Top Gear test track added to Google maps street view


The Stig

Top Gear's track has been added to Google Street View.

The driving show's course is used to test new cars and has seen stars like Benedict Cumberbatch and Simon Cowell driving timed laps for the programme.

Top Gear's test driver, The Stig, was followed by a Google car round the 1.75 mile (2.82km) circuit so it could be mapped.

It can be seen online by searching Top Gear Test Track in Google Maps and dragging the orange figure over.

The commercial director for Top Gear at BBC Worldwide, Duncan Gray said: "From anywhere on the planet, Top Gear's millions of followers can now explore the official track from the show with some spectacular shots."

He added that they had to "tell The Stig to slow down a couple of times" so the Google car could keep up with the Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG he was driving.

The track, which was designed by Lotus for the show, is known for its challenging Chicago and hammerhead corners.

It is also famous for the troublesome Gambon corner - a part of the course named after actor Sir Michael Gambon cornered on two wheels.

Top Gear, which is presented by Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May, returns for a new series on 2 February on BBC Two.

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