The full line-up of presenters who will join Chris Evans and Matt LeBlanc for the revamp of BBC's Top Gear have been announced. Former F1 team owner and pundit Eddie Jordan, racing driver Sabine Schmitz and motoring journalist Rory Reid and YouTube star Chris Harris, also a motoring journalist, will form the new-look team for the show.
It is not yet known what role the six presenters will play in the programme but the BBC assured they will cover the "entire automotive spectrum and bring with them their own unique and very individual love of cars".
Top Gear is set to return in May following the departure of its three previous presenters – Jeremy Clarkson, whose contract was not renewed by the BBC following a "fracas" with one of the show's producer, James May and Richard Hammond.
Schmitz, described as the "Queen of the Nurburgring" for setting fast lap time driving a Transit Van while a guest on the programme, becomes the show's first female presenter in 15 years. Describing her appointment, she said: "I grew up next to the Nurburgring and have been racing for most of my life, so the chance to combine both driving and filming was too good an opportunity to pass up. I've appeared on Top Gear a few times in the past, so I know we're going to have a lot of fun."
Harris, who has recently become well-known for his online videos about cars, said: "Top Gear is the thing that helped shape my life with cars, my perception of cars and my obsession with cars, and I'm raring to give it a go. I'm also quite gobby and happy to get into trouble, so I'm hoping I can underpin the programme with journalistic credibility but still cause some mischief. And if it all goes wrong, well, I can say I was once on Top Gear, and just head back to being that annoying small bloke off YouTube."
Reid, who was recruited to Top Gear from the show's 2015 public auditions, is also an award-winning journalist and previously appeared on Sky 1's Gadget Geeks. He said he knew the "odds were stacked against me" when he submitted his 30-second audition tape but described how he is "immensely proud" to have been the only person to make it through that process.
He added: "I've been a Top Gear fan for decades but more than that, I live and breathe cars in a way that is perfectly compatible with the show. I'm looking forward to bringing my brand of knowledge, energy and humour to what promises to be a very exciting new series."
Jordan, whose former Jordan Grand Prix team gave F1 debuts to racing stars such as Michael Schumacher and Eddie Irvine, said he is "giddy with excitement" to be joining Top Gear. He said: "I have such enormous respect for all my fellow presenters and I politely ask that they go easy on these old bones. Cars are in my DNA and although I've been fortunate enough to accomplish most things I ever aspired to in motorsport, presenting Top Gear is quite simply the icing on the cake."
Evans said of his new Top Gear team: "We really do have a bit of everything for everyone. A fellow lifelong petrolhead from the other side of the pond in Matt; a fearless speed-demon in the irrepressible and effervescent Sabine; the encyclopaedic, funny and wonderfully colourful character that is EJ; Chris, one of the world's top no-nonsense car reviewers; and Rory, who simply blew me away in his audition and fully deserves his place on the team."