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Top Gear America is coming back from the dead to gauge interest of the audience – so we’re gearing up for an initial season-only installment – with actor William Fichtner taking the front position.

BBC America is rekindling the series following its demise from the History channel last year following a six-season run. AMC Networks has placed an order for an eight-episode season of Top Gear America to compliment the now successful BBC-produced U.K. program, and according to rumors it will air quite fast – later this year. Actor William Fichtner from Black Hawk Down, The Dark Knight, Armageddon, Lone Ranger, Prison Break will be on point, helped by two interesting co-hosts: world champion drag racer Antron Brown, and British auto journalist Tom “Wookie” Ford, formerly at Fifth Gear.

The show will reenact the classic Top Gear format, with the three hosts embarking on adventures across America and driving various vehicles – while celebrities will take turns at trying to best themselves and others on the track. There’s even an American version of the Stig planned. “We are big fans of the mix of cars, credibility, and charisma that adds up to the winning formula for Top Gear, and couldn’t be happier that BBCA is now the home for the franchise in the U.S., with Top Gear America joining the original show on our network,” said BBC America president Sarah Barnett.