Top Gear’s new hosts: Everything you need to know about them
The Top Gear presenting line-up is now complete, as host Chris Evans confirmed he and Matt LeBlanc will be joined by five other presenters.
Here is what you need to know about the new bunch:
Edmund “Eddie” Jordan is a former Irish racing driver who retired from racing in 1980. He went on to set up his own successful team, Jordan, which competed in Formula 3.
He is credited with furthering the careers of young drivers like Michael Schumacher, Rubens Barrichello and Eddie Irvine.
In 1990 he established Jordan Grand Prix and entered the Formula 1 arena. He sold the team in 2005 but has continued to be a central figure in Formula 1, presenting for the BBC and hosting TV shows such as Eddie Jordan’s Bad Boy Racers in 2006. He was inducted into the Irish Motorsport Hall of Fame and was awarded an honorary OBE by The Queen in 2012 in recognition of his services to charity and motor racing. Sabine Schmitz
Sabine is a professional German racing driver. Racing has been a part of her life from an early age and she grew up near the famous Nurburgring track, which has hosted events such as the German and European Grands Prix.
She has driven for BMW and Porsche and became the first woman to the win a major 24-hour race, the 24 Hours Nurburgring, in 1996.
She went on to win the VLN endurance racing championship in 1998. She has also hosted several German TV motoring shows and appeared on Top Gear in 2004.
During her stint on the show she beat former host Jeremy Clarkson’s lap time around the famous Nurburgring track by 47 seconds.
She has earned the nickname as “the fastest taxi driver in the world” for her BMW ‘ring taxi’ laps, which have involved her taking people around the Nurburgring track at a high speed.
Chris hosts his own YouTube channel called Chris Harris on Cars.
The channel was set up in 2014 with his friend Neil Carey and is described as being the “Home to fast cars (and some slow ones) being driven with little regard for tyre longevity”.
The channel is free but has a line saying: “If you’d like to give a little to keep Neil from sleeping rough, we’d be enormously grateful”, with a link to a site where donations can be made.
Chris was the official road test editor for Autocar magazine, worked for Evo magazine and is a member of motoring forum and website PistonHeads. Rory Reid Rory has a background in journalism and has made appearances on CNET’s Car Tech channel and Sky 1′s Gadget Geeks series.
The Car Tech channel he launched for CNET UK won an Association of Online Publishers (AOP) award for ‘Best Use of Video’. He’s also presented on the Fast Furious & Funny YouTube channel, which describes itself as: “We do all the things you’ve always wanted to do with your motor but never had the guts or insurance to do!”.
He is also the editor-in-chief of online car review site, Recombu.