Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May raced a Corvette while answering questions from James Corden.
Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond, and James May were recently in California with their tent, filming the second round of audience segments for the first season of their new show, The Grand Tour. Though it’ll actually be used as the first episode, because filming schedules are weird.
Anyway, while they were in California they were roped into doing a segment for The Late Late Show with James Corden.
The idea is simple: each of the hosts drives a Chevrolet Corvette as fast as they possibly can around the Willow Springs race track, while Corden asks them general knowledge questions from the passenger seat. Penalties are applied to the lap time for wrong answers.
If you’re remotely familiar with the hosts, you’ll be able to guess what kind of approach they each take to the task. And, for that matter, how good their general knowledge is. I won’t give the result away, but I was actually quite surprised.
The opening sequence of The Grand Tour was also filmed in California. According to The Sun, it features the three presenters being pursued across a desert by 150 exotic cars worth $25 million USD, six jet planes and a cast of 2,000 extras. At a reported cost of over $3 million USD, it is thought to be the single most expensive scene ever filmed for TV.
This little segment is a great reminder of the chemistry and borderline cruel but good-natured banter that makes Clarkson, Hammond, and May such a brilliant trio. Corden is exactly the right foil to them, as well. Incidentally, Corden made an appearance on Top Gear as the Star in a Reasonably Priced Car, setting a time of 1 minute 53.4 seconds in the Chevrolet Lacetti.
Last week, it was announced the next audience filming session will take place later this month in the English coastal town of Whitby, which appeared in a number of Top Gear segments, including Clarkson’s review of the BMW i8.
The first episode of The Grand Tour will be available on Amazon Prime from November 18. Watch the trailer below.
Source: The Sun