‘Top Gear’ trio Clarkson, Hammond and May to make new car show for Amazon

Clarkson says, 'I feel like I've climbed out of a bi-plane and into a spaceship'

Former Top Gear presenters Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May have signed a deal to make a new car show for Amazon.

It had been rumoured that the Top Gear trio would move to Netflix following their departure from the hugely popular BBC Two motoring show, but Amazon announced this morning (January 30) that it has snapped up Clarkson, Hammond and May for its rival streaming service, Amazon Prime.

“Millions of Prime members are already enjoying our ground-breaking original shows. We can’t wait to see what Jeremy, Richard, James and the team will create in what is sure to be one of the most globally anticipated shows of 2016,” Amazon’s Jay Marine told the Evening Standard.

Clarkson said of the move to Amazon: “I feel like I’ve climbed out of a bi-plane and into a spaceship.” He also shared the news with his Twitter followers.

Clarkson, Hammond and May were also reported to have had a meeting with ITV following their departure from Top Gear, though the channel never confirmed this. Hammond said of the trio’s new home: “Amazon? Oh yes. I have already been there. I got bitten by a bullet ant,” while May added: “We have become part of the new age of smart TV. Ironic, isn’t it?”

The trio’s new deal with Amazon commits them to three series of the new motoring show, whose title has yet to be revealed. They are expected to start work on the first series this autumn.

Meanwhile, the BBC announced in June that Chris Evans will take over as host of Top Gear. The BBC has since been holding open auditions to find Evans’ co-presenters on the new-look show.