Report: Chris Harris, Sabine Schmitz Joining Revamped “Top Gear”
BBC reboot will apparently premiere in May.
The BBC's reboot of "Top Gear" is coming into sharper focus, as a new report from The Telegraph suggests that the producers plan to add racing driver Sabine Schmitz and automotive journalist Chris Harris as co-hosts.
We learned in June that TV and radio personality Chris Evans signed on to host the new series to replace Jeremy Clarkson, but hadn't heard about possible co-hosts for the show. Both Schmitz and Harris should be familiar to many "Top Gear" fans. Schmitz, a racing driver for BMW and Porsche, appeared on the show in 2004 when she drove a Ford Transit van around the Nurburgring and beat a lap time that Clarkson set in a Jaguar. Harris currently hosts a YouTube show called "Chris Harris on Cars" and has written for publications including Evo and AutoCar, as well as AUTOMOBILE. The report also speculates that former Formula 1 driver David Coulthard may join the cast.
With filming scheduled to start in 2016, the revamped BBC "Top Gear" will apparently debut in May. The show's previous hosts, Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond, and James May, left the series after Clarkson was fired for assaulting a crew member. Clarkson, Hammond, and May then signed a deal with Amazon Prime for a new show that will also premiere in 2016.
Stay tuned for more news on the new "Top Gear" as we hear more about the revamped motoring show.