For those familiar with Fifth Gear, it's a welcomed alternative if you have burnt yourself out from watching 12 hours straight of Top Gear on torrents and BBC America reruns. The show is hosted by former TG presenters Tiff Needell and Vicki Butler-Henderson, along with two-time BTCC champ Jason Plato and auto journalist Jonny Smith.
Now word comes that the British enthusiast program will be joining Discovery's Velocity network and its automotive-based lineup. The placement makes sense, as Fifth Gear airs on the UK's Discovery network.
If one were to compare the two shows, Fifth Gear is a more grounded and traditional car review show than the bigger-budget extravaganza that is Top Gear. Needell and Co. still test some of the most powerful automotive machinery in the world, but the format does not tend to include the outlandish competitions and outsized personalities of its better-known rival. Top Gear may have the more epic production values, but Fifth Gear is more rooted in reality and more focused on presenting the car-related facts.
Fifth Gear powerslides onto the Velocity channel this October – check out the trailer below.