After months of speculations, BBC has finally revealed the new Top Gear full team and it has quite a various lineup of personalities.
After last week’s announcement of Matt LeBlanc as co-host, the new Top Gear team has been officially revealed by the BBC, with no more than 7 members trying to revamp the show. Therefore, alongside Chris Evans and “Joey”, the full cast includes the British motoring journalists Chris Harris and Rory Reid, the former F1 team owner Eddie Jordan, the Queen of the Nurburgring Sabine Schmitz and, of course, the “alien” Stig. If rumours already pointed out towards Harris and Schmitz, the others are quite a surprise, but in a good way. They all have deep love for cars and plenty of motoring experience to promise an entertaining new series.
Eddie Jordan is an Irish former racing driver, team owner and entrepreneur, bringing with him some heavyweight Formula 1 background: “Cars are in my DNA and although I’ve been fortunate enough to accomplish most things I ever aspired to in motorsport, presenting Top Gear is quite simply the icing on the cake.”
Motoring journalist Chris Harris is probably best known for his popular YouTube channel, Chris Harris on Cars, which he launched in 2014, but he wrote in the past for publications such as Evo and Autocar: “Top Gear is the thing that helped shape my life with cars, my perception of cars and my obsession with cars, and I’m raring to give it a go.”
Sabine Schmitz is not a stranger to fans, as she had several appearances on Top Gear. She is a professional motor racing driver for BMW and Porsche, also known for driving the BMW “Ring taxi” around The Green Hell: “I grew up next to the Nurburgring, and have been racing for most of my life, so the chance to combine both driving and filming was too good an opportunity to pass up.”
And newcomer Rory Reid, who was recruited to Top Gear from the show’s 2015 public auditions, is an award-winning journalist, who has launched and presented for CNET’s Car Tech channel, and also had a starring role in Sky 1’s Gadget Geeks series: “When I submitted my 30-second audition tape, I knew the odds were very firmly against me, as the auditions were open to absolutely everybody. I live and breathe cars in a way that is perfectly compatible with the show.”