It’s back, it’s all new, but it isn’t the start of the new series of Top Gear… it’s actually the final episode of the last series. I guess this means Channel 9 will be playin them out of order again. LeSigh. From the press release:

An all-new, fast-tracked series of Top Gear, the world’s number one motoring show, returns next Tuesday, February 21, at 9.30pm on Channel Nine.

Join Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond, James May and The Stig for the 18th season of the global motoring phenomenon that attracts an international audience of around 350 million viewers in more than 100 countries.

In the first new episode our intrepid trio set off on an epic road trip across India, armed with a range of uniquely British products. The boys are out to boost the British economy by embarking on a trade mission to the sub-continent.

With Jeremy in a Jaguar XJS, James in a Rolls-Royce Silver Shadow and Richard in a Mini Cooper, they traverse one of the world’s most fascinating and challenging countries, devotedly promoting Britain with distinctly mixed results.

This episode is filled with the usual dose of mayhem we’ve come to expect from the world’s most explosive motoring program, all shot in spectacular locations across India’s remarkable landscape.

In Mumbai, our hosts aim to test the efficiency of the dabbawala (lunch delivery workers) by using a car instead of a train, but of course all does not go to plan.

Further north in Jaipur, the boys host a motorsport challenge, then drive to Delhi where their mission is to host a trade fair.

Afterwards they drive into the Himalayan region of Himachal Pradesh, towards the border with China, to test their vehicles on the high terrain and play cricket with the locals.

Top Gear began in 1977 as a conventional motoring magazine show. Relaunched in 2002 in an entertaining new format, it raced up the ratings to become BBC2’s most watched program. Top Gear is the ultimate program for audience appeal – popular with men, women and children of all ages.

Top Gear – Tue 21/02 9:30pm, Ch9.