The long wait for the new car show starring former Top Gear hosts Jeremy Clarkson, James May and Richard Hammond is almost over.
The show is called The Grand Tour and on Thursday its producer Amazon confirmed the first episode will drop November 18, 2016.
We’ve known for months that the show would be available on Amazon Prime sometime in the fall of 2016 but this is the first time a specific date has been confirmed. Additional episodes will be released on a weekly basis.
From the teaser, it looks like the first episode will feature the three lads with the hypercar holy trinity of the Ferrari [NYSE:RACE] LaFerrari, McLaren P1 and Porsche 918 Spyder (you'll recall they were spotted with the cars in October 2015). An extended teaser posted on Twitter shows that we’ll also be seeing an Alfa Romeo 4C and Aston Martin Vulcan at some point.
The best part is that Top Gear’s same high-quality production will likely be repeated in The Grand Tour. Former Top Gear producer Andy Wilman, who like Hammond and May chose to quit after Clarkson was fired, has also signed up for the new show. Wilman is credited as being the brains behind much of the style and humor we've come to love. And Amazon has provided a generous budget for the team. It’s rumored around $250 million has been budgeted for three 12-episode seasons.
Meanwhile, Top Gear appears to be dying on the vine. Lead host Chris Evans quit following dismal ratings for the first season sans Clarkson and company. A former executive from the show’s producer, the BBC, has also admitted that dropping Clarkson was a mistake.