“Watch this,” says Richard Hammond at the end of the 38-second trailer for the second series of The Grand Tour. He is about to go hillclimbing in the all-electric Rimac Concept One hypercar, and if you’ve been paying attention to the news, you’ll know what happened next.
He could, of course, be referring to the second coming of Amazon Prime’s flagship motoring show, which is returning for a new season later this year. Amazon will be hoping to flog a shed-load of subscriptions off the back of Messrs Clarkson, Hammond and May, and we doubt that the powers that be would have lost too much sleep over the Hamster’s close shave with the Rimac.
There’s no such thing as bad publicity, right? Especially when you’re hoping to shift Amazon Prime membership at £79.99 a year.
The trailer – which is available exclusively to Prime disciples – reveals very little but says quite a lot about the second season. It’s chaotic, manic, OTT and promises more of the same. Oh, and the goat has gone, to be replaced by a monkey.
“A second round of monkey business is just around the corner,” proclaims the frenzied teaser, as it builds up to Hammond’s Swiss incident. It’s not quite the infamous Top Gear’s Patagonia special, complete with H982 FKL number plate and pelting rocks, but it’s sure to put bums on sofas come the autumn, when The Grand Tour is set to return.
Living up to its name, the show will visit the four corners of the globe, dropping in on Switzerland, the grasslands of Mozambique and the world’s largest shopping mall in Dubai. Oh, and let’s not forget the UK’s Eboladrome.
As for the cars – this is a car show, after all – the trailer reveals the following: Mercedes-AMG GT R, McLaren 720S, Audi TT RS, Lancia 037, Jaguar XJ6 and the Rimac Concept One. Did we mention the Rimac?
Clarkson posted a photo of the Jaguar XJ6 on his Instagram account, with the caption: “My Easter Sunday”. The runway is located in Colorado, and the trailer would suggest he was about to head up into the snow-capped mountains.
The appearance of the Lancia 037 would suggest some kind of Group B tribute, as highlighted by Clarkson’s DriveTribe post, featuring the rally legend lined up alongside an Audi Quattro. Needless to say we doubt these cars will end up being crushed/drowned/torched/wrecked (delete as applicable).
Aside from that it’s as you were. If you like your motoring show served with tanks, aircraft, pick-up trucks and uncontrollable laughter, you’re in for a treat. If you weren’t a fan of the last series, we doubt this will change your mind.
Over a third of the trailer is devoted to a monkey wandering across the screen before exiting stage right with a number two in his hand. That’s the figure 2, for those with a filthy mind.
With Hammond’s crash, we expect the season premiere to be delayed, with The Grand Tour landing in November 2017.
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