Ted Sarandos, Netflix’s chief content officer, said Tuesday that the reconditioned auto show is covered by the existing deal it has with the BBC, which produces and distributes the series. Multiple past seasons of “Top Gear” can already be seen on Netflix in the U.S., Canada, Australia and throughout Western Europe.
The new show, whose on-screen team includes motorsport guru Eddie Jordan, German racing-driver Sabine Schmitz, motoring journalist Chris Harris and car reviewer and TV host Rory Reid, is set to launch in the U.K. on BBC2 and in the U.S. on BBC America in May.
The Netflix deal would see the revamped “Top Gear” go head to head with Amazon’s new motoring show headlined by former “Top Gear” co-hosts Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May, and executive produced by “Top Gear” veteran Andy Wilman. Amazon’s show is set to premiere in the fall.