Top Gear’s group of six presenters may seem like the BBC’s version of ‘throwing it against the wall and seeing what sticks.’ Considering the BBC made it work with Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May for more than a decade, the move to include Rory Reid, Chris Harris, Eddie Jordan and Sabine Schmidt in addition to the main headliners, might be Top Gear’s version of an extended audition process. Testing the waters with the viewers perhaps, before taking the deep plunge.With just a few episodes in their pocket, the viewers have strongly revolted by not tuning in and causing the BBC to rethink their lineup just a tad. What is also evident in the third episode, is that both Rory Reid and Chris Harris possess the natural talent Top Gear sorely needs. Providing interesting and meaningful commentary overlaid with some seriously entertaining and skillful driving. To not watch those clips just to spite the BBC’s response to the ‘fracas’, does a great disservice to the fine pieces of automotive photo-journalism.So it seems like a smart move by the BBC to infuse a bit more of Chris Harris both inside and outside the Sunday night show to help improve the Top Gear brand. The BBC signed him on to do a web series called ‘Chris Harris Drives’, and if you’ve seen Chris Harris’ Youtube channel, ‘Chris Harris On Cars‘, then you know exactly what to expect.
They’ve just released a trailer called ‘The Drift’ where Harris drifts a bunch of awesome cars like the Ferrari F12, the Acura NSX, the Ferrari LaFerrari, the 911 Turbo S, the McLaren P1, the Porsche 918 Spyder, the Dodge Viper ACR, and the all new Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio. If the show is basically more of what Chris Harris did with the Ferrari F12tdf, then this show will succeed and might be even better than the Top Gear show itself. What do you think?
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