We already knew about Chris Evans and Matt LeBlanc, but now the full lineup of hosts tasked with replacing Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May have been revealed.
Radio host Evans and Friends superstar LeBlanc will be joined by motorsport guru and Formula 1 commentator Eddie Jordan, world record-breaking German racing driver Sabine Schmitz, renowned motoring journalist and YouTube petrolhead Chris Harris, and car reviewer and TV presenter Rory Reid.
Sabine Schmitz, the legendary Queen of the Nurburgring, is a particularly interesting addition to the team, as she becomes the show’s first female presenter in 15 years. A familiar face to Top Gear viewers following her appearances in series 5 and series 11, she has presented several motoring shows on German television, and has already completed some filming with Chris Evans in a sequence that will supposedly leave even the most hardened speed–demons gasping for breath when it debuts on TV.
“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,” Sabine says. “I’ve appeared on Top Gear a few times in the past, so I know we’re going to have a lot of fun.”
Chris Evans said of his new Top Gear gang: “We really do have a bit of everything for everyone. A fellow lifelong petrolhead from the other side of the pond in Matt; a fearless speed-demon in the irrepressible and effervescent Sabine; the encyclopedic, funny and wonderfully colourful character that is EJ; Chris, one of the
world’s top no-nonsense car reviewers; and Rory, who simply blew me away in his audition and fully deserves his place on the team.”
The mysterious Stig will round out what the show is billing as its new ‘Magnificent Seven’.
In Australia, the new Top Gear will air on BBC Knowledge from this May.