Top Gear China Special, not as bad as expected…

February 7, 2012 by Tycho de Feijter

In December last year Clarkson and May and the Top Gear crew were filming in Beijing for a China Special. Chinese car fans and factories worried aloud about how hard Jeremy would kick around the poor vehicles, but in the the end things don’t seem so bad.

Clarskon and May are having fun in in da country, don’t do to much bashing and there is some serious racing in a Roewe and a Trumpchi. Best thing: a very mad Chinese Stig. Watch the video below, endure two commercials at the beginning, and the China-part starts at 40.00.

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Top Gear filming in China, part 4, with movie

December 9, 2011 by Tycho de Feijter

Top Gear is working on a China Special in Beijing, in the ubercool 798-art district in the north-east of da city. Only Jeremy Clarkson and James May, Hammond stayed home. See our earlier coverage here. On the first pic Clarkson and The Stig hanging around a Roewe 350.

See below for many more pics, including some on another location, and a movie:

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The Stig arrives in Beijing for Top Gear China Special

December 7, 2011 by Tycho de Feijter

Top Gear China Special

Some say he build the Great Wall, some say he eats duck eggs for breakfast. All we know is that the Stig is in Beijing for filming the Top Gear China Special. See our earlier stories here and here. What The Stig exactly does is yet unsure, pics show him hanging around doing not much.

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Top Gear filming ‘China Special’ in Beijing, Updated Story

December 6, 2011 by Tycho de Feijter

After yesterday’s exclusive about Top Gear filming in China a lot of new information has been coming in. It appears that Top Gear isn’t just making an episode but a ‘China Special’ with many more Chinese cars involved. List contains copied cars, old British-crap-cars that were made in China under different brand-names, some sports cars and an MG. See the whole list and many new pics below.

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Top Gear filming in China

December 5, 2011 by Tycho de Feijter

Top Gear filming in China

Chinese media are going wild because BBC’s Top Gear has landed in China. Jeremy Clarkson and James May arrived in Beijing for filming a new Top Gear episode which will be on TV in next year’s season. On pics the shooting of what appear to be two items: the first with May in a JAC Binyue and Jeremy in a Greatwall Haval M2.

The second item is about copied Chinese cars with a Shuanghuan Noble (Smart), a Shuanghuan SCO (BMW X5) and a Lifan 320 (Mini). On some other pics Clarkson and May are looking curiously at an old Chinese 3-wheeler but that one does not seem part of the show.

A Land Rover Discovery camera-car has Shanghai-plates on it, this could mean that Top Gear also filmed an item there.

See all pics below:

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15 minutes of TopGear China

March 22, 2011 by Tycho de Feijter

Finally the first 15 minutes of the Chinese version of TopGear leaked out. The Chinese name is Zhuigaodang, 最高档, best translated as ‘Highest Gear’. BBC licenced the TopGear formula to China’s CCTV just like it did earlier to the US and Australia. Format so is the same complete with fast cars, three hosts, a happy crowd with some nice looking women and of course…The Stig. See below for the 15 minute movie (hit play an wait 5 sec if it doesn’t start immediately):

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TopGear China Confirmed by Host

February 14, 2011 by Tycho de Feijter

GlobalTimes, one of China’s biggest newspapers, got into the TopGear-China story and managed to talk to mr. Cao Yunjin, who was tipped as one of the hosts of the show. Cao confirmed the rumors and told GlobalTimes a 30 minute pilot episode has been filmed. The first show will feauture a race between a Cadillac and a donkey, Cao said.

Cao went on to talk about the differences between the Chinese and good old British TopGear:

The local version will maintain the show’s comedic style, but producers will recalibrate how the fun is dished out to meet with censorship requirements, Cao told the Global Times.

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First Glimpse of TopGear China

February 11, 2011 by Tycho de Feijter

TopGear China edition screenshot

TopGear China is up and coming and according to the pic above it won’t take long before we can watch it on tv. On the right mr. Cao Yunjin, I have to get back to you on the other two. Studio loox exactly like the original and some not too pretty girls can be seen in the audience, again, just like the orginal. Pic via FinalGear.


Exclusive: TopGear to get a China Edition

February 7, 2011 by Tycho de Feijter

TopGear to get a Chinese edition on China’s CCTV.

Rumors had been going on for awhile. Yesterday I met an old friend who works for China’s state broadcaster CCTV. He confirmed that China will get its own edition of TopGear, in Chinese.

Status of the project: rights to the TopGear formula are secured by CCTV, hosts are selected, and production has started. TopGear China will be made in Beijing and broadcasted from Beijing. No decision has been made yet on the date for the first show.

That’s all for now, more as soon as I get it…

Update: one commenter says that Cao Yunjin will likely be a co-host on TopGear China. Cao is a moviestar and tv-personality and was born in 1985. (Thanks)

Cao Yunjin