Skip to main content

Top Gear’s ‘lost episodes’ are being prepped to be aired … eventually

lost top gear episodes might be broadcasted after all
Image used with permission by copyright holder
Fans of Top Gear need not worry … well, at least about the remaining unaired episodes from this season, anyway. According to a source inside the BBC, the final three episodes that were said to have been cancelled will indeed be aired at some point.

According to a source that spoke to The Sunday Times Driving section, the Beeb (that’s a nickname for the BBC, right?) is still editing the pre-filmed segments of the episodes and intends to air them, no matter what the result is of the investigation of Top Gear’s controversy du jour. If you’ve been living under a rock, host Jeremy Clarkson allegedly assaulted a producer on the show a few weeks back, causing quite the kerfuffle. This has resulted in his suspension from the BBC pending an internal inquiry, and the future of Top Gear in limbo.

In Search of Driving Heaven
In Search of Driving Heaven Image used with permission by copyright holder

“These aren’t going to be the Nixon tapes,” the source is quoted in saying. Details behind the episodes themselves are few, but we do know one episode features another car challenge, where the trio are charged to buy, with their own money, three classic convertibles and take them through the countryside. Another episode had a similar challenge involving second hand SUV’s.

The one big question that kept viewers in suspense throughout the season, now understandably sidelined by higher stake issues, was if Top Gear could get the respective manufacturers to agree on a shootout between today’s top supercars: The Ferrari LaFerrari, The Porsche 918, and the McLaren P1. The staff behind the show is reportedly making plans to do to a bonus show as they continue to arrange to acquire all three of the sold out supercars.

Top Gear The Stig
Image used with permission by copyright holder

It should be noted that this department of the Sunday Times is where Clarkson maintains a column of reviews and the publication is likely pro-Jezza. Even so, this makes their having inside BBC sources more likely, and we’re more willing to take what they have to say over the dubiously sourced stories coming out of The Mirror.

For now, we’ll just have to sit tight and allow for events to unfold, giving you time to do some driving of your own … or diving deep into the reviews your favorite super awesome car-technology site has to offer, who aren’t above shameless plugs.

Editors' Recommendations

Alexander Kalogianni
Former Digital Trends Contributor
Alex K is an automotive writer based in New York. When not at his keyboard or behind the wheel of a car, Alex spends a lot of…
The Hyundai Ioniq 5 N makes one of the coolest EVs ready for the track
Ioniq 5 N front

The Hyundai Ioniq 5 is getting even more powerful. Hyundai has unveiled a new variant of the now-loved EV, giving it the classic N treatment -- and making for the new Hyundai Ioniq 5 N.

If you're familiar with Hyundai's N cars, you'll know what this variant means. The new car boasts racing-style accents, turns the pixel design up to eleven, and, as you would expect, offers a new powertrain and a range of performance-focused features that will make driving the new Ioniq 5 N a whole lot more fun.

Read more
The Lucid Gravity has more range than any other electric SUV
A Lucid Gravity electric SUV on the road.

The Lucid Air is a marvelous electric car. It offers more range than any EV currently on sale, plus impressive performance and tech. However, it’s also a sedan, and therefore will always have limited reach in a marketplace dominated by SUVs. Enter the Lucid Gravity, a seven-passenger, three-row SUV launching in 2024 that will allow Lucid to reach a wider audience.

The Gravity is a sensible follow-up to the Air. Having introduced itself to the world with that sedan, Lucid can now channel some of the buzz into a vehicle aimed at a larger patch of the market. But it also presents a challenge. In order to create a true SUV, Lucid had to make the Gravity heavier and less aerodynamic than the Air, cutting into the efficiency that was a hallmark of the sedan’s design.

Read more
Amazon and Hyundai partner on online car sales, in-car services
A 2024 Hyundai Santa Fe in front of a giant Amazon box.

At the 2023 Los Angeles Auto Show, Amazon and Hyundai announced a partnership that will bring Amazon Alexa Built-in apps to future Hyundai vehicles and will make Hyundai the first brand in Amazon's planned foray into online car sales.

Starting in 2025, "next-generation" Hyundai vehicles will offer the same Alexa experience users get at home, the automaker's announcement said. Drivers will be able to ask Alexa to play music podcasts or audiobooks, set reminders, update to-do lists, and check calendars, as well as control smart-home functions. The built-in Alexa functionality will also include real-time traffic and weather information, as well as voice control for navigation systems. "Certain" features will be available even when internet access is limited.

Read more