Some say he has chopsticks for fingers, and cries tears of soy sauce… all we know is, he’s called the Stig. With a bad taste left in our mouth from China’s sad attempt at Top Gear earlier this year, it appears the good old boys from the original BBC Top Gear have finally made the trek to Beijing to show us how it’s done.
Though Stig is nowhere in sight, we were just as excited to see May and Clarkson tooling around in China’s real attempts at cars, some of its shanzhai offerings, and a good old “Frog Car” scrounged up from when bicycles outnumbered cars and it wasn’t necessary to run away from fog.
Hammond is likewise conspicuously absent, perhaps to avoid the inevitable joke that even in China he’s a head shorter than most. This episode seems to allow May to be the brunt of the joke as usual, by shoving him into the tiny red three-wheeler so dilapidated it requires a push-start.
The photographer who took the pics says this is the 1st of four days of filming for an episode set to air next year.
We’re not much for cars, but CarNewsChina tells us they’re filming James May in a JAC Binyue and Jeremy in a Greatwall Haval M2. Also on the set are the shanzhai vehicles, including a Shuanghuan Noble (Smart), a Shuanghuan SCO (BMW X5) and a Lifan 320 (Mini).
Lifan 320 aka China’s Minicooper
Shanghuan SEO and Shanghuan Noble aka China’s BMW X5 and SMART Car
Guangzhou Auto Trumpchi
Greatwall Haval S2
What’s on the lunch menu? Beef burgers, chicken burgers, and Kungpao chicken.
See the full photo set here.