Featuring iconic BBC show Top equipment As it looks like it’s about to be smashed up and sent to the scrapyard, there’s an opening for a new TV car series that’s set to capture the hearts of car fans.
And a series starting tonight could do just that, with Channel 4 Bangers: Crazy about cars Debut. The show celebrates iconic cars from the 1970s, 80s and 90s.
It will be hosted by musician Tinie Tempah alongside F1 analyst and stunt driver Naomi Schiff and will feature engines that many of us will remember from our past, including the Citroen Saxo, Ford Sierra Cosworth and Peugeot 205 GTI.
In true Top Gear fashion, there are problems along the way.
The new car show is supposed to replace Top Gear? Tinie Tempah (right) will host a new car series called Bangers: Mad for Cars on Channel 4 from tonight. His co-host is F1 analyst and stunt driver Naomi Schiff (left)
The series will feature the Brit Award-winning artist, who has seven UK number one hits including his first hit Pass out in 2010 – Accident involving a rare 1990s Honda NSX supercar.
The four-part series pits some of the best modern classic cars against each other in a “Battle of the Bangers” to decide which is the best in its class.
Tempah, 34, and Schiff, 29, will each nominate their favorites from a range of vehicle sectors and compete against each other to decide which one is most deserving of the crown.
They will also speak to experts across the UK to delve into the performance, history, culture and iconography of each car before ultimately deciding which comes out on top.
The series will see the “Frisky” rapper himself behind the wheel in a series of challenges.
The artist will attempt to squeeze a six-wheeled Land Rover Defender through the affluent streets of Chelsea, drive down quarry slopes in a Suzuki Jimny and try his hand at rallying in a Peugeot 205 GTI.
The show will also feature Tempah crashing a 1990s Honda NSX supercar while driving on the track.
In the trailer you can see a clip in which the singer slips off the asphalt and crashes bumper first into stacked tires on the edge of the race track.
While pristine, low-mileage first-generation examples of the NSX are now considered highly valuable collectibles, fetching sales prices of up to £110,000, the versions Tinie builds into the tire wall are relatively well used.
Despite being a version of the popular 1991 Japanese 3.0-litre V6 supercar, which accelerates to 100km/h in 5.7 seconds and has a top speed of 168km/h, the crashed NSX over 168,000 miles on the clock.
A quick online check of the MOT history report shows the vehicle was last tested in March with a claimed mileage of 168,184 miles. It persisted despite a small oil leak and a noisy front wheel bearing at the front. However, it is now declared SORN and off-road, which could be related to the recent on-camera shunt.
The series features Tinie Tempah taking a rare Honda NSX supercar to the track. The 1991 Japanese performance model features a 3.0-liter V6 gasoline engine and has a top speed of 168 miles per hour
The trailer for the new series shows the rapper swerving on the racetrack and then desperately trying to get a tighter grip on the steering wheel as the Honda NSX understeers off the track
The clip then shows the artist in the valuable Honda super sports car, rattling the tires in front of barriers on the side of the track
When he’s not dismantling classic Japanese supercars, Tinie meets passionate car owners in the UK who are trying to convince him to choose their model to win this week’s featured segment.
Other engines that will get your nostalgic feelings flowing include the BMW Z3, Lotus Carlton, Mazda MX-5, Mercedes-Benz G-Wagen, Renault Espace, Saab 900 Turbo and TVR Cerbera .
The series will also promote the use of high-quality used vehicle parts purchased through eBay’s Certified Recycled Hub.
The marketplace giant says UK shoppers have so far saved a total of £99 million and more than 16,000 tonnes of carbon emissions by simply choosing not to buy a box-fresh item.
The four-part series pits some of the best modern classic cars against each other in a “Battle of the Bangers” to decide which is the best in its class. In the picture from left to right: Mercedes SLK, Mazxda MX-5, Honda NSX, BMW Z3 and TVR Cerbera
Tempah, who claims to be a huge petrol fan, is on the hunt for the best modern classics from the 1970s, 80s and 90s
Tinie and Naomi will be joined each week by a different celebrity guest to talk about their life with cars, from their first car to the cars they wish they had – including former football pundits Ian Wright and comedian Patrice Evra Guz Khan and Chef Tom Kerridge.
Tinie said: “Cars are so embedded in pop culture, they are more than just a means of transport, they say a little bit about who we are.”
“I’m looking forward to exploring the origins of some of the most famous cars and how the industry became so deeply entwined with the British psyche. And of course – driving some real bangers.”
The show aims to take car fans back in time with vehicles that bring back many nostalgic memories. Pictured: Ford Sierra Cosworth
Throughout the series, Tinie will meet some of the UK’s most passionate car owners who will convince him to choose their model as champion in the segment this week. Pictured: Lotus Carlton
BBC bosses say they have not yet made a decision on the future of Top Gear after reports the show is set to be axed.
Producers are said to be looking for other work and considering legal action over loss of earnings amid reports the series will be canceled after 46 years after Andrew “Freddie” Flintoff suffered a horror accident during filming in late 2022.
The former England cricket captain was “lucky to be alive” after his open, three-wheeled, 130mph Morgan Super 3 car, which had no airbags, overturned on December 13 last year, leaving him with serious facial injuries and left several broken ribs.
The Ashes hero had to wait an “agonizing” 45 minutes for an ambulance – with the BBC later apologizing to him.
The company has faced major questions since Flintoff’s crash, particularly when it emerged that the father-of-four had raised safety concerns with the Top Gear crew on the day of the stunt.
But insiders say nearly 10 months later, production staff have now been told to look for other work, likely bringing down the curtain on the popular car show, which first launched in 1977 with Angela Rippon as host.
Responding to reports that the show has already been axed, a BBC spokesperson told MailOnline: “A decision on the timing of future Top Gear shows will be made in due course.”
Episode 1 of Bangers: Mad for Cars airs tonight (Tuesday October 17) at 10.15pm on Channel 4. Each show lasts one hour
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