Top Gear Test Track gets Google Street viewed

Date: 23.01.2014     Last updated: 18.03.2014 at 18.11
Category: BBC Worldwide
One of the world’s most famous TV show locations has opened its doors for the first time to Google Street View, so that fans can virtually follow the skid marks of Clarkson, Hammond, May and a plethora of celebrities who have graced its hallowed tarmac.

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And to celebrate, Top Gear’s tame racing driver accompanied the Google Street View car as it lapped the familiar figure-of-eight Top Gear track at Dunsfold Aerodrome, Surrey.

Simply type ‘Top Gear Test Track’ into Google Maps and drag the orange Pegman onto the track.  Fans of the hit show can watch as The Stig puts a Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Black through its paces on the 2.82km of tarmac.

Duncan Gray, Top Gear’s Commercial Director, BBC Worldwide 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, thanks to Google Street View technology.  We did have to tell The Stig to slow down a couple of times though.”

Ulf Spitzer, Street View Program Manager, Google commented:  “At Google, we’re used to life in the fast lane, so we were thrilled to ride alongside the infamous Stig and capture imagery of what has become a British — and indeed global — institution for automobile fans.”

Top Gear returns to UK screens with Series 21 on Sunday 2nd February at 8.00pm on BBC TWO and BBC TWO HD.

Top Gear is one of BBC Worldwide’s flagship brands airing in more than 214 territories internationally.

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