BBC AMERICA announced today the greenlight of Top Gear America. With a nod to its U.K. roots, the reimagined U.S. spinoff of Top Gear will appear on BBCA with three new presenters in eight hour-long episodes starting later this year.  The series will be hosted by racing enthusiast and veteran film and television actor William Fichtner, world champion drag racer Antron Brown, and premier British automotive journalist Tom “Wookie” Ford. Season 24 of Top Gear is currently airing on BBCA on Sunday nights.

Sarah Barnett, President of BBCA, commented: “We are big fans of the mix of cars, credibility and charisma that adds up to the winning formula for Top Gear, and couldn’t be happier that BBCA is now the home for the franchise in the US, with Top Gear America joining the original show on our network. Bill, Antron and Wookie are serious gear heads who never take themselves too seriously.  It will be quite the trip.”

Each week will feature a different celebrity who will compete for top honor on the leader board at the new Top Gear studio and track, Speed Vegas. Of course the one and only The Stig, Top Gear’s mysterious test driver, will be leaving everyone in his petrol-hazed wake.

520bhp Audi A3 meets the Ur Quattro

As days go, today was a good one. Right up to the first braking zone, at least.

Alone in an original Audi Quattro from 1980, the problem dawned on me just a little too late, going a little too fast. Alone in an original Audi Quattro from 1980 meant using brakes from an original Audi Quattro from 1980. There was very little run off into some concrete. Brakes were applied. Little happened. Thoughts quickly degenerated from ‘wow, today is excellent,’ to ‘wow, I wonder how they’ll identify me when I’ve been smeared across a wall’.

Thankfully, whatever cosmic forces are at work upstairs appeared to be in a good mood, and enough speed was scrubbed from the Audi to turn into the hairpin - tyres squealing - without understeering out of shot and into concrete. Phew. Embarassing phonecall to Audi AG avoided, I pulled over to take stock.

It’s a blinder, this original Quattro. Built in 1980 as a showpiece, it’s a snapshot of a company on the cusp of building a legacy as a technological innovator. And it all spawned from a German military-spec off-roader, the 4WD VW Iltis. Audi chassis engineer at the time, Jörg Bensinger, clearly had a Top Gear moment: why not use such a four-wheel-drive system in a road-going car? [x]

CONFIRMED: Top Gear UK and US premiere dates for Series 22 are set:

-Sunday, 25 January at 8pm on BBC Two

-Monday, January 26th at 8:30pm on bbcamerica

For the first time, US fans of Top Gear can watch the new episodes ONE DAY after they premiere in the UK.

Get a preview of Series 22 this Sunday, 18 January at 9pm GMT with “An Evening with Top Gear” with Jeremy, James and Richard.

TOTALLY BADASS || a top gear us biker gang au fanmix

There are whispers about the newest biker gang to hit the mean streets. Things like, “what the hell are they wearing?” and, “fucking dorks.”

In which Tanner is the new guy who’s sure this is the biggest mistake he’s ever made. Adam is the weird guy who never seems to be on his bike but is a part of the gang anyway. And Rut is their leader who wanders off sometimes saying something about getting closer to his “native american roots.”

1. Highway To Hell - AC/DC // 2. Judas - Lady Gaga // 3. Another One Bites The Dust - Queen // 4. Teeth - Lady Gaga // 5. Can’t Be Tamed - Miley Cyrus // 6. Walk This Way - Areosmith // 7. Blackstar - Celldweller // 8. You’re Gonna Go Far Kid - The Offspring // 9. Run Devil Run - Ke$ha

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