• Jul 1, 2008

With all our mouths salivating over the upcoming NBC version of the hit BBC program Top Gear, the guys over at Autofiends got a chance to sit down with Tanner Foust. As we revealed a couple of weeks ago, in addition to being a drifting and rallying champion, Tanner will be one of the three hosts – alongside Adam Carolla and Eric Stromer – who will be anchoring the Americanized show.

The interview makes for an interesting read, and in the process Foust casts a bit more light on what we can expect from the show. For example, while the BBC's publicly-funded format allows for full-hour shows, the NBC program will run closer to 42 minutes with commercials breaking up the shorter segments. The show's test track – en route to which Foust got lost with Jeremy Clarkson in a Callaway Corvette – is based in Orange County, California. And to the best of his understanding, Foust and his co-hosts will be free to speak their minds about the vehicles they'll be reviewing, which he promises will run the spectrum from budget automobiles to supercars, alongside "epic" challenges in true "American style where bigger is better". We'll be looking forward to seeing for ourselves. Follow the link to read the full interview.

[Source: Autofiends.com]



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      • 6 Years Ago
      They should get Billy Joel to come on the show for the "star in the reasonably priced car" segment. Said singer crashing into the side of the house would be way more entertaining than anything this rip off version of the original could muster.
      • 6 Years Ago
      US Top Gear had better be outstanding from the first episode, because it probably will not have more than 3-4 shows to win an audience or the network will drop it. Very few new shows even get a full season run any more before the suits decide whether to re-order or pull the plug. Any news on where it will air in the NBC lineup?
        • 6 Years Ago
        No kidding, especially NBC. They killed The Black Donnalys even though it got very good reviews but just ok ratings. I think they replaced it with a that crap "My Dad is Better than" show. TBD ran out the season online, that sucked. Its actually selling well on DVD from what I have been told, dont know for sure. I think TBD was too violent and mature for network TV, probably should have been on a cable station.
      • 6 Years Ago
      It may not suck, but the US doesn't have the audience for this show. The love affair with cars is over in America. People don't care what they drive or what it looks like as long as the cheap plastic can last for 20 years, engine and trans for 500,000 and it get +35 MPG (city). Not that this is a bad thing, but think about the crap you see on primetime now, do you think that same crowd would watch Top Gear??? I don't... I give it 2 seasons before it's cancelled.
        • 6 Years Ago
        I commend you on your new hater approach. Rather than the tried and true bashing of a sight unseen show you decided to call out the country as a whole. You really can not lose with this approach. If the show sucks you can spew about that, if the show is good but is met with poor ratings (ala Black Donnelys) and gets cancelled … you can bitch about how American's are stupid. You have all your bitching and moaning bases covered.

        Yeah American's don't like cars, please back that up with something other than personal conjecture.
        • 6 Years Ago
        I have no idea what the f*ck Black Canary is on about, but you are generalizing, Corey.
        • 6 Years Ago
        crap - Americans no '
        • 6 Years Ago
        Uh, you need to get a grip pal...
        Are you on this blog just to start trouble?!? I'll entertain your hissy-fit for a minute because you seem to have blown my response way out of proportion. I never said the show would suck, I just said the audience is not here (U.S.) Why are you predicting what you think I would say depending on the outcome of the show??? Bitching and moaning??? WTF!! Grow up and take that drama somewhere else.
        I suggest you do a little research on your own, try looking around the 1950-70's, look at how trends and lifestyles were effected by the automotive industry. It's nowhere near the same as it was back in the day, and definitely not enough to keep this show on primetime. But judging from your reply, you already know this, and desperately look for a way to deny it.
      • 6 Years Ago
      The American version of the office should have sucked, but against all reasonable expectations they made a good show out of it.

      Adam Carolla is obnoxious enough to deserve the chance to fill Jeremy Clarkson's role. Let's give the guy a chance, he's got proven talent from his time on Loveline. In fact, if he just substitutes "Ferrari" for "orgasm", "ZR-1" for "breasts", "GT-R" for other female anatomy, and "Porsche Cayenne" for "a--hole", it would be a great show already.
      • 6 Years Ago
      We can't have a carbon copy of the show here. It will just be different, like "The Office"....or many other British to American shows. Any show has the possibility of sucking. Why not just wait to see it and then start whining then?

      Anyways, no new information here.
      • 6 Years Ago
      With All Our Mouths Salivating For The American Show? Didnt You Read The Comments On The Adam Carrolla Post? Richard Simmons Sweatin To The 90s Infomercials Will Get Better Ratings Than This
        • 6 Years Ago
        Some of you are so "salivating" or frothing at the mouth for it to be prrly executed so you can spew vitrol filled comments on the internet. I think Autoblog got it correct.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Hey Guess What Hitting Shift At The Beginning Of Every Word Makes You Look Like An Idiot.

        Although I suppose it's better than PEOPLE WHO YELL ALL THE TIME.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Call me when they trash the first American automobile that deserves it. I mean something that would affect sales, like "The Sebring? It's a piece of trash - I wouldn't buy it with your money. And it looks painful, just God-awful." (oh, and do it when the model first comes out, not when it's about to be retired/refreshed so that the mfr suddenly looks like a hero for fixing the obvious!)

      Then we'll all know that it's not just a marketing fluffer for the BigThreesome.

      (fyi: the goal is not to just trash American cars, but to help educate the consumer by providing real, hands-on, unbiased info so we can make better buying decisions. In the end, that'll help the domestics more than it hurts...if they survive the short term.)
        • 6 Years Ago
        something like this:

        "Yeah, there are new cars that have that kind of weird left in the sun smell. Some of them are good. Like Audis when they sit in the sun — there’s something good about how that melting dashboard smells. But Corvettes smell like melting glue — like the dash is going to fall apart." -- Tanner
      • 6 Years Ago
      THIS IS DIFFERENT THAN WHAT I'M USED TO.

      GO BACK TO DOING THAT THING THAT YOU DID BEFORE YOU STARTED DOING THIS THING.

      Waaah Waaah Waah


      (In before the whining..)
        • 6 Years Ago
        One of my big concerns with this show is it's cinematography. The cinematography in the UK Top Gear is awesome, and I only hope they carry it over to the US version.

        Other than that, I'm pretty excited about this show.
        • 6 Years Ago
        I continue to be amazed by the blind hatred this show is receiving.

        In these interviews they address some of the concerns of the "fans" but there is no satisfaction. Now we have complaints that the show is going to have commercials, unlike BBCs Top Gear?

        Give me a break. Let's just come to terms with this now- it will not be BBCs Top Gear, period. But that doesn't mean that it can't be an entertaining automotive show.

        Of course we don't know what will happen because NO ONE HAS SEEN THE SHOW!!!
        • 6 Years Ago
        Vintage.. as irritating as everyone declaring it dead in the water even before it's been launched, with statements like this:
        "The more I hear the more I think it's going to suck."

        Or people that spell America as AMERIKUH because it's cool?

        Or people who make statments like "And I'm pretty sure I'll be right, and you'll be wrong."?



        • 6 Years Ago
        Glad you got the first comment in :)

        Good to know that Faust has been talking with Clarkson.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I'm excited about the US Top Gear. Then again, I enjoy watching motor week... and pinks.
        • 6 Years Ago
        I have also been watching Drag Times (or whatever it's called) on speed over the past month or so. It's hosted by the guy who did the VO for monster garage, so that's fun. And it's done by the same production company as Pinks. Last night they had a snowmobile do a pass - it was crazy! Something like 8.5 @ 175 mph...

        Also, while 'normal' pinks is all about drama and trying to fake each other out (they hardly ever run at 100%), pinks 'all out' is great. Some really impressive machines on that show...
        • 6 Years Ago
        You lost me at "Pinks", that show is almost as hard to watch as Trick My Truck or Pimp My Ride. I cant take the campy writen dialog they make those guys say on Truck and Ride. The host on Pinks just drives me nuts.
      • 6 Years Ago
      i just read the interview through the read link.

      look, i know the guy is a stud driver, but he didn't even know what a callaway Corvette was?!!! is this really it? are we going to have another show that makes fun of American cars, test them, have then end up at the top of their speed chart, then still make fun of them?? I really hope not.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Well, at least they could get a pen that worked.. :)
        • 6 Years Ago
        @duders
        lol i was being nice..
        and also realizing that he could out-drive me in my own z06
        • 6 Years Ago
        A stud driver? Tanner Foust? lol. In America he's just barely passable.
        • 6 Years Ago
        I actually like the magnet board, it fits the theme of the show. Their entire facility is pretty grungy/gritty like a garage. A slick graphic would be pretty out of place.
        • 6 Years Ago
        "I hate that speed chart - can't they spring for a nice graphic image or something. Really - a magnet with sharpie pen text?"

        It's part of the recipe that make that show a hit. Again something else you don't understand...
      • 6 Years Ago
      Man, if its even half has good as Best Motoring I'll be impressed.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Agreed. Somehow Best Motoring is able to put together comparo races of a lot of cars that I really like and do it consistently. Well done!

        I saw an episode of Supercars Exposed and Foust seems like an okay host, though he does look like a 16 yr old. Let's hope they get some good wheel to wheel racing going on! and tons of guest drivers!!!
      • 6 Years Ago
      This show is getting a lot of flack even before it has started. Yes I am a "fan" of the original top gear and will always be however this has the potential to be insight into the way americans view cars because of the land we have (unlike European roads and landscapes) and our history of vehicles.

      The only thing that sticks out in my mind as being rediculous is how much america is commercialized. For a 1 hour show we have to have nearly 20 minutes of commercials. That a lone will piss me off not to watch it until i can buy the DVD's (just kidding but i hate american tv now for that reason). The hour show they have is great

      So...i wish and hope these guys can make it work.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Get a Tivo or DVR, and just start watching the show half an hour after the show starts so you can skip the damn commercials. DVR's are so cheap these days I don't see why people should complain about commercials anymore.
        • 6 Years Ago
        The show has to make money in some fashion. Would you prefer a federal tax (bbc), pay per view, commercials, or a pay network like HBO?

        Commercials do suck but that is what DVR is for. HBO would be a great option as well. Just dont tax me to watch tv. The taxes attached to my Direct TV bill are bad enough.

        To each his own but the commercials are not that big of a deal for me. Gives you a chance to take a piss.
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