Former Autocar road test editor Chris Harris is joining Top Gear. Here we look back at his best Autocar videos
11 February 2016

Former Autocar road test editor Chris Harris has been confirmed as a presenter on the revamped version of Top Gear.

Harris will join Chris Evans, Matt LeBlanc, Sabine Scmitz, Eddie Jordan and Rory Reid on the new-lookshow, and who take over the show's mantle from Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May. The new series of Top Gear begins in May.

Harris began his career in motoring journalism at Autocar, and quickly rose to become road test editor. He left Autocar in 2008, and has spent time writing for other motoring titles as well as presenting motoring videos on YouTube, both for the /DRIVE channel and for his own series, Chris Harris on Cars. Here we look back at Harris's early years on Autocar.

Read Steve Cropley's blog - Why Harris is a perfect fit for Top Gear

Chris Harris drives the Bugatti Veyron

Harris is faced with a simple choice in Germany - spend an evening with great food, drink and company in a luxurious chateux, or spend an hour on German autobahns with the 987bhp Bugatti Veyron to see how fast it can go. Simple choice, right?

Chris Harris drives the Ferrari F430 Scuderia

Before his famous falling out with Ferrari in 2011, which resulted in Harris being banned from officially reviewing Ferrari vehicles until 2013, we sent him to the firm's Fiorano test track to sample the 503bhp Ferrari F430 Scuderia.

Bugatti Veyron versus Audi R8, Aston Martin DB9, Porsche 911 GT3 RS and Lamborghini Gallardo Superleggera - the group test

We reunited Harris and Sutcliffe to conduct a long-awaited group test between the Bugatti Veyron and some of its fastest rials - in such illustrious company, could the Veyron still come out on top?

Nissan GT-R versus Porsche 911 and BMW M3

Back in 2008, Nissan shocked the performance car world with the launch of the GT-R. With its new sports car winning group tests across the board, we sent Harris to find out just how good this new Nissan was, by pitting it against the Porsche 911 and BMW M3.

Porsche 997 GT2 versus Corvette Z06

At around £131,000, the 997 series 911 GT2 was, at the time, the most expensive (and fastest) Porsche 911 ever built. The Chevrolet Corvette Z06 meanwhile, claimed to offer similar thrills for half the price. Harris set course for Bruntingthorpe airfield to decide which was best.

Our Verdict

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11 February 2016
The Bugatti v rivals test was a landmark one for me, can't believe how long ago that was. Oversteer msaterclass and that Gallardo noise..

11 February 2016
Chris Harris in the Top Gear can be a good thing. Or a very good thing. The guy is an accomplished driver to begin with. Chris also has a way with words. Autocar should be proud.


11 February 2016
Here Here!
At last something we agree on.

11 February 2016
289 wrote:

Here Here!
At last something we agree on.

Recreating a legendary motoring programme like the Top Gear without the usual trio would undoubtedly be a hard task. Getting someone on board who can speak and drive equally well is a good start.

11 February 2016
Good to see Top Gear hiring an actual motoring journalist. Whatever you can say about Clarkson, Hammond & May (and latterly I found them extremely annoying), they were at least from a background writing about cars. Chris Evans is a radio DJ / TV presenter with no car writing pedigree (just a large car collection); Eddie Jordan is a former racing team owner and F1 talking head (not a motoring journalist) and Matt Le Blanc is a 'celebrity' who happens to like cars (again, no background in motoring journalism). Top Gear will not work if it is just a load of enthusiastic celebrities who happen to like cars. Journalism has to be at its core.

11 February 2016
Apart from Harris, not one of the new presenters has any charisma. The fact that the BBC is replacing three people with five suggests it is well aware of this. The new Top Gear has been doomed by the involvement of Chris Evans, whose TV career was over long ago. Evans' laboured zaniness and TFI screeching will alienate much of the audience. Frankly, they would be better off with Terry Wogan. Even as he is now.

12 February 2016
Anything and anyone would be better than Tw*tson, Hammond and May - May was the only decent presenter out of the 3 and TG was still a load of old cr*p even with him, so frankly Wogan "as he is now" would still make for a better presenter and a better programme.

12 February 2016
typos1 wrote:

Anything and anyone would be better than Tw*tson, Hammond and May - May was the only decent presenter out of the 3 and TG was still a load of old cr*p even with him, so frankly Wogan "as he is now" would still make for a better presenter and a better programme.

I guess Clarkson and co did something right as they had billions and billions of fans and viewers. But obviously there was also an occasional viewer like you.


11 February 2016
the video auditions to find a non professional presenter found a sky professional presenter. Anyone out there feel like they've been used as a publicity stunt?


Hydrogen cars just went POP

11 February 2016
At least the Sky guy is fresh talent. That's what you need to rejuvenate the format. With Evans / Jordan / Le Blanc, you get the sense that their best days are behind them.


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