1. I have started the new week 1 FerrariChat Update poll, please vote... http://www.ferrarichat.com/forum/threads/ferrarichat-com-update-week-1-poll.560487/
  1. Igor Ound

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  2. Jo Sta7

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    I always felt like Harris was the logical choice to be on the show. He's great. Schmitz is a curve ball though...gone will be the ww2 jokes (which old TG loved)
     
  3. Igor Ound

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    The way I see it is Clarkson and co. will make the new Top Gear and the BBC will make a sort of new Fifth Gear.
     
  4. Carsonp

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    I will give it a try. I like them all individually but chemistry will be the question. It certainly won't be the same but I have Amazon Fire too so I'm happy
     
  5. zudnic

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    I think it will be like American Top Gear awful.
     
  6. Bullfighter

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    This.

    Problem is I don't remember Sabine Schmitz as being all that funny, except in an awkward German sort of way.
     
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  8. PaulK

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    Chris Harris has the skills to drive that James May, Hamster, or Clarkson, dreamed that they could have. Sabine is also an exceptional driver. Sabine is also very blunt which I find to be funny.
     
  9. sca037

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    This exactly! ^^^
     
  10. Sandy Eggo

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    Nothing a massive production budget and great writers can't fix. The chemistry will take time to develop but it'll no doubt be interesting.
     
  11. gt4me

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    I seem to remember it all being a bit awkward when new top gear first started so I'll give it a chance. Saying that, I'm not a fan of Harris at all.
     
  12. dmark1

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    So do I . Whether you "car guys" like it or not Top Gear was entertaining. I love my Speciale but there is so long I can listen to some one drone on and one about Slide slip control and 0 - 100 times...

    I think it will be a borefest but I will watch it at least once.
     
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  14. Igor Ound

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    Just watching a top gear tribute special on the bbc with talking heads and everything. Top Gear is dead, long live top gear
     
  15. ferraripete

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    you are correct.
     
  16. rdefabri

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    Harris is awesome, but he's just not Top Gear. I hope the Beebs crashes and burns with this one, and it looks like they will. Too bad, so sad.
     
  17. BMW.SauberF1Team

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    The only reason I watched Top Gear was to see three guys having a good time and joking around. The new hosts don't interest me even a little bit.
     
  18. Ryan S.

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    I'll watch cause I'll watch almost anything related to cars but it won't come even close to the Clarkson era....
     
  19. Ryan S.

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    I will miss the jokes....
     
  20. italiafan

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    I think they'd be better off not calling it Top Gear...big shoes to fill, and the comparisons will doom them unless the show is brilliant.

    Let's face it...Clarkson et al were rehashing the same jokes and gags and running out of ideas themselves.

    They should start with a clean slate and relaunch a car show in a new style.
     
  21. Merak1974

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    i'm actually quite happy to see another team have a go at it.
     
  22. Bas Jaski

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    reports are that filming is massively delayed because Evan's can't drive and talk at the same time.

    Sack the ginger haired idiot, give the job to richard porter, or harry metcalfe. Done.
     
  23. Remy Zero

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    I watched Chris Harris videos the last few weeks. I found him stale and boring. Every car he tests seems to be the best for him.

    The original TG boys OTOH, always finds both the positive and negative about the cars they test, cue the awesome jokes
     
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    I think this will be a big issue, she is not a native English speaker and it will really affect her delivery..
    However, I do look forward to seeing more car reviews. TG had started to become too much of an entertainment show. The reviews, especially by Clarkson had started to become borderline ludicrous.
     
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    The cars were not why I watched the original top gear
     
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    On an individual basis I can't see them reviewing better then the originals and even Fifth Gear. As a group can't see them meshing well. I'll watch it but doubt it will be good.
     
  27. Dave M

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    Pictures floating around of Evans sick on the side of the track from co-star Sabine driving the new R8. Doesn't seem like this is going well.
     
  28. kverges

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    Are you kidding me? Played right that is gold
     
  29. Gabe@TAG

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    I work for Top Gear, and was there when it happened.

    They are "playing it right", if you know what I'm saying.
     
  30. Jack-the-lad

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    Exactly. It wasn't really a show about cars when the lads were there. It was a show about three blokes and some cars. Harris's and Schmitz's driving skills won't mean smack. Having a girl is going to make it awkward, too.

    However, the Chris Evans vomit scene gives me some hope. But just a little.
     
  31. kverges

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    I will give it a try. I know I am the only one, but I lost a lot of respect for Clarkson when he smacked around staff. He should have profusely apologized, begged forgiveness and salvaged the relationship with BBC. I suspect this was instead the final straw and I simply do not get how folks can idolize those with such poor behavior, but hey, the Kardashians and Bieber thrive.
     
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    I wish the new show well but I honestly didn't notice that the "old" one was gone. The early TG from the 1990s was much better and less annoying than the last few years on the BBC.

    It ended as barely a show for real car enthusiasts with silly writing, biased reviews and over dramatization for the sake of non-car audiences.

    The Power Lap and Hammond were good though.

    Competition is more complicated now with Petrolicious, EVO Diaries and even some good Motor Trend and Car and Driver vids on Youtube.

    LSJ
     
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    Not the only one. Arguably the ego had outgrown the talent and it was time to go, regardless.

    It was in a bit of rut. I watched all of the episodes, but IMHO it was feeling a bit like a silly stunt show after a point. OTOH, Chris Harris' drive in a C-Type in the Mille Miglia was an outstanding video and much more interesting to me, as I've never driven the MM and probably never will.
     
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    Even the Jay Leno videos are well done, technical and informative.

    They (and some of the others on the pro Youtube channels) have everything a diehard car enthusiast would want without the silliness and fabricated drama of the outgoing TG productions.

    TG will always have an audience in the masses, but for people like us, we may have to look elsewhere to feed the technical high.

    LSJ
     
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    He is also a former (but recently) Detomaso owner...definitely a car enthusiast and a good driver.

    LSJ
     
  36. Jo Sta7

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    Hiring Leblanc is brilliant imho.
     
  37. BMW.SauberF1Team

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    LeBlanc was a good move. I've liked that guy and his interview as a guest on Top Gear was one of the better ones imo (I usually skip them honestly). I actually may tune in just to see how it goes now. I'm still going to watch the Amazon Prime version of TG with Jeremy over it no question...

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z4mhMqOZ-Ho
     
  38. Igor Ound

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    Uhh...from the article, who's Morgan?

    Maybe they meant Evans instead of the name Morgan? Eddie Jordan is a nice surprise. Like the Jordan-LeBlanc pairing way more than the Sabine-Harris one.

    As much as I like the idea of Stig, I think he should go as it was so much a part of Jeremy's bit and it doesn't feel right leaving that character imo. I think they should just get a former F1 driver like Coulthard or someone to do quickest laps and then a quick impression on how it drives compared to other cars being tested to the limit. I would be really curious to see how a race-winning F1 driver would compare driving a LaF, 918, etc, around the track as fast as possible rather than Chris Harris who is really just an enthusiast to be honest.
     
  41. Tcar

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    I think they meant Jordan, not Morgan in that sentence.

    That's the only thing that makes sense.
     
  42. porsche racer

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    who's the asian guy?
     
  43. Remy Zero

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    I really doubt the fans care much about what happens backstage.
     
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  45. Igor Ound

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    Chris Mohammed Harris I guess ;) He does definitely look quite a bit asian/arab
     
  46. Remy Zero

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    hahaha..
     
  47. WJGESQ

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    Since the real top gear is in English---why did we need a U.S. Version?
     
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