America's very own version of Top Gear is set to hit airwaves for its second season. A new round of hijinks on the History Channel begins July 24. Seeing as the Top Gear Test Track sits just 15 minutes from your author's house, we thought it might be nice to pop in and pay the guys a visit. We wound up getting more than we bargained for, however, because The Stig was also on set... armed with the keys to a Lotus Evora S.

"Shotgun!"

The hosts could wait, because we had a date with a man/woman/robot known as The Stig. The Top Gear Test Track was clear, our butts were belted into the passenger seat and a solitary thumbs up from the man in white was our clue that this was go time.

Keep reading to learn more about our lap, and the upcoming season of Top Gear.

The Top Gear Test Track is located on the grounds of the now-defunct El Toro Marine Corps Air Station in Irvine, California. Nearly 20 bends separated us from making a round-trip run back to the Start/Finish line. It would be a quick trip, but an amazing one nonetheless.

What's it like riding side-saddle to The Stig? In a word, HOLYCRAPTHESTIGISAMAZING. (Does that count as one word if we don't use spaces?). Still, let's take a moment to distill that wonderful word we just cobbled together. On our journey together, the Stig pushed the Lotus Evora S as hard as he could. Steady hands worked to provoke a dab of oppo when required, and quick feet worked all three pedals like a kung-fu master forced to defend his temple. It was fast, furious and... a type of awesome that can't be described in front of the kids.

The being beneath the white suit and helmet is an expert at making a car go fast without hitting things. That's a fact we appreciated even more as our eyes fought physics to glance at the speedo. The needle crept toward 120 miles per hour in the fastest section, which wasn't a straight mind you.

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Want to join us on our lap? Check out the video below. We will warn you ahead of time, however, that the power of the Stig overcame the power of our GoPro mount on the back straight. Your view will switch from track to sky about 3/4 of the way around the track. Sorry 'bout that.


Our time with the Stig was memorable and our hands had finally stopped shaking from adrenaline. Now, it was time to tour the set. We can't tell you too much about what we saw, but we're going to go ahead and call it now: Season two of Top Gear USA should be a blast to watch based simply on the varied machines we saw scattered around the production area. We would love to go into more detail, but we hear Stiggy is also an accomplished marksman.

We did get a moment to sit down with the hosts, and, after a nod from an executive producer, they were allowed to impart a few nuggets of insight into what we can expect in the second season of Top Gear. The very first thing they discussed was how easy it was to get into the flow of filming compared to the first season. Tanner Foust, Rutledge Wood and Adam Ferrara all got their sea legs right away. That confidence, along with the chemistry exhibited right in front of our face lead us to believe that this trio is ready to hit the ground running for their second go-around.



When they weren't cracking inside jokes related to the events of this upcoming season (or each other), they handed out a bit more insight into Season Two. Some highlights:

  • Tanner Foust races a Porsche 911 GT2 RS against a jet-powered shopping cart. At night. Through the streets of Los Angeles.
  • All three hosts have to find their way through Death Valley... without using pavement.
  • Adam Ferrara finally gets to jump a vehicle that can withstand the force of returning to the Earth (something he relayed with a large smile splayed on his face).
  • Rutledge Wood stumbles across a desert store that's home to Charles Manson's old Dodge PowerWagon.

That's only a taste of what's in store for Top Gear Season 2, which premiers July 24 on the History Channel. We can't tell you any more than that, unfortunately. We can say that Tanner, Adam and Rutledge are excited for the new season, and we're excited to see what they did with the random vehicles scattered about the grounds of their slice of El Toro.

We're also still recovering from two laps with The Stig.


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      Shomare
      • 3 Years Ago
      I really hope that they manicured the area surrounding the track for this season. Compared to the BBC's Test track, the American one looks white trash. Mow the grass, clean up clutter and get the cameras in for some better shots of the Stig in action.
      WatchF1
      • 3 Years Ago
      If you had to compare the first episode of The Car Show to the first episode of TGUSA, it's supremely difficult to say which is better. They were both bad. There were bits I liked in both, but was unimpressed with both as well. Let it ride. I'm glad to have more car hooning in the U.S.. Period. I don't care who produces it. I don't care what channel it's on.
        StephenT
        • 3 Years Ago
        @WatchF1
        That's the way I felt about both shows also. The Car Show had it's moments but Adam tried to be too funny too often such as he really didn't need to be in the back seat of that Rolls during Dan's test drive. Season 1 of TGUSA started very slowly but seemed to get better towards the end of the season. I'm hoping season 2 won't have a lot of the same problems.
          Sam
          • 3 Years Ago
          @StephenT
          Considering that people are all over Top Gear USA for using some ideas from the original, I'm surprised nobody noticed that the "presenter-in-the-back-of-a-luxury-car-driven-at-full-whack" thing was done by Top Gear two years ago.
      htay9500
      • 3 Years Ago
      I want to see a Top Gear UK vs Top Gear USA episode where the TGUK team obliterates TG USA. Just like top gear Oz vs TG USA.
      eightyd
      • 3 Years Ago
      I loved the show, in the first season. Yeah, it was rough starting out, but everything is rough starting out (look at The Car Show, that was abysmal). I am definitely excited for the new season.
      jbm0866
      • 3 Years Ago
      I've decided that I'm going to stop comparing this show to the UK Top Gear, and along with the "Car Show" just enjoy all 3 shows for what they are. As many have pointed out (and Clarkson himself recently admitted) the first few seasons of the current format UK Top Gear kinda sucked as well. Thanks to Netflix I found this out for myself..:)
      Adam
      • 3 Years Ago
      So which season of REAL Top Gear will they be mimicking this time? The 1st season was awful.
      govemyes
      • 3 Years Ago
      I was there for the taping of the first episode :D Idk if i can say more. They need to stop with the scripts, they are truly horrible... BUT ! these guys off camera are DAMN HILARIOUS !! Maybe one day i can upload the script i managed to get but i wont cause i dont wanna break any agreements. "Fun Suck" ( lmao off camera jokes )
        e.brian
        • 3 Years Ago
        @govemyes
        FYI .... don't tell me to relax, dork!
        e.brian
        • 3 Years Ago
        @govemyes
        HC.... History Channel, dork ass!!!!! You have their script and you wanna post....This should be interesting how you acquired one.
          govemyes
          • 3 Years Ago
          @e.brian
          Wth man I never said im posting it.................
        e.brian
        • 3 Years Ago
        @govemyes
        yeah, that's right!!!! you're my bitch now!!!!
        e.brian
        • 3 Years Ago
        @govemyes
        you're full of bull!!!! i was there at el toro you f@#$%ing dork. We took two school buses out there to the hangers. I just e-mailed a link to the HC of your reply dork-ass! Rutledge used cards and ad-libbed most of the time! BUSTED!!!!
        e.brian
        • 3 Years Ago
        @govemyes
        So what???? you posing? you really don't have a script.... do ya'! yeah i'm calling you out, dork. what's the story?
          govemyes
          • 3 Years Ago
          @e.brian
          Fine i didnt think it would have been such a big deal if i said i had the script. I was just making a point...
        e.brian
        • 3 Years Ago
        @govemyes
        but you have their script! I just flagged your response to autoblog! I work for the biz. quit showing off douche-bag!
          e.brian
          • 3 Years Ago
          @e.brian
          what....any comments loser!!!!
          govemyes
          • 3 Years Ago
          @e.brian
          Relax man, i love top gear.. Id never post it. I want the show to do better and people say their chemistry is still building but off camera they are awesome, i just feel like they are being restricted.
        govemyes
        • 3 Years Ago
        @govemyes
        Episode 1 was entertaining to watch tho, you guys should watch it.
      WindsWilling
      • 3 Years Ago
      Unfortunately they still have the same hosts. What they need to do is get some other guys up there on stage with Chemistry. No celebrities, none of that sort at all. Get 3 best friends of years who love cars and let them have a go at it. Tanner Faust especially needs to go as he has the personality of a wet-mop. Hell, I myself have two friends that would give up their day jobs for this. And, we'd spice it up like the successful UK version, which is what separates this show from the UK version.
        EnzoHonda
        • 3 Years Ago
        @WindsWilling
        As of now I've read exactly one thing you've written and can't stand you already. Let's let the second season start and see how things go. The final episode of the first season was great and shows just what is possible. With the right mix of humour and Americana the show should be able to capture the charm of the original. I'd wager budgets will be a lot less for the first few seasons, so don't expect them to cross the Gobi or race in Antarctica just yet.
          WindsWilling
          • 3 Years Ago
          @EnzoHonda
          You mad bro? Face it, people have opinions and you don't see me attacking yours or others. I think the show sucks because the hosts don't have the chemistry that the UK hosts have, and I'm sure I'm not the only one who thinks that. They don't have the flair period. The first season is all I needed to see because for example Faust is the same ****, wanna-be Richard Hammond, that he's been on other shows, and in person. And all of that is IMHO. The only thing I can't stand is people like you. Who doesn't like when people have different opinions, and doesn't understand this is for open discussion of opinions. Deal with it, get over yourself.
      Kaze9
      • 3 Years Ago
      wait.... top gear USA has a stig? fvck that show... I could shoot a better show by myself
        mike m
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Kaze9
        You know you can spell F-U-C-K without having to resort to obscuring the word. Yes, **** Top Gear and now I'll see if the swear filter is still off.
          Elmo
          • 3 Years Ago
          @mike m
          You can't use profanity at all. You might wanna check your comments because they now have stars in place of the word.
          mike m
          • 3 Years Ago
          @mike m
          And by that I mean **** Top Gear USA. The british one is still brilliant.
        Jeff Glucker
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Kaze9
        No you couldn't
      COM_by_Craig
      • 3 Years Ago
      It's sad but I get more enjoyment watching a Consumer Report Car Review than Top Gear USA. After seeing 'The Car Show' it's amazing the difference in quality, at least it has potential. I don't even get a sense that the hosts at Top Gear USA even like cars or heaven forbid and be a car nut.
        CJ
        • 3 Years Ago
        @COM_by_Craig
        I was so excited to see the first episode of "The Car Show but it was a huge dud. Even though I like Carolla he was a little over the top. Farah wasn't bad but the whole thing was just way too LA. Sally and Neil bringing up electric cars, leather complaints, and mileage for no real reason. The TG UK hosts would have laughed them off the stage. When they all freaked out that the dude working on the car put his dirty hand on their well manicured hands, it was evident that this show was going nowhere. I see more potential in Top Gear US and not just because it has a bigger budget. The host are more individual while the car show host are caricatures.
      Darrin *
      • 3 Years Ago
      Too many sponsored links .I'm out - been fun, I'm not going to waste another moment. Bookmark=deleted.
      Josh
      • 3 Years Ago
      Compare this to the original Top Gear. Just a bunch of American douches sponsored by American car companies.
        Elmo
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Josh
        Actually, the show is sponsored by Mercedes-Benz...
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