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The Stig poses in front of a Koenigsegg CCX

Jeremy Clarkson, "The Hamster" and "Captain Slow"  (Source: Guardian Unlimited)
"Some say that his tears are adhesive, and that if he caught fire, he'd burn for a thousand days... all we know is, he's called the Stig."

In a rather surprising turn of events, Gran Turismo and Polyphony Digital have made it to DailyTech's news coverage two days in a row. Yesterday, DailyTech reported on Polyphony Digital's collaboration with Nissan on creating the multi-function display for the 2009 GT-R -- a 473 HP twin-turbocharged monster that will come to our shores sometime next year.

Today, Polyphony Digital and its Gran Turismo 5 (GT5) offspring are once again making news. It was announced today that episodes of the BBC's highly popular "Top Gear" automotive show will be available for download from GT5's GT TV service.
Initially, 40 episodes will be available for download on the PlayStation 3 -- hopefully, current episodes will also be available shortly after airing for eager beaver “Top Gear” fans.

"We at Polyphony are great fans of the world’s best motoring programme, Top Gear, so we’re delighted to be collaborating with BBC Worldwide to deliver Top Gear content via Gran Turismo," said Polyphony Digital President Kazunori Yamauchi.

"BBC Top Gear is the world’s number one motoring media brand and we’re thrilled to make it accessible to Gran Turismo gamers," said BBC Worldwide Director of Digital Media Simon Danker. "We continue to explore different avenues to share our content with an expanding audience, and are delighted to participate with Polyphony Digital in the launch of this exciting new opportunity."

Perhaps the icing on the cake comes in the form of another little surprise from Polyphonic Digital and BBC Worldwide -- GT5 racers will be able to dart around Top Gear's infamous track. That's right; you can queue up your sappy music or self-help tapes and do your best impression of the Stig plowing through "Gambon." Or perhaps you can do your own impression of a "Star in a Reasonably Priced Car."

Regardless, the “Top Gear” functionality added to GT5 is sure to set many hearts ablaze and should make for some interesting battles around the virtual test track.

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By darkpuppet on 10/24/2007 1:46:14 PM , Rating: 2
Having watched some of the vids (ie, best motoring) on the prologue demo, I have to say that this is welcome news!

I mean, I would seriously pay the old PS3 price for the ability to see Top Gear episodes that weren't a year late and edited for North American commercial spots.

I remember the 1st episode of Top Gear I ever saw like it was yesterday -- Clarkson raced Mays and Hammond in a DB9 vs Public Transportation film that would lead the way to even greater challenges (Veyron vs Airplane and the American Road Trip)..

It has to be the best car show entertainment wise that's ever come along -- they serve you the meat wrapped in tasty bacon.

I may be a closet PS3 fanboy, but I'm a fully outted Top Gear fanboy!

By bespoke on 10/24/2007 3:00:03 PM , Rating: 2
The Top Gear "Caravan Holiday" segment is hilarious.

3 parts:

A caravan is a camping trailer for those of you who don't understand the British language. :)

By Captain Orgazmo on 10/24/2007 7:13:26 PM , Rating: 2
I'm a Canadian, and my only good source of Top Gear is thanks to the internet, as it is impossible to get it on TV here. Here's a link to a great fan site that has torrents of the show. Since it is a public paid BBC program they don't seem to care about people sharing the show on the net, and this website has a friendly relationship with Andy Wilman, the producer. They even sent Hamster a helmet after his accident that he wears in the new season. Click the box on the right side that says Top Gear...

By Hoser McMoose on 10/25/2007 2:51:13 PM , Rating: 2
BBC Canada carries Top Gear on Sunday evenings at 8:00pm. It's available through both Rogers and Bell (dunno about others). Scheduling is a bit odd though, sometimes the episodes seem to be only a few weeks behind the Brits, other times they're years off.

One of the only shows I'm going to miss after cancelling my cable. Last show I saw was their limousine challenge which had me rolling on the floor laughing for the entire hour!

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