The first footage from BBC’s revamped Top Gear is out there. On Thursday, BBC America released its initial trailer for “Season 23,” giving audiences the initial look at the new series featuring Chris Evans and Matt LeBlanc.
Click below to watch the trailer, which includes LeBlanc “driving” a Reliant Rialto on the back of a recovery vehicle and a glimpse of Evans getting infamously car sick while filming with Sabine Schmitz in California:
In debuting the video, BBC America also made public some details of the new season. It was shot in five different countries – the United Kingdom, United States, France, Morocco and the United Arab Emirates.
Among some of the films included are LeBlanc’s journey in the Rialto from London to Blackpool, Evans being taken for a ride by German racing driver Schmitz at Laguna Seca, Formula 1 star Jenson Button turning up with a McLaren, and at least one test on the Top Gear track at Dunsfold, of a Zenos E10.
Fans will note what’s obviously missing – footage that LeBlanc recently shot with rallycross driver Ken Block near the Cenotaph memorial in London, which was cut out of the season entirely after a variety of complaints about it being in poor taste and violating ad rules.
The network still hasn’t announced a specific premiere date for Top Gear, just saying it’ll be sometime next month, but it wouldn’t be surprising to see it fit into the Monday 9 p.m. slot that the previous version of the show has occupied (and still does in reruns).
The trailer comes the week after History quietly made known that Top Gear USA will return on April 26. Meanwhile, Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May’s Amazon show is on track for a fall 2016 launch.
Top Gear premieres in May on BBC America. Did the new trailer make you more or less inclined to watch? Leave your thoughts in the comments below.