Top Gear’s series 26 trailer has landed, showing us some of the weird and wonderful stuff we have to look forward to later this year.
Chris Harris teams up for one more run with Matt LeBlanc, who leaves after this series to spend more time with his family, and Rory Reid, the CT favourite who for series 27 has been controversially shifted sideways in favour of a new pairing of ex-cricketer Andrew Flintoff and comedian Paddy McGuinness.
The one-minute trailer opens with some off-roading in the new Bentley Continental GT, echoing a piece filmed on a rally stage with James May back in the long ago. The same Bentley is at Ascari, in a classic Le Mans-style running-start race against a 2001 Bentley Speed 8 endurance racer.
That same Continental is drifting through some snow before Chris Harris is seen failing to control a Porsche 911 GT2 RS in horribly wet conditions, and there’s plenty of nonsense going on with auto-rickshaws. Games of polo, body contact on horrifically dangerous mountain roads and some watery action with pontoons all star in the series 26 preview.
There are some old luxury motors, a very new Rolls-Royce Phantom and a twin-test between the Fiat Panda Cross and the Suzuki Ignis. In a river, on the way up a mountain. Sounds good to us, with a broadcast date yet to be decided for later this year.