America is a pretty awesome country. Although we have to admit that there are some awesome things in the world that we just can’t get in America, like the Top Gear Live show. If you don’t already know about Top Gear Live it is a live show that literally takes the British hoonage from the show and brings it to a massive live audience and typically involves stunts and other displaces of motor-madness.
In the past these events were always done outside at a race track or really large lot but today it was announced that the next two Top Gear Live events will both be in doors and will feature in-door stadium style tracks designed by Group Lotus (who also designed the famous Top Gear Test Track used on the U.K. show). Also, just like the show the corners will be named but the BBC will give fans the chance to name one of the corners via an online poll/contest.
We would love to check out one of these events someday. Maybe Top Gear USA will gain enough popularity to convince the BBC and History channel to try and pull off a Top Gear Live USA event in the future? I guess we will just have to wait and see. In the meantime if you want more info on the U.K. events you can click the thumbnails below for renderings of the tracks and check out the official press release.
Top Gear Live, London & Birmingham November 2011
Top Gear Live is developing an indoor track extravaganza in partnership with Group Lotus Motorsport, designers of the original Top Gear test-track. The track will be the central feature of its all-new Top Gear Live event running from 11-13 November at NEC Birmingham and 24-27 November at ExCeL London.
Top Gear favourites including German race sensation Sabine Schmitz and Tiff Needell will join five-time Le Mans winner, Derek Bell, and an extensive list of other celebrity guests, drivers and presenters on track at the two events.
The all-new track element will feature power laps by Top Gear’s very own tame racing driver The Stig as well as challenges for presenters Clarkson, Hammond and May. And, of course, there will be a host of celebrities vying for the top spot in Top Gear Live’s very own Star in a Reasonably Priced Car.
The tracks have been configured to enable all manner of driving disciplines during a full programme of incredible action. These will include head-to-head challenges, power testing and time trials, ensuring there’s plenty of live action throughout the event.
The tracks have been named ‘Docklands GP’ (ExCeL track) and ‘B20 Raceway’ (NEC track), and visitors can get a preview of what is waiting for them at the show with both track layouts available to see at www.topgearlive.co.uk. In the tradition of the Top Gear track’s ‘Hammerhead’ and ‘Gambon’ corners, these custom-built indoor tracks will also have named corners and Top Gear Live fans will have the opportunity to name one of the corners at each track in a competition launching next week via facebook.com/TopGearLiveUK
Gavan Kershaw, Engineering Manager at Group Lotus Motorsport said: “We’re enjoying the challenge of working with the Top Gear Live team to design two tracks that are both exciting and credible for this event.
“We believe the end result will ensure an awesome experience for both the drivers and spectators with plenty of noise and burning rubber!“
In addition to the interactive on-track activity, there will be supercar parades featuring iconic models such as the new McLaren MP4-12C, Lamborghini Aventador and Ferrari 599 GTO, as well as legendary group B rally cars and a celebration of F1 past and present, all live on the track. All this will be supported by fantastic challenges and cars modified beyond recognition – synonymous with Top Gear!
This year’s Top Gear Live is expected to attract tens of thousands of visitors keen to see the world-famous presenters, guest drivers and celebrities in action and take part in this true celebration of all things motoring. Visitors are encouraged to book early so as not to miss the most exciting event on this year’s entertainment and motoring calendar.