Top Gear fans rejoice, the boys are back! Now in their fourth series at the wheel, and the landmark 30th series overall, Freddie Flintoff, Paddy McGuinness and Chris Harris are back on the telly again this weekend on BBC One.
Driving Experience has managed to have a sneaky peak at what we can expect from this new run, so what are you waiting for? Read on if you’re wanting to get all the inside information…
Not for the first time in this last year, the show’s had to adapt in response to the changing nature of restrictions during the COVID-19 pandemic and further lockdowns.
Following the drive-in stage that was used at Dunsfold Park on Series 29 last autumn, the team have temporarily moved lock, stock and barrel to the iconic Television Centre in London for the 30th series.
It means that this will be the first series in the show’s 19 year history to not be filmed at the famous test track in Surrey. All the links for the episodes were filmed minus an audience on a two night shoot at the BBC’s home in White City, Shepherd’s Bush at the beginning of this year.
The visuals are still quite spectacular though as you can see from the trailer above, as a troupe of 20 supercars, including Aston Martins, Porsches and Bentleys are circled around the Helios statue. So you could argue the boys are working from home like the rest of us!
We can all remember the car that our parents drove growing up, or even perhaps the one that we took to the wheel of fresh from passing our driving test. But have you ever wondered what it’d be like to drive them today?
On the first episode this Sunday, Freddie, Paddy and Chris will get to do just that, on a film they did up in the Lake District where they are reunited with their treasured first sets of wheels.
And of course, on top of the racing against each other in them, there’s the inevitable dash for the ferry, because Dad’s old cars and Dad’s old cars road trips. A golden oldie in waiting, we say!
Also on the first episode this weekend will be the debut UK television airing of Lamborghini’s first ever hybrid supercar. The Italian makers of the most famous fighting bulls in all the supercar world have finally taken the move towards electric with their new Sian model.
Chris will have the honour of taking it for a test spin, and will discover that it’s powered, not on a lithium battery like other hybrid supercars, but instead on something called supercapacitors.
It sounds like something out of Back to the Future, we grant you, but trust us when we say that it’ll all make sense when you finally see it - and just how insanely powered it is to boot!
Other exploits of the team that we can also look forward to from the series trailer include Freddie hitting the track in half a car (yes, really), an all electric Off Road Buggy, a flying jetpack, and also Paddy gets to live out his 007 dreams as he takes to the wheel of a classic Aston Martin DB5. His thoughts? ‘Consider me shaken - and very stirred!’
The new series of Top Gear starts this Sunday, 14th March at 8pm on BBC One. To book your next driving experience at the show’s test track in Dunsfold Park, Surrey, including our special Top Gear driving day packages, from available dates and gift vouchers, head on over to the Dunsfold Park page of the Driving Experience website today!