At long last, the first trailer for the new-look Top Gear has dropped and it's time to state your allegiance. Since the new lineup, including UK presenter Chris Evans and US car fanatic Matt LeBlanc, was announced back in February, the show has triggered a mixture of excitement and uncertainty from fans of the long-running BBC series, who have always been pretty passionate about the original hosts.
While the leading duo may not be the most obvious of choices to take over from Jeremy Clarkson, James May and Richard Hammond (who have headed over to Amazon Prime), the new trailer definitely feels familiar, and it would seem that the reinvention has at least managed to capture some of the old spirit of the show.
The 60-second clip, which was released on Thursday, is a mini explosion of fast cars, faster jets, machine guns and what looks like a Reliant three-wheeler decked out like the American flag (Le Blanc has arrived, people!) being towed down the British motorway — all set to the tune of '70s hit 'I Just Want To Celebrate'. Here's what we can expect to see when the series starts in May.
That's right, he's back! Top Gear wouldn't be Top Gear without the mysterious man in white.
We can see a whole host of fine vehicles, including the Aston Martin Vulcan, the Dodge Viper ACR and the Ferrari F12 TDF.
There's some serious drifting going on and that's got to create some friction, not to mention the Ariel Nomad getting down and dirty off road.
The clip includes gorgeous footage shot in the UK, US, France, Morocco and the UAE.
It looks like Evans might be struggling to stay sane on the track... The trailer ends with him vomiting on the trackside after going for a spin in an Audi R8 V10 with co-star, Sabine Schmitz.
Watch the full clip below:
Ah, America and Britain coming together over the common interest of yelling while driving around like maniacs. Evans and Le Blanc will also be joined by longtime motoring journalist Rory Reid, YouTube’s own Chris Harris, veteran F1 commenter Eddie Jordan and former D MOTOR presenter Sabine Schmitz, who is featured in the clip.
The BBC is yet to confirm an official start date but the new series is expected to air towards the end of May.