So how cool is this? One of the first segments on the new season of Top Gear will be a tribute to the movie Top Gun, which unbelievably just celebrated its 30th anniversary (and made a whole lot of people feel a whole lot older.)
Top Gear host Chris Evans will head to the U.S. Navy Base in Fallon, Nevada, better known as the home of Top Gun, in the first episode of the show’s new season to pit the 645 horsepower Dodge Viper ACR against a Chevy Corvette Z06 driven by famed Porsche and and BMW racer Sabine Schmitz.
The new season of the wildly popular BBC TV series kicks May 29th in the UK and May 30th on BBC America. It features a complete changing of the guard with a whole new team up hosts, plus the Stig, headed up by Evans and former Friends star Matt LeBlanc.
“The wait is over, the long, long wait…It’s been longer for us than it has for anybody else,” Evans said in a video release to mark the show’s launch on Wednesday. “You’re going to see…amazing cars in exotic, exciting and bizarre locations.”
The new lineup replaces Jeremy Clarkson and crew. Clarkson was fired last year after he hit and verbally abused a producer. (Clarkson’s co-hosts left with him and they’re filming a new show called The Grand Tour for Amazon Prime.)
“Is it the same Top Gear? No. Those guys are gone. We’re here now, and we’re going to do the best job we can,” LaBlanc told Vulture.
LaBlanc doesn’t waste any time having some fun right off the bat. In the first episode, he takes Ariel’s manic Nomad into deepest Morocco for some fun, while back on British soil, both he and Evans take a rain-soaked road trip to Blackpool in a pair of roofless Reliant Rialtos.
The show will have its share of celebrity guests, the first two being The Social Network and Batman vs Superman star Jesse Eisenberg, along with chef Gordon Ramsay.
If you just can’t get enough of Top Gear, there’s more good news. There’s a new behind-the-scenes spinoff show airing right afterwards. Extra Gear is expected to be more enthusiast-oriented than the main TV show. So expect a closer look at details about the cars, along with how-they-did-that filming. The companion show will primarily be hosted by automotive journalists Chris Harris and Rory Reid.
Both Top Gear and Extra Gear will eventually make their way to Netflix.