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Do you want to see YouTube sensation, extreme sportsman Ken Block, in person as he performs amazing stunts with his souped-up Ford Fiesta rally car? Then be at the Top Gear Live show at Birmingham’s NEC on October 25 to 28. Block’s stunt-filled Gymkhana viral videos have been seen over 200 million times on YouTube. Block will be showing off his madcap motoring moves at both of his action-packed Track Performances on Thursday.
Don’t miss this Top Gear Live performance since it’s rare for Block and his Monster World Rally Team to make the appearance. Fans will be witnessing a remarkable display of car control via a series of tire trashing drifts and donuts. The indoor Track Performance arena at the NEC won’t offer the same backdrop as Block’s latest Gymkhana episode on the streets in San Francisco. This isn’t the first time for Block to be seen on the BBC Top Gear television programme.
About two years ago, he took James May, one of the presenters, for a few hundred spins around an empty airport. The live Arena Performance will be hosted by May, together with Jeremy Clarkson and Richard Hammond. They will cover all nine of the Track Performances spread out in the four days at the NEC. Some Top Gear Live shows have already completely sold out but there are still a few tickets available for this Thursday’s performance with Ken Block and his Monster World Rally Team.Read the entire article Ken Block to perform amazing stunts at Top Gear Live
Top Gear has contributed to automotive history quite a bit and built a solid group of fans throughout the numerous years that it has been around. That’s why it saddened us to learn that the Dunsfold Aerodome, which is also Top Gear’s test track and main shooting studio, will soon be demolished and be converted into a complex of 1,800 homes. This plan, which has been in consideration since 2015, was approved by England’s Secretary of State on March 29.
Jim McAllister, Dunsfold Park Chief Executive, said in the announcement of the project’s acceptance that this decision is “very positive.” Not only will the new development in Dunsfold give homes to young families who are priced out of the area, they will also deliver a range of new community facilities together with infrastructure improvements.
Initial plans for this site go all the way back to 2015. The 540 homes that will be built will be marked as affordable housing. Aside from that, there will also be parks, sports fields, and a health center as part of the project. The current Dunsfold Business Park will also expand. To date, there are currently about 100 businesses and 900 employees in the area.Read the entire article Top Gear’s Dunsfold track will be torn down, redeveloped to build affordable housing
Ever heard of a driver performing a gymkhana while climbing the world-renowned Pikes Peak? Seems unusual and outrageous, but there is a driver daring enough to take on this challenge. Professional rally driver, Ken Block, is more than skilled to pilot an equally outrageous car to perform a “Climbkhana” (climbing + gymkhana) at the Pikes Peak, the high point of the El Paso county in Colorado, United States.
A gymkhana performance is a difficult thing to accomplish, and so is climbing a 14,000-feet mountain. Block managed to accomplish both in his Pikes Peak Climbkhana performance, making it seem that his methanol-fueled highly modified car was dancing as it traveled from the starting point to the finish line at the peak.
To set things straight, Block’s Climbkhana wasn’t a shot at being the fastest to complete the Pikes Peak. That record was set in 2013 by Sebastien Loeb in the driver’s seat of a Peugeot 208 T16 Pikes Peak. He completed the 12.42 miles of the climb course in just eight minutes and 13.878 seconds. That wasn’t an easy feat, considering that climbing from 9,390 ft. (2,862 meters) to 14,110 ft. (4,300 meters) -- both above sea level – affects the performance of a typical engine due to atmospheric density or air density. Thinner air means less compression for a typical engine as less oxygen and other matter is drawn into the cylinders.Read the entire article Ken Block does a Climbkhana – a gymkhana while climbing the Pikes Peak [w/video]
Top Gear has revealed that for its “Stars in a Reasonably Fast Car” segment, it will now be using a slightly enhanced Toyota GT86, which in the U.S. market is called simply as the 86.
This segment may be familiar to fans under its previous title of “Star in a Reasonably-Priced Car.” In this part of the show, celebrity guests are given the chance to go behind the wheel of a particular model and run the Dunsfold Test Track with the goal of getting the fastest record time. The first vehicle to be part of this segment was the Suzuki Liana with Ellen MacArthur setting the record at 1:46.7. Later this was changed to the Chevrolet Lacetti with the record being achieved and held by Jay Kay with a time of 1:45.83. Then there is also the Kia Cee'd whose record time of 1:42.1 was attained by none other than Friends star and now Top Gear host Matt LeBlanc.
With the GT86, there is some expectation that viewers will get to see more exciting runs. For this version, Toyota turned it into a racing unit by first taking out some of its carpet and even removing the backseat. A racing bucket was then added and a roll cage was even installed. Despite these changes, many are saying that it may not have affected the weight that much.Read the entire article Toyota GT86 is chosen by Top Gear as its ‘Reasonably Fast Car’ in celebrity segment
More than two weeks before the 24th season of BBC’s Top Gear starts airing in the United Kingdom (March 5, 2017), it seems viewers are slowly getting interested in the show’s still unknown new format. Moreover, the exit of Chris Evans -- no, not the actor playing Captain America but a well-known TV and radio presenter in the UK – seems to be working well to revive Top Gear’s declined popularity.
It can’t be denied that after Jeremy Clarkson’s departure from the show – followed by co-presenters Richard Hammond and James May as well as executive producer Andy Wilman – was one of the main factors why fewer people were watching Top Gear. Although BBC downplayed this and attributed the decline in ratings to sporting events that coincided with the airing of Top Gear, the trio’s departure was widely seen as the lead reason for the drop. Then Evans was hired by BBC as a presenter for a revamped Top Gear, along with Matt LeBlanc, Rory Reid, Sabine Schmitz, Chris Harris and Eddie Jordan. Only Stig remained as the fixed figure at Top Gear (though he is played by different drivers).
Evans’ presence in the Top Gear TV show had been very controversial. There was even a short video parody in which Adolf Hitler (from 2004 film “Downfall”) reacted furiously to Evans’ appointment as a Top Gear presenter. There were reports that the atmosphere between the presenters had been frosty, with the group divided between Evans and the rest. According to reports citing insiders, it seemed that Evans had become jealous of the attention being paid to the other presenters – especially Reid and Harris – making him become distanced from the group. Although Evans signed for three seasons at Top Gear, his presence wouldn’t be felt for the last two seasons following his exit.Read the entire article 24th season of Top Gear revives Star in a Reasonably Priced Car segment featuring Toyota GT86
After more than a year of being off-air, the former Top Gear trio is now on The Grand Tour. Yes, Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May -- three personalities who had been the life of British Broadcasting Corp.’s Top Gear – are making a TV comeback, but not on BBC.
The trio had received various criticisms on the way they handled Top Gear. However, they had some kind of charming magic that made TV audience stick to BBC’s auto show. After their departure, BBC started implementing a new format, hiring Chris Evans, Chris Harris, Eddie Jordan, Matt LeBlanc, Rory Reid and Sabine Schmitz as new presenters. These new hosts – while lauded for their potential – failed to charm the target audience at the same level as Clarkson, Hammond and May. This resulted to the dipping ratings of the show.
On the other hand, there has been a good chunk of audience who has been waiting for the TV return of the Clarkson, Hammond and May. And they are returning – but on Amazon Video’s Amazon Prime. Along with former Top Gear executive producer Andy Wilman, Clarkson, Hammond and May inked a three-year agreement with Amazon Prime for a total of 36 episodes – or three seasons of 12 episodes each. The Grand Tour will be released concurrently in the United States and United Kingdom on Amazon Prime on a weekly basis starting later this year 2016.Read the entire article The Grand Tour trailer shows ex-Top Gear trio back on TV [w/video]
In 2014, Ken Block unveiled his wild Hoonicorn at the Specialty Equipment Market Association show in Last Vegas. Derived from the 1965 Ford Mustang notchback pony car, the Hoonicorn was designed by RTR, Ken Block, Hoonigan and RTR. Its styling was inspired by current WRC cars at the time and DTM cars as well as toy cars from Block's younger days.
What is amazing about the Hoonicorn is the fact that it is powered by a 410 cubic-inch Roush Yates Ford V8 that delivers an astonishing 845 hp of max output and 720 lb.ft of torque. This vastly superior engine is mated to a six-speed Sadev SC90-24 all-wheel-drive transmission with a hydraulic handbrake system.
With 845 hp of output at work, the Hoonicorn could be considered as the ultimate drifting machine for Block and Gymkhana. It was the culmination of a two-year work.Read the entire article Ken Block unveils Hoonicorn v2.0 with 1,400 hp engine and new livery
Following a season full of intrigues, Top Gear has finally let go of their main presenter, Chris Evans. Well technically, it was Evans who “stepped down” because he thought it would be the “best thing” he could do for the show and that he did his best but it just wasn’t enough. Evans has been the center of attention for the past few months during his hosting stint on the popular British television series.
Top Gear has been through a lot of issues in the past, one of the most controversial being Jeremy Clarkson getting kicked out of the show. The audience had been accustomed to Clarkson’s antics and so when someone by the name of Chris Evans took his place, it raised a few eyebrows. There were plenty of criticism regarding this choice but the show (and life) must go on. Now, Top Gear has to work through another season with just five hosts and Matt LeBlanc leading the pack.
It seems like Evan’s exit from the show is not at all surprising especially to avid Top Gear fans but for the benefit of those who think it was way too early for Evans to leave the show, here are top five reasons why it was best to do so.Read the entire article Top 5 reasons why Chris Evans had to leave Top Gear
It looks like UK isn’t just having issues with their loss at the Euros against Iceland and their exit from the European Union, but it looks like crisis has finally crossed over to the entertainment industry. Following a stream of issues for the past few years, things look bad for British television series Top Gear.
Last Monday, host Chris Evans revealed that he was stepping down from his stint at the popular show. Well, the show has already been on the rocks for quite some time even when ex-presenter Jeremy Clarkson was still on it but it looks like the boat is slowly sinking for Top Gear. It’s just been a couple of months since the show aired with its current line-up of presenters but things just aren’t working for both the show and its hosts – specifically, head presenter Chris Evans.
According to The Sun (a British tabloid), Evans has been confronted with various issues for the short period that he has been hosting the popular auto show – and that includes his behaviour towards his co-hosts, the staff, BBC executives and the media.Read the entire article Chris Evans quits Top Gear amid poor ratings
It was just a year ago when Jeremy Clarkson was kicked off BBC’s “Top Gear” due to some issues and controversies in 2014 that had the show (and its crew) on the rocks. First was the anti-Asian racist “joke” from the show’s Burma special. Another was an off-air rehearsal footage that showed Clarkson saying the N-word. And then there was this fiasco in Argentina where the Top Gear crew was kicked out from the country – this was because of the license plate on Clarkson’s Porsche 928 that the locals claimed to have mocked the country’s defeat during the 1982 Falklands War. The controversy that was probably the last straw for BBC was Clarkson’s involvement in a “fracas” with a BBC producer, resulting to his suspension from the show and eventual firing.
Not to worry though because the infamous ex Top Gear host will soon be back in action alongside his buddies Richard Hammond and James May. Clutching an approximately $15 million contract with Amazon, Clarkson, Hammond and May will soon be running a new car show set to debut somewhere in August on Amazon Prime.
The trio had a hard time deciding what to name the show. “Gear Knobs” was previously rumoured to be the show’s title but as it turns out, the said title has already been taken by another show with the same theme. What made it even harder to figure out a catchy name for the show is that BBC has owned rights to various titles such as “the Stig and the Star in a Reasonably Priced Car and the Cool Wall” and every other name that can be attributed to “Top Gear”. It has cost Clarkson thousands of British pounds for lawyers to check for copyrights.Read the entire article The Most Anticipated Show of 2016 – The Grand Tour
Cliché as it may be, we have been constantly reminded to not drink and drive. Friday nights can be a little tempting with some slight nudging from a few officemates and before you know it, you’re down on your nth bottle of beer. We all know booze mixed with a few stupid stunts can get you into as much trouble as your mouth and actions can get you.
So while you’re at it, think about downing the next bottle the night before an important appointment because you cannot undo what has been done. Regrets only happen after and never before an incident. This has been a lesson learned by former BBC “Top Gear” host Jeremy Clarkson as talks about a brand new show has been surfacing.
Clarkson has been well known for his gruff demeanour as well as a few antics under the influence of alcohol. But due to negotiations for his brand new show, Clarkson decided that it is time to be sober. Clarkson and his former Top Gear co-hosts Richard Ammond and James May as well as executive producer Andy Wilman have been reported to be undergoing a negotiation process for a $15 million deal with Netflix.Read the entire article Jeremy Clarkson sobered up for the Amazon deal but will he stay that way?
Top Gear has just released the teaser for its newest episodes featuring its new set of hosts. The minute-long trailer pumps up great excitement for fans and critics alike as it showcases a variety of vehicles – spotted were a Dodge Viper ACR with a machine gun attached to its roof and a Reliant Robin donning an American flag paint job.
Joining the newest team of automobile explorers is journalist and previous host for CNET’s Car Tech channel and Sky 1’s Gadget Geek series, Rory Reid. There’s also Joey from Friends or rather Matt LeBlanc as well as the controversial (to the UK audience), Chris Evans. Evan’s cheeky demeanor has made him an infamous character to the UK audience, which might be the reason why Top Gear producers have chosen him to add spice to the show.
Also included in the roster are two professional racing drivers – professional race car driver for German automakers BMW and Porsche and the “Queen of Nürburgring”, Sabine Schmitz, and Irish race car driver and former Formula One team owner, Eddie Jordan. Sabine has been a regular guest in Top Gear so her entry doesn’t come as a huge shock to fans. Her famous Nürburgring lap time only adds more spice to her character.Read the entire article VIDEO: Top Gear’s new teaser trailer focuses on new hosts, exciting vehicles
The previous Top Gear hosts Jeremy Clarkson, James May and Richard Hammond have left a remarkable imprint in the show. The trio were notorious for their ridiculous antics, controversial statements, and their features on an interesting roster of vehicles that were somewhat polarizing.
Even as the new set of hosts has yet to make their debut on May 8, there are already reports that the new Top Gear team has done things that have pissed people off.
An issue that has placed Top Gear yet again in the limelight is the resignation of their (new) producer, Lisa Clark. After less than five months of working with Top Gear, Lisa has said her goodbyes in order to pursue “new projects”.Read the entire article Controversies Already Hound Top Gear Even Before May 8 Premiere
Top Gear recently confirmed that 'Friends' actor Matt LeBlanc will serve as the new co-host of the series together with Chris Evans and the rest of the gang. Being a car enthusiast and a Top Gear fan, LeBlanc expressed his excitement to be a part of the show. It is indeed a great opportunity for the actor to channel his inner "petrolhead", as Evans puts it.
It can be recalled how Joey, LeBlanc's character in the phenomenal TV series Friends, once wore as many items with the Porsche emblem as he could. Many people are already buying the idea of LeBlanc talking to celebrities about cars. The clever move does not only bank on people's love for famous people but on the fame of Friends, to be specific.
Being in the industry for long— he entered the scene in 1994 — and as an award-winner — he won an award in 2012 for Episodes, LeBlanc is definitely one of those who knows how Hollywood works— part of which is how to conduct juicy and interesting interviews.Read the entire article Matt LeBlanc joins Top Gear's New Series as co-host
Ken Block has a new toy, the Ford F-150 RaptorTRAX a.k.a. the ultimate backcountry snowboard expedition vehicle, which I am sure that many of you would like to try it (including us of course). What’s more interesting is that the vehicle you see in the photo is actually the fastest snowcat for backcountry snowboarding and will be the star in the upcoming video that will be released Winter 2014/15.
As expected, the truck is based on the F-150 Raptor pickup truck prepared by Ford Racing and further enhanced by Special Vehicle Concepts in California. As you can see in the photos, the truck features snowboard racks, a roof basket, a rear-mounted winch, interior storage for snacks and drinks, an exterior stereo setup for blasting music on-site and plenty of exterior-mounted Rigid Industries lighting to help guide the way.
Moreover, the RaptorTRAX is powered by a Whipple supercharged 6.2L V8 and comes with Recaro seating and four burly Mattracks. Honestly, we can’t wait to see this baby in a full video later this year. Still, for those who can’t wait, you can see it on display at Winter X Games in Aspen, Colorado, later this week with Monster Energy.Read the entire article Ken Block gets the ultimate toy: Ford F-150 RaptorTrax
Ken Block drove a 2013 Ford Fiesta ST RX43 rally car through an exciting series of obstacles in the sixth edition of the Gymkhana series of videos. Block, a famous professional driver and clothing-brand promoter, teamed up with Need for Speed to create the ultimate Gymkhana grid course, “a real-life playground to showcase the sheer speed, fun, and exhilarating action of driving.”
Need for Speed Rivals got Block as a racing advisor. What they put together really looks like a video game. Block is drifting sideways in perfect figure-eights under a couple of huge backhoe loaders, reminiscent of old Tony Hawk skating games. Block drives the 2013 Ford Fiesta ST RX43 and proves that this 650-hp, 650 lb-ft rally car can go from zero to 60 mph in 1.8 seconds.
Block shows how easily the car can move through Lamborghini Aventador supercars and around Segways. The wrecking ball in Block’s video is covered in spikes, and his rally car quickly goes around it over and over. The most interesting part is the interior shots, showing how calm Block is throughout the entire process. It even features a unique vantage point that moves whenever he pulls on the car’s hydraulic handbrake.Read the entire article Ken Block returns in Gymkhana 6
A number of people present on the Top Gear track when the Pagani Huayra set the lap record claim said that the car used racing tires, which violates Top Gear's power lap track rules. Season 19 of Top Gear began with the Pagani Huayra setting a new track record with a time of 1:13.8, breaking the one set by the Ariel Atom V8, which is 1:15.1.
According to those present when Stig set the lap record, Pagani cheated by fitting the Huayra with racing tires that bear hand-cut grooves, making them look road-legal. Pagani responded by saying that Huayra was fitted with P Zero Trofeo tires, which are designed specifically for track use but are road legal, concluding that they did not cheat on Top Gear.
Members at TeamSpeed.com forum site analyzed photos taken during the event, then pointed out that sizing and tread pattern of the tires fitted on the Huayra for Top Gear were different from those that Pagani stated.Read the entire article Pagani Huayra accused of cheating on Top Gear lap drive
The Stig dramatically returns this autumn on the BBC 2 Top Gear programme. He is seen driving Aston Martin’s yet to be unveiled AM Vanquish. The driving icon is at the center of a new action-packed TV commercial that features the largest, boldest and bravest Top Gear Live stage in the UK on Oct. 25-28 at Birmingham’s National Exhibition Centre.
The ad, which is 30 seconds long, will be broadcast on both terrestrial and satellite channels in the coming weeks. It premiered on Dave on September 3. The Stig is observed behind the wheel of the Vanquish, which boasts a maximum speed of 183mph. The car will be featured at next month’s Top Gear Live together with The Stig as well as the TV show’s three presenters (Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May).
The ad is filmed inside the NEC. It involves a Top Gear Live Stunt Team member who performs two-wheel tricks on a motorbike as The Stig power slides the 565bhp V12-powered Vanquish around a strongly branded container, which is a symbol of the launch of the all-new Top Gear Live show. The audience expects nothing less than mind-blowing live performances and an exciting range of interactive and static displays.Read the entire article The Stig returns to Top Gear, drives the new Aston Martin Vanquish
Following the huge success of his fourth Gymkhana video – Gymkhna FOUR: The Hollywood Megamercial -- professional rally driver Ken Block is back. Less than year since releasing the Gymkhana Four on Youtube and receiving million of views for it, Block is ready to amaze us with his driving skills Gymkhana FIVE: Ultimate Urban Playground; San Francisco.
We can now view new and exclusive images of the much-awaited fifth instalment of the highly awarded viral video franchise for Ken Block’s Gymkhana FIVE: Ultimate Urban Playground; San Francisco on youtu.be/LuDN2bCIyus. What happens this time is that Block’s Gymkhana delivers 246 ‘horses’ (250PS) in the form of the new Focus ST with San Francisco city as the backdrop.
Block said that the target is to make the next one better since he always thinks that what’s finished at that moment is the best one so far. The new Focus ST, Ford’s first global performance car, was developed jointly by Ford’s Team RS in Europe and its Special Vehicles Team (SVT) in the U.S.Read the entire article Ken Block’s Gymkhana FIVE: Ultimate Urban Playground in San Francisco
The Fisker Karma has been heralded as the 'Luxury Car of the Year' by BBC Top Gear magazine. It was the personal pick of BBC Top Gear James May and was recognized by Editor Charlie Turner as the vehicle that best illustrates that the "automotive world order is changing, and fast" and that "the future is nothing to be afraid of". The bulk of the premium interior material on the EcoStandard and EcoSport models of this world's first range-extended, luxury electric vehicle comes from Bridge of Weir.
The car has the steering, seats, door-casings, centre-console trim and dash wrapped in the Scottish company's locally produced Low Carbon Leather(TM).
The magazine is not known for supporting products that are environmentally friendly and have low carbon emissions.Read the entire article BBC Top Gear names Fisker Karma as ‘Luxury Car of the Year’
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