Top Gear Full Presenter Line-Up Confirmed

Top Gear is one of the most successful programmes worldwide and its success relies on the camaraderie between Richard Hammond, Jeremy Clarkson and James May. Originally, the show used to primarily target car enthusiasts and adopted a professional style to produce detailed car reviews. Even though this proved to be a successful formula, the programme really shone to new heights with a revised presenting team and greater emphasis on comedy. This meant viewers often tuned in even if they didn’t really like motoring. Unfortunately, Jeremy Clarkson’s ‘fracas’ with a producer resulted with his dismissal and the end of Top Gear’s highly popular trio. Instead of cancelling the show entirely, the BBC decided to recruit a brand new presenting team and compete with Clarkson’s new show on Amazon Instant Video.

The line-up has been the subject of various rumours, and early reports linked Suzi Perry, and other individuals to the leading role. Finally, the BBC has disclosed their full presenting team which is as follows:

“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 are today all confirmed to join Chris Evans and Matt LeBlanc for the eagerly awaited return of Top Gear.”

The BBC also released statements from key staff members which reads:

Rory Reid –  “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.”

Sabine Schmitz – “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.”

Chris Harris –  “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.”

Eddie Jordan – “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.”

Chris Evans – “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.”

What do you think of the new Top Gear line-up?

Matt LeBlanc Joins Chris Evans as Top Gear Host

A quick break from the world of tech news for a moment, as we take a look at the wider world of product reviews. Just when you thought the new-new Top Gear couldn’t get any more different from the old-new Top Gear, we get a bombshell like this. Not only is Chris Evans already onboard and filming for the new season of the show, which will air in May this year, but he’ll now be joined by Matt LeBlanc. That’s right, the legendary TV star who for many years played the beloved Joey Tribbiani on Friends, is taking up a seat in TG studio and behind the wheel!

“As a car nut and a massive fan of Top Gear, I’m honoured and excited to be a part of this iconic show’s new chapter,” said Matt. “What a thrill!”

Top Gear show fans will recall that there’s, at least, one good reason for calling Matt in to join the team after he set the fastest-ever Star in a Reasonably Priced Car lap time. He clocked up an impressive 1m 42.1s in the Kia Cee’d, so he’s obviously got some talent behind the wheel.

Chris Evans said of his new TG presenter: “Matt’s a lifelong fellow petrolhead and I’m thrilled he’s joining Top Gear. Acting out our craziest car notions on screen is a dream job and I know we’ll both be debating some epic road trip ideas. We can’t wait to share what we’ve been up to on screen later this year,” he added.

Matt isn’t new to top gear, with his fast lap time, helping test the new Kia Cee’d in the following season, as well as driving The Stig around in an McLaren MP4-12C and hosting the Top Gear spin-off “The Races.” So while he may have seemed like the oddball choice, perhaps it’s been staring us in the face longer than we realised.

Don’t think we’re done yet though, Top Gear say we’ll find out news about additional Top Gear cast members shortly!

Clarkson Takes a Cheeky Shot at BBC in New Fire TV Stick Ad

It’s no secret that things between the BBC and Clarkson are a little up in the air, especially after his fairly regular outbursts, things he’s said on TV that weren’t exactly PC, getting into the now historical ‘fracas’ with a co-worker and, of course, him being fired over the matter and jumping ship to Amazon. To make good on their new deal, Amazon is wasting little time putting Clarkson, and no doubt his two buddies, to good use.

As you can see in the video below, Clarkson is touting the new Amazon Fire TV Stick, in pretty much the style we’ve come to expect from him. Of course, with the new show on the way in 2016, Amazon don’t want fans of Clarkson and his crew to miss out. Watching on your PC or mobile device is one thing, but the Fire Stick is great for watching streamed content on the big screen; unless you already have one of the few smart TVs that has actually got a decent app/CPU combo to be usable.

With Amazon spending £160m for 36 episodes, there’s no doubt that they’ll want a lot of people to tune in to recoup some of their investment.

Are you looking forward to the new Clarkson show? Let us know in the comments section below.

Amazon Signs Deal With Clarkson, Hammond and May!

It has been an absolute rollercoaster for Clarkson, Hammond and May this last few months. From the height of their fame as the stars of popular BBC motoring show Top Gear, to the “fracas” involving Clarkson and then the ensuing wall of mystery about what will happen to them next. We’ve had rumours that they were to move to NetFlix, ITV and a few other place, and industry rumours were pointing heavily at ITV, most likely due to leaked information about the semi-secret bidding wars that were happening.

Now it seems Amazon have stepped in with their sizable chequebook and snagged the trio for themselves. This is huge news for consumers and a great time for Amazon who will be pushing the new show, whatever that may be, via their Amazon Prime series.

Amazone already offer unlimited next day shipping, Amazon Prime, Amazon Music, Amazon Pictures, Book Lending and more through their £79 a year Amazon Prime service, adding these three and former executive producer Andy Wilman to their streaming catalogue is going to be a huge blow to the currently much more expensive (per year) streaming service NetFlix.

The ex-Top Gear team have signed on for a three-series deal with Amazon, production of the first is set to begin soon and it will launch next-year, no doubt just in time to go head to head with the new Chris Evans fronted Top Gear.

TV just got interesting again!

Jeremy Clarkson Finds Legal Loophole for New Car Show

Is this really to do with tech? Possibly, as this is a presenter who worked on a show that brought you a pickup truck attempting to drive through the English Channel, building your very own vehicle in the case of a Kit car and nearly freezing to death while navigating themselves to the magnetic north pole in an adapted Toyota.

If you haven’t heard, Jeremy Clarkson has left Top Gear after allegedly lamping a producer over a Prawn Sandwich. It was thought that Clarkson, May and Hammond have a clause in their contract which states that they will be unable to work for any other UK competitive channel until at least 2017. But there might be a workaround after lawyers found that it could be possible to broadcast a car style show in the US, before selling the rights to the program back to for example ITV or Channel 4.

It’s like Geo Blocking within web content, if you are inside a country which restricts access then you cannot view a program, but if you are somewhere else, then technically you are not inside the same place where it was banned. This may also be interesting in the future if program makers decide to sell their shows to Internet TV sites for example Netflix. If a company sells a show, for example to BBC 2, but then sells the same show to Netflix which is an American company, and then allowing viewers to watch said program in the same place where rights have already been sold to a broadcaster, this could be a headache for normal TV channels if they paid for an exclusive and it’s not.

As tech has shifted, so has the wider issue of TV itself, will there be a BBC or ITV in the future if digital content is ubiquitous?

Thank You The Independent for providing us with this information

Clarkson vs Evans Battle Heats Up: Who Has Your Vote?

Oh Jeremy, why did you punch that producer? We now have to put up with Chris Evans taking over your spot on Top Gear. While Chris Evans is a great host, he doesn’t have the same brash attitude that Clarkson has, but that’s just my two cents.

In a recent turn of events, it seems that ITV has secured the deal to sign the ex-Top Gear trio to host a new motoring show that will go head to with the BBC counterpart, normally broadcast on Sundays at 8pm GMT.

Up until now, more news was crossing the Atlantic that Netflix was the hot pick for the trio to sign up. However, it seems that is no longer the case. The Mirror has reported that ‘ITV bosses plan to run the new programme in the Top Gear’s traditional slot – 8pm on Sunday nights’.

In the last few weeks, tensions have been rising between Clarkson and the new host, Chris Evans. Chris Evans has taken swipes at the previous presenter regarding reports of offers days before the BBC had approached Evans for the Job; stating that these may be from ‘inside his head’.

We are still waiting on an official release from ITV and Jeremy Clarkson regarding this new deal, so stay tuned as we bring you the latest updates.

If you are slightly scorn from the lack of Top Gear, BBC 2 will be broadcasting the last ever Clarkson, Hammond and May presented version tonight (28th June) at 8PM GMT.

Top Gear Producer Andy Wilman quits the show

The BBC has confirmed today that the executive producer of the famous series, Top Gear has quit the show in the wake of Jeremy Clarkson’s departure.

Former presenter Jeremy Clarkson was suspended by the BBC and dropped from the show after a “fracas” with  producer Osin Tymon in a Yorkshire over the lack of a hot meal after a day of filming. Andy Wilman was an integral part of the show; he helped re-invent the popular motoring show and change it into the £50 million per year wonder that fans love.

Wilman previously denied leaving the show when a leaked e-mail suggested he planned to. In the leaked e-mail he said:

“Our stint as guardians of Top Gear was a good one, but we were only part of the show’s history, not the whole of it. Those two words are bigger than us.”

Wilman stated the e-mail was “not a resignation statement, and nor was it meant for public consumption”. 

The BBC refused to say if Wilman’s decision was related to Clarkson’s departure.

James May also has said that he will not return to the motoring show without fellow co-host Jeremy. He stated that running the show without Clarkson is “a bit of a daft idea”.

Thank you to  BBC News for providing us with this information.

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Jeremy Clarkson’s Final Top Gear Scenes to Air Later This Year

Unseen footage of the much loved television presenter, who was suspended last month and has not had his contract renewed with BBC UK, will be shown later this year BBC reports.

The controller of BBC2 has announced that the material recorded for the final three episodes in the current season may be aired as early as summer but there is not enough material for three, one hour shows.

The BBC reported: “Clarkson revealed he thought he probably had cancer at the time he hit Tymon.” “He said the incident came on his “most stressful day… in 27 years at the BBC” – but added other people facing stress “manage to cope better than I did”

The car show has been viewed in 170 territories and generates an estimated £50 million every year for the BBC will continue without Clarkson. Kim Shillinglaw has said that it is an “open book” on who may replace Clarkson. “We’ll definitely look at some women but it’s not a driving priority.” She said. Sue Perkins and Jodie Kidd seem to be the biggest female names mentioned as contenders to replace Clarkson.

Clarkson has stated that he is already planning another television project. He wrote in his column for the Sunday Times: “I have lost my baby but I shall create another. I don’t know who the other parent will be or what the baby will look like, but I cannot sit around anymore organising my photograph album.”

Thank you to The Independent for this information 

Image courtesy of Mashable

Tanner Productions Remakes Top Gear in Just Cause 2!

While Jeremy Clarkson may be gone form BBC, his voice recording can now be seen in Just Cause 2 machinima. It looks like Tanner Productions have taken the audio clips from one of Top Gear’s challenge segments and put it in a footage of Just Cause 2.

The sound clips come from the original Top Gear show, where the presenters are spit into two teams, each racing to get from their shared starting point to a hotel a few hundred miles away. Richard Hammond and James May are said to have travelled by plane, while Jeremy Clarkson went by car.

In the video below, it looks like Tanner Productions adapted the sequence to the tropical island of Panau, having a perfect outcome to the whole thing.

The video comes to a turning point where they start creating new scenes around the audio clip, having Hammond and May shot down by a missile or Clarkson attacked by a gang of machine-gun wielding paramilitary.

The video is extremely amusing to watch and maybe we can see the entire back catalogue from Top Gear recreated in a Just Cause 2 sequel. What do you guys think?

Thank you PCGamesN for providing us with this information

Top Gear Producer Won’t Press Charges Against Jeremy Clarkson

The incident in North Yorkshire where Jeremy Clarkson punched producer Oisin Tymon won’t have a nasty follow-up in court, at least not as far as Tymon is concerned. He has told the police that he does not want to press charges against the former Top Gear presenter.

Tymon didn’t report the incident to the BBC either, that was Clarkson himself and later Clarkson asked the social media to ease up on Tymon as “none of this was his fault”. In fact, Tymon had nothing but respect for Clarkson and has previously described him as a “unique talent”.

The investigation by BBC found that Mr Tymon was subject to an “unprovoked physical and verbal attack” and that the physical altercation lasted “around 30 seconds and was halted by the intervention of a witness.” As a result Clarkson’s contract wasn’t renewed. Following Mr Tymon’s decision not to press charges, North Yorkshire Police said the force was still investigating the incident; so it might not be over yet.

Thanks to BBC for providing us with this information

Jeremy Clarkson Has Just Been Fired

UPDATE 14:08 GMT: Clarkson has been fired, read below to find out more!

So after much deliberation, Jeremy Clarkson has now been fired, or so it first seems. This comes to light as Sky News reporter Mark White tweeted the following:

No official word as of yet, as Clarkson has tweeted showing that the above is in fact false.

You can see the tweet here:

So the question is, has he or hasn’t he? The BBC have said that no final decision has been made. If this does turn out to be true, there is still no word on what will happen to the future of the show, or the live show or in fact whether James May or Richard Hammond will carry on without their co-host and close friend.

UPDATE: A Telegraph online poll asking if viewers would still watch Top Gear without the famous trio of presenters finds 90% saying “No”

UPDATE 14:08 GMT: Jeremy Clarkson has officially been fired. Director General Tony Hall has confirmed with the following statement:

It is with great regret that I have told Jeremy Clarkson today that the BBC will not be renewing his contract. It is not a decision I have taken lightly. I have done so only after a very careful consideration of the facts and after personally meeting both Jeremy and Oisin Tymon.

I am grateful to Ken MacQuarrie for the thorough way he has conducted an investigation of the incident on 4th March. Given the obvious and very genuine public interest in this I am publishing the findings of his report. I take no pleasure in doing so. I am only making them public so people can better understand the background. I know how popular the programme is and I also know that this decision will divide opinion. The main facts are not disputed by those involved.

We will update as we find out more!

Source: The Guardian

Top Gear’s Clarkson to Be Fired, but the Show Will Go On

It seems the time of the petrol powered dinosaur is coming to an end. I’m a big fan of Top Gear, I love watching the show and to me, it’s incredibly entertaining. However, even I can understand that people are getting a bit tired of Clarkson and his antics both inside and out of his on-screen appearances. Now, it seems that the BBC has had enough too and today marks the day of the BBCs final decision. With one top executive saying the allegations had to be “dealt with in a very serious way.”

Not only was Top Gear pulled from filming, leaving the season incomplete, the four Norway appearances of Top Gear Live were also postponed this week. Now according to sources close to The Telegraph, Clarkson is to be fired after the investigation. So where does that leave the show?

May and Hammond have stated they wouldn’t work without Clarkson, but I believe that was only in relation to matters at the start of these events, regarding the continued filming of the show to complete the season. They’ll no doubt save their final vote until the dust has settled, as the show will still need a replacement host before they know if they’ve still got a job to attend/refuse.

Rumours are suggesting that the BBC top brass are trying to win over Chris Evans, who has said he had no intentions of taking the job at Top Gear. However, it’s still early days and he may just be brushing off the press to avoid souring any potential deals or playing for a better offer.

It’ll be interesting to see how the BBC plays this out. Not only does Clarkson have those who want to see him gone, but also a large group who want to see him stay. Even Snoop Dog was quoted saying “The BBC got to be crazy to even think about firing Jeremy Clarkson” and “He isn’t part of Top Gear — he IS Top Gear”.

Will Clarkson and his co-hosts break off and do their own thing? It’s certainly likely, will Top Gear return to our screen in one form or another? Certainly, especially since the show rakes in £50m for the BBC each year!

Will Stig Delivering a Petition in a Tank Be Enough to Get Clarkson Back?

Ok first thing is first, that’s not the real Sstig. Although admittedly, for all we can actually tell, it may as well be. What it is, is a fantastic effort in the campaign of bring back Clarkson. Now, I’m not going to get drawn into the debate on what happened, because quite frankly, it seems like no one really knows the truth, but as far as getting your petition noticed is concerned, turning up in a freaking tank certainly adds some clout.

I’m a big fan of Top Gear and it’s a very entertaining show, there’s a lot of rumours kicking around right now that it could be returning, which is great news to me personally, but I guess we’ll have to see how this all plays out before we get our hopes up.

1 million signatures may be enough to help convince the BBC to open its doors, but it remains to be seen if Jeremy would be willing to return, despite the best efforts of many to persuade him. Still, it must have been a lot of fun pointing a tank at New Broadcasting House. What a fracas that must have caused!

Thank you Telegraph for providing us with this information.

BBC Reportedly Offers Clarkson His Job Back

So we all know about the “fracas” between Jeremy Clarkson and one of the producers; if you haven’t, get from under your rock and read this. Well, now it turns out that with the massive support for Clarkson from viewers, readers and even his colleagues Richard Hammond and James May; the BBC has folded and decided to offer Jeremy his previous role back.

Now Clarkson is probably one of the most controversial presenters on TV today, possibly in the same sort of category as Russel Brand and Jonathan Ross. Well, the BBC has thought of this and gave him a rather strict “terms and conditions” page to the new contract, this is basically giving Clarkson a “minder”.

“I think that people do see a way to resolve this, and that is by putting someone strong in to manage the show and manage Clarkson. He is a brilliant broadcaster, everyone can see that.”

So could this be in the form of another presenter/ bodyguard/ child minder? Maybe before everything he says, he has to whisper it into this person’s ear and have the ‘nod’ before he can say anything, or maybe they can no longer record in front of a live audience, or even do shows like Top Gear Live?

What are your thoughts on this? Do you think Clarkson should return to Top Gear? Are the BBC being too soft? Let us know in the comments section.

Thanks to TweakTown for this information

BBC Website Down, Simple Tech Error or Malicious Attack?

Earlier today the BBC News website went down, and they had one creepy clown image accompanying the error message.

Here is what the error message said:

“This might be because:

We are experiencing abnormal traffic to our network or
the service or servers it is on is not currently available.

Please try the following options instead:

Try again later once we have solved the problem.
Use our site index”

The curious thing about the clown used in the image is its striking similarity to the one used by BBC when the TV station is off air, as seen here.

With all the recent news about Jeremy Clarkson being suspended, and Anonymous‘ threat to take down the site if he wasn’t re-instated, speculations are wild as to what actually happened.

Source: Mirror

Anonymous Threatens to Take down BBC If Jeremy Clarkson Isn’t Reinstated

Hackers from the self-proclaimed online activist group Anonymous have threatened to bring down the BBC website unless Jeremy Clarkson is reinstated. Anonymous new operation that reminds us more of a toddler that doesn’t get its way than anything else is dubbed #OpBringBackClarkson and is now in effect.

“Dear BBC, you don’t wanna piss off 300 million people,” said Anonymous. “You are warned: DDOS cannons will fire if you don’t comply. Bring back Clarkson!”

So now we know what the hackers watch when they aren’t using the DDoS tools, Top Gear. Anonymous is a fairly disparate group and they have no centralized leadership, so it might just be a couple rogue elements in the group and not all of them. But the threat is out there and it will be interesting to see how BBC reacts to it.

Jeremy Clarkson Suspended From Top Gear

Clarkson, front man of the Top Gear host line-up, has been suspended with immediate effect pending an investigation after an incident involving one of the shows producers. No one is sure of the reason this time, but last year, he stated he was on a “last warning” following a racist remark during filming of the Burma Special. At the time, he said the BBC had told him he would be sacked if he made “one more offensive remark, anywhere, at any time”.

The BBC gave no further details on the current incident involving Clarkson, and said it would not be making any further statements at this time. Clarkson’s representatives have yet to reply to requests for a comment. The presenter himself has remained silent. Last month, though, he tweeted a post saying a “new presenter for Top Gear” was wanted. “Applicant should be old, badly dressed and pedantic but capable of getting to work on time,” his message went on.

Now this isn’t the first time he has been dragged through the coals for doing something stupid. During the most recent special in the Falklands, he purchased a Porsche with the number plate “H982 FLK”. Some of the locals saw offence in this and protested and rioted towards the hosts and crew. It was released that this was completely coincidental, a little too coincidental if you ask me. Some of the damage can be seen here.

There’s no top gear this Sunday and there’s no indication of when the show will return. We will update this story as it happens.

An update on this story; if you have an opinion on this situation and would like to lend a hand to the reinstatement of Clarkson, please follow this link for an e-petition.

Thanks to BBC for this information

Gran Turismo 7 Could Be Out In 2014

Great news gaming fans, Gran Turismo 6 isn’t here for another two weeks and it looks like development on Gran Turismo 7 has already started a long time ago! Now it seems like we could even see the next-gen racer as soon as next year as the developers don’t want to take too long bringing the series to PlayStation 4.

This is obviously awesome, Gran Turismo has long been a staple of the PlayStation diet, and since Gran Turismo took such an appallingly long time to hit the PlayStation 3 it is no wonder the developer doesn’t want to repeat the same process again.

In an interview with world famous motoring magazine Top Gear, Kazunori told them that the next iteration of the series could see a release next year.

“We don’t want to take too long on Gran Turismo 7. Best-case scenario? Next year. In GT6 we really had to tune the software 100 per cent to maximise the PS3′s architecture, but of course the PS4′s hardware is much better, so I think the overall quality of the game across the board will be boosted when you come to play it.”

Then on Twitter we’ve seen that the tech demo has been shown behind closed doors, something we wish we could get our hands on right now, that’s for sure.

“GT 7 tech demo. Nothing to describe other than it looked amazing. It was snowing and at night. Cockpit view, then turned to outside the car.

— Ahsan Rasheed (@thuway) November 19, 2013

Now all we have to do is sit and wait, because one thing is for certain, it will not be out early next year. Gran Turismo 7 sounds like it is chasing a Christmas release for 2014, but given the delays the series has been known for, 2015 sounds more realistic.

Thank you Gearnuke for providing us with this information.

Image courtesy of Gearnuke.

New Forza 5 Showroom And Top Gear Track Images Released

Forza 5 and of course the console needed to play it, the Xbox One, are just weeks away and what better way to build up some hype than a new batch of screenshots. Turn 10 have already stunned racing fans with their Forza series and now the next-gen Forza 5 is about to go head to head with the current gen Gran Turismo 6 on PlayStation 3.

Here we have some great screenshots that show off some of the new car models, as well as flexing the muscle of the games new engine and lighting effects that do look absolutely fantastic.

Then further down we have some screens of the Top Gear track, and while this isn’t a new feature for Forza, it has been given an new lease of life with a higher fidelity replication of the infamous track. Now we can enjoy blasting around the Hammer Head in a selection of awesome supercars, because lets face it, there are few of us out there that will ever get such a chance in real life.

Thank you Forza for providing us with this information.

Image courtesy of Forza.

Top Gear & Forza 5 Join Forces To Create A Real Life Flick Book

Forza 5 will be hitting the Xbox One upon launch in just a few more weeks, so what better way to build up hype than to take their real world driving counterparts out to the track to create something unique and wonderful. Tanner Foust from Top Gear USA took to the wheel of a modified McLaren MP4-12C with a camera mounted on it, to race around a track that had 680 images laid around it.

The car is already incredibly expensive, but Top Gear and Forza 5 added an also incredibly expensive £93,330 camera on the back of it that was capable of filming their ambitious project. They chose the car due to its stability and break neck speeds, but it also helps that it’s one of the poster cars for Forza 5.

“If we’d used a Porsche, the visibility would have been too bad for me to see what was going on with the boards, if we’d used a Lambo the brutal shifting would have snapped the camera off. This is a scientific car, and I needed to apply a lot of difficult science to make the film, so it was perfect.” Said Tanner when speaking on topgear.com

680 aluminium boards were printed with gorgeous images taken from real Forza 5 gameplay, spaced six inches apart around the edge of Barber Motorsports Park in Birmingham, Alabama, then Tanner was told to drive past them as precise speeds (and high speeds) to allow the camera to capture the picture boards in the style of a flicker book, to then play them back as video. Sound confusing? Just watch the video and you’ll see what we mean.

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“All the science behind it was very exact. Exact frame rate, measuring the exact distance between the boards, and hitting exact speeds. The McLaren was ideal. It’s classy in the way it makes ridiculous speed, and the suspension’s really smooth.” added Tanner.

Forza & Top Gear could have made this promo using CGI and a cut of green cloth, but they chose to do it the hard was and the end result does look fantastic. If they were trying to get people talking about Forza 5, it worked.

Thank you TopGear for providing us with this information.

Image courtesy of TopGear.