Jeremy Clarkson, James May, and Richard Hammond — the former hosts of long-running BBC car show Top Gear — have begun filming their new show for Amazon Prime. And while we still don't know the name of the program, Clarkson tweeted a pic of the show's "skeleton crew" that gives us a few hints about where it's starting.
With a skeleton crew, filming for Amazon Prime's new motoring programme has begun. pic.twitter.com/8PaYvke5il— Jeremy Clarkson (@JeremyClarkson) October 7, 2015
For one, it looks like we're finally going to get the "Great Hypercar Showdown" that was promised near the end of the hosts' run on Top Gear. Throughout their final season, the trio teased a showdown between the Ferrari LaFerrari, the McLaren P1, and the Porsche 918 Spyder. That never happened, partly because the hosts wound up leaving, and partly because the different carmakers kept changing their demands — Ferrari, for instance, wouldn't let the show test its crazy hypercar on anything but its own test track in Italy.
Ferrari versus McLaren versus Porsche
It doesn't particularly look like those car companies have backed down — you can see engineers from each standing in Clarkson's photos. But it does seem like they've settled on neutral ground, as the photo was taken from the paddock of the Portimao Circuit in Portugal.
The move to Amazon came after the BBC refused to renew Clarkson's contract following a fight with one of his producers. (May and Hammond followed him at the end of Top Gear's most recent season.) The new show will air sometime in 2016.
Update October 7th, 3:39PM ET: Updated to include that the track shown in the picture is Portugal's Portimao Circuit.Verge Video Vault This all-electric '68 Mustang outperforms a Tesla