NEW LINE-UP: The new Top Gear presenters are from left: Rory Reid, Sabine Schmitz, Matt Le Blanc, Chris Evans, Chris Harris and Eddie Jordan. Image: Top Gear
Cape Town - Hit motoring show, Top Gear, has unveiled its full line-up of presenters - a total of six hosts...well, seven if you count the team's masked test driver - The Stig.
According to Top Gear: "The new team will cover the entire automotive spectrum and bring with them their own unique and very individual love of cars that will resonate with every type of Top Gear viewer from the family who enjoy the entertainment values of the show, to aspirational car lovers and fanatical petrolheads."
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Meet the team:Eddie Jordan - Motorsport guru and Formula 1 commentator
Sabine Schmitz - World record-breaking German racing driver
Chris Harris - Renowned motoring journalist and YouTube star
Rory Reid - Car reviewer and TV presenter
Chris Evans - No not 'Captain America' but rather the veteran BBC radio DJ.
Matt LeBlanc - Actor (Joey in 'Friends') and motoring enthusiast.
Get to know the new hosts:
Chris Evans said of his new Top Gear crew: “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."
Eddie Jordan said: “I’m giddy with excitement to be joining Chris and the team. I have such enormous respect for all my fellow presenters and I politely ask that they go easy on these old bones.
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."
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Chris Harris said: “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. I’m also quite gobby and happy to get into trouble, so I'm hoping I can underpin the programme with journalistic credibility but still cause some mischief.
"And if it all goes wrong, well, I can say I was once on Top Gear, and just head back to being that annoying small bloke off YouTube."
Harris is well-known for sliding high-performance cars:
Sabine Schmitz added: “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.
"I’ve appeared on Top Gear a few times in the past, so I know we’re going to have a lot of fun.”
Watch: Sabine Schmitz races a van around the Nurburgring
Rory Reid commented: “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. To be the only person to make it through the open audition process makes me immensely proud.
"I've been a Top Gear fan for decades, but more than that, I live and breathe cars in a way that is perfectly compatible with the show. I'm looking forward to bringing my brand of knowledge, energy and humour to what promises to be a very exciting new series."
Watch: Rory sees if he can lift a car with seat belts!
The Stig, clearly not wanting to be left out of today’s announcement, sent the following reply via electronic communication: “-.-. .... . .-- .. . --..-- / .-- . .----. .-. . / .... --- -- . .-.-.-“
And the Stig: Watch him do what he does best