The highly anticipated Top Gear reboot will be hitting our screens this weekend.
The BBC’s flagship show has been many months in the making, courting controversy (remember those doghnuts?) and rumour along the way. While much – some say too much - has been written about main hosts Chris Evans and actor Matt LeBlanc, what of the other four presenters?
Let's remedy that here. Step forward and take a lap of honour - Sabine Schmitz, Eddie Jordan, Rory Reid and Chris Harris.
Sabine – aka – ‘The Queen of Nurburging' - will become the show's first female presenter in 15 years (the last was Vicki Butler-Henderson in 2001). Speaking about her new role, the German-born racing ace said "the chance to combine both driving and filming was too good an opportunity to pass up. I've appeared on Top Gear a few times in the past, so I know we're going to have a lot of fun."
Called a 'fearless speed queen' by Chris Evans, Sabine may already be familiar to Top Gear fans. When Jeremy Clarkson’s completed a lap at Nurburging in nine minutes and 59 seconds in a Jaguar S-Type diesel, she scoffed: 'I tell you something, I do that lap time in a van.'
She then did the lap in the same car coming in at nine minutes 12 seconds – 47 seconds ahead of Jezza.
Sabine has driven for BMW and Porsche, becoming the first female to win a major 24-hour race, the 24 Hours Nurburgring, in 1996. She also won the title the following year. Of course, growing up 200 metres from the famous track must have provided massive inspiration.
As well as being a qualified pilot Sabine also runs her own company, Schmitz Motorsport, and in the past has been a popular co-host on the German motoring show, D Motor where she takes on different racing challenges each episode.
Eddie Jordan is a former Irish racing driver who founded the Jordan F1 team, which was racing in the series between 1991 and 2005.
In the past he has been a familiar face as part of the BBC’s F1 commenting team, his experience coming into play alongside David Coulthard, Suzi Perrie and Jake Humphrey.
His career started in 1971 when he won the Irish Kart Championship before moving on to Formula Ford in 1974 and Formula Three in 1975. He went on to found his first team in 1979 and was mentor to many drivers including Damon Hill, Eddie Irvine and Ralf Schumacher.
Asked by Top Gear online: “What was the best drive of your life, and why was it so special? He replied: “It was on the Circuit of Ireland Rally in Kerry. It’s memorable because I stopped in a lay-by and asked an 18-year-old girl to marry me… and she did. I’m still married to her 38 years later.”
He cites his favourite band as the E Street Band with Bruce Springsteen and his favourite tv show is Mrs Brown’s Boys.
This wildcard was the only presenter to make it through from the open audition stages.
Rory, 36, formerly the editor-in-chief of car and consumer technology website Recombu, submitted an online audition tape which was said to have “blown away” Chris Evans.
Of the process he has said: “When I submitted my 30-second audition tape, I knew the odds were very firmly against me, as the auditions were open to absolutely everybody,” he said. “To be the only person to make it through the open audition process makes me immensely proud.”
While Rory may be an unfamiliar face to Top Gear fans, like Chris Harris, he has a dedicated fan base through his YouTube channel. And if his quirky videos are anything to go by, fans of the re-vamped format are in for a treat.
From a review of the Rolls-Royce Ghost in spoken-word poem form, through to an experiment to find out whether a seatbelt will lift a car, there is plenty to be entertained by.
Motoring journalist Chris completes the presenting line-up. Born in Cornwall, this keen Porsche fan regularly entertains his 350,000 YouTube channel subscribers with reviews of cars “driven with little regard for tyre longevity.”
No stranger to controversy, some of his more colourful remarks have seen him placed on the naughty step by the likes of Ferrari and Lamborghini.
Chris was the official road-test editor for Autocar magazine, worked for Evo magazine and is a member of motoring forum PistonHeads.
Of the show's cheeky style, he said: "I'm quite gobby and happy to get into trouble, so I'm hoping I can underpin the programme with journalistic credibility but still cause some mischief."
Speaking to Top Gear online, Chris revealed his first car memory as being: “in the back seat of my father’s E21 323i back in 1979 going from Paris to Dover at 125mph. We were late for a hovercraft. Proper car, that.”