The BBC has made no secret of the fact its new version of television program Top Gear will not attempt to emulate the old one, but some things simply can’t be tampered with.
Upon confirmation that BBC Radio personality and car fan, Chris Evans, would be hosting the new version, speculation began immediately as to who would be joining him.
The idea that Evans would host the show alone seemed highly unlikely, and now reports out the UK have thrown up some interesting names as potential sidekicks.
Former presenter Jeremy Clarkson took to Schmitz’s home track in an attempt to better ten minutes while lapping a Jaguar S-Type diesel, introducing Schmitz to Top Gear’s audience for the first time.
Motoring journalist Chris Harris will reportedly complete the trio of new hosts. Harris has amassed a loyal following on social media, thanks to his video car reviews, and has had previous experience with print and online journalism.
The Stig is still likely to have a home on Top Gear, given the BBC owns the concept of the creature in white with an unrivalled driving ability, but former Formula 1 driver David Coulthard has also been linked with the show.
Clarkson, along with fellow former hosts Richard Hammond and James May, will present a new motoring program for the Amazon online service.
Top Gear’s first episode of 16 under its new host/s will air in the UK in May next year, but it remains to be seen if the program can survive without Clarkson, Hammond and May.