Jay Leno Show debuts on September 14, 10 p.m. EST on NBC.

Be sure to catch it!

Source: Ecorazzi

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  (247) posted on 11.7.2010

That’s because fully electric cars don’t need a transmission. Full torque is available any RPM.

  (380) posted on 08.25.2010

That’s too nice for mr.Leno.

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