Series 21 may have only just finished, but the TopGear team have already been spotted out and about filming segments for Series 22 (which we were hoping would air around July 2014 but could end up being early next year). Below is a list of what we know so far, and we’ll update this list with new sightings as they come to hand.
Last updated 23rd October 2014.
With Top Gear currently between seasons, some fans of the show inevitably turn their attention towards the latest and greatest racing games available to get their fix of car based pornography. Those with Xbox’s have the Forza series to keep them satisfied, while a PlayStation user’s default choice would no doubt be Gran Turismo 5 or 6 – but now there’s a new option. Driveclub.
Driveclub was probably one of the most eagerly anticipated games for the PS4. It was announced a few years ago and we were teased with juicy looking renders of uber-realistic car models and the promise of groundbreaking original game elements. It was originally scheduled to be a PS4 launch title, before it was pushed back by almost a year for further polishing and tweaks. It sounded like a good decision to me – there’s nothing I hate more than developers pushing out an unfinished game and then patching the holes down the track. It turns gamers into glorified beta testers, doing the work that actual paid beta testers should have been doing in the first place. Driveclub was sounding incredibly promising then. Evolution Studios must be a developer who values their game and cares immensely about the experience players have upon buying it. But it all went wrong.
What happened? Well, here’s my experience.
Those of you who have been following our Series 22 Sightings and Spoilers post would be aware that the Top Gear team were in Argentina, filming their next epic 1000-mile roadtrip. What you might not be aware of though, is just how spectacularly it has all turned to shit.
The plan was set. The boys were set to drive along the local Route 40, linking the towns of Bariloche to Ushuaia – a distance of serveral hundred miles and a journey which Google Maps failed to calculate. A journey that would take almost two weeks, driving a trio of classic cars – a Porsche 928 GT, a Lotus Esprit V8 and a Ford Mustang Mach 1. All three vehicles were purchased in Britain and shipped out to Argentina specifically for the special. However Jeremy’s Porsche 928 GT was carrying a particular piece of cargo that was set to ignite a shitstorm of epic proportions. Pornographic magazines? Some kind of reference to Argentina’s 1-0 loss to Germany in the 2014 World Cup? No….
In case you didn’t notice, TopGearbox has been given a spit and polish! Our new website design is more user friendly than before and has been designed to suit a wider range of devices – automatically adjusting to suit Desktop PC’s and Laptops, all the way down to tablets and mobile devices.
We’re not finished yet though – there are still a large amount of images we need to optimise (since we switched from a dark background to a light one) and there may be issues with some pages displaying correctly. So while there may be a few parts that look strange now, rest assured we’re working on it!
Top Gear Series 22 is shaping up to be a rather epic, as the team continues to film in various locations around the world. At this stage, we’ve had an educated guess that it will go to air on Sunday January 25th 2015. Give or take a week or two!
Just this week, Jeremy Clarkson mentioned on Twitter that it will be a huge 13 episodes long. However, we’re not sure if he should be believed – as that would make it the largest Top Gear series in history. Previous Top Gear series have topped out at a maximum of 6 to 7 episodes – and you’ve got to go all the way back to 2007 to find a series with 10 episodes or more.
Regardless, Series 22 is edging closer and we’ll keep you all updated as we receive more information and confirmed air dates.
Located at Dunsfold Aerodrome in Surrey, the Top Gear test track was originally designed by Lotus Cars to be used primarily as a testing facility for the company’s Formula 1 racing program. But it wasn’t until the reinvented Top Gear launched in 2002 that it was truly thrust into the spotlight. Dunsfold Aerodrome was formerly a Royal Canadian Air Force airbase constructed during the Second World War and was later used by British Aerospace as a manufacturing and test facility. It is on these same runways and taxiways that the track was built; marked out using painted lines and simple structures such as cones and tyre stacks. Lotus designed the 1.75 mile track to put cars through a varying range of conditions, from provoking understeer, oversteer, to testing brake balance and high speed stability. The track is a true equaliser of cars and has become arguably the most famous test track in the world, thanks to Top Gear’s success over the past 14 years.
Reaching almost Nurburgring levels of fame, the Dunsfold Park test track has also featured in blockbuster video game titles such as the Forza and Gran Turismo racing franchises – and has even been used as a film location for various movies. The modified Boeing 747-200 located at Dunsfold was used in the James Bond film Casino Royale and for the flight scenes in Come Fly with Me. The closing sequences of the film Red 2 were also shot at Dunsfold, with parts of the test track seen during the closing car chase of the film.
You might be surprised then, to learn that the days of the Top Gear test track may be numbered..