And this time he’s not called the Stig.
We were devastated to hear that after ripping Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond, and James May off of Top Gear and onto Amazon’s own Grand Tour, BBC execs told the trio that they could not use any material filmed on BBC cameras for their new show. This included things like May saying the word “cock,” writing down lap times by hand, or even calling Namibia beautiful (since the three had done so on an episode of Top Gear). As ridiculous as it sounded, these threats had lawyers backing their validity.
With these types of legal constrains, we were sure that whatever tame racing driver The Grand Tour got its hands on couldn’t be called the Stig.
We were right in this case. That’s why instead, our tame and fairly depressed-looking racing driver is now called Ben Collins, since, you know, that’s the guy’s actual name. Previously, there were rumors that speculated that Collins was actually the Stig himself, or at least one of the Stigs. In either case, he proves himself here by ripping around the race track in a Chevy Corvette Z06, a Porsche 911 Turbo, and a Mercedes-AMG GT S. Unfortunately, this isn’t actually a clip from The Grand Tour. Instead, it’s a taste of one of the trio’s live segments. Still, at least it whets our appetite until the Grand Tour’s November 18 release.