When the show returns in May, alongside main host Chris Evans there will be a variety of new and old faces in the line up. They will be:
- Hollywood star Matt LeBlanc
- Racing driver Sabine Schmitz
- YouTube star Chris Harris
- F1 pundit Eddie Jordan
- Motoring journalist Rory Reid
- and of course, The Stig
Matt LeBlanc was the fastest ever 'Star in a Reasonably Priced Car' on the old format Top Gear. He famously set a lap time of 1m 42.1s in the Kia Cee’d. He said about his new role “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. What a thrill!"
Eddie Jordan ex-F1 team boss and commentator said “I have such enormous respect for all my fellow presenters and I politely ask that they go easy on these old bones.”
Sabine Shmitz is no stranger to Top Gear viewers, having famously set a scorching lap time around the Nürburgring in a Transit van. “I grew up next to the Nürburgring 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.”
YouTube star 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. 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.” he added.
A while back Chris Evans announced that anyone could apply to be a Top Gear presenter on his Radio 2 show, well the winner of that audition process is Rory Reid. “When I submitted my 30-second audition tape, I knew the odds were very firmly against me. 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.”