The latest incarnation of Top Gear will return to UK television on May 8th, with six people taking over for Clarkson, Hammond, and May. It’s a roster of well-known names who each bring something different to the program. Alongside lead presenter Chris Evans will be Sabine Schmitz, Chris Harris, Eddie Jordan, Matt LeBlanc, and Rory Reid.
We’ve already seen Schmitz, aka Queen of the Nürburgring, on previous episodes of Top Gear schooling Jeremy Clarkson. More recently, we’ve seen her sitting behind the wheel of an Audi R8 while Chris Evans lost his lunch at the side of Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca.
Chris Harris is a veteran auto journalist and Eddie Jordan is a former F1 team owner so there’s also serious auto cred from these two. Matt LeBlanc might be best know as an actor, but he has also appeared on Top Gear, holding the fastest lap time for a Star in a Reasonably Priced Car in the Kia cee’d.
Rounding out the list is one Rory Reid, a UK auto journalist who helped launch Cnet’s Car Tech channel and has appeared in numerous car-focused television shows. While you might think LeBlanc will bring the most humor to the show, Reid proves he can have a little fun with his review of the Rolls-Royce Ghost.
Instead of the usual video with an intro, time behind the wheel describing the drive, some beauty shots, and a few parting words, Reid created an epic rap video. He does this while managing to actually review the Ghost, providing details about the engine, the materials, and the drive experience.
The whole thing is shot out in a field with just Reid, the Ghost, and a sad dead tree for mood. Add a black and white filter and it’s a story of love found and lost and one man’s quest to get it back.
It’s beautifully filmed and the dialogue is fantastic. Reid never once breaks character or fails in his effort to rap through the entire review like an ode to a lost lover.
Fans are rightly nervous about whether or not the new Top Gear will be able to live up to the old one. It’ll be different for sure, and that’s okay, but no one wants to see it fall flat on its face.
If Reid can bring even half the creativity and energy he brought to this video over to the set of Top Gear, it’ll be a great start.