Top Gear Launched in China: Video
If you remember back a few short weeks, we told you France was getting its own version of Great Britain’s Top Gear, the automotive show that earns the country’s – nigh, the world’s — top ratings in its category. Now it’s China’s turn. Above is the teaser trailer for the recently debuted series. It contains all the stunts, laughs, scary moments, and antics you’d expect from Top Gear. According the to the BBC, the show is presented by the men who are already well-known stars in China. Richie Jen is a pop singer turned professional racer, Tian Liang is a former Olympic diver, and Cheng Lei, the host of Chinese Idol.
Though Top Gear has been formatted for other local markets before, including the U.S., China is the show’s largest market to date with the reasonable expectation for viewership numbering in the hundreds of millions.
China’s new show will still feature all the familiar segments, including the star in a reasonably priced car, a live studio audience, and even a Chinese Stig. It will have special guest appearances by celebrities, outlandish stunts (as evidenced by the video above), and loads of off-color comedy.