Top Gear goes to the drive-in
UK series finds a novel solution to scenes it usually films in a studio.
Top Gear has returned in the UK, but instead of its indoor studio, the show went with its very own socially-distanced drive-in, with 200 cars, 500 people, eight-metre high video screens and three hosts on a stage. Ten supercars were provided to the production by manufacturers, with Lamborghini, Ferrari and Porsche among the brands on display.
Since the departure of Clarkson / Hammond / May (and thereafter Matt Le Blanc) the show is now hosted by Paddy McGuinness, Andrew “Freddie” Flintoff and Chris Harris.
“This is the first outdoor Top Gear and obviously we’ve had to do it within the lines of being COVID friendly and social distancing, but actually it’s quite a happy accident really because it looks absolutely amazing,” said McGuinness.
This season filmed both before and after lockdown but there were mixed reactions to the season premiere, including some karaoke warbling at a petrol station.
Radio Times also has a behind the scenes video on mounting the drive-in.
Top Gear now premieres in Australia on 9RUSH.