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The new Top Gear presenters announced

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Fans of the show will be delighted to hear that progress is being made on the new, updated Top Gear, with a new presenting team announced and filming under way.

After months of speculation, the new Top Gear team has been confirmed. It's been common knowledge for months now that TV presenter, radio DJ and well known petrol head Chris Evans would be taking the helm, but until recently gossip has been rife surrounding his possible co-presenters. However with well-known names and faces Zoe Ball, Jodie Kidd and Suzi Perry all out of the frame, the new team has been announced as Chris Harris, a motoring journalist, and Sabine Schmitz, a German racing driver. Until recently, David Coulthard was also tapped to co-present the show, but passed on the opportunity in order to lead Channel 4's Formula One coverage.

Not only has there been conjecture about the team in front of the camera, but the show's executive producer has already moved on after only five months in the job, having been originally imported by Evans for the job. A script editor is also said to have resigned and a number of the original crew departed together with Jeremy Clarkson, James May and Richard Hammond.

The new Top Gear team

However viewers will be more interested in the new faces on their screens. Sabine Schmitz has, in fact, already made an appearance on Top Gear, racing around the Nurburgring with Jeremy Clarkson in 2004. During her career, the 46 year old German has raced for BMW and Porsche and is said to have completed more than 30,000 laps of the famous Nurburgring race circuit, earning her the nickname 'Queen of the Ring'. She has also had television experience hosting D Motor, the German equivalent of Top Gear.

Chris Harris is a 40 year old motoring journalist whose CV includes a brief racing career and work for publications including Autocar and Evo magazines. His YouTube channel, 'Chris Harris on Cars', has 321,000 subscribers and contains a range of automotive video reviews. It seems that Harris could take Clarkson's place on the show as the devil's advocate.

His willingness to speak his mind saw Ferrari ban him from reviewing its cars in 2011, having called the Italian firm 'profoundly irritating', however cordial relations have since been re-established. Nonetheless Harris is still on Lamborghini's blacklist after predicting a 'bleak' future for the company and writing an article entitled 'Lamborghinis are the perfect cars for people who can't drive'.

Filming is underway

Meanwhile, Chris Evans has been spotted out and about filming for up-coming episodes. Formula One star Jenson Button was pictured alongside Evans and a McLaren 650S Spider in November at the Top Gear test track at Dunsfold Aerodrome, Surrey. The Stig was also seen filming in his usual costume in November. The production team, with Evans, is currently said to be filming in the USA.

Chris Evans himself has been signed for three years as the show's main presenter, including two series of eight episodes each. Despite his years of TV presenting experience, Evans confessed that early filming of the new show was chaotic and somewhat problematic. However, speaking at a press tour in California about the show last week he appeared confident.

Evans has confirmed that the first episode of the revamped motoring show is due to air on Sunday 8th May.

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