Bored now The Grand Touris the first season over? Need some artful, slow-motion footage of tires turning into smoke? Hang on because the BBCs Top gear is almost back. Last season ended in some disgrace. Ratings were appalling, and Chris Evans took responsibility and duly fell on his sword. But there was plenty to like about the post-Clarkson-era show, especially Chris Harris and Rory Reid. Top gear must have listened to the internet as it gives the pair a lot more to do this season, besides Matt LeBlanc.
Season 24 features the usual lineup of supercars: the Bugatti Chiron, Ford GT, and Ferrari FXX K, to name just three. And we can look forward to road trips through Kazakhstan, Cuba and Nevada, among others.
Obviously the Stig is coming back, and we’re especially looking forward to an episode where Sabine Schmidt tries to overtake a million pounds ($1,250,000) worth of supercars at the Nürburgring, armed with nothing more than a Volkswagen Golf GTI and Reid in the passenger seat count.
The new season starts in the UK – and thus on the web via BitTorrent – on March 5, but if you want to watch it legally in the US, you’ll have to wait until March 13. Will an Evans-less cast gel be more natural? Lest we forget, the magic that was Clarkson, Hammond and May firing on all the cylinders also took some time to develop. Nor is that trio immune to making boring TV; there was enough not to enjoy The Grand Tour as the season progressed.