Top Gear: When does the new series return, who are the guests on episode 1 and which cars will they be driving?

BBC's rebooted car series still attracts the star wattage

Jacob Stolworthy
Saturday 21 May 2016 10:49 BST

As we accelerate towards the BBC's revamped series of Top Gear, details on what viewers can expect from the opening episode have been released.

The show, co-presented by Chris Evans, Matt LeBlanc, Eddie Jordan and Sabine Schmitz, will finally return to the channel on Sunday 29 May - and the hosts are going to be joined by some recognisable faces.

Episode one's guests will be Batman v Superman actor Jesse Eisenberg and chef Gordon Ramsay.

It remains unclear exactly which segment the two will be participating in but it's a fair bet to assume one or both could feature in Star in a Rallycross Car - which has been announced as Star in a Reasonably Priced Car's replacement.

Elsewhere, Evans is to celebrate the 30th anniversary of Tom Cruise film Top Gun by driving a 645bhp Dodge Viper ACR in a race against co-host Schmitz's Chevy Corvette Z06 (minus the motion sickness, hopefully).

All-new Top Gear trailer

As was teased in a clip released by the BBC, LeBlanc will tackle Ariel's Nomad in the Moroccan desert and - to even out the playing field - also heads to a rain-specked Blackpool where he and Evans take a roofless Reliant Rialto for a spin.

For all the doubt many were quick to cast over the reboot, it seems like viewers are in for a lot of fun. We wonder if The Grand Tour trio will be tuning in?

Top Gear returns to BBC2 on Sunday 29 May.

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