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This is a discussion on The New Top Gear and Grand Tour Thread within the Off-Topic forums, part of the Focus RS Forums category; by Brandon Turkus, 23 December 2015 F1 Ace David Coulthard Also Rumored To Join Show Clarkson, Hammond, and May – meet your competition. New Top ...

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    by Brandon Turkus, 23 December 2015

    F1 Ace David Coulthard Also Rumored To Join Show

    Clarkson, Hammond, and May – meet your competition. New Top Gear host Chris Evans named his co-hosts, and if anything we're even more excited for the return of the world's biggest car show.

    According to the Telegraph, Sabine Schmitz, the Queen of the Nürburgring, will join former radio host Evans as Top Gear's first female co-host. Unlike TG's previous tenants, Schmitz is a trained racer and a fixture at the 24 Hours of Nürburgring. She's also (probably) completed more laps of the world's most intimidating racetrack than any other person alive. But most importantly, she was a regular guest on old TG. Whether it was mentoring Clarkson around the Ring or competing against the team in a series of motoring-related challenges, Top Gear fans will be familiar with the affable German.

    Former Drive host Chris Harris will join Schmitz and Evans. Autoblog readers will be intimately familiar with the Brit, who we're betting will take over Clarkson's roll as lord of the drift. Unlike his co-hosts, Harris has been a career auto journalist, writing for Evo, Autocar, and Jalopnik. Among the reported co-hosts, it's Harris that most obviously embodies the characteristics of TG's golden age.

    A three-man show might not be in the cards, though. While the Telegraph is pointing to Schmitz, Harris, and Evans, the tabloid the Sun is reporting that former Formula One driver David Coulthard will turn the new TG into a quartet. Despite what sounds like a strong lineup, an insider at TG didn't sound very confident, telling the Sun, "Sabine and Chris are virtually unknown to the wider public and David isn't the most charismatic driver."

    On the other hand, had anyone really heard of Clarkson, Hammond, and May before Top Gear exploded in popularity?

    Sabine Schmitz, Chris Harris to join Chris Evans on new Top Gear
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    I hope the new crew spends more time on great automobiles and less time finding new ways to destroy "caravans" or wreck London Taxis. The show became more like "Jackass 3" than a place to get great information on cars. It spite of that, I still watched it. I mean, they loved the Focus, so they can't be all bad.
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    Sabine Schmitz, Chris Harris to join Chris Evans on new Top Gear

    It would appear that Top Gear is re-assembling the car enthusiasts to make a second run of the show.

    The Fifth Gear crew would've been a great alternative to blow some life back into the franchise but I'm annoyed that this is what Top Gear is currently saying:

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    Sabine is awesome, but I find Chris Harris to be really annoying. I've never managed to watch his youtube videos all the way through, he just won't shut up and let me admire the car a moment.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sabaoth View Post
    Sabine is awesome, but I find Chris Harris to be really annoying. I've never managed to watch his youtube videos all the way through, he just won't shut up and let me admire the car a moment.
    I hear you, except, after I got over his eagerspeak manicmonkey delivery I realised 1) He can drive 2) relate the sensation 3) tells it like he sees it 4) nothing is sacrosanct freeing him to poke astute criticism & fun at himself and most everything else, including and perhaps especially, Ferrari, and 5) built his Kermit 911 before, as far as I'm aware, creative genius Rob D!ckenson immerged with his exquisite Singer Vehicle Design de-light.

    I'm a 'proper' admirer of his work. Jealous as all the green eyed monsters imagined throughout history as a failed budding automotive journalist rally driver...
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    I think I'd watch the new iteration of Top Gear with the new hosts. But I'm definitely going to watch the new show Clarkson, Hammond and May create on Amazon. I've been rewatching a bunch of the Top Gear series with that trio lately, and it's still just as good as it ever was because of their chemistry as people who genuinely enjoy the company of each other and truly love cars more than anything else in the world. I wonder if the new group will be able to come close to that, and I worry that it might not, seeing how I never really enjoyed Top Gear USA because the three hosts never seemed to gel as people and that came out in the episodes. (Tanner Foust is a helluva driver, but a deeply annoying person)
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