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Top Gear test track added to Google Street View

Top Gear fans can now follow in the tyre tracks of The Stig after the BBC show's test track was added to Google Street View.

The track at Dunsfold Aerodrome, Surrey, has regularly been used by star guests including Damian Lewis, Jamie Oliver and Simon Cowell.

Top Gear fans can follow in the tyre tracks of The Stig after the BBC show's test track was added to Google Street View. Credit: Google Street View

The Stig, driving a Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Black, accompanied the Google car as it did a circuit of the 2.82km track.

Fans of the show, which returns for a new series on February 2, can find the track by typing Top Gear Test Track into Google Maps and drag the orange figure to the track.

The commercial director for Top Gear at BBC Worldwide, Duncan Gray, said the show's followers could now explore the track and quipped that bosses had to tell The Stig to "slow down" when the shots were captured.

Giggity giggity: Top Gear gets the Family Guy treatment

Jeremy Clarkson is no stranger to controversy, so it's perhaps fitting that the outspoken Top Gear presenter has been been immortalised by close-to-the-bone US adult cartoon Family Guy.

Top Gear stars Jeremy Clarkson, James May and Richard Hammond have been given a cartoon makeover - to become Family Guy characters.
Top Gear stars Jeremy Clarkson, James May and Richard Hammond have been given a cartoon makeover - to become Family Guy characters. Credit: PA

Joined by his Top Gear co-stars James May and Richard Hammond, Clarkson appears alongside the show's loveable anti-hero Peter Griffin for the December edition of Top Gear magazine.

Asked about the fastest he has ever driven, Griffin says: "88 miles per hour. I'd have gone faster, but I ended up back in 1955", in a reference to the Back to the Future films.

See: Family Guy spoofs royal christening picture

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Helicopter crashes during filming for Top Gear

A race to demonstrate the power of a supercar took a very sudden and dramatic twist when the helicopter it was racing crashed.

The Corvette ZR1 and AH1 Cobra helicopter were being filmed for Top Gear Korea. But the pilot of the helicopter lost control and crashed towards the end of the race, close to the film crew on the ground.

No one was seriously injured.

Clarkson emerges as BBC's top earner

Jeremy Clarkson
Jeremy Clarkson is thought to have earned over £3 million from Top Gear last year Credit: Matt Crossick/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Jeremy Clarkson has reportedly made millions of pounds from the success of Top Gear in the last year alone.

He is believed to have earned around £2.7 million from the show, according to the annual report and accounts of BBC Worldwide.

Adding in his salary would push him over the £3 million mark.

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