With a premiere date set for November 18, The Grand Tour has revealed some interesting tidbits for its initial season. The show has released a number of figures related to filming the initial run and it appears that the figures are indeed high. Through a 15-second teaser video, it revealed that a total of 27 cars have been destroyed while a total of 1,474,546,320 miles were driven.
Jeremy Clarkson, one of the hosts of the show, also shared that in relation to coffee, a total of 14,951 cups were consumed. For those who have followed Clarkson’s career, the star has been known to make some rather over-the-top statements. Thus while the number of cars destroyed may be true, the figures related to the miles driven and coffee drank should be taken with a grain of salt.
Set to be shown on Amazon Prime Exclusive, the show also stars, in addition to Clarkson, James May and Richard Hammond. The show is produced by Andy Wilman, well-known for Top Gear and who, along with Clarkson, were responsible for the show’s humor and style. In addition to being involved in the auto industry by initially being part of Autocar, May is also known for his science-related shows. Hammond himself, like Clarkson and May, have been part of Top Gear as well and had his own foray into science shows.
It was in September 2015 when rumors were flying that Clarkson would be headlining a show titled “Gear Knobs”. This was because back in June, Amazon had announced that it had signed the former Top Gear presenters. This was the same month when Amazon celebrated its “Amazon Prime Day”. Speculation increased when it was learned that an associated company had applied a trademark application for the name.
By the next month, Clarkson came out to officially say that the phrase would not be the title as legal reasons prevented them from using “Gear”. To create buzz for the show, a trailer was released in April showing the three presenters in a huddle and discussing a possible title for the show. This trailer ended in what may well be one of the longest hashtags on Twitter which was “#TheStillVeryMuchUntitledClarksonHammondMayAmazonPrimeShowComingAutumn2016.”
It was in May 11, 2016, that the official announcement was made that the title would be “The Grand Tour”. In June, Clarkson presented what would be the logo of the show. Once the title of the show became official, it was then that Amazon offered a £20 discount to new customers for the first year of subscription. The show then released a trailer on YouTube in September to announce the official release date with a full-length trailer released by the next month.
Under the agreement with Amazon, the three stars and producer Wilman will create a total of 36 episodes spanning three years.