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New Top Gear Series Trailer


The biggest motoring programme on the planet, Top Gear, has picked up six new presenters to replace Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May.

Here is the first teaser trailer: 

The Top Gear hosts at a glance

Here is a brief background on each of the new hosts:

Chris Evans

Chris Evans is an English presenter, businessman and radio and TV producer. He started his broadcasting career working for Piccadilly Radio, Manchester as a teenager before moving to London as a presenter for the BBC's Greater London Radio and then Channel 4 television, where The Big Breakfast made him a star. He was soon able to dictate highly favourable terms, allowing him to broadcast on competing radio and TV stations. Slots like Radio 1 Breakfast Show and TFI Friday provided a mix of celebrity interviews, music and comic games, delivered in an irreverent style that attracted high ratings. According to the Sunday Times Rich List, he was the UK's highest paid entertainer by 2000.

In 2005, he started a new career on BBC Radio 2 hosting the long-running Drivetime programme before moving to host The Chris Evans Breakfast Show in 2010, every weekday morning. He previously presented The One Showon Fridays between 2010 and 2015.

In 2015, he signed a three-year deal to lead a new Top Gear line-up.

Eddie Jordan

Eddie Jordan is an Irish former motorsport team boss, businessman, entrepreneur, musician and mentor. He was the founder and owner of Jordan Grand Prix, a Formula One constructor, which operated from 1991 to 2005. He was the lead analyst for Formula One coverage on the BBC from 2009 to 2015.

Born in Dublin, he discovered go-kart racing on a working holiday in Jersey, later entering the Irish Kart Championship in 1971, which he won. A move to Formula Ford in 1974 resulted in consistency over two years and later he entered the Formula Atlantic and Formula Three championships. In 1979, Jordan founded Eddie Jordan Racing, entering motor races across the United Kingdom and later moving into Formula 3000. In 1991, Jordan established a new team, Jordan Grand Prix, which raced in Formula One motor racing from 1991 until selling the team to Russian-Canadian businessman, Alex Shnaider, who renamed the team Midland in 2006.

In 2009, Jordan returned as an analyst for the BBC's Formula One coverage alongside former Formula One driver, David Coulthard and journalist, Jake Humphrey, becoming known for breaking stories before they were confirmed by teams.

Chris Harris

Chris Harris began his career in motoring journalism at Autocar, and quickly rose to become road test editor. He left Autocar in 2008, and has spent time writing for other motoring titles as well as presenting motoring videos on YouTube, both for the Drive channel and for his own series, Chris Harris on Cars

Sabine Schmitz

Sabine Schmitz is a German professional motor racing driver for BMW and Porsche. She is also a television personality.

Born to the local hotel and restaurant-owning Schmitz family, Sabine trained as Hotelfachfrau (graduate in hotel and catering business) and Sommelière.

Following occasional drives with the family car on the Nordschleife, she and her sisters started racing, but only Sabine continued and collected victories. She came to mass public attention driving one of the two BMW M5’s "Ring Taxis" around the 20.8km-long racetrack in an entertaining manner.

As a result of her charisma and popularity as "the fastest taxi driver in the world," Schmitz became an occasional motorsport guest commentator, known for her gleefully dry descriptions of driving incidents.

Her first appearance on British television was on the 2002 BBC programme, Jeremy Clarkson Meets the Neighbours, where she takes Jeremy around the Nürburgring in the "Ring Taxi".

In December 2004, Schmitz gained further recognition in the United Kingdom after appearing in the BBC television show, Top Gear with presenter, Jeremy Clarkson.

In March 2015, The Guardian featured a satirical article calling for Schmitz to be the new presenter of Top Gear in order to gracefully cancel the show, concluding that, "She has appeared from time to time on Top Gear in the past, and shown herself to possess exactly the right mix of knowledge and boisterousness for the job every time. Plus, she is both German and a woman, a combination of traits so alien to the majority of Top Gear viewers that the whole show would probably self-destruct within an hour of her taking the job. And surely, at this point, that would, as they say, be the best outcome for everyone involved."

Rory Reid

Rory Reid is a motoring journalist and television presenter. He has presented on Sky Television's, Gadget Geeks, CNet's Car Tech channel and on the YouTube car channel, Fast, Furious & Funny.

He is also Editor-in-Chief for the website, and works on Saturday Edition on BBC Radio 5 Live.

Matt le Blanc

Matt LeBlanc is an American actor, comedian, and producer, best known for his role as Joey Tribbiani on the NBC sitcom, Friends.

In 2011, LeBlanc began starring as a fictional version of himself in Episodes, a BBC Two/Showtime television series created by Friends co-creator David Crane and Jeffrey Klarik.

He won a Golden Globe award for his work on Episodes, and was nominated for an Emmy three times for his work on Friends and four times for Episodes.

Do you think that this eclectic group of automotive enthusiasts could do a better job than the Clarkson/Hammond/May trio?

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