New Top Gear Series Starts 29 May – What to Expect

The brand new series of BBC’s flagship Top Gear show starts this Sunday 29 May. New hosts Chris Evans and Matt LeBlanc will be joined by guest presenters Rory Reid, Sabine Schmitz, Chris Harris and Eddie Jordan.

Top Gear is the most widely watched factual TV show in the world, seen by audiences in 212 territories – an estimated 350 million people!

What to expect from the new series

The 23rd series will be the first to feature the new presenters, but the format will stay largely the same. Expect new cars, daring stunts and celebrity guests. Anonymous racing driver the Stig is also set to return.

Top Gear says filming for the new series has taken place in nine countries over eight months, with the six presenters racking up a combined total of 7500 miles.

But there are changes to the new Top Gear format. The test track has been updated to feature a rallycross zone, a water splash area and a jump. The ‘Star in a Reasonably Priced Car’ is now ‘Star in Rallycross Car’.

The car used in this section is going to be a red Mini Cooper with specially upgraded suspension.

Episode one preview - watch the trailer

Chris Evans heads to Nevada in celebration of the 30th anniversary of the 1986 classic Top Gun. He will pit the 645bhp Dodge Viper ACR against a Chevy Corvette Z06, driven by guest presenter Sabine Schmitz.

Matt LeBlanc will take Ariel’s Nomad into deepest Morocco, and then rejoin Chris for a UK vs US challenge. The pair take a rain-soaked road trip to Blackpool in roofless Reliant Rialtos.

The first studio guests will be chef Gordon Ramsey and actor Jesse Eisenberg from The Social Network and Batman vs Superman.

Plus look out for the new spin-off, Extra Gear, on BBC iPlayer immediately after the show. Extra Gear will be hosted by Top Gear guest presenter Rory Reid and feature behind-the-scenes footage and interviews not shown in the main programme.

Top Gear returns to BBC2 on Sunday 29 May at 8pm. The new series will run for six episodes.