Top Gear Season 24 will begin airing on March 5th, just a few days from now. Regardless of the fact that we have only seen a few scenes from the new season, people are already discussing the season’s potential on social media. But let’s take a look at what we actually know so far. The BBC has announced some changes in comparison to season 23, the biggest one being Chris Evan’s departure. However, there’s quite a lot of information floating around. In this article, we are going to sum it up and tell you everything you need to know about Top Gear’s season 24.
Who will be hosting the show?
After Chris Evans quit Top Gear, the BBC has stated that they won’t look for a replacement. That means, Top Gear is going to be back with its “holy trinity” – but featuring Matt LeBlanc, Chris Harris and Rory Reid.
- Matt LeBlanc is mainly known for his role on the US-sitcom, “Friends”. He appeared on the old Top Gear as a guest and has taken over the show as a host since season 23
- Chris Harris is a racing-driver and motoring journalist. He has his own Youtube-Channel, “Chris Harris on Cars”, where he presents his opinion on cars. He will join the host-team of Top Gear with season 24
- Rory Reid is also a motoring journalist and has been a long-time fan of Top Gear. He will also be joining the team with season 24
What cars will the team be testing?
Of course, a car show without cars wouldn’t be a car show. So far, the following cars are reported to appear on TG season 24:
- Abarth 124 Spider
- Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrafoglio
- Aston Martin DB11
- Avtoros Shaman (Wamah)
- Ferrari FXX K
- Lamborghini Huracan Spyder
- Mercedes S63 AMG
- Porsche 718 Cayman/ Porsche 911 Turbo S Cabriolet
- Renault Twingo GT
- Ssangyong Rodius
- VW Golf Clubsport S
Will there be challenges?
As far as we know, there will be at least two specific “challenges” in Top Gear’s season 24:
- The hosts will have to buy a car that has already driven at least 480,000 miles. They will then be doing several challenges in Kazakhstan
- Chris and Rory will be instructed to buy a used sports car with no more than £5.000. They are then tasked to impress the locals in Cuba and drive from the Bay of Pigs to Havana
Will the hosts be doing anything beyond cars?
Well, glad you asked: Actually, yes, they will be. But it may not be what you’d expect. As reported by The Daily Star, Matt, Chris and Rory will be doing a rather gross eating challenge. While in Kazakhstan, they will have to dine on “horse’s privates, sheep’s ears and pig’s face”. It seems as if at least Matt didn’t finish his meal, but we’ll have to wait and see..
Also, Rory, Matt and Chris will be riding around in a SsangYong Rodius luxury yacht.
What about the Stig?
Maybe you already got wind of the changes regarding the Stig and the invited celebreties in season 24 of Top Gear. If you haven’t, these are the essentials:
- The Stig will only drive cars around the track for testing and be present for challenges
- Chris Harris will be in charge of showing the celebrities around the track and advise them on their driving in the reasonably priced car
Other things you need to know
The show did in fact undergo a few more changes, so prepare for the following:
- The main set got a new look
- Celebrities will be included differently within the show and interviewed by all three hosts
- A new feature has been added to the Top Gear track, called “Left-At-Hammerhead” – some sort of “parallel-dimension”-thingy
Overall, it seems like the producing team and the show’s hosts are trying to leave beaten tracks and doing their own thing. In a very short while, we’ll know how that worked out. Until then, let us know what you think of the changes and everything else we know about season 24 so far down below in the comments.